William Gibson

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Screaming Fist Term Analysis

A massive military operation and subsequent cover up, in which the American military sent forces to attack Russia, knowing full well that Russia had countermeasures in place that would lead the deaths of many American soldiers, in order to test out new technology. Corto participated in Screaming Fist, losing his legs and his sight in the process.
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Screaming Fist Term Timeline in Neuromancer

The timeline below shows where the term Screaming Fist appears in Neuromancer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...but announces Armitage has managed to block himself from Julie’s servers. Case then asks about Screaming Fist . Julie explains it was a cover-up like Watergate—the American government knew about Russian defenses,... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Self-Interest vs. Human Connection Theme Icon to find out much about Armitage. No one with his name took part in Screaming Fist , but she hopes Case will have better luck. Case wonders what else is on... (full context)
Chapter 6
Identity and Personhood Theme Icon was full of holes, he has the main story: Willis Corto was participated in Screaming Fist , a mission to inject a new computer virus in a Russian interface. His plane... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...quite a personality” and whose shell he built on Corto’s “underlying structures of obsession […] Screaming Fist , his betrayal, the Congressional hearings,” will come apart soon. (full context)
Chapter 16
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...corner of Molly’s vision for Case from Dixie. He explains General Girling trained Corto for Screaming Fist , and that Wintermute has been appearing to Armitage/Corto as Girling. The fact that Armitage... (full context)