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  William Gibson (novelist) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
William Ford Gibson (born March 17, 1948, Conway, South Carolina) is an American science fiction author.
Gibson's second trilogy, the "Bridge trilogy", centers on San Francisco in the near future and evinces Gibson's recurring themes of technological, physical, and spiritual transcendence in an arguably more grounded, matter-of-fact style than his first trilogy.
Gibson was the focus of a 1999 documentary by Mark Neale called No Maps for These Territories, featuring Bono and The Edge reading excerpts from Neuromancer.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/William_Gibson_(novelist)   (1123 words)

 Gibson, William Criticism and Essays
Gibson is a leading practitioner of cyberpunk, a futuristic subgenre of science fiction that combines the tough atmosphere and scatological language of hardboiled crime fiction, imagery from the punk counterculture movement, and technical developments of the 1980s.
Central to Gibson's stories are his grim vision of the future, misfit characters, the role of memory as well as the artist in society, and a reliance on dense layers of technological information and slang.
Gibson's portrayal of multinational corporations and their growing role in the world is considered by some commentators as insightful, disconcerting social commentary.
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 William Gibson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
William Gibson (novelist) (born 1948), science fiction/cyberpunk novelist, author of Neuromancer, credited with coining the term cyberspace
William Gibson (martyr) (died 1596), English Catholic martyr
William Gibson (playwright) (born 1914), American playwright, author of The Miracle Worker
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 William Gibson
Born William Ford Gibson on 17 March 1948, in Conway, South Carolina, Gibson's early childhood was bathed in the legacy of his father's previous job -- a civilian contractor involved in construction of the Oak Ridge facility that manufactured the first atomic bomb.
When Gibson was 6, his father choked to death during a business trip, and his mother hauled the boy off to her backwards hometown in southwestern Virginia.
Gibson drifted for a time, passing as just another post-beat hippie kid "on the road", and at age 19, he headed to Canada to avoid the military draft.
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 Nodal point - Salon
Gibson explains that as part of his novelist craft, he goes through a complicated artistic ritual in order to summon his characters out of the ether.
Gibson admits, though, that as soon as he realized the similarity of the names, he knew some readers would assume that something was going on, even when it wasn't.
Gibson has always maintained that science fiction writers write about the present, and in "Pattern Recognition" he decided to dispense with the pretense, without metaphor or misdirection.
dir.salon.com /story/tech/books/2003/02/13/gibson/index.html   (985 words)

 William Gibson - Biography
William Ford Gibson was born March 17, 1948 in Conway, South Carolina but left the United States for Canada when he was nineteen.
Gibson began to write fiction while attending the University of British Columbia, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English literature.
Gibson is credited with having coined the term 'Cyberspace', and with having envisioned both the internet and virtual reality before most people had even heard of them.
www.voidspace.org.uk /cyberpunk/gibson_bio.shtml   (1277 words)

 William Gibson's new novel asks, is the truth stranger than science fiction today?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Gibson went home to Vancouver, B.C., and soon implanted the notion of computer viruses into a short story that he was writing, later a novel.
Gibson soon published his first novel, "Neuromancer," a 1984 volume that is widely considered a seminal, classic work of sci-fi.
Gibson later went to private school in Arizona, then immersed himself in the 1960s counterculture and fled to Canada to evade the Vietnam War draft, although his name was never called.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /books/107368_gibson06.shtml   (1207 words)

 Gibson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
William Gibson is the poet and the chronicler of these hauntings.
The story has often been told about how Gibson invented the word "cyberspace," whose use is now all but ubiquitous; and how his dystopian visions of a digital, virtual world were creatively misread, and used as something of a blueprint, by many of the scientists and engineers who built the Internet.
William Gibson is the author of two science fiction trilogies: Neuromancer/Count Zero/Mona Lisa Overdrive, and Virtual Light/Idoru/All Tomorrow's Parties; of Burning Chrome, a collection of short stories, several of which have been made into movies; and (in collaboration with Bruce Sterling) of the "steampunk" or alternative-Victorian fiction The Difference Engine.
www.dhalgren.com /Othertexts/Gibson.html   (397 words)

 William gibson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Guillermo Gibson was taken in the E.E.U.U. but to the left for Canada in 1968 to avoid of being sketched in the war of Vietnam.
Guillermo Gibson is the Hugo and the author award-winning of the nebula of the bibliography / of the Mediagraphy de Cyberspace...
Guillermo Gibson, the worker of the miracle, Monday after the miracle, the worker of the miracle, the worker of the miracle, two for the balance beam, the spiderweb.
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 William Gibson, interviewed February 2003
Gibson had succeeded not only in tapping the collective experiences of his fan base, but also in crafting a novel that would enthrall countless new readers.
Gibson: No but I've met a few people I've took to be that over the years, whether or not that was their job description.
Gibson: Well that's something, that soul delay idea is something that my friend and sometime colleague Bruce Sterling has said for years, and I don't know whether it's something that he made up or it's something that he picked up elsewhere.
www.greenmanreview.com /book/interview_william_gibson.html   (1992 words)

 Floridian: Footage fetishists
Gibson, credited with inventing the term "cyberspace" and called the godfather of the '90s rage for cyberpunk fiction, set his previous six novels in a sleek, dark future world where jacking into the Web was an act of physical transformation and so many sinister forces were at play that being paranoid was simply realistic.
Gibson's protagonist is Cayce Pollard (her first name pronounced like Case, the antihero of Gibson's breakthrough novel Neuromancer).
With Gibson in fine form, his prose streaming from lyrical to creepy to mordantly witty, going coolhunting with Cayce is a smooth move to the present tense.
www.sptimes.com /2003/02/20/news_pf/Floridian/Footage_fetishists.shtml   (802 words)

 Eye Weekly - Books - 12.02.99
Gibson (who lives in Vancouver) is a darkly funny visionary who writes of "worlds between worlds, places built in the gaps." During his recent U of T-sponsored reading at OISE, he glibly defined his trademark term to over a thousand fans: "Cyberspace?
Gibson does have a titular doctorate in design and architecture, and recently, an honorary fl belt from the Royal Taekwon Do Federation for his portrayals of martial arts.
Gibson says he's often tickled by the varied responses of his readers.
www.eye.net /eye/issue/issue_12.02.99/arts/books.html   (812 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Idoru: Books: William Gibson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
William Gibson remains the best example of why "speculative fiction" should replace "science fiction" for the generic term "SF".
People praise Gibson for his grasp of futuristic technology, terminology etc. The fact is, however, that his novels are very much about the present.
Gibson however pulls it of nicely, mostly because he has minimized the plot extremely when one compares it with the grand-scale plot of his trilogy.
www.amazon.co.uk /Idoru-William-Gibson/dp/0140241078   (1491 words)

 Amazon.com: The Miracle Worker: Books: William Gibson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Gibson's play is one of those great examples of a drama that takes real American life stories and turns them into enduring art; in that sense, it is comparable to such great works as "The Crucible," by Arthur Miller, or "The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail," by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee.
William Gibson's "The Miracle Worker" is as poignant and powerful today as it was back in 1957, when it was first performed on "Playhouse 90." Annie Sullivan is an "inexperienced half-blind Yankee schoolgirl" who attempts to reach seven-year-old Helen Keller, a child who became deaf and blind as a result of a childhood illness.
William Gibson, the cyberpunk novelist, was born in 1948; this play by William Gibson, the playwright (b.
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 William Gibson
For a while, Gibson had a WebLog (still browsable at http://www.williamgibsonbooks.com/blog/blog.asp), but he stopped writing it in 2003.
Gibson is all about style - you can definitely see the influence of the beat poets on his writing.
And for those who complain about the lack of science speculation - Gibson never really knew anything about technology or science; he was writing about the present, and speculation about technology or even culture was not his intention.
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 Science Fiction Weekly Interview
Beginning with his 1984 masterpiece Neuromancer, Gibson's "Sprawl" series introduced a generation of readers to the concept of "cyberpunk." The world he described with his incandescent prose was bleak, dangerous and saturated with dehumanizing technology.
Gibson: Yeah, well I think that what happens is that in the course of writing on a very regular basis, the membrane between conscious and unconscious gets sandpapered down paper-thin, so there can be, like, ruptures.
Gibson: No, it's just that I had always wanted to use that title as the title of a science fiction novel, and I thought this was a good time to do it.
www.scifi.com /sfw/issue146/interview.html   (2377 words)

 Pattern Recognition by William Gibson, reviews, links and opinions, book club reading suggestions
Predicting the future, Gibson has always maintained, is mostly a matter of managing not to blink as you witness the present.
Without any metafictional grandstanding, Gibson nails the texture of Internet culture: how it feels to be close to someone you know only as a voice in a chat room, or to fret about someone spying on your browser's list of sites visited.
Gibson's specific strength as a writer is his ability to hint at the boundless metaphysical implications of our movement into an increasingly digital environment, speculations couched within what amount to jazzy detective stories.
www.book-club.co.nz /books03/2patternrecog.htm   (1235 words)

 William Gibson (novelist) | TutorGig.co.uk Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
In 1968, he fled to Canada to avoid the Vietnam era draft in the United States, and in 1972, he settled in Vancouver, B.C., where he began to write science fiction and has spent his adult life.
Gibson also wrote a second trilogy centered on the San Francisco of the near future, which deal with Gibson's recurring theme of transcendence in a more grounded, matter-of-fact way than his first trilogy.
Gibson also wrote a highly anticipated treatment of Alien 3, few elements of which found their way into the film.
www.tutorgig.co.uk /ed/William_Gibson_(novelist)   (965 words)

 William Gibson interview
When Gibson was in Dublin in 1993 to participate in a U2 Zoo TV triplecast, he interviewed the band for ‘Details’ magazine, and in the course of that exchange remarked that the concept of the future has become a historical phenomenon, and that science fiction is an exhausted category.
William Gibson was born on the coast of South Carolina in 1948, his father employed by a construction company responsible for building some of the Oak Ridge atomic facilities (“paranoiac legends of ‘security’ at Oak Ridge were part of our family culture,” Gibson says in his biog).
When William was six, his father choked to death a restaurant, and his anxiety-ridden depressive mother took him to live in a small town in Southwestern Virginia.
www.laurahird.com /newreview/williamgibson.html   (4025 words)

 The Edge interviews - William Gibson
William Gibson’s All Tomorrow’s Parties is published as a Viking trade paperback this October (2000), at £9.99.
Gibson was born in Virginia in 1948 and moved to Canada in 1968.
I think that being a novelist and being paid for it is just about the best job I could have, and being a Hollywood screenwriter and being paid for it is easily the worst job I’ve ever had.
www.theedge.abelgratis.co.uk /gibsoniviewone.htm   (3851 words)

 Amazon.com: Idoru: Books: William Gibson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The pacing is slower than Virtual Light, but Gibson exhibits his greatest strength: intense speculation, expressed in dramatic form, about the near-term evolution and merging of cultural, social and technological trends, and how they affect character.
Gibson is a renowned futurist, and even though this book was written 10 years ago the world still seems to be marching in this direction.
Gibson does not flesh out Rez enough, who is a minor character in the story.
www.amazon.com /Idoru-William-Gibson/dp/0425158640   (2786 words)

 Books: William Gibson (Seattle Weekly)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
William Gibson will appear at UW Kane Hall, Room 130 (free tickets required in advance from University Book Store, 206-634-3400), 7 p.m.
Williams argues, rigorously, that American democracy is brokenparalyzed by its very institution of checks and balances, by enormously expensive campaigns, and by spin-doctor misinformation and a generation of corrosive antigovernment rhetoric.
Williams is passionatebut less in the Chomskian attack mode than out of a deep belief that Americans deserve better than we're getting.
www.seattleweekly.com /arts/0404/040128_arts_thisweeksreads.php   (1640 words)

 BookRags: William Gibson Biography
Creator of the concept "Cyberspace," science-fiction author William Gibson developed a new fictional landscape for his edgy work--a hallucinatory three-dimensional region built from computer data gathered around the globe.
Gibson had published only a handful of short stories when he stunned readers with his debut novel, Neuromancer, the first work ever to sweep the major honors of science fiction--the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick awards.
William Gibson from Authors and Artist for Young Adults.
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 BookRags: William Gibson Biography
When science fiction author William Gibson wrote his first two novels, Neuromancer and Count Zero, on a manual typewriter, he knew almost nothing about computers.
Ironically, Gibson is one of the most innovative science fiction writers to come out of the 1980s.
Gibson belongs to one of the first groups of.....
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 Wired News: Gibson Kicks the Blogging Habit
DUBLIN, Ireland -- Writer William Gibson will wind up his hugely popular weblog within a few weeks, out of fears that it might stifle his creative thinking about his next novel.
Gibson wrote: "As to drugs facilitating creativity, I think I've seen a lot of paintings, most often stacked along the walls of thrift shops, that argue against this.
Gibson said he may simply leave the site up, and return to it when he finishes his next novel.
www.wired.com /news/culture/0,1284,58607,00.html   (783 words)

 Visionary::William Gibson
Gibson wrote in our modern era, while computers were still being developed, and after they were released.
This is not too far-fetched, considering Japan is on the leading edge of technology and, given the fierce loyalty to companies in Japan and their hardwork, placing companies at the head of Yakuza operations is also a natural conclusion.
The new Hollywood in Gibson's future is Chiba City, a city in Japan.
www.wam.umd.edu /~rnichol1/Human_Aug/william_gibson.htm   (1235 words)

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