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Hardwired (original 1986; edition 2011)
Hardwired by Walter Jon Williams (1986)
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Earth lies prostrate beneath the lash of the Orbital powers, and Earth's Balkanized nations have no choice but to let the Orbitals plunder their remaining wealth. Below the zone of Orbital control, buttonheads, panzerjocks, dirtgirls, and hustlers scramble for their ticket out of the gravity well. But now, if the criminal underworld and the guerilla underground can join forces, there is a chance to shift the balance of power -- in a war fought on the ground by hardwired commandos, in the air by high-flying deltajocks, and by genius hacker's in the world's neural interface. As Roger Zelazny said, Hardwired is a tough, sleek juggernaut of a story, punctuated by strobe light movements, coursing to the wail of jets and the twang of steel guitars -- glittering, nasty, and noble -- and told in a style perfectly suiting its content. It has all of my favorite things -- blood, love, fire, hate and a high ideal or two. I wish I'd written this one.
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