Mona Lisa OVERDRIVE was named after the 1989 novel Mona Lisa Overdrive, by William Gibson. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mona Lisa Overdrive (ISBN 0553281747) is a science fiction novel by William Gibson published in 1988. ... William Ford Gibson (born March 17, 1948, Conway, South Carolina) is an American-born science fiction author resident in Canada since 1968. ...
Squat Mona dreamed she was dancing the cage back in some Cleveland juke, naked in a column of hot blue light, where the faces thrusting up for her through the veil of smoke had blue light snagged in the whites of their eyes.
Mona tended to get the ones who wanted to talk, who tried to buy you a sandwich after, which could be bad in its own way but not the kind of bad Eddy needed.
And Mona had to bite her tongue to keep from laughing, because the system had a cosmetic program that made him look different on the screens, stretched his face a little and made his chin stronger, and he didn't seem to notice.
While Molly appears to strike off on her own at the conclusion of the novel, accompanied solely by a robot and the aleph, she is in a way still employed by the loa or subprograms to guard the personality constructs that the aleph houses.
Literal ghosts proliferate MonaLisaOverdrive, from Kumi's mother to personality constructs such as Finn, Colin, and those of the previous Yakuza bosses kept by Kumi's father; these are emblems of memory which the characters cannot escape.
MonaLisaOverdrive may simply be the product of a single science fiction writer of the 1980s who has suddenly achieved success, and who suddenly needs to rewrite paler and paler versions of the same book in order to continue that success.
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