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Neuromancer (1984)

by William Gibson

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Series: Sprawl (1)

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The book probably best serves as an excuse to dig out old jungle records from the 90’s and play them on loop; the elusiveness of the plot is part and parcel of the overall structure so people calling it incomprehensible are missing the bigger picture. Gotta approach Gibson’s book the same way you would a Lynch film, we’re not here to hammer down every meaning or boil the whole thing down into some boilerplate sci-fi heist romp, instead we’re here to be ground between the vast virtual cogs of AI, to feel the immensity of haptic cyberspace with its perversities and be dwarfed by it in a fearful experience of the quixotic sublime. It isn’t about what is literally going on plot point by plot point but instead about the evocation of white noise coloured spaces and the angst ridden free fall of zero gravity.

Aside from wanting to listen to old school drum ‘n’ bass or seeing what the feverish projected futures of a guy writing in the 80’s look like however I don’t really know why anyone would want to go through the rigmarole of reading this bad boy. It just about manages to get a passing grade. ( )
  theoaustin | May 19, 2023 |
I first read this in about 1986, and my battered copy from them has a press clipping from 1988 tucked in the back; a review in an English-language Japanese newspaper, praising Gibson's setting the opening in Tokyo nowhere-suburb Chiba. The late '80s were a time when Japan was confidently felt to be our future—Chiba is the cutting edge of medical research, all the best tech is Japanese, and JAL shuttles take passengers into orbit. But SF is actually about the present, as I was reminded during a scene in a spaceship where people are tripping over great piles of dot-matrix printer output. This book was a revelation when it came out, and hoilds up very well, but I actually prefer the short stories and sequels; Neuromancer stumbles at the end and becomes just a little too complicated and metaphysical, compared with the neat plots of Count Zero and Mona Lisa Override which tie up the events of this one. ( )
  adzebill | May 3, 2023 |
Interesting as a historical artifact, it's easy to see Neuromancer's influences in the cyberpunk works to follow. Imaginative. Judged on its own, however, I find it to be a truly perplexing book. Character motives are largely unexplored, and characters seem to lack any internal conflict about the rather radical path they have fallen upon, or the impacts of their choices. Relationships feel empty at times and like the author's fantasy at others. A worthwhile read for what it is, but wouldn't hold up if it weren't such a foundational work. ( )
2 vote hoppmaep | Mar 28, 2023 |
I read Neuromancer years ago and picked it up again recently. It's still a good read. ( )
  jhylton | Mar 23, 2023 |
There's not a single character in this book that I care about. The overuse of adjectives just gets in the way of the story. I don't care exactly what every character is wearing or exactly what they look like. ( )
  BrettElliott | Jan 28, 2023 |
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A new vocabulary for a transformed reality: the deeply influential cyberpunk classic, 30 years on from its original publication
added by dClauzel | editThe Guardian, John Mullan (Nov 7, 2014)
I have to apologize for failing to review William Gibson's "Neuromancer" when it appeared last year. I was led to believe I had done Mr. Gibson an injustice when this novel (the author's first) won both of the important 1984 best-of-the-year awards in science fiction: the Nebula and the Hugo. Now that I have read the book, I would like to cast a belated ballot for Mr. Gibson.
Ovo je roman koji je započeo kiberpank revoluciju, prva knjiga koja je dobila sveto trojstvo nagrada u žanru naučne fantastike - Hugo, Nebula i Filip K. Dik.

Sa Neuromantom, Vilijem Gibson je predstavio svetu kiberprostor i naučna fantastika više nikada nije bila ista. Gibson je svojim romanom najavio sve ono što je došlo godinama kasnije, Internet revoluciju, Matriks filmska trilogiju i neverovatan razvoj informatičkih tehnologija. Kejs je najbolji kompjuterski kauboj koji krstari informatičkim supermagistralama, povezujući svoju svest sa softverom u kiberprostoru, krećući se kroz obilje podataka, pronalazeći tajne informacije za onoga ko može da plati njegove usluge. Kada prevari pogrešne ljude, oni mu se svete na užasan način, uništavajući njegov nervni sistem, mikron po mikron. Proteran iz kiberprostora i zarobljen u svom otupelom telu, Kejs je osuđen na smrt u tehnološkom podzemlju, sve dok ga jednog dana ne angažuju misteriozni poslodavci. Oni mu nude drugu priliku i potpuno izlečenje. Jedini uslov je da prodre u matricu, neverovatno moćnu veštačku inteligenciju kojom upravlja poslovni klan Tezje-Ešpul.
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Gibson, Williamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Addison, ArthurNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Arconada, José B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Berry, RickCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cossato, GiampaoloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crisp, SteveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dean, RobertsonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Häilä, ArtoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heinz, ReinhardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marsh, GaryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peterka, JohannIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sterling, BruceAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Warhola, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
White, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
See, those things, they can work real hard, buy themselves time to write cookbooks or whatever, but the minute, I mean the nanosecond, that one starts figuring out ways to make itself smarter, Turing'll wipe it. Nobody trusts those fuckers, you know that. Every AI ever built has an electromagnetic shotgun wired to its forehead.
I never did like to do anything simple when I could do it ass-backwards.
Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts. … A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding.
"To call up a demon you must learn its name. Men dreamed that, once, but now it is real in another way. You know that, Case. Your business is to learn the names of programs, the long formal names, names the owners seek to conceal. True names ...." [AI Neuromancer to Case, p243]
The eyes were vat grown sea-green Nikon transplants.
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NEUROMANCER was written by William Gibson.
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Case, a nerve-damaged data thief, is recruited by a new employer for a last-chance run against a powerful artificial intelligence.

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Cyber jocks assault.
Founders, corroded, can't stop
The AI jailbreak.


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