It's 26 years later and the closest we've come is a little girl petting an imaginary tiger *sigh*
July 1, 2010 7:20 AM Subscribe
The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
So begins Neuromancer
by William Gibson. On this day in 1984 Neuromancer was published. Neuromancer is the tale of a computer hacker, named Case, who has had his nervous system fried after a hack gone bad, and lost the ability to connect to the immersive "consensual hallucination" known as cyberspace. Drug addicted and circling the drain of Tokyo's criminal underworld, he's given another chance by a mysterious man named Armitage, who offers him his life back in exchange for pulling off the hack of a lifetime.
Neuromancer is a landmark of science fiction, and entered into common usage a lot of terms that we take for granted today
Neuromancer pictured a world where corporations are more powerful than nations
, the internet rules every aspect of life
, and out of control computer constructs have a mind of their own
(among other themes). We've still got a ways to go on the 3D internet thing
Neuromancer is Gibson's first novel, and has been followed up by three other books in the "sprawl" trilogy
, as well as many other stand-alone and serial novels.
We've seen Gibson most recently on the Blue
with this terrific conversation he held with his fans on his blog, where he shares his insights in a world that's increasingly approaching the one he imagined 26 years ago.
In recent Neuromancer news, it looks like a deal has been signed
to have Vincenzo Natali
) direct a long (long
) awaited Neuromancer movie. Will it finally happen? Is Neuromancer still relevant in film format
? Gibson seems to have given his blessing, so that's a good sign at least.
Although previous adaptations of his work have been... sub-optimal.