Neuromancer

Neuromancer

by

William Gibson

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ICE Quotes in Neuromancer

The Neuromancer quotes below are all either spoken by ICE or refer to ICE. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Technology and the Body Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Neuromancer published in 1984.
Chapter 14 Quotes

“…Remember this?” And his right hand held the charred wasps’ nest from Case’s dream, reek of fuel in the closeness of the dark shop. Case stumbled back against a wall of junk. “Yeah. That was me. Did it with the holo rig in the window. Another memory I tapped out of you when I flatlined you that first time. Know why it’s important?”

Case shook his head. “Because”—and the nest, somehow, was gone—“it’s the closest thing you got to what Tessier-Ashpool would like to be. The human equivalent. Straylight’s like that nest, or anyway it was supposed to work out that way. I figure it’ll make you feel better.”

“Feel better?”

“To know what they’re like. You were starting to hate my guts for a while there. That’s good. But hate them instead. Same difference.”

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case (speaker), Wintermute (speaker), Lady 3Jane Marie-France Tessier-Ashpool
Related Symbols: Wasp Nest
Page Number: 171
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ICE Term Timeline in Neuromancer

The timeline below shows where the term ICE appears in Neuromancer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
Technology and the Body Theme Icon
Self-Interest vs. Human Connection Theme Icon
Addiction and Dependency Theme Icon
Over the next several days, Case is sucked into studying the data company Sense/Net’s ice, or digital defense system. He forgets to eat, loses track of time, and resents having... (full context)
Technology and the Body Theme Icon
Self-Interest vs. Human Connection Theme Icon
Although Case has hacked the Sense/Net ice, Molly must go in and grab the physical disk housing Dixie’s construct. They’re working with... (full context)
Technology and the Body Theme Icon
Self-Interest vs. Human Connection Theme Icon
...Case then withdraws his program from the matrix, the virtual doors he’s opened in the ice closing behind him. (full context)
Chapter 14
Technology and the Body Theme Icon
Identity and Personhood Theme Icon
Self-Interest vs. Human Connection Theme Icon
...him to start the mission. Dixie transports Case to the Tessier-Ashpool core data center. Their ice as the thickest Case has ever seen. He considers backing out of the whole deal,... (full context)
Identity and Personhood Theme Icon
...the matrix, Dixie explains the virus to Case. It’s a slow virus, so slow the ice won’t even notice it. Dixie laughs in delight as he explains, and Case asks him... (full context)