When I was young, my mother would regularly point out that nothing is new whenever we’d watch a movie together. Everything, she’d say, is a combination of ideas that already existed. Over time, we began to see what she meant…
and Neuromancer is a prime example.
Aside from the fame the book has for popularizing the phrase cyberspace –
NOTE: A common misconception is that this was the first work to use that word, but William Gibson used it in one of his short stories first.
– as I was saying, aside from popularizing the phrase cyberspace, Neuromancer sets the tone for a number of ideas that show up years down the road. “The Matrix.” Popular hacking. Even the groundwork for what became the Internet we all know and love.
The amazing part of this novel is that it’s really a fun and in depth noir style story with technical sensibilities. You have to have enough of a brain to conceptualize the activities of renegade A.I. beings in future Internet matrix which, in today’s mainstream of geek culture is no longer a stretch.
Back in the early eighties, though, it was innovative.
A Neuromancer movie could be really well done in today’s age of CGI and acceptance of science fiction, but (in seeing it) today’s filmgoers would think it borrowed heavily from other works. In this case, though, this is egg that came before the chicken.