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The Creation and Dissolution of Binaries in William Gibson?s Neuromancer: Babylon, Zion, and the Artificial Intelligences

by Friesen, Rilla Marie

Abstract (Summary)
Since William Gibson includes a Rastafarian Enclave and a theological compass in Neuromancer, this can be used to examine the troublesome natures of the two Artificial Intelligences, Wintermute and Neuromancer. The Rastafarian's beliefs and interpretations of Babylon and Zion, the oppressors and the liberated, add political significance to the Tessier-Ashpool's and their enslaved Artificial Intelligences. Since the Artificial Intelligences are both created of Babylon the Tessier-Ashpools and also wanting to be free of them, they are something outside of both. In the Artificial Intelligences, then, Gibson collapses the straightforward dichotomy of Babylon and Zion.
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Advisor:Clark, Hilary

School:University of Saskatchewan

School Location:Canada - Saskatchewan

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:william gibson neuromancer rastafarian dystopian binary opposition artificial intelligence

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Date of Publication:03/31/2008

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