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Published by Bantam Books in New York .
Written in English


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Edition Notes

StatementWilliam Gibson, Bruce Sterling.
ContributionsSterling, Bruce.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPS3557.I2264 D54 1991
The Physical Object
Pagination429 p. ;
Number of Pages429
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1882061M
ISBN 100553070282
LC Control Number90042761

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