Gibson’s New Romancer

09.2007 at 3:29 am 2 comments

Interesting fact:

In the process of writing Neuromancer, William Gibson coined the term “cyberspace”, and created the first of an influential genre.

The experience:

The whole ride was like being high – sometimes referred to as an hallucination. Gibson’s world seemed like a massive explosion of color that blinded the reader from the sporadic storyline. The creation of new “life” was a stimulating wonder, but was overshadowed by a dark ending – What kind of a last sentence “He never saw Molly again.”? The protagonist had no control over anything, did nothing heroic nor life changing – he’d be left in the gutter if he wasn’t forcefed a redeeming, fresh start from the morbid, sick, black life he had previously led. Gibson’s expansive, sometimes overly-detailed, projection of the future is one of physical, material, spiritual, and moral degradation. Overall, this classic sci-fi is a thought-provoking roller coaster ride of wicked twists and turns.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. truth9  |  09.2007 at 4:16 am

    Technically, Philip K. Dick has been credited with the creation of the cyberpunk genre, though it wasn’t until Gibson that Dick was able to be categorized.

    I wasn’t impressed with Neuromancer myself, though I read it before I really started reading lit, so who knows. Maybe I’d like it now.

    Also, it’s sort of the first of a trilogy, so maybe the others move the protagonist along. Maybe they don’t.

    Still, makes me want to play Shadowrun.

  • 2. Richard  |  09.2007 at 10:44 pm

    I remember reading and enjoying Neuromancer in grade 8. It was pretty twisted, and I had not seen anything like it before that. I actually read it for a a book report for class where we were allowed to pick the book. I don’t think the teacher had any idea what I had gotten into. But it was just in the school library! šŸ˜›


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