Neuromancer: Cyberpunk and Novum Ownership (Pt. 2)

William Gibson was born in South Carolina in 1948, grew up in Virginia and Arizona, and left the United States for Canada when he was nineteen, where he still lives. Neuromancer was his first novel, and netted him the three major American science fiction awards: the Hugo, the Nebula and, perhaps appropriately, the Philip K …

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Neuromancer: Cyberpunk and Novum Ownership (Pt. 1)

Neuromancer is Cyberpunk and Cyberpunk is Neuromancer. That’s how it’s supposed to go. Though the term Cyberpunk was first used in a short story published in 1983 actually called “Cyberpunk”, the word’s birth is usually attributed to William Gibson’s 1984 novel Neuromancer. This is understandable. According to Timothy Leary, Gibson has, through his trilogy of …

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So It Goes: The Landscape of Memory in Slaughterhouse-Five (Pt. 2)

Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five has been pegged as fatalistic, an interpretation supported by a direct reading of the Tralfamadorians’ description of the nature of space-time. If time is non-linear, it follows that causality is an absurdity and all events are set. Geller’s reading is more subjective: that Pilgrim is convinced of these ‘facts’ as a way of …

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