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Gibson, William,

1948–, Canadian science fiction writer, b. Conway, S.C., moved to Canada in the 1960s. He first published short stories in sci-fi magazines; many are collected in Burning Chrome (1982). One story, "Johnny Mnemonic" (1981), was made into a film (1995). His first novel, Neuromancer (1984), is a pioneering example of cyberpunk—cyber for cyberneticscybernetics
[Gr.,=steersman], term coined by American mathematician Norbert Wiener to refer to the general analysis of control systems and communication systems in living organisms and machines.
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, punk for the tough, anarchic sensibility of the punk movement. The novel tells of a robbery that occurs in the near future, partially in physical space, partially in "the matrix," and was the first to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick awards. Count Zero (1986) and Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988) are sequels. Virtual Light (1993), Idoru (1996), and All Tomorrow's Parties (1999), a second trilogy, is set in the late 21st cent., and a third, Pattern Recognition (2003), Spook Country (2007), and Zero History (2010), in a dystopian contemporary world dominated by the Internet and consumerism. Other novels include The Peripheral (2014) and its sequel, Agency (2020). Archangel (2016–17) is a comic-book series. A selection of his articles and essays was published as Distrust That Particular Flavor (2011).


See T. Henthorne, William Gibson: A Literary Companion (2011).

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William Gibson


William Gibson

Author of cyberpunk novels such as Neuromancer (1984), Count Zero (1986), Mona Lisa Overdrive, and Virtual Light (1993).

Neuromancer, a novel about a computer hacker/criminal "cowboy" of the future helping to free an artificial intelligence from its programmed bounds, won the Hugo and Nebula science fiction awards and is credited as the seminal cyberpunk novel and the origin of the term "cyberspace".

Gibson does not have a technical background and supposedly purchased his first computer in 1992.
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