William Gibson

William Gibson

Born 1948

William Ford Gibson (born March 17, 1948) is an American-Canadian speculative fiction writer and essayist widely credited with pioneering the science fiction subgenre known as cyberpunk. Beginning his writing career in the late 1970s, his early works were noir, near-future stories that explored the effects of technology, cybernetics, and computer networks on humans—a "combination of lowlife and high tech"—and helped to create an iconography for the information age before the ubiquity of the Internet in the 1990s. Gibson notably coined the term "cyberspace" in his short story "Burning Chrome" (1982) and later popularized the concept in his acclaimed debut novel Neuromancer (1984). These early works have been credited with "renovating" science fiction literature.

After expanding on Neuromancer with two more novels to complete the dystopic Sprawl trilogy, Gibson collaborated with Bruce Sterling on the alternate history novel The Difference Engine (1990), which became an important work of the science fiction subgenre steampunk. In the 1990s, Gibson composed the Bridge trilogy of novels, which explored the sociological developments of near-future urban environments, postindustrial society, and late capitalism. Following the turn of the century and the events of 9/11, Gibson emerged with a string of increasingly realist novels—Pattern Recognition (2003), Spook Country (2007), and Zero History (2010)—set in a roughly contemporary world. These works saw his name reach mainstream bestseller lists for the first time. His more recent novel, The Peripheral (2014), returned to a more overt engagement with technology and recognizable science fiction concerns.

In 1999, The Guardian described Gibson as "probably the most important novelist of the past two decades," while the Sydney Morning Herald called him the "noir prophet" of cyberpunk. Throughout his career, Gibson has written more than 20 short stories and 10 critically acclaimed novels (one in collaboration), contributed articles to several major publications, and collaborated extensively with performance artists, filmmakers, and musicians. His work has been cited as an influence across a variety of disciplines spanning academia, design, film, literature, music, cyberculture, and technology.

Full list of works: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_works_by_William_Gibson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Gibson
  • Neuromancer
    Neuromancer Book 1 of the Sprawl Trilogy
    Case was the sharpest data-thief in the matrix—until he crossed the wrong people and they crippled his nervous system.
  • Count Zero
    Count Zero Book 2 of the Sprawl Trilogy
    Two powerful corporations in a battle for control over a powerful new technology.
  • Mona Lisa Overdrive
    Mona Lisa Overdrive Book 3 of the Sprawl Trilogy
    Fifteen years after Neuromancer, several interconnecting plot threads in the Sprawl universe
  • Virtual Light
    Virtual Light Book 1 of the Bridge Trilogy
    Chevette is a young bicycle messenger who lives in the ad hoc, off-the-grid community that has grown on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake.
  • Idoru
    Idoru Book 2 of the Bridge Trilogy
    In post Tokyo/San Francisco earthquake Colin Laney is referred to agents of mega-rock group Lo/Rez.
  • All Tomorrows Parties
    All Tomorrows Parties Book 3 of the Bridge Trilogy
    Colin Laney, sensitive to patterns of information like no one else on earth, currently resides in a cardboard box in Tokyo.
  • Pattern Recognition
    Pattern Recognition Book 1 of the Blue Ant Trilogy
    Advertising consultant Cayce Pollard, who reacts to logos and advertising as if to an allergen, contracts with the marketing firm Blue Ant.
  • Spook Country
    Spook Country Book 2 of the Blue Ant Trilogy
    Follows Hollis Henry, a former member of the early 1990s cult band The Curfew and a freelance journalist.
  • Zero History
    Zero History Book 3 of the Blue Ant Trilogy
    Hollis Henry and Milgrim find themselves in London working for Hubertus Bigend, unaware that their lives previously crossed in Spook Country.