Final Thoughts on Neuromancer

The title had me worried. Neuromancer is, no question, a silly name for a book. It conjures (har har) images of terrible scifi/fantasy paperback cover art like this: Fortunately, this is a novel whose author took more cues from Raymond Chandler, William S. Burroughs, and Rene Descartes than from The Werwile of the Crystal Crypt. Though … Continue reading

Neuromancer’s Finale

William Gibson says this about the revision process for his novel, Neuromancer: The first two-thirds was rewritten a dozen times- a lot of stylistic changes, once I had the feel of the world, but also a lot of monkeying around to make the plot seem vaguely plausible… My revisions mainly involve looking for passages that “clunk.” … Continue reading

Sustaining Dread – Neuromancer teases out the bad guy

The most painful thing about reading this book is knowing how just about every idea in it has been turned into a cliche. Some of these ideas were innovative at the time. For example, action scenes in cyberspace, cybernetically-enhanced characters, and the intermingling of the human brain and the computer. However, some tropes in Neuromancer … Continue reading

Digital Reality

In three separate instances that I’ve tallied so far, Neuromancer describes ways for a person to be assimilated by a technology. These are characters that give up independence or humanity in order to be controlled by a machine. The author William Gibson has come up with some ingenious ways of conceiving this. Here are three: … Continue reading

Dig Those Killer Lines

Here’s an easy one. Just soak up the lines of this passage from Neuromancer. It’s tight, clean, inventive. I don’t think there’s much popular fiction that can compete with these lines in terms of confidence. They are focused on sustaining a mood but they also teach us about this place and the character, Case. Not … Continue reading