Page 1. " Neuromancer "
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neuromancer,  neuro-mancer

neuro: Ancient Greek, neuron, nerve

mancy: Middle English, mansi (prophetic power); Ancient Greek, manteia (divination)

neuromancer: diviner of the neural pathways

Page 3. " The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. "


When watching a dead channel one may experience apophenia - the spontaneous perception of connectedness and meaningfulness in random phenomena: seeing patterns and connections where none exist.

Page 5. " he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and the corners he'd cut in Night City, and still he see the matrix in his sleep "
Cubic honeycomb
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Through Neuromancer, concepts of cyberspace and 'the matrix' entered the popular imagination.

William Gibson coined the term cyberspace to describe the 'mass consensual hallucination' data streams of networked computers.

Page 5. " the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo "
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Cyberspace may be compared to dream space, where the only physical constraint is one's body while the space dreamed of may be unlimited.

Page 6. " At twenty-two, he'd been a cowboy, a rustler, one of the best in the Sprawl. "
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Case is a cyberspace hacker.

In Neuromancer the line between human and computer is blurred. People become circuitry by implanting chips and electronics to enhance their mental and physical abilities. Computers become human by sampling personality, memory and soul. Though they have different structures and different ways of being, humans and artificial intelligences have similar intentionalities.

Page 7. " They damaged his nervous system with a wartime Russian mycotoxin. "

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 Mycotoxins are poisons produced by fungal molds. They can be found on dead leaves, stored grains and compost piles.

Russia became interested in using T-2 mycotoxin as a weapon after witnessing the fatalities resulting from bread made with mouldy wheat during World War 2. T-2 has been suggested as a cause of Gulf War Syndrome.  For a time it was believed that T-2 had been used in Vietnam, when sticky "yellow rain" fell, although this is now thought to have been honeybee faeces.


Page 10. " holograms of Wizard's Castle, Tank War Europa "

Wizard’s Castle 1979 for Commodore PET/CBM, DOS, TRS-80, Windows: a long ago story line with a great Wizard and Orb of Power:



Gameplay is similar to a text adventure game: you choose from several options/commands to move around in a castle and find gold or battle. 


Child of Eden 2011 for 360 Kinect from Ubisoft and Tetsuya Mizuguchi

Page 11. " He looked up, met gray eyes ringed with paintstick. She was wearing faded French orbital fatigues and new white sneakers. "
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Cyberpunk Cybergoth subculture and fashion, influenced by Neuromancer, combines body modification and technology.

"But me I'm down around the cornerYou know I'm lookin' for Miss Linda Lee". A gone astray Linda Lee wanders in a Velvet Underground song "Cool it Down" from their album Loaded 1970.

Page 15. " The shuriken had always fascinated him, steel stars with knife-sharp points "
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 Shuriken are traditional Japanese throwing or stabbing weapons.  They are sometimes called ninja stars.


Page 17. " The desktop was littered with cassettes, scrolls of yellowed printout, and various parts of some sort of clockwork typewriter, a machine Deane never seemed to get around to reassembling. "
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Neuromancer's imaginary future is cluttered with scraps of the industrial past.  Gibson's Bridge trilogy explores the radical uses of technology after traumatic events destabilizes society.

The Bridge trilogy influenced Makers by Cory Doctorow, about the trash hackers who find inspiration in the growing pile of ejunk.

“The Street finds its own uses for things.”- William Gibson, 'Rocket Radio' article, 1989