Neuromancer by William Gibson Summary
Case, a burned-out computer whiz, is asked to steal a security code that is locked in the most heavily guarded databank in the solar system, in a special twentieth anniversary edition of the influential Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel.
A Study Guide for William Gibson's "Neuromancer" by Gale, Cengage Learning Summary
A Study Guide for William Gibson's "Neuromancer," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.
Revelator Book 1: The Neuromancer by William Control Summary
Through the madness I shuffle. A wretched shell of the man I was when her love possessed me. Lucifer has given me one chance at redemption. I am compelled to drag myself to the dusty finish line. Compelled by the love I have somewhere in my drowning heart and by the curiosity of a new adventure that will, one day, surely kill me. This is the story of William Control.
William Gibson's 'Neuromancer' and the Relation Between Mind and Body by Franz Wegener Summary
Seminar paper from the year 2002 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1 (very good), Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg (Institut fur fremdsprachliche Philologien), course: Cyborgs (WS 2001/2002), 4 entries in the bibliography, language: English, comment: This paper is about William Gibson's 'Neuromancer'. Neuromancer was the book that initiated the cyberpunk debate, which was very influential in culture studies. The paper explores Gibson's position towards the mind-body-problem, i.e. the relation between mind and body., abstract: This paper is about William Gibson's famous novel "Neuromancer." Neuromancer was the book that initiated the cyberpunk debate, a debate that was very influential in culture studies and modern literature. The cyberpunk debate created a more suspicious image of new technologies and their effect on the role of the human being as well as the social life and the society. Gibson's position towards the mind-body-problem, i.e. the relation between mind and body, is examined. An overview is given of possible technologies he describes and how they trigger the breakdown between man and machine as well as between individuals. The paper also sketches the effects of those technologies on social interaction, moral values and the structure of the society."
Histoire Zéro by William GIBSON Summary
Un blouson hors mode conçu par le designer inconnu d’une ligne de vêtements connue pour ne pas être célèbre... Dans un temps où tout change à chaque nouvelle collection, cette permanence en fait un objet quasiment mythique. Engagée par le tout-puissant Bigend, qui « identifie les schémas » comme un chaman le labyrinthe sémantique du monde, l’ex-rockeuse Hollis va, de Londres à Paris, mener son enquête dans l’univers de la mode et des secrets militaires... Dans la continuité d’Identification des schémas et Code Source, Gibson poursuit avec Histoire zéro son exploration des sub-cultures nées des objets et des marques, et les mythologies qu’ils engendrent.
Tomorrow's Parties by William GIBSON Summary
"Colin Layne habite un carton dans les couloirs du métro à Tokyo, en partie détruite par un séisme et reconstruite grâce aux nanotechnologies. Son don et son expérience du réseau lui permettent, en s’immergeant dans les flux de données en transit sur la toile, de déchiffrer intuitivement les évènements en devenir...« Sans quitter les rives de la cyberculture, dont il fut un des pionniers, William Gibson renouvelle le genre avec ce roman, qui, sur fond de fracture sociale, navigue entre thriller et romance. » Frédérique Roussel, Libération"
Neuromancien by William GIBSON Summary
Case est le meilleur cow-boy des interfaces, un hacker lâché sur les autoroutes du cyberespace, le seul qui ait jamais traversé la matrice avant de rencontrer les mauvaises personnes au mauvais moment... Première grande dystopie sociale aux côtés du Blade Runner de Philip K. Dick, un chef d’oeuvre prémonitoire, fondateur de la SF moderne. « Kaléidoscopique, picaresque, flashy, décadent... une incroyable performance, virtuose. » Washington Post « L’un des plus fameux bouquins du corpus SF dans son ensemble. » Olivier Girard, Bifrost « S’inspirant des contre-cultures, Gibson signe des romans de science-fiction visionnaires. » Le Monde
The Urban Condition by Ghent Urban Studies Team,Dirk De Meyer,Kristiaan Versluys Summary
What does the Western city at the end of the twentieth century look like? How did the modern metropolis of congestion and density turn into a posturban or even postsuburban cityscape? What are edge cities and technoburbs? How has the social composition of cities changed in the postwar era? What do gated communities tell us about social fragmentation? Is public space in the contemporary city being privatized and militarized? How can the urban self still be defined? What role does consumer aestheticism have to play in this? These and many more questions are addressed by this uniquely conceived multidisciplinary study. The Urban Condition seeks to interfere in current debates over the future and interpretation of our urban landscapes by reuniting studies of the city as a physical and material phenomenon and as a cultural and mental (arte)fact. The Ghent Urban Studies Team responsible for the writing and editing of this volume is directed by Kristiaan Versluys and Dirk De Meyer at the University of Ghent, Belgium. It is an interdisciplinary research team of young academics that further consists of Kristiaan Borret, Bart Eeckhout, Steven Jacobs, and Bart Keunen. The collective expertise of GUST ranges from architectural theory, urban planning, and art history to philosophy, literary criticism and cultural theory.
Code source by William GIBSON Summary
Cyberartistes, trafiquants de technologies, barbouzes désœuvrées, espions paranoïaques : une guerre du renseignement au temps des leurres informatiques ! Roman d’espionnage et thriller poétique sur fond de mondialisation, de manigances et de secrets, Code source fait suite à Identification des schémas, « l’un des premiers véritables romans du XXIe siècle », selon le Washington Post.
"New" Exoticisms by Isabel Santaolalla Summary
All civilisations have both feared and been fascinated by what lies beyond their limits, and have to a greater or lesser extent construed their “others” as exotics. Given that, even in its most consumerist fashion, the adoption of the exotic goes back a long way, what, then —if anything— is new in contemporary versions of exoticism? This volume attempts to offer some answers to this question. The first of its three sections serves as an extended introduction to the concept and practice of exoticism, considering the phenomenon from a number of theoretical and critical positions, explicitly examining —sometimes via significant examples— the particular attributes of exoticism. The second and third sections are more strictly text-based, relying on the analysis of specific instances of film in the former and literature in the latter, in order to tease out some specific uses of the exotic –whether ethnic, gendered, sexual or other. This volume will be of interest to scholars and students working in the fields of representation, cultural theory, postcolonialism, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, cinema and literature.
Worlds of Wonder by Camille R. La Bossière,Jean-François Leroux Summary
Science fiction and fantasy have come to be popular genres for Canadian writers. The work of Margaret Atwood, for example, contains many allusions to science fiction; indeed she has written novels that work explicitly with the tropes of the genre. While some science fiction and fantasy texts are concerned with little more than brains in jars on a distant planet or similarly fabulous Fairy-land fare, many works in both genres have contained penetrating social commentary and cutting-edge narrative techniques. Worlds of Wonder brings together an array of scholarship on Canadian Science fiction and fantasy as varied as the genres themselves. Collectively, the contributors strive to define the ethos particular to Canadians working in the genres. They pay particular attention to narrative modes, and there are many allusions to such theorists of 'grand narratives' as Northrop Frye, Frank Kermode, Jean-François Lyotard, and Fredric Jameson. Amongst many things, the essays demonstrate that duality and ambiguity are defining characteristics of Canadian science fiction and fantasy.
Conversations with William Gibson by Patrick A. Smith Summary
“After reading Neuromancer for the first time,” literary scholar Larry McCaffery wrote, “I knew I had seen the future of [science fiction] (and maybe of literature in general), and its name was William Gibson.” McCaffery was right. Gibson’s 1984 debut is one of the most celebrated SF novels of the last half century, and in a career spanning more than three decades, the American Canadian science fiction writer and reluctant futurist responsible for introducing “cyberspace” into the lexicon has published nine other novels. Editor Patrick A. Smith draws the twenty-three interviews in this collection from a variety of media and sources—print and online journals and fanzines, academic journals, newspapers, blogs, and podcasts. Myriad topics include Gibson’s childhood in the American South and his early adulthood in Canada, with travel in Europe; his chafing against the traditional SF mold, the origins of “cyberspace,” and the unintended consequences (for both the author and society) of changing the way we think about technology; the writing process and the reader’s role in a new kind of fiction. Gibson (b. 1948) takes on branding and fashion, celebrity culture, social networking, the post–9/11 world, future uses of technology, and the isolation and alienation engendered by new ways of solving old problems. The conversations also provide overviews of his novels, short fiction, and nonfiction.
Identification des schémas by William GIBSON Summary
Consultante en design de réputation internationale, fille d’un ponte de la sécurité américaine présumé mort le 11 septembre 2001, Cayce Pollard se voit confier une mission très spéciale : trouver le créateur de mystérieux clips vidéo diffusés sur le net. Le courant culturel underground qu’il génère dans le monde entier intéresse son nouvel employeur bien plus que l’argent.
Agency by William Gibson Summary
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “ONE OF THE MOST VISIONARY, ORIGINAL, AND QUIETLY INFLUENTIAL WRITERS CURRENTLY WORKING”* returns with a sharply imagined follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The Peripheral. William Gibson has trained his eye on the future for decades, ever since coining the term “cyberspace” and then popularizing it in his classic speculative novel Neuromancer in the early 1980s. Cory Doctorow raved that The Peripheral is “spectacular, a piece of trenchant, far-future speculation that features all the eyeball kicks of Neuromancer.” Now Gibson is back with Agency—a science fiction thriller heavily influenced by our most current events. Verity Jane, gifted app whisperer, takes a job as the beta tester for a new product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. “Eunice,” the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and a canny grasp of combat strategy. Realizing that her cryptic new employers don’t yet know how powerful and valuable Eunice is, Verity instinctively decides that it’s best they don’t. Meanwhile, a century ahead in London, in a different time line entirely, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His boss, the enigmatic Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice are her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can’t: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner, and the roles they both may play in it. *The Boston Globe