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Questions tagged [neuromancer]

For use when referring to the sci-fi 1984 novel by William Gibson about a hacker being hired to pull off the ultimate hack. The first of the Sprawl Trilogy.

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What's with all those “thimbles” in Neuromancer?

I'm currently reading the book and as somebody for whom English is the second language understanding Gibson's fanciful vocabulary is quite a challenge. Now there is one particular term - "thimble" - ...
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Radio Adaptation of Neuromancer

In 2003, I heard part of a radio adaptation of William Gibson's Neuromancer on XM Radio, shortly after I had finished reading the book for the first time. Unfortunately, I had a flight to catch and ...
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What color was the sky above the port in Neuromancer?

Neuromancer, published in '84, famously opens with the line The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. I've always interpreted this to mean "gray", if not ...
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Are there other effects of the mycotoxin besides preventing to access the cyberspace?

In the Neuromancer, Case got infected with a mycotoxin, which damaged his brain and prevents him to access the cyberspace. Strapped to a bed in a Memphis hotel, his talent burning out micron by ...
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In Neuromancer: why Case?

My question is simple, and I apologise in advance if I'm missing something obvious. Why Case? Molly herself raises the issue: "Like something tells him [Armitage] to go off to Chiba, pick up a ...
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Was Trinity (The Matrix) based on Molly (Neuromancer)?

I just started reading Neuromancer, and found Molly being very much like Trinity from the Matrix: similar clothing, proficiency in combat, sometimes cold attitude, even the black sunglasses/lenses. ...
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How much time passes between the beginning of Neuromancer and Case visiting the Chatsubo near the end of the book?

When he decides to call back in there, Ratz acts like he doesn't recognise him and shows complete indifference. I am wondering how much time has passed at that point, or if in fact there is some ...
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Neuromancer: What is the “sprawl”?

In William Gibson's novel Neuromancer the word "sprawl" is often used, which is also reflected in the title "Sprawl Trilogy". My problem is that I am reading the German translation of the book, but ...
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Origin of word “matrix” used to describe a virtual reality environment?

What's the origin of the word "Matrix" used as either a name or a description of a virtual reality environment? The best known example is of course from the film of the same name, and it's widely ...
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Why doesn't Neuromancer want to merge with Wintermute?

In William Gibson's novel Neuromancer, we come to learn that the final heist at Villa Straylight, and the events leading up to it, have largely been orchestrated by the artificial intelligence ...
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Should I read Count Zero before Mona Lisa Overdrive?

I loved Neuromancer and want to look into going forward in the series. I happen to have Mona Lisa Overdrive. Should I wait until I have read Count Zero, or is it "safe" to read Mona Lisa Overdrive ...
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What is the meaning of wasps nest symbolism from Neuromancer?

What is the meaning of wasps nest symbolism from Neuromancer ? When Case had some mental problems he recalled a memory of a broken wasps nest a few times.
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What is the password at the end of Neuromancer?

I just finished William Gibson's Neuromancer and I'm still puzzled by the famous password that Lady 3Jane is the only one to know, the password needed to remove the restraining bolt on Wintermute. ...