Re: RARA-AVIS: William Gibson and noir

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 22 Aug 2007

Vince Keenan wrote:

The AV Club has an interview with author William Gibson (NEUROMANCER, PATTERN RECOGNITION) that touches on his use of classic noir images and themes in a science fiction context.

********** Great post, Vince. I got trigger happy and cut your great line about noir being a baroque pop version of literary naturalism. Loved it.

I've read several of Gibson's novels and a collection of stories. Neuromancer was the first I read and I probably would have been best off stopping after that one. I liked Neuromancer even if I couldn't tell what the hell happened at the end, and it definitely had strong noir tendencies, not just in hardluck characters. A lot of the scenes are noir-movie styled.


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