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Around the late 1970s and the early 1980s a new genre of fiction was beginning to emerge A derivative of science fiction cyperpunk was a fresh new addition to what was primarily American literature One of the pioneers of this new niche was William Gibson In 1984 William Gibsons first novel was printed Neuromancer went on to win the Nebula Hugo and Philip K Dick awards all are high honors amongst science fiction novelists It was a rare feat for one book to win all three awards Neuromancer presented its readers with a fresh new world of science fiction by combining high tech with the effect of technoshock It was revolutionary After Neuromancer Gibson went on to write several more ground breaking novels all based within the same reality Neuromancer introduced Count Zero Monalisa Overdrive Idoru and Virtual Light all pulled the reader into a harsh new world where technology was rampant and things were out of control political In other words his novels showed of a glimpse into a possible a very possible future His books revolved around a few basic themes The themes in which he wrote were what he felt were inevitable turns approaching on the worlds path Primary among these was the acceleration of technology Not only was technology accelerating but it was outpacing humanities ability to cope with out The resulting effect was classified in his works as technoshock Simple defined it was a humans inability to react sensibly to the science around him Mostly this takes the form of medical technology Specifically the introduction of mechanically prostheses devices as replacements for lost limbs Although at the time this was a very real concept Gibson added a significant twist to the reality The idea of voluntarily removing a limb or two to gain the added strength of a mechanical leg or arm Of course this had a price Gibsons books explore the idea of losing a piece of your
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