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I'm just tucking into Neuromancer again as part of my regular Gibson homage (started with Count Zero this time for some odd reason), and of course early on as Case is making his desperate moves, we read that he has 'three megabytes of hot RAM in the Hitachi'. Now, that amount is obviously of significant value to Case, which of course barely even has value for us today, but his story was written in 1984. And that really dates the book, which otherwise transcends time...it always feels modern. Now, you might argue that it was the data on the RAM that was valuable, though that Linda steals it and attempts to sell it would suggest otherwise: 'She just wanted a ticket home, and the RAM in his Hitachi would buy it for her, if she could find the right fence.' Linda is no hustler really, she's just a kid, and certainly Gibson makes no mention of data. We've got to assume that 3MB is worth a lot of New Yen...indeed, Linda's buyers kill her for the RAM rather than pay for it. I'm wondering if there are more examples of this shifting price of memory dating sci fi? Putting it into context, even seven or eight years after Neuromancer was written, people were breaking into offices here in the UK to steal the memory out of computers, as the chips were in short supply. The only other example I know of is the excellent Spares by Michael Marshall Smith, where the protagonist is trying to sell 128MB of RAM at the start of the book, which apparently has a street value of $800...the book being written in 1996. Once again, a timeless sci fi yarn, hooked into the past with anachronistic pricing. So, if you've come across the same thing in any stories, let me know!