Neuromancer tells the story of Case, an out-of-work computer hacker hired by a mysterious patron to participate in a seemingly impossible crime.
BBC World Service Drama production of Neuromancer
Play of the Week on 8 and 15 September 2002
Dramatised by Mike Walker
Directed by Andy Jordan
Owen McCarthy as Case
Nicola Walker as Molly
James Laurenson as Armitage
John Shrapnel as Wintermute
Colin Stinton as Dixie
David Webber as Maelcum
David Holt as Riviera
Peter Marinker as Ashpool
Andrew Scott as The Finn
Neuromancer is a 1984 novel by William Gibson, notable for being the most famous early cyberpunk novel and winner of the so-called science-fiction "triple crown" (the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award). It was Gibson's first novel and the first of the Sprawl trilogy.
The novel examines the concepts of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, genetic engineering, multinational corporations overpowering the traditional nation-state and cyberspace long before these ideas became fashionable in popular culture including the internet itself.
Gibson also explores the dehumanizing effects of a world dominated by ubiquitous and cheap technology, writing of a future where violence and the free market are the only things upon which one may rely, and in which the dystopian elements of society are counterbalanced by an energy and diversity that is perversely attractive.
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