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Johnny Mnemonic: The Screenplay and the Story

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  9,360 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
Johnny is a courier. He carries data, uploaded into his brain through a jack implanted in his skull. And so Johnny's troubles begin. The data is stolen, and to get it back the owners have hired the Yakuza who intend to get hold of Johnny. But all they really need is his cryogenically frozen head.

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Johnny is a courier. He carries other people's me
Paperback, The Screenplay and the Story, 176 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (first published 1981)
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Michael Fierce

Somewhere between 3 1/2 & 4 stars.

First off, as I'm sure most know, this book (& movie) are based on the short story, Johnny Mnemonic , by cyberpunk author, William Gibson .

I have never read the short story, though I plan to, of course.

If you haven't seen the movie, I'm not sure if you should. The acting is horrendous, the costumes are laughable, the dialogue, horrible. I guess if you like 80's films enough you might get a little heart flutter kick out of it but otherwise it is pretty
Erich Franz Linner-Guzmann
"I put the shotgun in an Adidas bag and padded it out with four pairs of tennis socks, not my style at all, but that was what I was aiming for: If they think you're crude, go technical; if they think you're technical, go crude. I'm a very technical boy. So I decided to get as crude as possible. These days, though, you have to be pretty technical before you can even aspire to crudeness. I'd had to turn both those twelve-gauge shells from brass stock, on the lathe, and then load then myself; I'd h
Oct 04, 2007 Timothy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe this title is available in Burning Chrome as a short story... This edition shown here contains the short story, some pictures from the movie, and the original movie script.

Though I love the short story with a passion the movie was sadly lacking... Though when I met Gibson at a signing he was excited to see this edition!
John Yelverton
Dec 16, 2011 John Yelverton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An very interesting adaptation from a very confusing film.
This book is a much better read than Over The Top... And obviously a different genre (this being sci-fi, adventure, mystery). But I wouldn't give it '4 stars', '3.5' maybe...

I think the book reads much better than the movie shows. The book creates more intrigue, and even though it wasn't a 'great' read for me, it was a page turner.

Johnny Mnemonic is a data smuggler (he actually has a jack socket in the back of his neck... And, no, I'm not joking LMAO) in a futuristic Japan. But there are a num
Alfaniel Aldavan
The beginnings of cyberpunk.

I must have read more times this story. Its plot doesn't matter, it's all about the specifics of the characters and the world: the (post)apocalyptic embedding of technological or biological artifacts into the human or animal bodies.

Recommended for cyberpunk fans or anyone interested in another kind of apocalypse than mainstream.
Curtis Runstedler
Apr 21, 2016 Curtis Runstedler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an engaging whirlwind of action and excitement! Great story, although I'm not sure why these cyberpunks would use human bodies to store information - too much of a liability, methinks. It's much clearer than the film, which isn't really as bad as everyone says (heck, it was pretty entertaining, even if it doesn't make much sense), although I can't help feeling that Gibson could unpack his ideas a bit more - there's definitely an in media res feeling here, but I wanted to know more about thi ...more
Sep 21, 2014 Geoff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an ode to Cyberpunk. We are surrounded by a plethora of books on the threats currently posed by the invasion of technology and corporate greed in our soon-to-be-post-modern civilization. This story (not really a book) is one of the best. He, Margaret Atwood and Neal Stephenson are numbered among my favorites for their ability to illustrate and terrify us with creepy portraits of the days that lay in wait. The difference is that Gibson does it great big, well described balls; which Keanu ...more
Pinki Pal
Mar 30, 2015 Pinki Pal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick read, interesting story. Gibson packs a lot of world-building into this short story of a highly technological future. I wasn't blown away, but it's a page-turner that's worth the time.
This was passed along to me so the price was right but it is clearly only a tiny part of the story. It has made me want to track down the original, so I kind of wish I had passed on this one.
The short story was very well written, but the screen play is quite different from the short story. Some key characters
Apr 22, 2016 Eggp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: haiku, w-short, auth-m
Human SD card
badass body mod weapons
drug addict dolphin.
Michael K.
Dec 02, 2014 Michael K. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m generally a fan of Terry Bisson’s work, especially his short stories, but this novel-based-on-a-movie-based-on-a-short-story is embarrassing. The film was a mostly incoherent rendering of William Gibson’s very good story; I suspect Bill’s stuff just doesn’t translate well to the screen. This novelization (why bother?) has all the film’s confusion and none of Gibson’s trademark style and atmosphere. Worse, Bisson throws in some minor bits and pieces of his own invention. I couldn’t get more t ...more
Jan 10, 2016 Mattias rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
En medioker bok skriven efter en lika medioker film. Neuromancer må vara en klassiker men jag har svårt för Gibsons verk, vilket även gäller Bissons anpassning av Johnny Mnemonic. Handlingen är tunn även om miljöerna och beskrivningar av dem ofta håller måttet. Språket medelmåttigt och i enklaste laget, vilket kanske kan förväntas av ett anpassat filmmanus. Det hjälper inte att det hela är en vision av framtiden som bygger på nittiotalsteknologi... Möjligt att det fungerade bättre när boken skre ...more

The award-winning author of Neuromancer brings his acclaimed talents to the screen in a March movie release, starring Keanu Reeves. This special edition features his screenplay and the original story on which it's based. Johnny's a 21st century smuggler with a computer chip in his head--24 hours to complete his mission. Review

Johnny Mnemonic is based on a story published in Gibson's collection of short fiction, Burning Chrome Fans will have the opportunity to see Gibson's imaginatio

Dated: 4/14/2012. Hmm. Crap. This (the above three-star rating) was before I did more than rate them. I was hoping I'd have some text to play with here. Anyway, I'm pretty sure it was in this book that I read the short story that the film was based on. So, I was having a JM moment, and while digging around discovered that, in addition to the obv crap that got changed, and I had forgotten this, Jones was supposed to be a heroin addict. Keeps digging at me. Anyway, same place I noted that I noted ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Randal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody
Shelves: sci-fi
"I'm getting to be the most technical boy in town" ...
Love that line.
Johnny Mnemonic is to cyberpunk what Raymond Chandler's Red Wind is to noir. If you can't explain exactly what the genre is or the description sounds lame to someone, you can give them a book with the story in it and say, "Here, read this. This is what it's all about."
OK, look. Cyberpunk is, as a friend recently told me, "so over." I don't care. I read a lot of noir, too, and it's been over so long Bill Watterson included a noi
Benjamin Barton
Apr 29, 2014 Benjamin Barton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Benjamin by: School Project
Johnny makes his way to the Drome bar, with one hand on a loaded double barrel stashed in his gym bag and a head full of Ralfi’s data, Johnny makes his move. Only Ralfi knows the password and Johnny wants his headspace back. The rent inside Johnny’s head isn’t cheap. Ralfi owes Johnny money. Ralfi wants Johnny dead. The deal’s gone sour and the time is now. Johnny finds his target but Ralfi is ready. Ralfi informs Johnny that the data in his head belongs to the Yakuza gang and that Johnny is as ...more
Duncan Mandel

The award-winning author of Neuromancer brings his acclaimed talents to the screen in a March movie release, starring Keanu Reeves. This special edition features his screenplay and the original story on which it's based. Johnny's a 21st century smuggler with a computer chip in his head--24 hours to complete his mission.
Doug L
Aug 21, 2015 Doug L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i saw johnny mnemonic film when i was younger and didnt think much of it. when i read neuromancer and saw that they were created by the same guy i tracked this short story down and absolutely loved it. i gotta say, dispite all the differences between the story and the film, i still pictures Keanu in my head as Johnny.
You could say I grew up with the movie.
Though even here the book is better, despite my enjoyment of the movie. The paints a better painting of the world Johnny moves through, and I'm a big fan of world building especially the way it is done by Gibson.
Short and sweet, a fun read.
Ernesto I. Ramirez
Short story, but it let us see two thing: Gibson's style that created the cyberpunk genre and part of his view of what the world might become.

And its always nice to see Molly Millions again with her razor sharp claws and eternal glasses afixed to her head.
Nadine Jones
I read this long before it became inextricably linked with Keanu Reeves. I remember being only moderately impressed, and I was surprised the movie was as good as it was. I enjoyed JM, the movie, far more than I enjoyed The Matrix.
Indah Threez Lestari
658 - 2013

Duh, pada tahun 1995 waktu novel/film ini rilis, data 320 gigabytes itu memang masih sesuatu banget ya. Skalanya benar-benar supergede untuk mahasiswa sepertiku, yang masih pakai floppy disk 5.25 inci yang cuma muat 720 KB atau floppy disk 3.5 inci yang cuma muat 1.44 MB. Bahkan game Prince of Persia pun masih muat di satu buah floppy 5.25 inci.

Sekarang sih, data 320 GB itu... kecil buanget!!! Koleksi film dan buku digitalku saja nggak cukup ditampung oleh satu harddisk eksternal berka
Kat Seker
Jul 09, 2015 Kat Seker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Johnny Mnemonic when it was first published in 1981 in OMNI magazine when I was in college. It remains my most favorite short story ever.
Sep 13, 2016 Joker348 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adoro gli scenari cyberpunk, queste città sempre molto cupe. Mi è piaciuto parecchio, l'idea del corriere di dati è grandiosa!
May 02, 2016 Bo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actually not the same book as the english johnny mnemonic book, rather it is a truncated version of the shortstory collection "Burning Chrome".
The story Burning Chrome was great. Some of the others were good but alot of them just didn't catch my interest at all. The swedish translation might be partly to blame, but not entirely.
Mar 04, 2015 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book about Gibsons usual cyber future. It just was up Neromancer standards.
Dec 27, 2014 Tess marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Simon Pummell, vriend van Reinier en waar hij mee samenwerkt, wou William Gibson verfilmen.
Jul 24, 2015 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short, scifi
Epilogue in Neuromancer
Dog (gothic, frankenstein, physical augmentation, Franken Fran)
Apr 12, 2015 Shatki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in OMNI, forever ago. Much, much better-in my opinion-than the movie.
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William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, having coined the term cyberspace in 1982 and popularized it in his first novel, Neuromancer(1984), which has sold more than 6.5 million copies wor
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