Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Gibson question


Case and Molly have an interesting relationship. They become involved because they are working together, rather than due to any particularly deep love or affection. While they both care for each other in some way, both Molly and Case are still hung up on their old loves, Johnny and Linda Lee.

I think Gibson and other science fiction authors imagine women like Molly, who are highly desirable but dangerous because it is usually part of the genre. The main male characters in science fiction are often average in looks. Case describes himself as nothing outside the ordinary. The image of the beautiful and dangerous woman falling for the average Joe is appealing. However, in the case of Neuromancer and other books in this genre, the relationship between Molly and Case is not permanent. It is part of the fantasy and imagination of the readers.

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