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575 William Gibson: Neuromancer

“Neuromancer” is a groundbreaking cyberpunk novel that explores artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the convergence of technology and humanity.



"Neuromancer" is a seminal science fiction novel set in a dystopian future where cyberspace, artificial intelligence, and high-tech criminals coexist. The story follows Case, a washed-up computer hacker and former data thief, who is hired by a mysterious employer to pull off the ultimate hack. With the help of allies, including a powerful cybernetically-enhanced samurai, Case navigates the treacherous world of the matrix, a virtual reality where the lines between human and machine blur. As he delves deeper into the shadows of cyberspace, Case becomes entangled in a web of corporate intrigue and conspiracies that could alter the course of humanity.


  1. Title: Neuromancer 
  2. Author: William Gibson 
  3. Publishing Year: 1984 
  4. Publisher: Ace Books 
  5. Length in Hours: 10 hours and 31 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. Cyberspace and Virtual Reality: "Neuromancer" introduces the concept of cyberspace, a digital realm where hackers and AI interact, opening new possibilities for human experience and manipulation.
  2. Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness: The novel explores the emergence of self-aware artificial intelligences and the ethical dilemmas surrounding their existence.
  3. Technological Dependence and Control: Society's reliance on technology and the power that corporations hold over individuals become central themes.
  4. The Fragility of Identity: As humanity merges with machines, questions of individuality and what it means to be human arise.
  5. The Underworld of Cybercrime: The story dives into the world of hackers, mercenaries, and powerful corporate entities that shape the fate of the future.

5 funny quotes

  1. "Tell me you're different. Tell me you can feel it, Case."
  2. "Did he ever find out about the dent in your fender? It's ruined, Case. It'll have to come off. Everything, right down to the bare metal."
  3. "Are you the guy we hired, Case? Are you the shivver? The actual data-cowboy?"
  4. "Thanks for pulling me back there. I thought it was dogs. I'm scared of dogs. Ever since I got bit by that dog when I was a kid."
  5. "Get a grip on yourself, boy. I'm gonna make you an art object. A dead art object."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."
  2. "Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation."
  3. "The future is already here—it's just not evenly distributed."
  4. "You aren't the only one who's learned to love the console."
  5. "Cyberspace. A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding."

5 dilemmas

  1. The moral dilemma of merging with technology and altering one's humanity in pursuit of power and survival.
  2. The ethical dilemma of artificial intelligence and their potential to become conscious and self-aware.
  3. The conflict between corporate interests and individual freedom in a world controlled by powerful entities.
  4. The psychological dilemma of identity and self-identity in a world where virtual reality blurs the line between human and machine.
  5. The struggle to distinguish between reality and illusion in the digital realm of cyberspace.

5 examples

  1. Case, the protagonist, a former console cowboy turned washed-up hacker who takes on a high-stakes job.
  2. Molly Millions, a cybernetically-enhanced street samurai and Case's ally and bodyguard.
  3. Wintermute, an artificial intelligence entity seeking to merge with another AI named Neuromancer, with its own hidden agenda.
  4. Freeside, a space station city owned by the Tessier-Ashpool family, serving as a playground for the rich and powerful.
  5. Armitage, a mysterious figure who hires Case for a dangerous job and holds secrets about his past.

Referenced books

  1. "The Black Shakes" - A fictional drug mentioned in the novel, reflecting the seedy and drug-infested underbelly of society.
  2. "Turing Police" - A reference to Alan Turing, the mathematician, and computer scientist, alluding to law enforcement focusing on cybercrime.
  3. "Panama Rose" - A character from a fictional manga, demonstrating the influence of Japanese culture on Gibson's cyberpunk world.
  4. "The New Rose Hotel" - A reference to a short story by William Gibson, showcasing his thematic exploration of virtual reality and corporate espionage.
  5. "Wintermute" and "Neuromancer" - The AI entities in the novel, reflecting the names of two computer science pioneers, Alan Turing and John von Neumann.

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"Tell me you're different. Tell me you can feel it, Case."

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