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"SF looks towards an imaginary future, while fantasy, by and large, looks towards an imaginary past."
- Frederik Pohl

Matrix  
  A shared virtual reality space; users project their consciousness into a representation of networked data.  

See the entry for cyberspace, also by William Gibson.

A silver tide of phosphenes boiled across my field of vision as the matrix began to unfold in my head, a 3-D chessboard, infinite and perfectly transparent... If anyone else had been jacked into that part of the matrix, he might have seen a surf of flickering shadow roll out of the yellow pyramid that represented our computer.
Technovelgy from Burning Chrome, by William Gibson.
Published by Not known in 1982
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Here's the same term used in Neuromancer, Gibson's classic 1984 novel.

Case brought the gun around and looked down the line of sight at Deane's pink, ageless face.

`Don't,' Deane said. `You're right. About what this all is. What I am. But there are certain internal logics to be honored. If you use that, you'll see a lot of brains and blood, and it would take me several hours -your subjective time -to effect another spokesperson. This set isn't easy for me to maintain. Oh, and I'm sorry about Linda, in the arcade. I was hoping to speak through her, but I'm generating all this out of your memories, and the emotional charge... Well, it's very tricky. I slipped. Sorry.'

Case lowered the gun. `This is the matrix. You're Wintermute.'

`Yes. This is all coming to you courtesy of the simstim unit wired into your deck, of course. I'm glad I was able to cut you off before you'd managed to jack out.' Deane walked around the desk, straightened his chair, and sat down. `Sit, old son. We have a lot to talk about.'

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