Study Questions for William Gibson's "Burning Chrome" [1985]

Gibson's story is quintessential cyberpunk science fiction that drops us into the middle of things without exposition or explanation. As a result, we need to be attentive to details while trying to establish the situation, conflict, and characters. If you have difficulty connecting to the story or defining the conflict, it might help to review the story overview available at the Literature in a Wide World: Burning Chrome site.To develop a fundamental understanding of the story, try to determine the identities and motivations of each of the following characters:

Bobby Quine

Jack

Chrome

Rikki

Once you identify the characters, perhaps using the Literature in a Wide World site, try to summarize the conflict and plot. Again, the web site might be a valuable aid here.