Hardwired (novel)

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AuthorWalter Jon Williams
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 introduction[edit]

The Orbital Corporations now control the world. In the ruins of an America ravaged by the Rock War, ex-fighter pilot Cowboy, who can be "hardwired" via skull sockets directly to his ride, has become a panzerboy, a hi-tech smuggler riding armored hovertanks through the balkanized countryside.

He teams up with Sarah, another tough-as-nails gun-for-hire, to make a last stab at independence from the rapacious Orbitals. They gather an unlikely gang of misfits for a ride that will take them to the edge of the atmosphere.


HardWired is part of a series which includes:

In other media[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Locus Awards 1987". science fiction awards database. Retrieved 2016-12-24.

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