So we’ve decided to pick out some of our favorite quotes from Neuromancer to share them with you. If you think we’ve missed any, please let us know.
“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”
The opening of Neuromancer gives you some idea of the bleak world we are about to enter. Overrun by technology and with little hope.
“We have sealed ourselves away behind our money, growing inward, generating a seamless universe of self.”
A stark sentence, but perhaps one with accurately describes the sadness of the modern western condition.
“Night City was like a deranged experiment in social Darwinism, designed by a bored researcher who kept one thumb permanently on the fast-forward button.”
A line that sums up the naked aggression of Night City.
“Biz here was a constant subliminal hum, and death the accepted punishment for laziness, carelessness, lack of grace, the failure to heed the demands of an intricate protocol.”
Welcome to a world where the cost of failure is a forgotten death, and the reward for success is simply survival.
“Case fell into the prison of his own flesh.”
This idea of flesh as a prison is littered throughout Neuromancer, a novel full of people who want to augment their bodies in ways that ultimately denigrate them.
“Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts . . . A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding. . ”
I’ve chosen this paragraph solely because it shows of the poetry in Gibson’s style.
“Still he’d see the matrix in his sleep, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that colorless void. . . .”
Here we see the seductive beauty of the matrix in Neuromancer.
“Case turned back, in time to catch the briefest flash of a black rose, its petals sheened like leather, the black stem thorned with bright chrome.”
If you could condense all of cyberpunk into one line, it would be this.
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