Burning Chrome Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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1. Drastic cosmetic surgery is the norm in the world of "Johnny Mnemonic" and "Burning Chrome." Johnny Mnemonic wants to keep a "Caucasoid" appearance, while the girls at Under the Knife want to give him epicanthic folds. Ralphi, like many others, it is implied, "wears" the face of his favorite celebrity. Molly Millions has her eyes sealed off with mirrored inlays—permanent sunglassses, permanent cool—and has retractable scalpels under her fingernails. Even the Lo Teks ("low technique, low technology"), supposedly protesting/resisting the high-tech popular ideology, have clearly modified their bodies to achieve their desired image: ". . . he regarded us with his one eye and slowly extruded a thick length of greyish tongue, licking huge canines. I wondered how they wrote off tooth-bud transplants as low technology." In "Burning Chrome," Rikki gets Zeiss Ikon brand eyes, which include the name written on the corneas. Given that Gibson...

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