HEADCRASH. New York: Warner Books, . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Warner Books 60260-4. Bethke, a U.S. "writer best known for his short stories, in particular his first professional publication, 'Cyberpunk, for AMAZING in November 1983, which appeared there after circulating in manuscript and almost certainly inspiring Gardner Dozois's use of the term 'Cyberpunk' to designate the new movement, in an exclamatory fashion ironically distinct from Bethke's own jaundiced view of the 'romance' of Cyberspace. Far more interestingly, his first autonomous novel, HEADCRASH (1995), is a near future satire, precisely targeted on 'neuromantic' illusions of glamour in the new virtual reality worlds coming on tap. The tone is deceptively light, but as the self-deprecating (but ultimately hapless) protagonist is forced to realize that he is a pawn in a ruthless corporation world, it begins to cut fairly deep." - John Clute, SFE (online). A first novel. Winner of the 1996 Philip K. Dick Award. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. A fine copy. (#146389).
"First Printing: September, 1995 / 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page.