William Gibson

  • william gibson
    gibson promoting the french release of spook country in paris, march 17, 2008
    gibson promoting the french release of
    spook country in paris, march 17, 2008
    bornwilliam ford gibson
    (1948-03-17) march 17, 1948 (age 72)[1]
    conway, south carolina, u.s.
    occupationnovelist
    nationalityamerican, canadian
    period1977–present
    genrespeculative fiction, science fiction
    literary movementcyberpunk, steampunk, postcyberpunk
    notable worksneuromancer (novel, 1984)
    notable awardsnebula, hugo, philip k. dick, ditmar, seiun (all 1985); prix aurora (1995)[2]
    website
    williamgibsonbooks.com

    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"[3]—and helped to create an iconography for the information age before the ubiquity of the internet in the 1990s.[4] gibson notably coined the term "cyberspace" for "widespread, interconnected digital technology" in his short story "burning chrome" (1982), and later popularized the concept in his acclaimed debut novel neuromancer (1984). these early works of gibson's have been credited with "renovating" science fiction literature in the 1980s.

    after expanding on the story in neuromancer with two more novels, thus completing 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 known as 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 most recent novels, the peripheral (2014) and agency (2020), returned to a more overt engagement with technology and recognizable science fiction themes.

    in 1999, the guardian (uk) described gibson as "probably the most important novelist of the past two decades," while the sydney morning herald (australia) called him the "noir prophet" of cyberpunk.[5] 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 influencing a variety of disciplines: academia, design, film, literature, music, cyberculture, and technology.

  • early life
  • literary career
  • collaborations, adaptations, and miscellanea
  • influence and recognition
  • selected works
  • see also
  • references
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William Gibson
Gibson promoting the French release of Spook Country in Paris, March 17, 2008
Gibson promoting the French release of
Spook Country in Paris, March 17, 2008
BornWilliam Ford Gibson
(1948-03-17) March 17, 1948 (age 72)[1]
Conway, South Carolina, U.S.
OccupationNovelist
NationalityAmerican, Canadian
Period1977–present
GenreSpeculative fiction, science fiction
Literary movementCyberpunk, steampunk, postcyberpunk
Notable worksNeuromancer (novel, 1984)
Notable awardsNebula, Hugo, Philip K. Dick, Ditmar, Seiun (all 1985); Prix Aurora (1995)[2]
Website
williamgibsonbooks.com

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"[3]—and helped to create an iconography for the information age before the ubiquity of the Internet in the 1990s.[4] Gibson notably coined the term "cyberspace" for "widespread, interconnected digital technology" in his short story "Burning Chrome" (1982), and later popularized the concept in his acclaimed debut novel Neuromancer (1984). These early works of Gibson's have been credited with "renovating" science fiction literature in the 1980s.

After expanding on the story in Neuromancer with two more novels, thus completing 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 known as 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 most recent novels, The Peripheral (2014) and Agency (2020), returned to a more overt engagement with technology and recognizable science fiction themes.

In 1999, The Guardian (UK) described Gibson as "probably the most important novelist of the past two decades," while the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) called him the "noir prophet" of cyberpunk.[5] 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 influencing a variety of disciplines: academia, design, film, literature, music, cyberculture, and technology.

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