Literary Techniques

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One of the most striking features of Neuromancer is its surface texture. Gibson creates the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations of...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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Gibson's work provokes the same strong responses generated by punk music and punk fashion. His work attracts an audience beyond those who...

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Social Concerns

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Arguably, Gibson's novel Neuromancer became a best seller not because it allows a glimpse of the future but because it provides a...

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(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Delany, Samuel. Silent Interviews: On Language, Race, Sex, Science Fiction, and Some Comics. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1994. Pages 172-174 deal specifically with Gibson, and there are other comments on Gibson and cyberpunk sprinkled through the book. By an author often associated with the New Wave.

Dozois, Gardner, ed. Modern Classics of Science Fiction. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1991. The editor’s introduction to Gibson’s story “The Winter Market” summarizes Gibson’s career until 1991.

Hartwell, David, ed. The Science Fiction Century. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 1997. Hartwell’s introductory remarks to Gibson’s story “Johnny Mnemonic” and the overall concept of this anthology put Gibson’s work in historical context.

Hartwell, David, and Kathryn Kramer, eds. The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 1994. The editors, along with contributor Gregory Benford, place Gibson’s work in relationship to traditional science fiction.

Sterling, Bruce, ed. Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology. New York: Arbor House, 1986. The preface provides a good overview of cyberpunk writings.

Literary Precedents

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Neuromancer comes from the twin traditions of the heist caper and science fiction but with a postmodern twist. Gibson uses the plot of...

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Related Titles

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Neuromancer is the first book in Gibson's Sprawl (or Matrix) trilogy. Count Zero (1986) and Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988)...

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Neuromancer has been adapted as a video game that has a devoted following. It was published in 1988 by Interplay Productions and...

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