William Gibson, an Introduction

It was the early part of my Air Force life. I was eating lots of Ramen Pride noodles and working out every day. I was working on the connecting node of a network of computers that spanned the Western United States. There were nodes all along the California countryside and even some in Nevada and Alaska on which I worked remotely. I began reading William Gibson immediately.

Having grown up on Star Trek and fantasy stories, this new adventure of mine among computers and soldiers had me intellectually and creatively excited. I loved the fact that I could walk to the side of the base where these Top Secret planes were hiding. I didn’t go often because I was usually busy, but it was fun when I got to see those wonders of strange metals and circuitry. William Gibson made my world of computers exciting, too.

I was captured by his talk of connecting with a computer directly from a jack in the back of the neck. I loved reading about the exploits of these computer hackers that were falling in love, trying to make a living and trying to stay alive. His writing is exciting.

According to Wikipedia, Gibson is a success story as a writer. He started out reading a lot of science fiction as a child and deciding early in life to become a science fiction writer. His mother sent him away to a boarding school which he really didn’t like, but now says that it was good for him because it taught him to expand his social life. Upon graduating, it was time for the draft to call, so, he ran to Canada. It was great because he found a wife and had a child. He started writing after a friend read his work and told him that he should take it seriously.

His first story was “Burning Chrome” and was published in Omni in 1982. Omni was THE magazine to read in the 80’s. It featured great stories about science and technology, and wild science fiction pieces that were stimulating and led the thought paths of the writers out in the technosphere. Gibson coined the term cyberspace. He followed up the short stories with a novel that was so influential that I shouldn’t even have to mention its title–Neuromancer. These titles were the beginning of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction.

William Gibson now has more than a dozen novels to his name. They are all quality and each have something to say that hasn’t been said that way before. I really cannot do justice to this eloquent and elegant writer of speculative fiction. He has also written scripts, non-fiction and other works. He is very versatile.

Other artists confess that he inspired their art. U2 worked on Zooropa based upon some of his ideas.

William Gibson was born in South Carolina in the USA in 1948.

Here’s a list of his novels:

Neuromancer, 1984
Count Zero, 1986
Mona Lisa Overdrive, 1988
The Difference Engine, 1990
Virtual Light, 1993
Idoru, 1996
All Tomorrow’s Parties, 1999
Pattern Recognition, 2003
Spook Country, 2007
Zero History, 2010
The Peripheral, 2014
Agency, 2020

Jackpot is supposed to be coming out soon. I am a big fan of his work. Check him out at William Gibson (williamgibsonbooks.com)

The photo used on my featured image is from Gonzo Bonzo – The Neuromancer, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4439836.

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