the sprawl trilogy

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Concepts of the main and major supporting characters of Neuromancer. Will post the minor and other supporting characters soon!

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The Sprawl Trilogy 

by William Gibson

  • Neuromancer (1984)
  • Burning Chrome (1986) *short stories some of which are in Sprawl universe
  • Count Zero (1986)
  • Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988)

The Sprawl is a visualization of a future where virtually the entire East Coast of the United States, from Boston to Atlanta, has melded into a single mass of urban sprawl. It has been enclosed in several geodesic domes and merged into one megacity. The city has become a separate world with its own climate, no real night/day cycle, and an artificial sky that is always grey. It is said of the Sprawl that “the actors change but the play remains the same.”

Although there are areas of rich people in the Sprawl, a vast majority of the people struggle to survive from day to day. However, advanced technology is ubiquitous and accessible to all, regardless of financial standing. People spend much of their time in the “matrix” for work or recreational purposes. A common addiction for Sprawl inhabitants are “simstims” (simulated stimuli), a form of virtual reality that allows people to experience a television program, typically soap operas, from the point of view of a fictitious media personality. -from wikipedia

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Reviews Masterpost

Books:

A

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

The Lost Thorn, Joshua Aguayo

B

Valhalla, Ari Bach

Jennifer Government, Max Barry

The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester

The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury

Elysium, Jennifer Marie Brissett

The Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs (Barsoom series, book 1)

C

The Sands of Mars, A. C. Clarke

The Endless Farewell, Chen Qiufan

D

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick

The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick

Little Brother, Cory Doctorow

Homeland, Cory Doctorow

F

Under the Skin, Michel Faber

G

Burning Chrome, William Gibson

Neuromancer, William Gibson (Sprawl Trilogy book 1)

Count Zero, William Gibson (Sprawl Trilogy book 2)

Mona Lisa Overdrive, William Gibson (Sprawl Trilogy book 3)

Virtual Light, William Gibson (Bridge Trilogy, book 1)

Metro 2033,  Dmitry Glukhovsky

Pashazade, J. C. Grimwood (first Arabesk)

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Dune, Frank Herbert

I

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

L

Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Imperial Radch trilogy book 1)

Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Imperial Radch trilogy book 2)

Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Imperial Radch trilogy book 3)

Solaris, Stanislaw Lem

M

The City & The City, China Miéville

Embassytown, China Miéville

Il Re Nero, Maico Morellini

Altered Carbon, Richard K. Morgan (Takeshi Kovacs trilogy book 1)

Broken Angels, Richard K. Morgan (Takeshi Kovacs trilogy book 2)

Woken Furies, Richard K. Morgan (Takeshi Kovacs trilogy book 3)

N

Astrotruckers, Mikael Niemi

Cadence, Neon Shudder

Sons of Seraph, Neon Shudder

O

Binti, Nnedi Okorafor

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Old Man’s War, John Scalzi

Spares, M. Marshall Smith

Pirate Utopia, Bruce Sterling

Roadside Picnic, Arkady & Boris Strugatsky

Snail on the Slope, Arkady & Boris Strugatsky

Maul, Tricia Sullivan

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Mondo9, Dario Tonani

V

Angeli di Plastica, Emanuela Valentini

Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer (Southern Reach Trilogy book 1)

Authority, Jeff Vandermeer (Southern Reach Trilogy book 2)

Acceptance, Jeff Vandermeer (Southern Reach Trilogy book 3)

Dimenticami Trovami Sognami, Andrea Viscusi

W

The Martian, Andy Weir

Hardwired, Walter Jon Williams

The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham

The Kraken Wakes, John Wyndham

The Midwich Cuckoos, John Wyndham

X

Spring Festival, Xia Jia

Z

We, Evgenij Ivanovič Zamjatin


Graphic novels and comics

Snowpiercer


Movies:

A

Arrival

B

Brazil

D

District 9

Dredd (2012)

E

Elysium

Escape from New York

F    

FAQ about time travel

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Gattaca

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

H  

Hackers

M

Mad Max Fury Road

Monsters

N

Nirvana

R

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Snowpiercer

Sphere

Stalker

T

The Tenth Victim

W

Wunder der Schoepfung


Tv Series

Mr. Robot (season 1)

3% (season 1)


Videogames:

Shadowrun Returns

Shadowrun Dragonfall

Tharsis


Other:

Age of Pandora part 1 (fitness program)

Age of Pandora part 2 (fitness program)

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Review: Neuromancer (book)

Author: William Gibson

Genre: Sci-fi, cyberpunk

Year: 1984

Notes: First volume of the Sprawl Trilogy. if you intend to read it translated in your own language, be careful and select the best translation you can find, the language in this book can be tricky in the most challenging and amazing way.


The book follows the story of Case, a young console cowboy (hacker) living in Chiba City who cannot get a job because he stole from his former employer and was punished cruelly: due to a toxin his brain cannot access the matrix anymore, leaving him like a runner who has lost his legs. He lives a miserable life until, one day, he is contacted by a street samurai, a cyborg named Molly Millions (she appeared in the short story Johnny Mnemonic as well). She represents her employer, Armitage, who wants Case for a job. If he accepts the job he’ll get the toxins removed from his brain and will be able to work again… but there are a lot of things at stake.

This is the book that created and popularized cyberpunk, and many of its tropes. You have the street samurai, the hacker, the impossibly rich megacorporations (and the crazy families who run them), the artificial intelligences and so on. High tech low life at its finest, you have the little paradoxes of fine cyberware and misery, you have the cyber (the world inside the matrix, the omnipresence of technology) and the punk (drugs, poverty, the rejection of society). Everyone seems an antihero and the settings, from the streets of Chiba to the orbital holiday spot of Freeside, have become iconic. The book’s beginning, the famous “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel“ is to me one of the best ones in the history of literature. It sets the mood immediately as well.

Some of Gibson’s terms stayed (cyberspace), some didn’t (ICE), but he still shaped the way people talk about the internet to the point that some people theorize that the internet developed in the way that it’s familiar to us because of Neuromancer’s influence. His language is a wonderful challenge, because the book has clearly aged and the way we perceive the net has changed too. Neuromancer’s legacy is still huge today, we owe a lot to it, from other cult works (The Matrix) to the entire perception of what cyberpunk is.

Neuromancer is, in short, a classic. I know many people - including myself - when dealing with a certain genre’s classic works will wonder “is it really worth it? Is it as good as they say it is?”. Yes, it is. Neuromancer is really that good. No, it’s not a flawless book, the descriptions can be a bit weird to follow (some cyberspace events and the world of Freeside, especially), but it’s still totally worth a read. If you love cyberpunk, it’s almost a must, it will help you understand a lot of this genre, and it’s a good story - which is what matters more, in the end.

Vote: 9,5

Image provided by @roguetelemetry because he’s awesome :)

The Cyberpunk Reading List

Okay, so here it is: my cyberpunk reading list. Although, this will probably read more like a love letter to some of my favourite books, and why I think you should love them too. Some people may find that there are titles missing from this list. That’s likely to be for one of two reasons: either it wasn’t something I absolutely fell in love with or I haven’t read it yet. That said, I’m more than happy to hear any suggestions people have to send my way for potential future editions of this list.

I’ve tried to make this list as varied as possible, so hopefully there is something for everyone :).

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Review: Count Zero (book)

Author: William Gibson

Genre: sci-fi, cyberpunk

Year: 1986

Notes: second volume of the Sprawl trilogy. As I said in the Neuromancer review, try to be cautious in the selection of the translation. Fun fact which isn’t actually fun at all: in Italy the first edition of Count Zero had “third book of the trilogy” printed behind it, and Mona Lisa Overdrive was branded as the second book. I personally know people who read this in the wrong order. Considering how weird these books are, I don’t recommend reading them in the wrong order.

The book is set 7 years after the events of Neuromancer. Rather than following a single storyline like in the first book, here we can identify three main threads masterfully connected with each other. One revolves around a young unexperienced hacker, Bobby “Count Zero” Newmark, who is saved by a mysterious image of a girl right before flatlining. He tries to find out what’s behind the program who almost killed him. Meanwhile Turner, a corporate mercenary, is supposed to “extract” a scientist - aka, to help him leave the megacorp he’s working for now -, but things don’t go as planned, and he rescues his daughter Angie instead.
In Paris a disgraced gallery owner, Marly Krushkova, is contacted by an impossibly rich industrialist, Josef Virek, who will pay her well to find the artist of a certain artwork he is obsessed with.

While megacorporations battle against each other and normal people try to survive, it becomes clear that after the end of Neuromancer, after what Case did, the Matrix just got weirder. Some hackers -pardon, consolle cowboys - are aware of it, and are terrified. Others have accepted it and assumed specific roles. And it’s some of those last ones who help Bobby.

It’s impossible not to love Bobby, the polar opposite of grim, brooding Case: young, enthusiastic, naive and curious, but not pathetic (at least not to the reader), he is the character it’s easier to identify with. Maybe because, like Bobby, the reader is desperately trying to understand what is going on, and his inexperience is the perfect way to introduce the reader to the setting, to what changed since Neuromancer. Turner is another wonderful character, the archetypal shadowrunner, with a lot of stories of his past adventures and a problematic family suddenly finding himself with a teenager unlike any other. Among hackers and mercenaries, Marly reminds us that there’s still normal people living in this cyberpunk world, and it’s refreshing to have someone who worries about paying the rent and would like to stay out of trouble, thank you very much. Not that it goes as planned.

If Neuromancer was weird, Count Zero is even weirder, mostly due to the changes in the Matrix. Again, by being part of the Sprawl Trilogy it is a must read if you’re into cyberpunk. The main themes and archetypes are all there and it’s, of course, recommended.

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