December 6th, 2012 / 11:36 am

In a syllabus, I called it NECROMANCER instead of NEUROMANCER. Oops.

Are you a romantic? Do you think there’s more romance irl or in books? If in books, reading or writing them?


  1. abysmal

      I wish I was in a class that taught Neuromancer…

  2. Grant Maierhofer

      taking a shower with war and peace and ruining it was the most romantic experience i had in 2011. there might be more romance in books because the physical ramifications of things like aids or sticking your arm into a woodchipper are only readable in books and don’t necessarily happen. maybe they do. nothing romantic will happen in 2012.

  3. reynard

      ugh it’s just such a cheesy book tho

  4. Damon Goldsmith

      hey lily you still rocking that 12″ powerbook?

  5. Brooks Sterritt


  6. lily hoang

      I taught it in a workshop on Speculative Fiction. Pretty incredible.

  7. lily hoang

      It died. I have a 13″ powerbook now.

  8. lily hoang


  9. A D Jameson


  10. A D Jameson

      Boy, that sure changes my reading of Gibson’s novel.

  11. A D Jameson

      Lily, maybe you can write a Quirk Books parody of Neuromancer, called Neuromancer and Necromancers?

      “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead cadaver….”

  12. A D Jameson

      I find that no matter how many times I read Neuromancer—and this is not intended to cast aspersion on that novel’s genius but perhaps to reveal instead some critical failing within myself, deep within my flesh—I can never really remember what happens in it.

      There’s something about a hacker…?

  13. A D Jameson

      Ergo death causes an increase of a single inch.

  14. A D Jameson

      Lily, as you know, I am a total romantic, and I think there’s an equal amount of romance in real life and in books, and that that amount is exactly equal. By which I mean: precisely, exactly equal.

  15. A D Jameson

      The word “cheese” occurs precisely once in Neuromancer:

      “And it was like real?” she asked, her mouth full of cheese croissant. “Like simstim?”

      (Thanks, Google Books!)

  16. Brooks Sterritt

      Wintermute is one of the greatest names, I think

  17. A D Jameson

      Oh, yeah, right, Wintermute!

      Though I sometimes confuse it with this.

  18. Brooks Sterritt
  19. A D Jameson

      That’s understandable and reasonable.

  20. deadgod

      ‘The triumph of hope over experience’ happens rarely and usually incompetently irl, but often enough and pleasurably so in reading books.

      The neologism “neuromancer” reminds me of:

      It is impossible to say just what I mean!
      But as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen:
      Would it have been worth while
      If one, settling a pillow or throwing off a shawl,
      And turning toward the window, should say:
      …’That is not it at all,
      …That is not what I meant, at all.’

      The phrase “new romancer” doesn’t make me think of Lester Ballard, at all.

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  22. A D Jameson

      The title Neuromancer makes me envision a person who seduces others by playing Neu! records.

  23. lily hoang

      This is why you are my Internet boyfriend.

  24. mimi

      men on curare or nu menacer