I absolutely love that this website exists.


What are your favorites from the halcyon starfield-background spinning-chrome @-symbol days?


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?




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pretty cool its happening this year.this thread is to collect information and links  so I can write a story about it.






word up neuromancers, i am the new crazy person.  i have a couple crazy person questions.


question the first: seriously? logging in AND verifying emails?  we have been reading the same books right?  and living in this same world? i'd hoped for better (i.e. less police-state-y) from a site about dystopian futures and "hackers".  this world isn't going to change itself guys.


question the second:  you guys like spatially translocating your intellect? maybe into some weird workshop that maintains the thought control machine? i work in that workshop, and i have a white board.


i have been putting up nietzsche "quotes" and my own jokes that get promptly removed (and me scolded). but i have been listening to peripheral in the most Canadian way possible (yay library! sorry for not buying it will, but socialism is fun) and i thought mr. gibson might appreciate putting a weird word or three on this particular board via a mysterious electronically guided hand. 


but then i found this site, thought some more, and realized internationally acclaimed authors probably have better things to do than amuse a few server monkeys.  but maybe "you guys" don't.


so, anyone want me to put stuff on the whiteboard? i wont tell you what mind control machine i maintain, but it is less exciting than it sounds (that's why i like to write it like that.)  if i can find a way to take pictures without GPS tags hidden inside i can take picture if you like, but it will just be my illegible scrawl with your words on a white board.


suggest whatever, but keep in mind it is a whiteboard.  i find couplets (i.e nietzsche) fit pretty well. i'd prefer original lines, but it is empty right now so whatever.  bonus if it has robots in it.


anyway, hello.  




Hi all,


I've just joined the forum. I'm a Gibson fan since I saw Johnny Mnemonic at the cinema back in 1995, I was 15 years old. At the cinema I heard some people talking about William Gibson's work and I joined the conversation. Days after, I bought a copy of the Neuromancer and finished reading it in a week! Since that year, I read my old paperback copy of the Neuromancer and also New Rose hotel once a year. What book do you often reread?


Hey guys, new member here. I'm an illustration student studying in Michigan, and for my final senior project, I'm putting together a book of character designs and concepts relating to Neuromancer. I've recently read it and it has quickly become one of my favorite novels I've ever read. I know there were a few attempts at getting a film made, but how faithful they'd be makes me shudder, especially with the casting choices. This will be created as a sort-of pitch bible, showcasing how the characters could look. So far I have Case, Linda, Ratz and Wage completed, and the next batch will likely consist of Molly, Riviera, The Finn, and Lonny Zone. 


I have a few teases of what I've done for the project so far, and I plan to conceptualize most of the characters found in it, excluding some very minor characters. (unless I find time to do them, in which case I will.)

I wanted to show these to you guys, and possibly show them to Mr. Gibson when everything is complete if at all possible. If there's any advice on how to go about this, I'd really appreciate it! I'm also posting these to get any recommendations or input on the designs. For example, I want to do a good drawing of the creature that rips out of Riviera's back in his first appearance, and if there's any ideas you guys have, I'd love to hear them! 





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Let's talk about hardware here.  Let's get technical, pedantic even.  I don't really care if it's bikes, boats, cars or computers you want to post about, although there are already a couple threads for bikes and cars.

Anyway, game machines.  I don't know jack about gaming systems, except that they're fast, have some extra RAM, and other performance enhancements like solid state drives to cut down access times, for example.

What's the average memory, CPU speed, number of cores, and overall characteristics of a decent gaming system today?  What sort of video cards and/or screen resolutions are considered `adequate'?  Is a silent-running system a high priority?

What about sound cards, btw?  Do these need to be jacked-up too, or is it enough to run a regular sound card's output through a decent amp for once, instead of the usual tinny, barely-better-than-phone quality speakers you find in most PCs?

What I wonder about, really, is whether it's feasible to turn a retired server into a gaming system.  They're ridiculously extensible, some with 16 slots [?!?!] for additional RAM.  Some or perhaps most have a space for a second processor, although I'm not sure if an octo-core setup is useful in this case.  They have many, many additional drive bays, and I understand some Alienware machines also use RAID to speed disk accesses [presumably because the OS can grab various chunks of data from different physical drives simultaneously, parallelizing disk accesses the same way multiple cores parallelize CPU usage].  To some extent they meet similar demands, and are shaped by similar design goals.  Both have insane cooling requirements.

...But, and this is a big but, a rack-mountable server might not have the right slots for any of the fancy graphics cards out there [I know server RAM cards are quite different from those used by desktops/laptops].  Or those cards may be very rare and/or expensive.  I imagine there must be some out there, for film CGI development and such.

Basically, does this sound like a good idea, or is it really more like dropping a semi truck engine into a sports-car?


Damn it! Missed my Board day by 2 weeks, so here's a long kitten.





You think it's worth it to report spam posted on a someone's `wall'?  They've started doing that recently.  I'm of two minds about it.  I mean yes, it is spam, but no, it's not getting in anyone's way.  What do you think?

As for the shoe-spam...  Fuck it, I'm about ready to go full hobbit, just to spite them [yes, even in January, except maybe the SPD biking shoes].


Congratulations, Mr. Gibson, on The Peripheral, your latest quirky, razor sharp, PKD evoking and Ozian themed masterpiece!  I have enjoyed watching your lean and mean style morph over the decades from the angry young cyberpunk of the early years to the wry and thoughtful cyberfunk of the later years.


Significantly, I could not help notice that you finally openly acknowledged your participation in the dread, ongoing, twilit and allegorical Zone Wars that have raged in fiction and film since the helicopter crash that killed child extras Renee Chen and Myca Le and actor/director/writer Vic Morrow around 2:20 am in the morning of July 23, 1982 on the John Landis set of the allegorical Landis, Joe Dante, George Miller, and Steven Spielberg film, TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (1983) in The Peripheral.  Indeed, with the name of the Dorothy linked Flynne evoking Jeff Bridges' Flynn in Steven Lisberger's allegorical film, TRON (1982), the name of the Tin Man linked Burton reminding us that Tim Burton began his film career with the allegorical animated short, VINCENT (1982), and the name of the Cowardly Lion linked Leon evoking Brion James' Leon in Sir Ridley Scott's eerily prescient, twilit and allegorical film, BLADE RUNNER (1982), you abundantly affirmed that you were launching a major salvo-if not trying to end the Zone Wars at last-in The Peripheral.


Of course, Flynne, Burton and Leon created a truly twilit trio of one female and two males that reminded us of Renee, Myca and Vic, reaffirming your twilit and allegorical intentions in The Peripheral.  Heck, your closing Acknowledgements and Thanks were even dated July 23, 1982, the thirty-second anniversary of the TZ disaster, conclusively confirming your twilit and allegorical intent in your latest novel.


If you want to jack into all of the latest insights into the dread Zone Wars, feel free to visit my site at www.zonewarsonfilm.com.  You might also want to read PKD, a short, pithy and sarcastic roast of Zone Wars obsessed fiction and film in the inimitable style of PKD that I have posted to wattpad.  Where were you in '82?




Gary W. Wright


PS Were Lowbeer and Griff a nod to Anne Carlisle's immortal Margaret and Jimmy in Slava Tsukerman's Spielberg and George Lucas roasting allegorical film, LIQUID SKY (1982), in another link to 1982 in The Peripheral?  If so, great allusion, as LIQUID SKY is one my favourite films.  Saw it the first time in a double bill with ERASERHEAD in the fall of '84 at the Studio Theatre in downtown Vancouver...:>