So, we have been talking bout and analyzing the novel Pattern Recognition in my English class. We have just gotten to the end and I am a little bit confused. Why does Volkov have Cayce followed? It is because of Stella and Nora and him not wanting people to find out that they made the footage from fff or because he thinks Cayce thinks the footage has something to do with the Russian mob??? Thank you xx
As I write this there's 4 members and 60 guests. It's always some huge number of lurkers and a few of us... The few, the proud. I'm curious about our "guests" are they NSA monitors, North Korean hackers, Blue Ant types watching for trends, worker bots trolling ... others ??? Why won't they jump into the pool with us? There's always a bunch of them on the edge, watching. The water's fine. Don't be scared. Let me the first to extend an invite...
I am Daniel Mayoral Diaz. I hail from a suburb of Madrid, Getafe. This is a peripheral city of the capital of Spain.
I read Neuromancer when I was 13, that was 1994. Since then, I studied English. I then procedeed to have a troubled teen life, reading whatever fell in my hands, (my father had a bookshop back then. Mostly he sold textbooks, that was what paid the house and our education).
Anyways, I admire your work, I have read everything I know you have written, and crave for more, junkie style. These days I am quite satiated, with the Peripheral. Wild stuff!!
Chances are that I had the luck in the past to have attended the 2007 Vancouver Writer's Festival, which was quite an experience. I listened to a (for me) brilliant talk about character creation and later wandering. I was almost mute when I saw you IRL but I managed to stammer something around the lines of "I came from Madrid to attend your talk" and you graciously wrote "¡Hola!" in my copy of Spook Country, which I had recently finished reading.
I've shown it to all my friends "Look! he wrote an opening exclamation mark, he like, knows Spain".
Years later I went to see also a talk in Bilbao. That was also very cool for me. It was in la Alhóndiga, in an auditory. I had a comic, Warren Ellis "SVK" and I would try and get it signed by you. And in fact, at the end of the talk, I had the chance. I was waiting and struck conversation with a lady and she told me she was from Vancouver. I told her I had been in Vancouver and about reading Douglas Coupland's "City of Glass" and she told me he was a friend of the family. I half understood that she was Mrs. Dismal herself, and at that point I approached you and you signed my copy of SVK. I exited la Alhóndiga jumping.
But to the point.
I got married recently with a wonderful woman, and we are travelling the States for a month. Towards the end we will be lodging in a friend of Andrea (my wife) that lives in Vancouver. My proposition would be to invite you and your wife for coffee or tea. I know it is très longshot, and I feel like such a fanboy just for proposing it, but I would regret not to.
We will be in Vancouver around April the 14th-17th, the 18th we fly back to New York and the next day to Madrid.
Numerous "Neuormancer" websites and wikis list the following bit of trivia: that Molly Millions is the subject of the song "Mirrorshades," by the Information Society.
I listened to the song on YouTube. Great song. And I can certainly see how it may be a "Neuromancer" tribute. But what I don't see is the proof. The lyrics never directly mentions Molly or anytihng from"Neuromancer." The song is about a woman who wears "mirrorshades," it has a techno-y cyberpunk feel to it, and at one point the phrase "jack in" is used. But nothing directly indicates Gibson's character or book.
I searched the internet for sources *other than* "Neuromancer" sites that indicate how we know this song is "Neuromancer" inspired. I looked at the web pages for the Information Society, and that song "Mirrorshades." Nothing on *their* websites indicates the inspiration or subject matter for that song. Not that I could find anyway.
Do we know for a fact that the Info. Society had Molly in mind for this song? Or did some "Neuromancer" fans just decide that that's what the song was about, and post that on their websites?
Mind you, I love the song and love the character, and I WANT them to be related. But I want some evidence before I believe it.
Feeling like I've let William Gibson down. (haha) In my exuberance over his newest I invited mostly Gibson newbies to "book group" The Peripheral with me. (facepalm) First words out of someone's mouth were protests about the "god in the box" popping up everywhere to provide whatever Flynne and Burton's crowd needed at the moment. When I pointed out this was not any "god" but Lev, the newbie agreed without understanding and blabbed on about the "device," finally declaring that no one, at no time could feel any real fear for these characters. At this point, another newbie, did pipe up and mention that she feared losing Flynne's mother, but something essential was lost, and I felt responsible.
I think cutting your teeth on Gibson with The Peripheral is perhaps a mistake.
My answer now would be that Gibson's muse, with Peripheral and with the Blue Ant series, is named Caprice. The stories we enjoy in these books are born of the capriciousness of characters like Bigend and Lev. In Zero History, Bigend, playing "god in the box" for Milgrim, makes it plain that his expenditures for Milgrim's rehab were purely out of "curiosity." What kind of existential situation does this leave Milgrim in? He is the unwilling victim of a capricious patronage that saves his life and leaves his soul in limbo. This existential dynamic is crucial to understanding who Milgrim becomes.
Likewise, Lev's "caprice" creates the stub that exposes the Fischer family to boon and bane. Being a bit less calculating than Bigend, Lev stumbles along trying to correct imbalances he's created by his curiosity fetish, but his character is much like Dwight and the anonymous accountant in Flynne's time who take her gamer skills and pay for watching the cruel play.
"It wasn't about making money, for either of them. Not like it was for us. It was a hobby, for them. Rich fucks. They'd bet on who'd win." Flynne explains to us and to Netherton when she arrives. Then Ash completes the explanation, pages later, when she tells Flynne that they are in the future sounding evasive or ridiculous, but doing something that "people do here." Not unlike "your two rich fucks."
Caprice is at work, inspiring Lev and Bigend, motivating Gibson to help us explore the uninvited hands of fate meddling in our own lives.
How would anyone else have answered the "god in the box" accusation?