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  • Count Zero
  • William Gibson
  • English
  • 05 October 2020
  • 9780877957690

William Gibson ✓ 6 Read

Summary Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ William Gibson William Gibson ✓ 6 Read Read Count Zero A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body a beautiful woman by his side Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him for a mission dangerous than the one he’s recovering from to get a defecting chief of RD and the biochip he’s perfected out intact But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties some it involved the idea that people who were genuinely dangerous might not need to exhibit the fact at all and that the ability to conceal a threat made them even dangerous William Gibson Count Zero I haven t read Sprawl 3 Mona Lisa Overdrive but after reading Neuromancer and now Count Zero I think I will start referring to the Sprawl trilogy as the Sprawl Dialectic Neuromancer Thesis Count Zero Antithesis so I guess I have to wait to see if Mona Lisa Overdrive Synthesis Gibson s warnings about cyberspace the matrix electronic hallucinations corporate excess etc in Neuromancer served only to codifyname the culturefuture he was warning about Instead of serving as a warning Gibson ended up vibrating slicking sexing a whole webby nest of proto cyberbabies into a real cyberpunk counter culture Count Zero appears to be him trying again but using a different tact He spends less time with the easy fun matrix fueled side of the future and instead spends time examining the people the fragments and residue of a dystopian future where corporations have become like people and computers and AI have become like godsGibson trademarks however are still swarming all over Count Zero It is hard to read a page without a sentence where Gibson waxes poetic about an article of clothing a fabric type a piece of art or a stylized way of wearing one s hair But still Count Zero appears to be Gibson saying yeah that Neuromancer book you are all so turned on about is fine but it was an adolescent idea Let me tell you the story again but from another way so you can understand that it isn t sexy it isn t beautiful it isn t glorious The future is dangerous manipulative and has the potential to completely change our relationships with with each other with art with our history and even with our future Let s just slow it down a bit and think I m not sure if he changed the velocity of Neuromancer or changed any minds and I m not sure Count Zero was nearly as good a book Not a Godfather Part II but I m glad he wrote it and it is interesting as a reader to see Gibson gain some real confidence in his art and his message

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Summary Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ William Gibson William Gibson ✓ 6 Read Read Count Zero Ovation and gritty brand name realism” Fantasy Review“William Gibson’s prose astonishing in its clarity and skill becomes high tech electric poetry” Bruce Sterling“Suspense actiona lively storya sophisticated version of the sentient computer a long way from the old models that were simply out to Rule the World” Locu ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy LiteratureThey plot with men my other selves and men imagine they are godsSeveral years have passed since Molly and Case freed the AI who calls himself Neuromancer Neuromancer s been busy and now his plots have widened to involve several people whom we meet in Count ZeroTurner is a recently reconstructed mercenary who s been hired by the Hosaka Corporation to extract Christopher Mitchell and his daughter Angie from Mitchell s job at Maas Biolabs Mitchell is the creator of the world s first biochip and he s secretly agreed to move to Hosaka Extracting an indentured research scientist is a deadly game but Turner is one of the bestBobby Count Zero Newmark who wants to be a console cowboy has just pulled a Wilson that means he majorly screwed up on his first attempt at running an unknown icebreaker He nearly died in the matrix but was saved by a girl he d never seen before Now he s freaked out on the run and buildings are exploding behind him as he s being hunted by a mysterious helicopter with a rocket launcherMarly Krushkova lost her art gallery after her boyfriend tried to sell a forgery Now she s been hired by Joseph Virek the world s richest man to find the artist who s creating and selling some strange shadowboxes These expensive and enigmatic objets d art seem like collections of random pieces of junk but they speak to Marly Using her intuition and Joseph Virek s money she hopes to find the unknown artistOther memorable characters are the voodoo priests and priestesses The Finn Tally Isham the SenseNet celebrity the prophet Wigan Ludgate who thinks God lives in the matrix a bar owner named Jammer and a whole mob of Gothicks and Kasuals All of their stories eventually collide as we discover who s haunting cyberspaceCount Zero is the first seuel to William Gibson s cyberpunk classic Neuromancer If you haven t read Neuromancer yet you ll probably be lost because Gibson just drops you into his world without instructions explanations or technical support Even though you think you ve been to his world before it s Earth after all you haven t and Gibson never tells us what happened to make it unrecognizable It appears that large biotech companies are in control or maybe I should say they re out of control and there are no authorities to check their ruthless behaviors What happened to the US government Why are so many cities ruined and abandoned What is the war that people keep referring to Where is the middle class There are still rich people who buy art wear stylish clothes and set trends for the masses but many of those who try to keep up are illiterate addicted and without electricity and clean water They escape their lives with designer drugs and by plugging into cheap simstim fantasiesIt s partly these uestions which are never answered that make Neuromancer s seuel work so well Many seuels feel pallid because the world and the characters are no longer new and exciting but Gibson avoids seuel stagnancy by creating a gaudy and grueling world that we feel like we should understand and making us desperate for information but rarely delivering itIt also helps that in each book of the Sprawl trilogy we have new characters to get to know And you have to admire Gibson s characters Not as people perhaps but as characters For example Bobby Count Zero is a total loser He s like that obnoxious kid in high school who was always trying so hard to make people like him Gibson gets this just right never explaining Bobby to us but letting us gradually figure him out just by listening to him talk or by seeing things from his perspective This is carefully and cleverly done for every characterThe plot of Count Zero is fascinating uniue and unpredictable as Gibson finally brings together all of these weird and colorful events and characters There are some answers in the end and the story s connection to Neuromancer is eventually made clear But there are many uestions left to answer so after you finish Count Zero you ll want to have Mona Lisa Overdrive the concluding novel of the Sprawl trilogy ready to goI listened to Brilliance Audio s version of Count Zero which was read by one of my favorite voice actors Jonathan Davis He is always wonderful and his grimy and jaded male voices are perfect for this kind of novel My only issue is one I ve had with Davis before he has essentially one female voice I have listened to so many books read by Mr Davis that I actually feel like this one woman is showing up in all these different novels Hey what are Thecla and Agia and Vlana and Ivrian doing in the Sprawl Count Zero has only a few female characters who don t overlap much so Davis does well with this story but I ll be listening for Angie and Marly next time I m in Lankhmar

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Summary Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ William Gibson William Gibson ✓ 6 Read Read Count Zero Of whom aren’t remotely human “Potent and heady” Philadelphia Daily News“An intriguing cast of characters and a tough glitzy image of computer consciousness and the future of mankind” Richmond Times Dispatch“Count Zero shares with Neuromancer that novel’s stunning use of language breakneck pacing technological inn When I was maybe halfway through this book I wrote this elsewhere It s funny reading classic William Gibson now because he basically imagined a version of the internet that was much less life changing than the actual internetThere will be instant electronic full VR communication but there will be no communities or subcultures in it people will still just be friends in real life and then talk on the video phone sometimes Using the internet is sort of like playing a video game on psychedelic drugs and it it is mainly used as a substitute for drugs or for Crimes Being good at this weird game has replaced actual technical skill so the technical people involved in the Crimes are not nerds they are edgy adrenaline junkies who wouldn t be out of place in a bank heist story Everyone uses information technology but it works flawlessly all the time so there is no reorganization of society where people who like boring technical details can now provide a newly valuable service The story could effortlessly be rewritten as urban fantasy where the matrix is some dreamtime accessed through magic and the result could be set at any point in the 20th century without changing anythingIt s not just that it s anachronistic it s that he didn t actually imagine any social change for the most part Having finished the book that still sums up my reaction to it It is essentially a generic noir story with some fantasy elements onto which computer themed wallpaper has been grafted The one important change in social structure that Gibson imagines is the increased influence of powerful corporations but this makes little functional difference the characters who do dangerous jobs for corporations might as well be doing those jobs for governments for all the difference it makes Gibson imagines a world where cyber security is important but his world is one that couldn t accommodate Edward Snowden the people who deal with security here are not tech geeks but macho adrenaline junkies heist wheelmen with computer themed makeoversI guess there is nothing wrong with a generic noir story What makes this book frustrating is the intimation that it is something In hindsight it s easy to see that it isn t Gibson almost studiously avoids introducing real deviations from the noir template Computer hacking is described so impressionistically that it bears no connection to real world computing whatsoever it could be effortlessly rewritten as magic in a fantasy settingThis renders one of the core elements of the book s plot largely pointless Entities presenting themselves as Haitian Voodoo gods have appeared in the matrix and there are arguments between those who believe that these are really the gods they say they are and those that believe they are merely artificial intelligences pretending to be gods However the book s notion of artificial intelligence is already entirely fantastical and unconstrained by any information about real world computing so the difference is moot from the reader s perspective Overall there is a complete sense that Gibson s choices of scenery have no conseuences whatsoever It makes no difference whether something is a god or an AI whether a character is jacking into the matrix as opposed to casting a spell to enter the dreamtime It makes no difference that Gibson has chosen a futuristic look for his noir story because in the end it s just a noir storyNear the end of the book it is mentioned that one character has resistors braided into her hair which seems like a perfect summary of the weight technology has ie doesn t have in this book In a different genre those resistors would be something else but in any case they are non functioning parts used only for aesthetic value Technology is non functionally tacked onto this book like those resistorsI remember being very impressed with Gibson s prose when I read Neuromancer at age 18 Either Gibson declined a lot between that book and this one or I m no longer as easily impressed by competent prose in plot driven genre stories any the latter seems likely The only way to determine which is the case would be to re read Neuromancer but I m not eager to do that at this pointOne star is too harsh a rating for a competent if totally unremarkable genre story but Gibson pretends to do so much and that s frustrating He s pretentious in a much direct sense of the term than the kind of authors who commonly get slammed with it So this book gets one star for being so much less than it pretends to be