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tinkoo said in May 7th, 2008 at 5:37 am

At least the sense in which Gibson uses the term “cyberspace” in Neuromancer is not the sense it’s normally used today; follow my link above (there is a section near end – “Cyberspace & Matrix”).

Also – I think reactions to Gibson’s stories tend to be extreme – some people love it, other just cannot stand his stuff.

Rusty said in May 7th, 2008 at 7:28 am


It is true that people either love or hate Gibson’s work, and his structure is hard to follow at times. Personally I think “Johnny Mnemonic” is more palatable than Neuromancer. Both were definitely unique for their time.

Thanks for the link to your discussion about the term “cyberspace.” While it is true that the terms “cybernetics” and “space” were in wide use when Gibson first used the new word in his 1982 story “Burning Chrome”, I don’t believe the actual term “cyberspace” had ever been used before. Check out what dictionary.com, etymonline.com and Wikipedia have to say.