Neuromancer – NaBloPoMo 2010

how do you write about a science-fiction book when most of its ‘future’ is now reality?

Neuromancer by William Gibson


“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.”

familiar, no?

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.



8 thoughts on “Neuromancer – NaBloPoMo 2010

  1. great book. Read it about 10 years ago, and remember thinking “something of these things almost exist”. that back in the day, before twitter, smartphones, facebook, 3D tv. I need to read it again, so I can laugh at everything that’s come to be!

    you read any Charlie Stross? he’s got some cyberpunky stuff that’s rather Gibson-y.

  2. Gibson has given up writing about the future — he now writes about the present, set in the present. His newest book is set in 2010, and only one thing in it doesn’t exist (it’s fairly important to the plot, but still).

    Neuromancer was written on a typewriter, very ironic.

  3. Another terrific book. It’s interesting that Gibson was talking about the future in such a mind-bending way when other writers were still babbling about flying cars and spaceships to Alpha Centuri. He foresaw a world in which poverty, corruption and street crime would co-exist with virtual reality, androids and cloning—no sterile, squeaky-clean techno Disneyland for him.

    I need to read his new stuff. I haven’t read anything by him since “The Difference Engine,” and that was a long time ago.

  4. I always like the scene where Case wakes up in an alley in a pile of discarded fiber optics. Of course now I know how uncomfortable that would be if it was unterminated fiber optics…..

  5. I read this one when I was in college. I might have even read it twice, but I’m not sure. I do remember thinking it was pretty cool. I was typing term papers back then, too.

  6. Have to add this one too. Sheesh, my booklist is getting long. Good thing the holidays are coming up and I’ll have some time to read.

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