Contrasting The Styles of CS Lewis and William Gibson Using Neuromancer and That Hideous Strength
(Lobdell, 111)" He is the generator of what is called "Arcadian science fiction", what he often referred to as "scientifiction". He mixes the fantastic with the supernatural so well that one doesn't even flinch when one is asked to accept corporations who animate heads and Greek-Godlike, angelic creatures in the same book. Gibson, who created the Cyberpunk genre, wrote Neuromancer in 1984, when computers were not yet as mainstream as they are now. They were considered mysterious and often incomprehensible by most people. I doubt Gibson knew he had fathered a new genre- one that made computer geeks very happy. Computers were both the good and the evil in a sleek new Discordia- redemption and salvation and most of all, cool. Gibson was an American and his writing style shows it- it is concise and not at all formal. He wasn't afraid of sex- in fact this is the only book we have read in class- and I've no doubt one of the first- to make direct reference to sex, without euphemism; indeed include it as part of the storyline. Gibson uses different cultural influences and slang; he invents new slang and writes almost phonetically- it is possible to hear the lazy, nasal Sprawl voice, the cloying, world-weary tones of the agents, and of course the loping, musical sounds of the Rastas Case meets in Zion- the most genuine people in the book. In Lewis's voice all characters, though given distinct personalities and different modes of speaking, have a sameness about them. This may be simply because they are all from the same area, in the same country, and Gibson's novel spans many different areas. However, this variety...
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