Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, Smooth-Running Gun, Chapter 2, Marly, and Chapter 3, Bobby Pulls a Wilson)
Count Zero is Gibson's second novel in a trilogy about a society deeply interwoven with technology and cyberspace.
The aim of this lesson is to introduce the book.
1. Class discussion. What do the students already know about William Gibson? What can the students tell about the book by looking at its cover, reading the title, and front leaf of the book? What do the students expect from the book? Why do they expect these things to happen?
2. With the students look at the narrative structure introduced in the first three chapters. Divide the students into pairs and ask the students to write down the differences between each narrative thread, and to write down their possible significance to the rest of the book. After 10 minutes, ask the students to join up with another pair to share their work and discuss. After 10 minutes compare the student's ideas...
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