Nueromancer

Nueromancer

First published in 1984 – this was the scifi novel that spawned the whole cyberpunk movement in scifi literature. Neuromancer is the novel that popularized “cyberspace” and “jacking in”. The internet did not exsist in 1984 outside of universities and a few corporations. I never read Neuromancer, despite becoming enamored of the cyberpunk trend and reading many of the followup novels (All Tomorrow’s Parties remains solidly among my favorites)

Gibson sets the opening parts of the novel in Chiba, in Tokyo and the visuals of the novel are continuously in spired by the manufactured feel of Tokyo. Shibuya and Shinjuku are the models upon which Gibson seems to be basing the feel for his futuristic Chiba. The movie Blade Runner also very adept at recreating the dark and urban feel that Gibson was going for.

The novel tells the story of a washed-up computer hacker hired by a mysterious employer to work on the ultimate hack. Gibson explores artificial intelligencevirtual realitygenetic engineering, and multinational corporations overpowering the traditional nation-state long before these ideas entered popular culture.

The much quoted opening line – “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel” is even more layered with the advent of digital television today.

It is interesting to note that Neuromancer is very often the subject of film  rumors. Hayden Christensen and Liv Tyler have recently turned up in the rumor mill for casting. (Doubt if Hayden could pull off a believable Case  but Liv Tyler as 3Jane would be perfect!)

If by some wild chance you are like me and have not read this yet, then immediately order up a copy. Its worth the read.