how do you write about a science-fiction book when most of its ‘future’ is now reality?
“Case was twenty-four. At twenty-two he’d been a cowboy, a rustler, one of the best in the Sprawl…He’d operated on an almost permanent adrenaline high, a byproduct of youth and proficiency, jacked into a custom cyberspace deck that projected his disembodied consciousness into the consensual hallucination that was the matrix.”
much of the world William Gibson constructed in Neuromancer, his first novel, is commonplace now: the matrix, the cowboys (hackers), body modifications, fiber optics, megacorporations. some like body cybernetics and sentient AIs are not here. yet.
Neuromancer has a plot: a once-gifted cowboy, Case, is trying to get healed in a “black” (illegal) clinic. as he searches he’s approached by Molly, a mercenary/bodyguard whose boss wants to make Case a deal. but nothing is as it seems.
Neuromancer is the first cyberpunk novel and Gibson is the godfather of cyberpunk and post-cyberpunk. even though Neuromancer has not been made into a movie, one can watch The Matrix and get a good idea of what a Neuromancer movie would look like.