Neuromancer

Neuromancer

by

William Gibson

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Panther Moderns Term Analysis

Also simply referred to as “Moderns.” Case describes them as “mercenaries, practical jokers” and “nihilistic technofetishists.” A global group of teenage hackers and pranksters, who can be purchased by outside groups. They are remarkable for their surgical facial modifications and for their use of mimetic suits, which allow them to blend into their surroundings.

Panther Moderns Quotes in Neuromancer

The Neuromancer quotes below are all either spoken by Panther Moderns or refer to Panther Moderns. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Neuromancer published in 1984.
Chapter 4 Quotes

This was it. This was what he was, who he was, his being. He forgot to eat. Molly left cartons of rice and foam trays of sushi on the corner of the long table. Sometimes he resented having to leave the deck to use the chemical toilet they’d set up in a corner of the loft. Ice patterns formed and reformed on the screen as he probed for gaps, skirted the most obvious traps, and mapped the route he’d take through Sense/Net’s ice. It was good ice. Wonderful ice. Its patterns burned there while he lay with his arm under Molly’s shoulders, watching the red dawn through the steel grid of the skylight. Its rainbow pixel maze was the first thing he saw when he woke. He’d go straight to the deck, not bothering to dress, and jack in. He was cutting it. He was working. He lost track of days.

And sometimes, falling asleep, particularly when Molly was off on one of her reconnaissance trips with her rented cadre of Moderns, images of Chiba came flooding back. Faces and Ninsei neon. Once he woke from a confused dream of Linda Lee, unable to recall who she was or what she’d ever meant to him. When he did remember, he jacked in and worked for nine straight hours.

The cutting of Sense/Net’s ice took a total of nine days.

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case, Linda Lee, Molly
Page Number: 59
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Panther Moderns allowed four minutes for their first move to take effect, then injected a second carefully prepared dose of misinformation. This time, they shot it directly into the Sense/Net building’s internal video system.

At 12:04:03, every screen in the building strobed for eighteen seconds in a frequency that produced seizures in a susceptible segment of Sense/Net employees. Then something only vaguely like a human face filled the screens, its features stretched across asymmetrical expanses of bone like some obscene Mercator projection. Blue lips parted wetly as the twisted, elongated jaw moved. Something, perhaps a hand, a thing like a reddish clump of gnarled roots, fumbled toward the camera, blurred, and vanished. Subliminally rapid images of contamination: graphics of the building’s water supply system, gloved hands manipulating laboratory glassware, something tumbling down into darkness, a pale splash….The audio track, its pitch adjusted to run at just less than twice the standard playback speed, was part of a month-old newscast detailing potential military uses of a substance known as HsG, a biochemical governing the human skeletal growth factor. Overdoses of HsG threw certain bone cells into overdrive, accelerating growth by factors as high as one thousand percent.

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case, Molly, Armitage / Corto
Page Number: 62
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Panther Moderns Term Timeline in Neuromancer

The timeline below shows where the term Panther Moderns appears in Neuromancer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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...rider,” which he dislikes. She tells him she’s looking not for microsofts but for Panther Moderns. He says he’ll help her, but that she can’t have anyone watching on a simstim.... (full context)
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Case asks his computer to look up the Panther Moderns, which he assumes are a youth subculture. The Hosaka presents a précis like a slideshow—including... (full context)
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Two days later, Case meets a Modern in person, when one delivers a package from the Finn. Although the boy has a... (full context)
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...go in and grab the physical disk housing Dixie’s construct. They’re working with the Panther Modern’s purchased assistance. Case, back in his loft, needs to link his newly completed intrusion program... (full context)
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At midnight, the Panther Modern linkman gives a command—nine other Moderns call in emergencies from nine different payphones, posing as... (full context)
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...stuns a security guard and locks the doors open for her return. Meanwhile, the Panther Moderns plays a seizure-inducing strobe on Sense/Net’s internal video system, as well as a video of... (full context)
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...He stays with her as she walks to the library, and he tells the Panther Moderns, who tells the linkman, who tells Molly where to find the construct. He initiates a... (full context)
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...convinced the employees are “a horde of potential killers.” Even Molly is shaken. Two Panther Moderns meet her in the lobby and help her out, as she falls unconscious from the... (full context)
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Back in the loft, the Panther Modern leader, Lupus Yonderboy, introduces himself. Armitage chastises him for letting the situation at Sense/Net “get... (full context)