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The Sprawl trilogy, of which Count Zero is the second part
The Sprawl trilogy, of which Count Zero is the second part

Count Zero (ISBN 0441117732) is a science fiction novel written by William Gibson, originally published in 1986. A prime example of the cyberpunk sub-genre, it is set in the same milieux as Gibson's prior novel Neuromancer, and forms the middle volume of The Sprawl trilogy, which includes Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive. Download high resolution version (1228x772, 138 KB)public domain / picture taken by Fortinbras File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (1228x772, 138 KB)public domain / picture taken by Fortinbras File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Sprawl-trilogy, of which Neuromancer is the first part. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Some credit William Gibson with writing the most clear-cut examples of the Science Fiction genre known as cyberpunk, as well as coining the term cyberspace. ... Berlins Sony Centre in Potsdamer Platz reflects the global reach of a Japanese corporation. ... Neuromancer (ISBN 0006480411) by William Gibson, is considered to be the first proper cyberpunk novel, and won the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award and Hugo Award after being published in 1984. ... The Sprawl-trilogy, of which Neuromancer is the first part. ... Mona Lisa Overdrive (ISBN 0553281747) is a science fiction novel by William Gibson published in 1988. ...


Eight years after the events of Neuromancer, strange things begin to happen in The Matrix, leading to the proliferation of what appear to be voodoo gods. A large sequined Voodoo dwapo or flag by the artist George Valris The term Voodoo (Vodun in Benin; also Vodou or other phonetically equivalent spellings in Haiti; Vudu in the Dominican Republic) is applied to the branches of a West African ancestor-based spiritist-animist religious tradition. ...


Two powerful multinational corporations are engaged in a battle for control (extending into space) over a powerful new technology (a biochip) using hackers and the Matrix as well as espionage and violence.

Quotation: "He'd used decks in school, toys that shuttled you through the infinite reaches of the space that wasn't space, mankind's unthinkably complex consensual hallucination, the matrix cyberspace, where the great corporate hotcores burned like neon novas, data so dense you suffered sensory overload if you tried to apprehend more than the merest outline." (Excerpt from William Gibson's Count Zero)

The title of the book, other than being the pseudonym of the main character Bobby Newmark, is also a word-play on the programming term count zero. In a loop, a counter typically reaches a zero value therefore exiting the loop. A pseudonym (Greek: false name) is a fictitious name used by an individual as an alternative to their legal name (whereas an allonym is the name of another actual person assumed by one person, usually historical, in authorship of a work of art; e. ... Bobby Newmark is one of the main characters in the William Gibson novel Count Zero. ... The term loop, in its general sense, refers to something that closes back on itself (such as a circle or ring). ... Counter - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ...


As per Gibson's style in this series, are three main storylines which eventually intertwine: Turner, a mercenary 'corporate extractor,' sets out to 'shift' top researcher Mitchell to the Hosaka Corporation but becomes guardian to his daughter on a cross-country trip instead; Marly, a small gallery owner until she became caught with a hoax and newly infamous as a result, who is engaged by ultra-rich, reclusive (think Howard Hughes) industrialist and art patron Josef Virek to find the unknown creator of his futuristic Joseph Cornell-style boxes; and Bobby (aka Count Zero), a neophyte hacker who flatlines while hacking a corporate computer with a stolen piece of software (later stolen) and is revived by a mysterious cyber-presence. For other people named Howard Hughes, see Howard Hughes (disambiguation). ... Joseph Cornell, (Born in Nyack, New York December 24, 1903 – died December 29, 1972) was an American sculptor, one of the pioneers and most celebrated exponents of assemblage. ...


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In cases when the number zero must be clearly defined and a short cut may be appropriate, the alternate pronunciation is acceptable when saying, for example, "Part number Six Oh Three Zoh" (6O30), in which case, the letter O (oh) and the number 0 (zero) are not interchangeable.
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