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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 - Gibson's world is full of these. Molly Millions/Sally Shears, the most famous example, is just the tip of the iceberg.
* BrainUploading: A key part of the plot since "The Winter Market".
* 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.
* FriendInTheBlackMarket: Perhaps a bit redundant to even bring this trope up, given the nature of Gibson's world. But the Finn, a significant character in the series, is the embodiment of this trope.
* FutureSlang - Gibson coined a lot of terms that would later be used by other cyberpunk works.
* GenreSavvy: Gibson's characters basically have to be this, in order to survive in his world. Two notable examples are Mona, a prostitute who's aware of [[DisposableSexWorker how disposable the other characters consider her]], and the Finn, a [[TheScrounger "fence" dealing in stolen goods]], who practices extreme discretion, and knows how to defend himself.
* 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 - Lady 3Jane, and arguably Angie Mitchell.
* MindRape
* MasterOfIllusion - Riviera
* NeuralImplanting - TropeMaker
* PlayfulHacker
* PrettyInMink - Averted FurAndLoathing by noting all furs were from cloning.
* PrivateMilitaryContractor - Turner
* TheScrounger - The Finn is a rare example of a smart, GenreSavvy one, who practices smart discretion and proves more than capable of defending himself when attacked. The Finn long surpasses the general life expectancy of this character type in most stories.
* StreetSamurai - Molly Millions
* TheVerse - the Sprawl
* UnReveal - Gibson often leaves many things ambiguous, the most talked about example probably being Molly's eye color.
* VirtualGhost - the Dixie Flatline
* WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture
* {{Whatevermancy}} - The title of the first book.
* {{Yakuza}}
* ZenSurvivor
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