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Neuromancer (1984)

by William Gibson

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Series: Sprawl (1)

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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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  fmc712 | Feb 18, 2021 |
This was my second time reading Neuromancer and I've never experienced such a night-and-day response between a first and second read before, now really enjoying the text. I really benefitted from understanding the basic plot this time around so I was able to appreciate its intricacies.
2 vote booms | Feb 16, 2021 |
Similarities to the Matrix:

Hacker is recruited.
The Matrix is a thing within the story
Zion is a place.

How it is different to The Matrix:

The characters aren't living in the 'real world' and fighting in The Matrix. People, for a price, can get enhancements. All sorts of them. Even an enhancement that allows one to 'jack in' to another, see through their eyes and feel what they feel. In The Matrix, the three agents want access codes to Zion's mainframe. In Neuromancer, the mysterious employer wants a special something in order to be freed. To gain control. So there is some similarity there, but all-in-all I would say both stories are different enough to be their own thing.

This is a story about a druggie hacker forcibly recruited to help Armitage and Molly steal something important for a mysterious employer. It's a wild right. The technology was unique to me (though I'll be reading a lot more cyberpunk so maybe that'll change) and was a treat to read how different characters utilized the tech made available to them.

This is an extremely bloody, visceral story that won't be for everyone. If you're squeamish steer clear. Some may find it hard to follow because of the technology and maybe they read a review or two saying it was hard to follow. Don't be intimidated. It's sophisticated, but in a way that's easy to digest.

The visuals are intense, the technology is fearsome and fun. The plot is far-reaching, and without a wasted word, and the characters have superb back stories.

The ending might not be for everyone. But the story is wrapped up and a nice bow is put on it. I highly recommend this story. ( )
  JBTaylor42 | Feb 7, 2021 |
I can't believe I missed this book in 1984 when I was reading science fiction and working as a programmer. No idea what I would have made of it 30 years ago but it still sounds vivid and new today. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
The audiobook is good, if a bit confusing. I'm going to read it to see which is the better experience. ( )
  A2Seamster | Jan 13, 2021 |
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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
Sandrelli, SandroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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.
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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]
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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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