Neuromancer Is Focus of Text and Community This Semester

Posted: January 28, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Mitchell

Neuromancer book cover

The featured work for the 2005 Text and Community Project is William Gibson’s Neuromancer. Published in 1984, the science fiction novel is credited with popularizing the now-commonplace terms “cyberspace,” “cyberpunk,” and “the matrix.”

Sponsored by the English Department, the Text and Community Program is a semester-long project that fosters exchanges across disciplines and interpretations of a text from multiple perspectives. This year’s program has garnered widespread participation from New Century College and several university departments, including Computer Science, Art and Visual Technology, Philosophy, History and Art History, and Psychology.

Beginning with the movie Blade Runner on Thursday, Feb. 3, the Office of Housing and Residence Life will present a film festival of science fiction movies, plus a documentary on Gibson. The movies are being shown on alternate Thursdays through April 28 in the Eisenhower Multimedia Room at 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 13, Amelia Rutledge, associate professor of English, will talk about Neuromancer and how to read science fiction. On April 20, a panel featuring professors from across the disciplines will discuss the novel and how it relates to philosophy, psychology, history, and technology. Both events are in Lecture Hall I at 5:55 p.m.

A short story contest sponsored by Apathy, Mason’s undergraduate creative arts and literary journal, asks entrants to submit original cyberpunk fiction of 5,000 words or less for a chance to win $50 and publication in the spring 2005 issue. A digital project contest invites students to work alone or collaboratively to create a visual or multimedia project for the web or gallery spaces.

For more information, along with teaching and study guides, see the Text and Community web site.

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