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by William Gibson

Drugs and Alcohol Quotes in Neuromancer

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Quote #1

[Case had] watched [Linda's] personality fragment, calving like an iceberg, splinters drifting away, and finally he'd seen the raw need, the hungry armature of addiction. He'd watched her track the next hit with a concentration that reminded him of the mantises they sold in stalls along Shiga. (1.44)

Notice the description given to the mentality of the person constantly using drugs. What other character, or characters, could we describe as having a personality "calving like an iceberg"? What does this say about drug use? Hey, wait, why are they selling mantises?

Quote #2

Get just wasted enough, find yourself in some desperate but strangely arbitrary kind of trouble, and it was possible to see Ninsei as a field of data, the way the matrix had once reminded him of proteins linking to distinguish cell specialties. (1.127)

Case uses drugs to feel connected like he did in cyberspace. The feeling of being high replaces his computer addiction. We all love Twitter, Case, but, jeez, keep it reasonable, man.

Quote #3

The pill lit his circuits and he rode the rush down Shiga to Ninsei, then over to Baiitsu. (1.144)

Another connection between drug use and technology. This time, the drugs make Case feel like a machine, perhaps suggesting that they suppress his human side.

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