William Gibson, Neuromancer, New York: Ace Science Fiction Special, 1984

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch63

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) William Gibson, Neuromancer, New York: Ace Science Fiction Special, 1984, in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch63

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675

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Keywords:

  • William Gibson, Neuromancer, New York - Ace Science Fiction Special, 1984;
  • William Gibson's first novel, Neuromancer, a trilogy followed by Count Zero (1986) and Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988), credited with popularizing “cyberpunk”;
  • near-future world of Neuromancer - not the utopia of 1940s and 1950s science fiction;
  • novel, containing elements - from earlier popular fiction;
  • name of the central character, Case - detective fiction, as well as technology saturated world;
  • Night City,” one such area in the urban underworld - “was like a deranged experiment in social Darwinism”;
  • The novel's dystopia, set in the aftermath of a destructive - but limited, World War III;
  • post-modern fictions, forces at play - lying beyond the protagonist's power to fully comprehend;
  • matters, complicating in Neuromancer - boundaries between what is human and what is machine, being blurred;
  • the novel, reading as symptomatic of cultural issues of early 1980s - including American anxiety about increasing dominance of Japanese technology

Summary

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