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- _Neuromancer_ was written on a Hermes 2000 typewriter.
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breakthrough sci fi novel _Neuromancer_, part I of the _Sprawl_ Trilogy authored
by William Gibson.
spawned the Cyberpunk movement and the
genre itself (with a little help from the film _Blade Runner_ (vhs/ntsc)(1982) in the eighties. foreshadowed
the internet and virtual reality. written on a
Paperback - 271 pages Reissue edition (May 1995)
Ace Books; ISBN: 0441569595 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.80 x 6.88 x 4.19.
Winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick Awards.
- "it was called dub.
it was worship", Molly said, "and a sense of community".
- the AI
- some will argue that the concept of
cyberspace was invented 3 years prior to _Neuromancer_ in the
novella _True Names_ by Vernor Vinge
Cyberspace as described by William Gibson in Neuromancer was prefigured
in Nikola Tesla's 1901 plan for
a world system of totally interconnected, planetary communications. He
believed he could engineer a globe unified by the universal regulation
of time and fully traversed by flows
of language, images, and money-all
reduced to an undifferentiated flux
of electrical energy.
- _Cyberpunktuations_ by
Chris Case 1990 Mondo 2000
Software megacorporation, founded 1975 by Bill
Gates and Paul Allen; writer of MS-DOS, Windows (3.x, 95, NT and
CE), Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Bookshelf, Encarta and about a zillion
other programs, most of which are made for business. Possibly the most
evil force on the planet.
Also used by William Gibson,
without permission, for the name of addictive chips that plug into
character's heads in _Neuromancer_. [Name comes from "microcomputer"
Clearly, the notion that computer networks are booting up the mind of the
planet is not a techno-scientific scenario at all, however much
the language of complex systems
or artificial intelligence may help may
help us get a handle on the Internet's
explosive, out-of-control growth or
it's possible mindlike properties. The leap from the global brain to
the Gaian mind remains
essentially a metaphysical
move-- which doesn't mean the leap is worth hazarding. For whether or
not we take Mark Pesce literally, his
vision of the online noosphere gives
voice to a growing if inchoate intuition that computer networks and
virtual technologies have opened up what amounts to a new category of
knowing and being, a unique and unparalleled global space of
intelligence, experience, terror, and communion. On the other hand,
even if we accept the outlandish supposition that Gaia is indeed waking
up and rubbing her satellite eyes, we cannot assume that this
electronic consciousness will be unified to itself, let alone achieve a
state of mystical perfection.
This is the lesson of
Gibson's Neuromancer myth: The cyberspace AI that achieves
technological godhead at the end of his first Novel cannot maintain its
omniscient infinity, and it fragments into
the crafty polytheistic subroutines of Haitian Voodoo.
- Erik Davis - _Techgnosis:
Myth, Magic & Mysticism In The Age
feature film _Neuromancer_ release date ? directed by Chris Cunningham