New and Better Than Ever!

by wjw on November 17, 2020

Newcover700The acknowedleged inspiration for the games Cyberpunk Red and Cyberpunk 2077, my novel Hardwired has been re-released in its Thirtieth Anniversary Edition.  My most popular SF novel now has new content, essays about the novel’s origins, another essay about the bizarre first German edition, plus a spiffier cover.

The subtitle is a little misleading, since it’s actually thirty-four years since the book came out, and thirty-seven since I started writing it.  But the marketplace likes nice round numbers, doesn’t it?

If you already have the ebook, I believe most ebook retailers will allow you to download a new edition for free.  And if you don’t have the ebook, it’s probably high time you did!

Unless of course what you want is a nifty paperback, to replace the one you’ve read to death.  Because I’ve made that available at Amazon and B&N, a deluxe 6×9 trade paperback with cream paper and a stylish interior courtesy of E.M. Tippetts Book Designs, the Ghia or Fisher Body of the book design world.  It’s really really really pretty.

You’re in lockdown, right?  Might as well have something good to read.

Under certain conditions (which I don’t fully understand) you may be able to purchase the audio book for $4.95.  I don’t have anything to do with this, but that’s the price I’m seeing here and there.

Find your Thirtieth Anniversary Edition right hereabouts:

[kindle] [nook] [Smashwords] [iBooks][Google][Kobo]

NOTE: the Barnes & Noble edition of the paperback might not be available just yet, but it should be in the catalogue within days.

UPDATE: The B&N edition is now available.

Jeff Hexter November 18, 2020 at 11:12 pm

If we already own the audiobook edition on, will that be updated with the essays as well? Will a new audio version with the essays be purchasable?

Robert Sulentic November 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm

I think this was the first novel of yours I read.

wjw November 19, 2020 at 3:14 pm

Jeff, they don’t update audio books. I’ve tried.

Ian November 20, 2020 at 1:23 am

One of my all time favorites, and I stand by the old cover. It’s the same that is on my copy of the Cyberpunk RPG sourcebook.

John Appel November 20, 2020 at 2:32 pm

I’m pretty sure that like Robert above, this was the first fiction of yours that I read. More specifically in my case, it was the excerpt “Sarah and the Weasel” in Omni Magazine, which led me to purchase the paperback as soon as I could lay my hands on a copy. That’s the battered, dog-eared copy which you so graciously signed for me at WFC 2018 in Baltimore.

Speaking of inspiring games, am I correct in remembering that FASA didn’t get permission for including things like panzers and skill wires, clearly pulled from HARDWIRED, in the first edition of Shadowrun? (Along with the stuff Bob Charette yanked wholesale from Joe Clifford Faust’s THE COMPANY MAN.)

In any case, I have been a fan of yours ever since HARDWIRED, and your work has definitely inspired my own writing.

Ian November 20, 2020 at 10:06 pm

One of my all time favorite books, I’ve read it many many times. Stand by the old cover too, it’s the same as on my source book for Cyberpunk. I can always use a new copy though, want to read that essay.

Thanks for the amazing book.

wjw November 21, 2020 at 12:10 am

John, this is the first time I’ve heard of this re SHADOWRUN. I never played the game.

Certainly they never asked my permission for anything.

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