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William Gibson

Zero History and Future Laughs

William Gibson Most authors’ tours involve repetitive rounds of readings, interviews and book signings, but when William Gibson goes on the road — as he’s currently doing for his new novel, Zero History — his experience is somewhat different. Obsessive fans present gadgets to be autographed (motherboards, the backs of laptops, BlackBerrys, etc.), and just about everyone asks him to predict the future.

Having coined the term “cyberspace” in his 1982 short story Burning Chrome, launched the cyberpunk wave of science fiction and foreseen the use of spatial metaphors for navigating the web, Gibson is widely viewed as a guru, even a Marshall McLuhan for our time.

Story continues at The National Post


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