Responding to Neuromancer


From creating the term, “cyberspace” to creating a digital world phenomenon Gibson makes this novel still prevalent today. When I first began reading this novel I was beyond confused. I was never into and never experienced a Sci-Fi novel and as I went further I began to appreciate his out of this time mentality that is more of a reality back then than it was in the 1980’s. Then I was questioning why make us read this book in particular? How does this book have anything to do with Digital Studies. It dawned on me that by reading this novel it wasn’t about the fantasy and creativity that came of this novel. It was the innovation and the idea that one’s mind can have the capabilities to create such machines like artificial intelligence and that there are so much more to create, to discover. Gibson gave us that with giving millions of readers the ideas that are now becoming no longer a fantasy but a reality. There were many themes that were brought in throughout the novel. There was Case past and how that is what was driving him to get back his memories and how the hallucination transformed his on so many levels. There is one quote that I have seen all over social media sites that I believe really did have an impact on readers, “The sky above the port was the color of the television, tuned to a dead channel.” There is a way that Gibson writes that isn’t like anyone and shows in the countless awards that were given to the novel. It wasn’t that Gibson created a new world that was completely out of tune with society, it was the fact that he took a world that has already been created and transformed it into this unexplainable digitalized concept that is now the foundation for many inventions. This wasn’t just a fictional novel it was a blue print for many inventors and creators. I put a link of a video that talks about the novel. These four men are still idolizing a novel that was written in the 80’s because of how much of an impact it has had on this world. The idea that Gibson already had this vision of the future makes you realize how much of an influence he really had. I am also going to put a small article that not only talks about the novel 1984,┬ábut also tie in Neuromancer and how one could see this novel as the American Dream. The one that actually fits our reality than others who talk about freedom and rights. This American Dream is about the technology and how that is such a huge part of our culture. That is why we had this novel. It is a part of our culture and how this was one of the novels that really started the idea and creation of cyberspace.