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A common tool of science fiction writers is the use of a character to whom the reader can relate placed in an alien setting This character will represent the reader in this new alien world or society allowing the reader to form a link between his or her own world and this new one Because these characters are placed in unfamiliar settings a way is presented to defamiliarize our own society and perhaps even look at it in a new way or from a new angle These characters play a role in the novel that usually involves some interaction with this alien society that changes their perception of the alien world It causes the characters to see the society or world in a new light comparing it to their own more familiar society and seeing the benefits and weaknesses of both These experiences usually cause these characters to alter their self-perception as well changing due to the influence of these societies Two such novels are Neuromancer and The Time Machine In Neuromancer author William Gibson gives us the character Henry Case or just Case as he is referred to throughout the novel The setting is in the near future on Earth and Case is living in a highly technologically advanced time He used to be a console cowboy a data thief that could hack into corporate systems and steal information Case is recruited against his will to help an Artificial Intelligence named Wintermute free itself from containment In this setting laws exist to prevent the release of Artificial Intelligences into cyberspace or what Gibson terms the Matrix These Turing laws are not the only methods of preventing AIs from becoming free Along with the laws computer security programs guard these AIs much like other security programs guard information and corporate system Wintermute requires Case to break through the security holding it in check At first Case is unaware of who or what Wintermute is
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