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Joshua Siegfried
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I recently posted a thread asking for reading advice within the Cyberpunk genre. I received a lot of great recommendations and ordered the Neuromancer series by Gibson. I've just started reading, but I have already noticed something interesting (that most of you probably already know about). One of the characters in the book is named Armitage, which I'm guessing was the inspiration for the card Armitage Codebusting.

This makes me wonder if there are any other cards that were inspired by other Cyberpunk sources. So a question to all of you that are probably better read than myself, have you noticed any other interesting connections or sources of inspiration?
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Someone mentioned that Kate and Noise appear to be references to the main character and his love interest in Hackers. I think the resemblance is a bit shaky, but YMMV.

Melange Mining Corp is so obvious I feel silly even pointing it out.

EDIT: Oh, almost forgot my favorite reference in the game! It's not even sci-fi, but on Archer the flavor text mentions...



EDIT AGAIN: Forgot to mention the name of the card which mentions that... lol.
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Asmor wrote:
Someone mentioned that Kate and Noise appear to be references to the main character and his love interest in Hackers. I think the resemblance is a bit shaky, but YMMV.

Melange Mining Corp is so obvious I feel silly even pointing it out.


Why would you feel silly pointing it out? I have no idea what it is referencing.
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Dune. The substance around which the series revolves is often called the spice melange.
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And the original phrase is "the spice must flow", spice being the mind-altering, performance enhancing, psychic power inducing drug that enables faster-than-light navigation.
 
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Dune. The substance around which the series revolves is often called the spice melange.


What?! Apparently it's been too long since I read anything from the Dune universe, since I somehow missed or forgot that it was called anything other than "spice". I caught the reference anyway, but sheesh. I'm ashamed.
 
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Butaman551 wrote:
I recently posted a thread asking for reading advice within the Cyberpunk genre. I received a lot of great recommendations and ordered the Neuromancer series by Gibson. I've just started reading, but I have already noticed something interesting (that most of you probably already know about). One of the characters in the book is named Armitage, which I'm guessing was the inspiration for the card Armitage Codebusting.

This makes me wonder if there are any other cards that were inspired by other Cyberpunk sources. So a question to all of you that are probably better read than myself, have you noticed any other interesting connections or sources of inspiration?


I've been similarly motivated. I just started book 3 of the sprawl trilogy; there are a couple more references along the way!

I am hoping for a McCoy Pauley runner identity. It's not like I have a morbid fear of death, or anything!
 
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There is a lot in the Android universe that pays homage to other literature/filmography/etc in the genre.

There was another thread early on that covered this topic.
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Phelanpt wrote:
Dune. The substance around which the series revolves is often called the spice melange.


"Melange" also means "a totally disordered mixture of rocks of different shapes, sizes, ages, and origins". (http://tfd.com/melange) (That's probably why it is a mining corp.) But due to the other sci-fi references in the universe (e.g. Heinlein), I'm sure that it's a nod to Dune, as well.
 
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Neuromancer has a location called "Ninteki" I think? or at least something reminded me of Jinteki.
 
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Neuromancer has a location called "Ninteki" I think? or at least something reminded me of Jinteki.


Are you thinking of Ninsei?
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mothchoir wrote:
Kamakaze wrote:
Neuromancer has a location called "Ninteki" I think? or at least something reminded me of Jinteki.


Are you thinking of Ninsei?


Yes, that must be it. I guess it reminded me of Nisei Mk II (a Jinteki agenda)
 
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Kamakaze wrote:
mothchoir wrote:
Kamakaze wrote:
Neuromancer has a location called "Ninteki" I think? or at least something reminded me of Jinteki.


Are you thinking of Ninsei?


Yes, that must be it. I guess it reminded me of Nisei Mk II (a Jinteki agenda)


I finished rereading Neuromancer a couple of days ago, so it's still pretty fresh in my mind.

Although it's not possible to say categorically what (if anything) Nisei means in Japanese, I had a look at some of the possible translations.

"Ni" is two, while "Sei" has many meanings. Possibly the most appealing one is its use as a counter for generations. Therefore Nisei gives us "Second generation", which seems appropriate to Jinteki, considering their specialism in cloning.



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Can't forget about Weyland and it's nod towards the Alien franchise.
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