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  1. If apophenia is the perception of patterns or connections where none in fact exist, I am not sure what could be meant by "intentional apophenia triggers." This seems like a contradiction in terms. Are you suggesting that WG is deliberately making what look like connections to his previous works but are in fact not? If we take the example of "neural cutout," the term is used both in The Peripheral and Neuromancer - this is a fact. The question, as I see it, is whether WG deliberately chose to use this term in The Peripheral as a connection to Neuromancer (i.e. as a kind of Easter Egg) or whether it was an accident (i.e. when writing The Peripheral he had forgotten he had already used the same term in Neuromancer). The latter is quite possible as WG has been quoted as saying he does not go back and re-read his previous works. But if it were an accidental connection, it could not be classified as an intentional apophenia trigger. Please help me understand your point of view.
  2. This one may be a bit of a stretch, but here goes: The name of a television show Flynne refers to throughout The Peripheral, "Ciencia Loca," translates from spanish to "Weird Science." The latter is the name of a 1985 movie where (from Google): This seems like a reference to the climax of All Tomorrow's Parties where the Idoru, Rei Toei, emerges from the virtual to the real.
  3. I wonder if this qualifies: "Neural Cutout" as a connection to Neuromancer. In the latter it takes the form of a chip which, when implanted in the brain of the subject, allows software to take over that person's body. Molly has one implanted to earn money as a "meat puppet" to pay for all of her "street samurai" surgery. In The Peripheral it is a non-invasive electronic device that when worn allows the subject to control a "peripheral" body. The common factor is that in both novels it disconnects the subject's body from their consciousness.
  4. This December 2015 review of The Peripheral in Entropy Magazine also mentions Easter Eggs: The author of the article makes it sound as if we should be stumbling over Easter Eggs at every turn. I am in the middle of my second read and I am embarrassed to say that so far I have come up empty-handed. Anyone with any better luck?
  5. Thanks @Psychophant for clearing up what WG might mean by "Fractal Exposition". I remember WG describing his process in a Paris Review interview: Certainly an iterative, organic process.. And it sounds from your description that the "Easter Eggs" may be generated by WG unconsciously, and the Author himself may be discovering them to his own surprise during subsequent iterations...
  6. @Psychophant, @heavyboots, I am sure you are both right, Easter Eggs in fiction tending to be messages or symbols hidden in the text that can foreshadow something in the plot's future, connect more than one authors works, or make reference to something or someone completely unrelated. I find it exciting that WG refers to the exposition of the Peripheral as "fractal," suggesting self-similarity at different scales. I wonder what he means by that? It is certainly worth a second read to find out!
  7. In this Flavorwire interview about the Peripheral, WG says: While the his comment was made in the context of his use of neologisms in the book and trusting the reader to figure out what they mean, the thought that there might be Easter Eggs hidden in the book is tantalizing indeed. The hunt is on - share your Easter Eggs here!
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