neuro: Ancient Greek, neuron, nerve
mancy: Middle English, mansi (prophetic power); Ancient Greek, manteia (divination)
neuromancer: diviner of the neural pathways
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.
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.
Cyberspace may be compared to dream space, where the only physical constraint is one's body while the space dreamed of may be unlimited.
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.
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.
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
"But me I'm down around the corner, You 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.
Shuriken are traditional Japanese throwing or stabbing weapons. They are sometimes called ninja stars.
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