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VIDEO: William Gibson on Characterization, Numbers, Entrepreneurs, Business Models and Science Fiction

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2 Comments on VIDEO: William Gibson on Characterization, Numbers, Entrepreneurs, Business Models and Science Fiction

  1. Spoiler alert would’ve been nice

  2. Joshua Corning // October 3, 2010 at 3:53 am //

    Several years after reading Neuromancer i read some Dashell Hammet (The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man) and realized that Neuromancer has a similar feel. The characters in both works are forced into action often against their will and the story plays itself out despite their hopes and desires. The story is a character of its own and the events of it acts like a mindless puppet master to the characters.

    I think this is what was meant by “numbers”.

    As if the universe in the book is a vast Pachinko machine and the characters are steel balls going to their final ends.

    I would not say the characters are without depth. Only that despite what they want the story has its own ends made for them.

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