Neuromancer – Gibson

Besides the fact that this entire novel confused me, I thought the overall concept was interesting. I had some difficulty following Gibson as he told his story and how Case lives in such a world. The syntax and diction throughout the novel was very ‘out there’ and made it hard to follow what what going on. It was also difficult to go back into technology and think of a time without the innovations we have today. I am still unsure about how the upper power was able to alter Case’s system and powers to be a great hacker.

“One of them was what you call Wintermute, which, which is the Turing code for our Berne AI, although, the entity manipulating you is a sort of subprogram.” page 220

This scene is the first scene where I finally understood what was happening and how the main goal for Case and Molly was to help find the second half of the AI. I was unsure what the title meant in the entire novel up to this scene. The Neuromancer is the second “thing” that Lady3Jane is referring to in this quote. Wintermute and Neuromancer need to be united inorder to complete their jobs in this soceity. Case and Molly’s adventure to find the key and keep it safe from Armitage and Riviera’s evil hold. By the end of the novel I think that Gibson was real clever to create such a novel but should have included some background to his stories and new chapters of his novel.

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“We don’t all have the privilege of fighting in the front line, but at least we can all keep fit.” Remember our boys on the Malabar front! And the sailors in the Floating Fortresses. Just think what they have to put up with. Now try again. That’s better, comrade, that’s much better,” she added encouragingly as Winston, with a violent lunge, succeeded in touching his toes with knees unbent, for the first time in several years.


When reading this quote it was interesting to see how extensive the power of the State and Big Brother truly is. Brainwashing and giving slogans for society to memorize and follow is the usual for a totalitarian society, but being able to see them through a television screen was very unbelievable. The woman who is orating the workout is addressing the age group to perform certain moves to make sure that the members of the party are in their best shape. Having such a structured lifestyle proves that this world is not one described in any other novel. Orwell’s imagination goes into depth during this scene. Knowing that Winston is in extreme pain and that he is already old and can not work out, he still is pushed to do something that the Party wants. Making one exercise seems like a good idea on a general spectrum, but at this level it seems bizarre. I felt bad for Winston when he finally stretched out because it was evident that he was in pain during the entire process. Reading this scene of the novel put the entire totalitarian idea to a new extreme. Later in the novel, Winston complains about the chocolate ration, the lack of electricity and how all of the history of the world was being changed to fit that of the Party. Thinking about such actions shows how Orwell could have imagined the worst possible society to live in.

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