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bladerunner and neuromancer

William Gibson writes about some of his thoughts on Bladerunner and its relationship to Neuromancer. He writes:

BLADERUNNER came out while I was still writing Neuromancer. I was about a third of the way into the manuscript. When I saw (the first twenty minutes of) BLADERUNNER, I figured my unfinished first novel was sunk, done for. Everyone would assume Iíd copped my visual texture from this astonishingly fine-looking film. But that didnít happen. Mainly I think because BLADERUNNER seriously bombed in theatrical release, and films didnít pop right back out on DVD in those days. The general audience didnít seem to get it, relatively few people saw it, and it simply vanished, leaving nary a ripple. Where it went, though, was straight through the collective membrane to Memetown, where it silently went nova, irradiating everything from clothing-design to serious architecture.
The paralels in the vision of Bladerunner and Neuromancer are quite striking. What's interesting is that 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?', the Philip K. Dick book on which Bladerunner was based, doesn't really create the ambience that Neuromancer achieves so perfectly. Bladerunner's visuals (in large part the work of visual futurist Syd Mead, enhanced by Ridley Scott's direction) are, then, more than anything, a product of their age, of the ability to tap into the subconscious of imagined futures where Gibson's works live comfortably...

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on January 17 2003 at 11:18 PM

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