My high school English teacher recommended Gibson to me after he realized that he and I had a common love for SF. His description of Neuromancer was brief, but gave me the wrong impression, (I heard it as Cyber Space-Cowboys, not Cyberspace Cowboys, and had the mental image of cyborgs with energy lassos roping in stray rockets of some kind), as a result, I didn't pick it up until after graduating. While perusing the local library and seeing a tattered paperback on one of the rotating display shelves where they send old SF to die, I decided to give it chance, and was sorry I had waited so long to do so. I promptly read the rest of his work (all that was available. This was '97, so I had to wait for ATP).
From there I moved onto Sterling and all the other writers of the ˜movement'. It's a shame really, that I came into the game so late, because I have a feeling I would have enjoyed the ˜movement's' early work much more had I read them in the 80s. But I was but a wee tike back then, and was busy reading the Choose Your Own Adventure series and playing with Legos.
So yeah, Gibson was my portal, by way of a middle-aged man with a graying white-man's afro.NefariousMuse.comUniteArtists.org