The Winter Market"The Winter Market" Author William GibsonCountry CanadaLanguage EnglishSeries Burning ChromeGenre(s) Science fictionshort storyPublished in Burning ChromePublication type AnthologyPublisher Arbor HouseMedia type Print (Hardback& Paperback) Publication date April 1986 Preceded by New Rose HotelFollowed by Dogfight
The theme of the story primarily concerns human relationships and their tenuous and problematic qualities by deploying the concept of technological immortality, in which one's consciousness is separated from the body and "uploaded" into a supercomputer, where it continues to think and function on its own. Characters in the story are marked by a distinct failure to connect, while they express typical genre concerns regarding this type of theoretical mind transfer; whether or not the online consciousness really is the same individual, and whether or not it was moral to allow this to happen.
In this particular tale, Lise's original body is defective and failing, partially due to a congenital disease, and partially due to drug abuse. Hence, the act of leaving behind the original physical form is potentially one of escape into an untainted existence. However, the story undercuts this simplistic reading by convincingly evoking Lise's humanity and her longing for a "normal" relationship to her body.
Characteristic of Gibson's early writing, this story conveys an individual's (Lise) story mediated through the voice of another character. It also examines what constitutes "waste" within a consumer culture.
- ^ Wiebe, Joe. "Writing Vancouver", Special to the Sun, The Vancouver Sun, 2007-10-13. Retrieved on 2008-02-01.
collection Johnny Mnemonic · The Gernsback Continuum · Fragments of a Hologram Rose · The Belonging Kind · Hinterlands · Red Star, Winter Orbit · New Rose Hotel · The Winter Market · Burning Chrome · DogfightOther short stories: Skinner's RoomMiscellanea: Neuromancer video game · Agrippa (A Book of the Dead) · Johnny Mnemonic film · New Rose Hotel film · No Maps for These Territories · Node Magazine · The X-Files episodesStory elements: Molly Millions · Cyberspace · Megacorporation · Tessier-Ashpool · Intrusion Countermeasures Electronics · The Sprawl · Raygun Gothic · Gender-bait · Hubertus Bigend