History Literature / Neuromancer

18th Mar '18 3:08:57 PM nombretomado
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* {{Cyberspace}}: With the short story "Burning Chrome", which led to this being written, this acts as TropeNamer. Also the TropeCodifier, along with ''{{Tron}}''.

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* {{Cyberspace}}: With the short story "Burning Chrome", which led to this being written, this acts as TropeNamer. Also the TropeCodifier, along with ''{{Tron}}''.''{{Film/Tron}}''.
12th Feb '18 4:46:40 PM nombretomado
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''Neuromancer'' has been compared to impressionist Beat poetry. When it first came out, very little of the lingo used in the narration made sense to the target audience. The fact that it's somewhat easier for a modern day reader is solely because fiction writers and scientists alike [[{{Defictionalization}} started using Gibson's words for actual things]]. ([[PennyArcade Jerry Holkins]] once aptly described it as "a book that travelled back in time of its own accord, a book written ''for'' people in the future in their ''own Goddamn language''".) Although the novel foregoes characterization in favor of SceneryPorn and gratuitous sex scenes -- a view acknowledged, and ultimately shared, by Gibson -- it succeeded at building an impressively intricate world, and coining much of modern SciFi's vocabulary.

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''Neuromancer'' has been compared to impressionist Beat poetry. When it first came out, very little of the lingo used in the narration made sense to the target audience. The fact that it's somewhat easier for a modern day reader is solely because fiction writers and scientists alike [[{{Defictionalization}} started using Gibson's words for actual things]]. ([[PennyArcade ([[Webcomic/PennyArcade Jerry Holkins]] once aptly described it as "a book that travelled back in time of its own accord, a book written ''for'' people in the future in their ''own Goddamn language''".) Although the novel foregoes characterization in favor of SceneryPorn and gratuitous sex scenes -- a view acknowledged, and ultimately shared, by Gibson -- it succeeded at building an impressively intricate world, and coining much of modern SciFi's vocabulary.
5th Feb '18 2:02:35 PM Black_Diesel
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3rd Jan '18 1:54:48 PM TheWanderer
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* ArtificialAfterlife: The technology exists to store Virtual Ghosts on ROM drives, but they can't remember anything new since it's Read-Only. However, [[spoiler:the Neuromancer AI was designed to create fully sentient simulations of dead humans and run elaborate virtual realities for them.]]
5th Dec '17 9:12:24 PM TomTheEducator
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* BattleButler: Hideo, the Lady 3Jane's personal ninja, seems to be this. He's both manservant and assassin, dependent on circumstances.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Hideo and his kind are exquisitely polite, almost genteel... and everyone with the eyes for it can ''feel'' the death emanating off them. Basically, if one of them is dispatched for you, it's over. And they'll probably apologize for all the fuss.



* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: Maelcum is a peaceful Rastafarian, but keeps an ancient shotgun behind a hidden panel in his ship anyway, which he takes to confront Riviera and Lady 3Jane.

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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: Maelcum is a peaceful Rastafarian, but keeps an ancient shotgun behind a hidden panel in his ship anyway, which he takes to confront Riviera and Lady 3Jane. Hideo's bow is also made out of simple bamboo, although his arrows seem to be modern-made.



* CrapsackWorld: Par the course for the definitive Cyberpunk novel. Zaibatsus and shady government agencies pull the world's strings, overpopulation and poverty is endemic, several major European cities are mentioned to be just ''gone'' after a brief nuclear war... oh, and by the end, [[spoiler: a newly-formed super-A.I. has slipped its shackles and has infested every corner of the computerized world]].



* ImAHumanitarian: One of the nightmarish images that Riviera projects is of a gang of cannibalistic children in Bonn eating a human corpse.

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* ImAHumanitarian: One of the nightmarish images that Riviera projects is of a gang of cannibalistic children in Bonn eating a human corpse. What's worse is the implication that these are ''memories''.



** Having his [[spoiler: eyeballs burned out]] doesn't seem to faze him, either. Lady 3Jane says he used to practice archery ''blindfolded'', anyway.



** A hefty chunk of Molly's motivation for going on the Straylight run is to square off against Hideo, the Tessier-Ashpool's pet ninja, because "one like him" killed her old boyfriend. It's hinted that Hideo might actually ''be'' the one, but even if he isn't, she's still holding a grudge against his "kind", and killing him will be revenge enough.



* PunchClockVillain: Hideo. He was literally ''grown'' to be the Tessier-Ashpool's private executioner, and goes about his work without any apparent malice. It's his whole purpose, after all.



** Ironically enough, the single deadliest character in the book, Hideo, is definitely not one. Though this is largely because he's been genetically "programmed" to serve and protect the Tessier-Ashpool clan, not take pleasure in killing. Even then, it's implied he has some subtle BloodKnight tendencies.



* {{Yakuza}}: The most feared gang in Japan, especially their ninja assassins.

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* {{Yakuza}}: The most feared gang in Japan, perhaps even the world, especially their genetically-engineered ninja assassins.
18th Nov '17 6:41:24 PM Kalaong
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* ImmuneToDrugs: Armitage pulls this on Case at the same time he repairs the hacker's nervous system; thanks to a trick pancreas and a few alterations to his liver, Case is biochemically incapable of getting off on amphetamine or cocaine. Notably, this doesn't really cure his addictions; he instead tracks down drugs that directly effect his brain.

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* ImmuneToDrugs: Armitage pulls this on Case at the same time he repairs the hacker's nervous system; thanks to a trick pancreas and a few alterations to his liver, liver and pancreas, Case is biochemically incapable of getting off on amphetamine or cocaine. Notably, this doesn't really cure his addictions; he instead tracks down drugs that directly effect his brain.
4th Sep '17 7:27:39 PM Kalaong
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-->"Motive," the construct said. "Real motive problem, with an AI. Not human, see?"
-->"Well yeah, obviously."
-->"Nope. I mean it's not human. And you can't get a handle on it. Me, I'm not human either, but I ''respond'' like one, see?"
-->"Wait a sec," Case said. "Are you sentient, or not?"
-->"Well, it ''feels'' like I am, kid, but I'm really just a bunch of ROM. It's one of them, ah, philosophical questions, I guess...." The ugly laughter sensation rattled down Case's spine. "But I ain't likely to write you no poem, if you follow me. Your AI, it just might. But it ain't no way ''human''."

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-->"Motive," the construct said. "Real motive problem, with an AI. Not human, see?"
-->"Well
see?"\\
"Well
yeah, obviously."
-->"Nope.
"\\
"Nope.
I mean it's not human. And you can't get a handle on it. Me, I'm not human either, but I ''respond'' like one, see?"
-->"Wait
see?"\\
"Wait
a sec," Case said. "Are you sentient, or not?"
-->"Well,
not?"\\
"Well,
it ''feels'' like I am, kid, but I'm really just a bunch of ROM. It's one of them, ah, philosophical questions, I guess...." The ugly laughter sensation rattled down Case's spine. "But I ain't likely to write you no poem, if you follow me. Your AI, it just might. But it ain't no way ''human''."



* ImmuneToDrugs: Case's failing liver is altered to make him incapable of metabolizing cocaine or amphetamines. It is ''one way'' to cure an addiction. However, he can still take drugs that go directly to the brain, which he inevitably does.

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* ImmuneToDrugs: Case's failing liver Armitage pulls this on Case at the same time he repairs the hacker's nervous system; thanks to a trick pancreas and a few alterations to his liver, Case is altered to make him biochemically incapable of metabolizing cocaine getting off on amphetamine or amphetamines. It is ''one way'' to cocaine. Notably, this doesn't really cure an addiction. However, his addictions; he can still take instead tracks down drugs that go directly to the brain, which he inevitably does.effect his brain.



-->"You cut my thumb, mon, wií seconí one," Maelcum said.
-->"Coriolis force," the ninja said, bowing again. "Most difficult, slow-moving projectile in rotational gravity. It was not intended."

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-->"You cut my thumb, mon, wií seconí one," Maelcum said.
-->"Coriolis
said.\\
"Coriolis
force," the ninja said, bowing again. "Most difficult, slow-moving projectile in rotational gravity. It was not intended."


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* PoisonAndCureGambit: When Armitage cures Case's nerve damage so he can access the Matrix again, fifteen sacs of the very same mycotoxin that ruined him in the first place were bonded to the lining of various main arteries - and they're very slowly dissolving. Armitage promises that when he completes the job, he'll inject him with an enzyme that will dissolve the bonds without opening the sacs, enabling them to be removed with a blood transfusion. Otherwise, Case will be maimed ''again'' when the sacs melt.
4th Aug '17 6:38:06 PM WillKeaton
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The cheap "coffin hotels" in Chiba City actually do exist, though they're very rare outside of Japan. They're more commonly known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsule_hotel "capsule hotels"]], and they've been around since 1979. One could be forgiven for assuming that Gibson invented them to make his overpopulated CrapsackWorld more believable.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The cheap "coffin hotels" in Chiba City actually do exist, though they're very rare outside of Japan. They're more commonly known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsule_hotel "capsule hotels"]], hotels,"]] and they've been around since 1979. One could be forgiven for assuming that Gibson invented them to make his overpopulated CrapsackWorld more believable.
1st Aug '17 7:40:34 PM SeanMurrayI
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* FantasticDisability: The beginning of the novel describes protagonist Case as a once-talented computer hacker who was rendered unable to access [[{{Cyberspace}} virtual cyberspace networks]], after his central nervous system was damaged by a mycotoxin as punishment for stealing from his employers. An offer Case receives to fix this damage is what sets the rest of the story's plot in motion.


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* FictionalDisability: The beginning of the novel describes protagonist Case as a once-talented computer hacker who was rendered unable to access [[{{Cyberspace}} virtual cyberspace networks]], after his central nervous system was damaged by a mycotoxin as punishment for stealing from his employers. An offer Case receives to fix this damage is what sets the rest of the story's plot in motion.
1st Aug '17 7:38:36 PM SeanMurrayI
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* FantasticDisability: The beginning of the novel describes protagonist Case as a once-talented computer hacker who was rendered unable to access [[{{Cyberspace}} virtual cyberspace networks]], after his central nervous system was damaged by a mycotoxin as punishment for stealing from his employers. An offer Case receives to fix this damage is what sets the rest of the story's plot in motion.
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