A Dead Channel

Photographs — Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”

― William Gibson, Neuromancer

Whenever I look at a book that I might read or purchase I always look at the first page and the last. Of that last page the exception is always a mystery novel.

I have a British first edition of William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer that is worth some bucks. I also happen to know the last sentence of the last page:

“I never saw Molly again.”

I have no idea how many people know why that protagonist is called Molly. I happen to have it from the horse’s mouth that it was inspired by Molly Ringwald. There were quite a few films with her at the time that Gibson was writing Neuromancer.

The woman in the photographs above is called Claire Love. She now lives in France. I photographed her in the best room of the former Marble Arch Hotel in Vancouver. A few weeks ago I noticed a For-Sale sign outside.

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Originally published at blog.alexwaterhousehayward.com.