William Gibson in his 1984 novel Neuromancer, gave us "cyberspace" and "the matrix." And he made all sorts of other fiction possible. It threw me for a loop the first time I read it. Sentences like this, from p. 5:
He'd operated on an almost permanent adrenaline high, a byproduct of youth and proficiency, jacked into a custom cyberspace deck that projected his disembodied consciousness into a consensual hallucination that was the matrix.Egad. I mean--"disembodied consciousness?" Consciousness doesn't have a body, so how can it be disembodied?
And "custom cyberspace deck"?--what was that?
And "consensual hallucination"? Come on.
I was wondering what kind of hallucination he was on. I was also realizing that this book was either genius or trash.
Sometimes you have to do when reading what William Saffire once said you have to do when you use language. It's taking an elephant for a walk. You just have to go where it wants. Then afterwards you can decide whether it was worth the trip. Or, if you find out the trip's not worth it when you're half way through, drop the leash and go on to something else.
Well, here is his first sentence:
The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.So what is that? I wasn't drawn in by this sentence, but I was curious about what that might be about that I kept reading.
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