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“Cyberpunk is concurrently concerned with actual and imaginary metamorphoses of biological organisms into machines, and of mechanical apparatuses into living entities.”//sciencedirect


“Another dimension of cyberspace are the simstims. These are a futuristic version of today’s soap operas, made possible by the same technology that created the matrix. Simstims, or “simulated stimuli” are viewed as if the viewer was the star, Tally Isham: . These two dimensions of cyberspace come from advances in bio-technology and use simulation to draw the subject in.”//ogamu

“Simstim– Essentially the Sony Walkman™ unit of the future. Simstim performers, or “stars,” have recording devices implanted in their eyes, ears, etc. They then record their exciting, action-filled life experiences (sky diving, for example) on disk for sale to the general public. The unit is able to give the wearer the exact same sensual experience; escapism to the nth degree.”//burningcity


“In Neuromancer, the simstim star of the day is a young girl named Tally Isham. Kids line up and wait for hours just to catch a glimpse of her. She’s the Britney Spears of simstim. “The commercial stuff was edited, of course, so that if Tally Isham got a headache in the course of a segment, you didn’t feel it,” Gibson explains.”//macworld


“Cowboys didn’t get into simstim, he thought, because it was basically a meat toy. He knew that the trodes he used and the little plastic tiara dangling from a simstim deck were basically the same, and that the cyberspace matrix was basically a drastic simplification of the human sensorium, at least in terms of presentation, but the simstim itself struck him as a gratuitous multiplication of flesh input. The commercial stuff was edited, of course, so that if Tally Isham got a headache in the course of a segment, you didn’t feel it.”//virtualwordlets


“Rikki is tearing a picture out of one of the magazines. She holds it up to her face, covering her eyes. The perfect azure blues of Tally Isham.”//otakuhouse

“She had a glossy brochure spread open on the table, Tally Isham smiling up from a dozen photographs, the Girl with the Zeiss Ikon Eyes.

Her little simstim deck was one of the things I’d stacked under my bench the night before, the one I’d fixed for her the day after I’d first seen her. She spent hours jacked into that unit, the contact band across her forehead like a gray plastic tiara. Tally Isham was her favorite, and with the contact band on, she was gone, off somewhere in the recorded sensorium of simstims biggest star. Simulated stimuli: the world all the interesting parts, anyway as perceived by Tally Isham.

Tally raced a black Fokker ground-effect plane across Arizona mesa tops. Tally dived the Truk Island preserves. Tally partied with the superrich on private Greek islands, heartbreaking purity of those tiny white seaports at dawn.”//Burning Chrome


“She was twenty, four years his junior, and earned roughly nine times his annual salary in a given week. She was blonde, her hair cropped short for the series role, deeply tanned, and looked as if she was illuminated from within by sunlamps. The blue eyes were inhumanly perfect optical instruments, grown in vats in Japan. She was both actress and camera, her eyes worth several million New Yen, and in the hierarchy of Sense/Net stars, she barely rated.”//Xirdal


“Blue. Tally Isham blue. The clear trademark blue they’re famous for, Zeiss Ikon ringing each iris in tiny capitals, the letters suspended there like flecks of gold.”//200ok


“Look, Turner, here’s your leading lady.” The man smiled up at Jane Hamilton, who smiled back, her wide blue eyes clear and perfect, each iris ringed with the minute gold lettering of the Zeiss Ikon logo. Turner froze, caught in a split-second lock of indecision. The star was close, too close, and the pale man was rising.”//Xirdal




“The first media celebrity Tally Isham even though an unapproachable star was still human which is why she had to be replaced by Angie Mitchell, the chosen one: ‘ Legba, after all, had orchestrated her debut in the industry and the subsequent rise that had seen her eclipse Tally Isham’ s fifteen-year career as Net megastar’ ).  The world was growing more unstable by the minute and hence there was a need for a much more intangible, inhuman star, one directly connected to cyberspace.”//crimeculture