"I come from the Net. Through systems, people, and cities, to this place, Mainframe. My format, Guardian: To mend and defend. Defend my new found friends. Their hopes, and dreams. Defend them from their enemies... They say The User lives outside the net, and inputs games for pleasure. No one knows for sure, but I intend to find out."
— Bob, ReBoot, season 1 opening
"You are now in cyberspace, or atleast Your mind is here. Meanwhile Your meatsack, Your real body is back were You left in "Meatspace" and completely defenseless."
— Un-identified commander, Dystopia (Source mod), Tutorial
Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts... A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data.
— William Gibson, Neuromancer
There is a hole in static reality.
It's about two microns wide and about three astronomical units long. It's as fragile as spun glass and strong as light. It branches out in all directions, encircles the globe and goes nowhere. It's a digital realm of dazzling wonders and sudden, terrifying termination. It can uplift and exalt the mind and it can crush the psyche. Once a consciousness crawls into that fiber optic hole in the wall of reality, that consciousness emerges into another world - a world where you have anything, do anything, be anything. Just like the real world, only more so.
—Mage: The Ascension - The Digital Web