Tag Archives: William Gibson

Neuromancer, Day 5: … and he never saw Molly again.

When someone disagrees with me about detectives, I can be fairly sure that it’s due to a difference in interpretive effort and emphasis, rather than due to a factual error on my part. I’m less confident in my knowledge of … Continue reading

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Neuromancer, Day 4: Beyond Simulation

Man is the measure of all things. This is because Man does the measuring. When we try and imagine a conception of reality beyond our mortal ken, we naturally run into problems. Putting yourself in the… shoes… of an n-dimensional … Continue reading

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Neuromancer, Day 3: Once Upon A Time In A Dystopian Future…

When discussing a genre, it’s grand to espouse a kind of global theory. Crime fiction is about the enforcement of social norms. Tragedy is about the failure of human agency. Fantasy is about trudging. Cyberpunk is about systems of control, … Continue reading

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Neuromancer, Day 2: The World Of Tomorrow

Visions of the future seem to come in only a handful of flavours. I tend to think that the key indicator is the amount of garbage on the streets. If the streets and clean and well lit, humanity did okay. … Continue reading

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Neuromancer, Day 1: How I Got Here

I first read Neuromancer in the Winter of 1992, at a time when I was reading nearly continuously. That year I discovered Agatha Christie, Piers Anthony, Charles Sheffield & Terry Brooks. I consumed everything I could get my hands on. … Continue reading

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The Difference Engine [1990]

Another post on Mr B is coming. Soon I hope, though I’m being carefully vague even with myself on exactly when. Before Christmas. I have two other essays to write before the end of term, realistically one had better be … Continue reading

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The Difference Engine [1990]

by William Gibson & Bruce Sterling. The pitch of the book is basically Steampunk: giant calculation engines have transformed Victorian times into an even more dystopian statement of technology gone awry than the real Industrial revolution, which was pretty brutal … Continue reading

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