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Neuromancer

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ISBN: 9781473217386

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In a dystopian future, Case is a former computer hacker who, having cheated his last employer, has lost his ability to connect to the matrix as a punishment. He now survives by committing petty crimes until he is contacted by Armitage, who offers to repair the damage done to his nervous system in exchange for a job. Case accepts and starts working with Molly, a mercenary employed by Armitage. They first steal the device containing saved consciousness of a famous hacker, nicknamed Dixie Flatline, by hiring a street gang to simulate a terrorist attack on the building holding the device while Molly steals it, helped by Case who remotely disables the buildings security systems. The trio then travels to Istanbul to hire Riviera before flying to Freeside, a space station functioning as a space resort for rich people. In the meanwhile, Case is contacted several times by an artificial intelligence called Wintermute which has been created by the Tessier-Ashpool family. The law forbids creating an AI with both intelligence and personality and Case learns that Wintermute is his real boss, Armitage being a fake personality applied to a traumatized ex-military named Corto. Wintermute wants Case and Molly to get Riviera to Lady 3Jane Tessier-Ashpool (who lives in Villa Straylight, at one extremity of Freeside) so that it can be merged with Neuromancer, an AI with personality. The two AIs would be able to merge if Lady 3Jane pronounces a given password at the exact moment when the software security systems that prevent the two AIs from reaching each other is broken. Riviera is supposed to manipulate Lady 3Jane into pronouncing the password (in a hidden terminal located at the Villa) while Case, with Dixie's help, would break the security. Riviera attempts to sabotage the mission for personal gain, but he is killed and the two AI finally merge into a superconsciousness.

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