Hardwired (novel)

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First edition
AuthorWalter Jon Williams
Cover artistLuis Royo
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherNight Shade Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)

Hardwired is a 1986 cyberpunk science fiction novel by American writer Walter Jon Williams.

It was nominated for the 1987 Locus Award.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

The Orbital Corporations won the war, and now they control America.[2] Cowboy, one of the protagonists, is a smuggler who can control an armored hovertank using a neural interface. The other protagonist, Sarah, is a mercenary assassin; she and Cowboy end up teaming up to fight the Orbitals.


HardWired is part of a series which includes:

In other media[edit]

R. Talsorian Games, with Williams' assistance, published Hardwired: The Sourcebook for their Cyberpunk role-playing game, which further expanded many of the concepts and the world setting of the novel.[3] Williams had a previous relationship with creator Mike Pondsmith and R. Talsorian Games, playtesting the original Cyberpunk game system.

See also[edit]

  • Damnation Alley, a novel by Roger Zelazny which Williams stated was an inspiration for his novel.


  1. ^ "Locus Awards 1987". science fiction awards database. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  2. ^ "Hardwired Plot Summary". The Cyberspace, Hypertext, and Critical Theory Web. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  3. ^ E.B. (October–November 1989). "Capsules". Space Gamer. World Wide Wargames. 2 (2): 56–57.

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