Summary:
  • It’s been four decades since William Gibson’s short story “Johnny Mnemonic” appeared in the May 1981 issue of Omni magazine.
  • Four decades on, telegraphing the style and concerns of the books to come, “Johnny Mnemonic” remains a bracing reminder that Gibson, more than a pop prophet, is one of our best writers.
  • Still, some of the prognostications of “Johnny Mnemonic” have held up.
  • Gibson didn’t quite predict cookies and social media, but “Johnny Mnemonic” nails our hermit-proofed paradigm.
  • There are certainly apprentice moments in “Johnny Mnemonic”: overwrought lines, the noir poetry of a novice.
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