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The Sprawl Trilogy by WilliamGibson is considered to be one of the earliest examples of {{cyberpunk}}, and as such is a major TropeMaker for the genre. The first book, ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', was published in 1984 and widely acclaimed, winning the Nebula, Hugo, and Philip K. Dick awards. It was followed in 1986 by ''Literature/CountZero'', and the final book in the trilogy, ''Literature/MonaLisaOverdrive'' was published in 1988. All three have fallen victim to TechnologyMarchesOn on some level, but remain quite readable.

Each book stands alone, more or less, though there is a distinct overlap in characters and all three share the same setting- [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Sprawl]]. Which is nickname for the Boston-Atlanta Metropolitan Axis, a massive city state on the East Coast of the United States. As is to be expected in 80s {{cyberpunk}}, the Sprawl (and, for that matter, Gibson's entire world) is decidedly [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] in feel. They're set in a world of BlackAndGrayMorality, after the TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, but were published in a time when that was considered quite revolutionary.

Set in the same world are the short stories "Burning Chrome", which introduced the recurring character "the Finn"; "Johnny Mnemonic", the inspiration for the [[JohnnyMnemonic movie of the same name]]; and "New Rose Hotel", which was also adapted into a film.
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The trilogy provides examples of the following tropes:

* ActionGirlfriend: Molly Millions
* AIIsACrapshoot - Wintermute. Then also, Neuromancer.
* TheAlternet: The Matrix is probably one of the first, and the TropeNamer for {{Cyberspace}}.
* BadAss - Molly Millions, and Sally Shears.
* CassetteFuturism: The series features things as complex as human memories recorded on tape. Not to mention that three megabytes of hot RAM is apparently valuable enough to kill for.
* CyberpunkWithAChanceOfRain - The infamous opening line to ''{{Neuromancer}}''.
--> ''"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."''
* DepravedBisexual - Lady 3Jane
* DisneyVillainDeath: In "Johnny Mnemonic", this is the fate of [[spoiler:the Yakuza assassin]].
* ExplosiveLeash
* {{Expy}} - Bobby Newmark, in ''Literature/CountZero'', is the new snarky-underacomplished-hacker to replace Case; Tick is the new eccentric hustler to replace the Finn, in MonaLisaOverdrive.
* FutureSlang - Gibson coined a lot of terms that would later be used by other cyberpunk works.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp - By means of economic collapse. Centered around Operation Screaming Fist, where a group of U.S. spec-ops squads tried to hack a key Soviet system with experimental software. They failed, and started a war that lasted all of nine days. The Soviet Union is still up and running while America exists in name only, and mostly as a collection of city-states (for example, the Sprawl itself is an amalgamation of all the cities from Boston to Atlanta).
* HollywoodHacking: Hacking, and more specifically cyberspace, is like a virtual reality video game. Appropriately enough, that was what the technology was first tested for with military applications in mind.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold - Mona, one of the protagonists of the third book.
* ImmuneToDrugs - Case, after receiving his new pancreas and liver with several filters built in to prevent him from being affected by cocaine or amphetamines. Subverted when he finds a new designer drug that can bypass the filters, and again when he gets another new pancreas and liver so he can resume his old drug habit.
* IndustrialGhetto
* InsideAComputerSystem - Again, cyberspace in general, though Case manages to do this with a few particular systems.
* JapanTakesOverTheWorld - Or, more accurately, its culture.
* LeftFieldDescription - Gibson is a master of this.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter
* MindRape
* MasterOfIllusion - Riviera
* NeuralImplanting - TropeMaker
* PlayfulHacker
* PrettyInMink - Averted FurAndLoathing by noting all furs were from cloning.
* PrivateMilitaryContractor - Turner
* StreetSamurai - Molly Millions
* TheVerse - the Sprawl
* UnReveal
* VirtualGhost - the Dixie Flatline
* WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture
* {{Whatevermancy}} - The title of the first book.
* {{Yakuza}}
* ZenSurvivor
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