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neuromancer-william-gibson_v4Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, The Paris Review Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.A Canadian-American science fiction writer and futurist, Gibson helped establish the science fiction subgenre of cyberpunk. He is best known for creating complex dystopian worlds with rich and vivid textures. Neuromancer provided inspiration for movies like The Matrix and helped shape the Internet.WILLIAM GIBSONBORN 1948AuthorNeuromancerby the NumbersMajor science fiction awards won by Neuromancer: the Nebula, Hugo, and Philip K. Dick awards31967Year Gibson moved to Canada and became part of the hippie subculture 12Age when Gibson wanted to become a science fiction writer 1982Year Gibson coined the term cyberspace in his short story “Burning Chromeyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation.TV Voice-over, Chapter 3SymbolsWasps’ NestRepresents the influence and the loss of identity within the Tessier-Ashpool clan Eyes Symbolize changes in perception of people and realityNamesSignify the purpose, background, and personality of each character Main CharactersCaseYoung junkie; former hacker trying to get his abilities backFUSES WITHEMPLOYERBLACKMAILERCREATOR/CONTROLLERLOVERSWintermute Artificial intelligence; has no body or faceArmitageComputer-generated personality in veteran Colonel Willis CortoMollyTough, technologically augmented bodyguardNeuromancerArtificial intelligence; looks like a teenage boyHumanity & TechnologyTechnological advances reshape and change the course of humanity.IdentityIn a world with artificial personalities and augmentation, identity is fluid.FragmentationPeople and AI experience fragmentation of their bodies and minds.Neuromancer is a stylistically vivid reflection on humanitys relationship to technology and on questions of identity that arise in a futuristic world. This cyberpunk novel tells how a hacker named Case is blackmailed into helping two different artificial intelligences fuse to become a single greater being.A Wild Ride through CyberspaceTHEMESEnglishOriginal Language1984Year PublishedWilliam GibsonAuthorNeuromancerScience FictionNovel

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