Blogging prompt: Gibson and the plot (group 1)

A hard exercise for group 1 bloggers: summarize the plot of Neuromancer in three sentences or less. Now reflect, in a brief paragraph, on the significance of the plot, thinking particularly about the relationship between plot and the other kind of plot (conspiracy). What kinds of things get left out, when you boil down the story? What kind of plotter is Gibson, by comparison with other novelists we’ve read (for example, Le Guin)?

I can’t stop you from referring to the plot summary you’ll find on Wikipedia, but if you do so, I expect you to comment interpretively on that document as well as give your own much more concise summary. It is very characteristic of Wikipedia that the summary is very long—nine paragraphs!

Author: AG

Associate Professor, Department of English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick