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by William Gibson

Transformation Quotes in Neuromancer

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Quote #1

He'd operated on an almost permanent adrenaline high, a byproduct of youth and proficiency, jacking into a custom cyberspace deck that projected his disembodied consciousness into the consensual hallucination that was the matrix. (1.24)

Case transforms his consciousness into data to explore cyberspace. If his consciousness is transformed into data, then does that mean Case, himself, is also data at this point? Then, is Case still Case? Ack.

Quote #2

[Deane's] primary hedge against aging was a yearly pilgrimage to Tokyo, where genetic surgeons reset the code of his DNA, a procedure unavailable in Chiba. (1.77)

Deane alters his DNA to transform himself into a younger looking man. However, his tastes in office decorations and the fact that he calls Case "boyo" suggest he still thinks of himself as an old man. Going for the best of both worlds is he?

Quote #3

For a few frightened seconds [Case] fought helplessly to control [Molly's] body. Then he willed himself into passivity, became the passenger behind her eyes. (4.8)

Through the simstim, Case can see what it's like to be in someone else's shoes. Literally. In a way, he transforms into Molly.

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