Burning Chrome Summary
Of course, radical body alterations cost a lot of money. Of the ten stories in Burning Chrome, many feature characters that could be considered to be trying to get ahead in an information-driven, class-divided society.
In "Johnny Mnemonic" the mental courier Johnny finds himself out of a job when his broker (or fence, depending on your point of view) stores Yakuza stolen data in his head. In order to avoid being killed, Johnny forms an alliance with Molly Millions, a free-agent bodyguard, and Jones, a technologically enhanced dolphin addicted to junk.
They hide from the Yakuza in Lo Tek territory: "The Lo Tek's leech their webs and huddling places to the city's fabric with thick gobs of epoxy and sleep above the abyss in mesh hammocks. Their country is so attenuated that in places it consists of little more than holds for hands and feet, sawed into geodesic struts...
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The Burning Chrome Study Pack contains:
Burning Chrome Short Guide
William Gibson Biographies (3)
4,954 words, approx. 17 pages
Creator of the concept "Cyberspace," science-fiction author William Gibson developed a new fictional landscape for his edgy work--a hallucinatory three-dimensional region built from computer data gath...
3,005 words, approx. 11 pages
When science fiction author William Gibson wrote his first two novels, Neuromancer and Count Zero, on a manual typewriter, he knew almost nothing about computers. "When people started talking about th...
6,667 words, approx. 23 pages
No other Canadian speculative fiction writer, and possibly no other Canadian writer of fiction, has had as great an impact on late-twentieth-century culture as has William Gibson. Beginning with a ser...