Neuromancer was commissioned by Terry Carr for the third series of Ace Science Fiction Specials, which was intended to exclusively feature debut novels. Given a year to complete the work, Gibson undertook the actual writing out of "blind animal terror" at the obligation to write an entire novel – a feat which he felt he was "four or five years away from". After witnessing the first 20 minutes of landmark cyberpunk film Blade Runner (1982) which was released when Gibson had written a third of the novel, he "figured [Neuromancer] was sunk, done for. Everyone would assume I’d copped my visual texture from this astonishingly fine-looking film." He re-wrote the first two-thirds of the book twelve times, feared losing the reader's attention and was convinced that he would be "permanently shamed" following its publication; yet what resulted was a major imaginative leap forward for a first-time novelist.
This came up through a game of hopscotch through wikipedia started from the first major disagreement K~ and I have thus far. Namely, how we feel about "Fragments of a Hologram Rose".
She didn't like it because it was about a device which is never really described which is clearly a metaphor. I remembered liking it because of Gibson's use of language -- which is always a pleasure to read. I considered the possibility that I was younger and more easily impressed.
I found it online. I still love that story.