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3 days ago by lavallee
William Gibson: ‘I was losing a sense of how weird the real world was'
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7 days ago by csilverman
“I was actually able to write Neuromancer because I didn’t know anything about computers,” he says. “I knew literally nothing. What I did was deconstruct the poetics of the language of people who were already working in the field.
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8 days ago by mikael
In 2016, William Gibson was a third of the way through his new novel when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
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11 days ago by ldodds
In 2016, William Gibson was a third of the way through his new novel when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
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12 days ago by jeffhammond
“I was actually able to write Neuromancer because I didn’t know anything about computers,” he says. “I knew literally nothing. What I did was deconstruct the poetics of the language of people who were already working in the field. I’d stand in the hotel bar at the Seattle science fiction convention listening to these guys who were the first computer programmers I ever saw talk about their work. I had no idea what they were talking about, but that was the first time that I ever heard the word ‘interface’ used as a verb. And I swooned. Wow, that’s a verb. Seriously, poetically that was wonderful.
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13 days ago by mozzarella
He certainly gets it right in one respect in Agency: the flashpoint crisis in the book’s contemporary timeline concerns a Turkish invasion of northern Syria, complicated by Russian interference, after the US pulls out. The book would have been at the proof stage by the time Trump announced his withdrawal from the region last year.

“The person who designed that crisis,” Gibson says, “is someone with a job in government in the United States. He’s been a very good friend for quite a while, and given his professional background, I knew that he could give me something. I didn’t specify that part of the world. I just said I need a Cuban missile crisis-like event that could happen now. He came up with that one almost immediately. What’s been very eerie for me is seeing the actual place names I used on the news. I wrote to him immediately. He said: ‘Well why do you think I put it in there? If that sort of thing happens it’s going to happen there.’” Subcontracting crisis design, it bears noticing, is an extremely William Gibson thing to do.
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15 days ago by terry
The writer who invented ‘cyberspace’ – and possibly the most influential living sci-fi author – on the challenges of keeping up with a reality even stranger than fiction
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15 days ago by tiredoldfellow
“I was actually able to write Neuromancer because I didn’t know anything about computers,” he says. “I knew literally nothing. What I did was deconstruct the poetics of the language of people who were already working in the field. I’d stand in the hotel bar at the Seattle science fiction convention listening to these guys who were the first computer programmers I ever saw talk about their work. I had no idea what they were talking about, but that was the first time that I ever heard the word ‘interface’ used as a verb. And I swooned. Wow, that’s a verb. Seriously, poetically that was wonderful.

“So I was listening to it as an English honours student. I would take it back out, deconstruct it poetically, and build a world from those bricks. Consequently there are other things in Neuromancer that make no sense. When the going gets really tough in cyberspace, what does Case do? He sends out for a modem. He does! He says: ‘Get me a modem! I’m in deep shit!’ I didn’t know what one was, but I had just heard the word. And I thought: man, it’s sexy. That really sounds like it could be bad news. And I didn’t have anybody to read it and … I couldn’t Google it.”
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15 days ago by jomc
In 2016, William Gibson was a third of the way through his new novel when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
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15 days ago by chrisweiss
RT : “Subcontracting crisis design is an extremely William Gibson thing to do.”
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15 days ago by freerange_inc
The writer who invented ‘cyberspace’ – and possibly the most influential living sci-fi author – on the challenges of keeping up with a reality even stranger than fiction
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15 days ago by rpmuller
In 2016, William Gibson was a third of the way through his new novel when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
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16 days ago by rwhe
In 2016, William Gibson was a third of the way through his new novel when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
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16 days ago by Nomad93
In 2016, William Gibson was a third of the way through his new novel when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
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16 days ago by dvand5