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William Gibson - Author

About the Author

William Gibson was born in the United States in 1948. In 1972 he moved to Vancouver, Canada, after four years spent in Toronto. He is married with two children.

 

William Gibson's first novel Neuromancer sold more than six million copies worldwide. Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive completed his first trilogy. He has since written six further novels, moving gradually away from science fiction and futuristic work, instead writing about the strange contemporary world we inhabit. His most recent novels include Pattern Recognition, Spook Country and Zero History,  his non-fiction collection, Distrust That Particular Flavor, compiles assorted writings and journalism from across his career.

 

Author photo © Michael O'Shea

 

Maxim Jakubowski's view on NEUROMANCER...
Nearly a quarter of a century after its initial appearance, Gibson’s groundbreaking cyberpunk debut has lost none of its modernity and fascination. Extrapolating the world of the internet and video games culture, an unforgettable vision of a future where data, sprawling cities, artificial intelligences and multi corporations fight an invisible war, as seen through the buccaneering computer jockeys who surf its interfaces.

Featured books by William Gibson

Zero History

Zero History

Author: William Gibson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2011

Former hit singer Hollis is down on her luck after the Crash and can't turn down the offer of a job again from mysterious global ad agency, Blue Ant. Stanley Milgrim, ex-addict freshly out of an expensive rehab paid for by Blue Ant-founder Hubertus Bigend, is also on the payroll. Bigend wants them to do some discreet research on an a secret, obscurely fashionable denim. It may not matter that they know nothing about fashion - but it does matter, at least to them, when bullets start to fly and they realize that Bigend's business obsession is leading them down a dangerous path.

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Other books by William Gibson

Sex and the Church in the Long Eighteenth Century Religion, Enlightenment and the Sexual Revolution

Sex and the Church in the Long Eighteenth Century Religion, Enlightenment and the Sexual Revolution

Author: William Gibson, Joanne Begiato Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2017

The Long Eighteenth Century was the Age of Revolutions, including the first sexual revolution. In this era, sexual toleration began and there was a marked increase in the discussion of morality, extra-marital sex, pornography and same-sex relationships in both print and visual culture media. William Gibson and Joanne Begiato here consider the ways in which the Church of England dealt with sex and sexuality in this period. Despite the backdrop of an increasingly secularising society, religion continued to play a key role in politics, family life and wider society and the eighteenth-century Church was still therefore a considerable force, especially in questions of morality. This book integrates themes of gender and sexuality into a broader understanding of the Church of England in the eighteenth century. It shows that, rather than distancing itself from sex through diminishing teaching, regulation and punishment, the Church not only paid attention to it, but its attitudes to sex and sexuality were at the core of society's reactions to the first sexual revolution.

Burning Chrome

Burning Chrome

Author: William Gibson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

Best-known for his seminal sf novel NEUROMANCER, William Gibson is also a master of short fiction. Tautly-written and suspenseful, BURNING CHROME collects 10 of his best short stories with a preface from Bruce Sterling, co-Cyberpunk and editor of the seminal anthology MIRRORSHADES. These brilliant, high-resolution stories show Gibson's characters and intensely-realized worlds at his absolute best. Contains 'Johnny Mnemonic' (filmed starring Keanu Reeves) and title story 'Burning Chrome' - both nominated for the Nebula Award - as well as the Hugo-and-Nebula-nominated stories 'Dogfight' and 'The Winter Market'.

Count Zero

Count Zero

Author: William Gibson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

They set a Slamhound on Turner's trail in New Delhi, slotted it to his pheromones and the colour of his hair. When the Maas Biolabs and Hosaka zaibatsus fight it out for world domination, computer cowboys like Turner and Count Zero are just foot soldiers in the great game: useful but ultimately expendable. When Turner wakes up in Mexico - in a new body with a beautiful woman beside him - his corporate masters let him recuperate for a while, then reactivate his memory for a mission even more dangerous than the one that nearly killed him: the head designer from Maas Biolabs says he wants to defect to Hosaka, and it's Turner's job to deliver him safely. Count Zero is a rustbelt data-hustler totally unprepared for what comes his way when the designer's defection triggers war in cyberspace. With voodoo gods in the Net and angels in the software, he can only hope that the megacorps and the super-rich have their virtual hands too full to notice the amateur hacker with the black market kit trying desperately to stay alive . . .

Mona Lisa Overdrive

Mona Lisa Overdrive

Author: William Gibson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

The ghost was her father's parting gift, presented by a black-clad secretary in a departure lounge at Narita.. Mona is a young girl with a murky past and an uncertain future whose life is turned upside down when her pimp sells her to a plastic surgeon in New York and overnight she's turned into someone else. Angie Mitchell is a famous Hollywood Sense/Net star with a special talent. And despite the efforts of studio bosses to keep her in ignorance, Angie's started remembering things. Soon she'll discover who she really is . . . and why she doesn't need a deck in order to enter cyberspace. From inside the matrix, plots are set in motion and human beings are being played like pieces on a board. And behind the intrigue lurks the shadowy Yazuka, the powerful Japanese underworld, whose leaders ruthlessly manipulate people and events to suit their own purposes. Or so they think . . .

Singapore Red

Singapore Red

Author: William Gibson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2017

Zero History

Zero History

Author: William Gibson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/12/2016

Uil'yam Gibson proslavilsya trilogiej "e;Kiberprostranstvo ("e;Nejromant, "e;Graf Nol', "e;Mona Liza overdrajv), stavshej kraeugol'nym kamnem kiberpanka i opredelivshej lico sovremennoj literatury na desyatiletiya vpered. No ochen' bystro zhanrovomu revolyucioneru stali tesny ramki lyubogo zhanra - i za sovmestnoj s Bryusom Sterlingom stimpank-ehpopeej "e;Mashina razlichij posledovali "e;Trilogiya Mosta, dejstvie kotoroj proiskhodit v svoego roda al'ternativnom nastoyashchem, i "e;Trilogiya "e;Sinego murav'ya"e;, nachataya romanom "e;Raspoznavanie obrazov, prodolzhennaya v "e;Strane prizrakov i zavershennaya v "e;Nulevom dos'e. Geroinya "e;Strany prizrakov Hollis Genri - byvshaya rok-pevica, a teper' zhurnalist - snova okazyvaetsya v pole prityazheniya Guberta Bigenda, magnata-vizionera ot reklamy. Bigend obnaruzhil, chto kto-to ispol'zuet virusnyj marketing hitroumnee i ehffektivnee samogo Bigenda, - i poruchaet Hollis najti neulovimogo dizajnera sekretnogo brenda "e;Gabriehl' Haunds ("e;Gonchie Gavriila)... Vpervye na russkom!

Neuromancer

Neuromancer

Author: William Gibson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/2016

The sky above the port was the colour of television, tuned to a dead channel. William Gibson revolutionised science fiction in his 1984 debut Neuromancer. The writer who gave us the matrix and coined the term 'cyberspace' produced a first novel that won the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick Awards, and lit the fuse on the Cyberpunk movement. More than three decades later, Gibson's text is as stylish as ever, his noir narrative still glitters like chrome in the shadows and his depictions of the rise and abuse of corporate power look more prescient every day. Part thriller, part warning, Neuromancer is a timeless classic of modern SF and one of the 20th century's most potent and compelling visions of the future.

Religion, Loyalty and Sedition The Hanoverian Succession of 1714

Religion, Loyalty and Sedition The Hanoverian Succession of 1714

Author: William Gibson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2016

The Hanoverian Succession of 1714 has not attracted the scholarly attention that it deserves. This is partly because the idea of the `long eighteenth century', stretching from 1688 to 1832, has tended to treat the period as one without breaks. However, 1714 was in some respects as significant a date as 1688. It was the last time in British history that there was a dynastic change and one in which religious issues were at the forefront in people's minds. This collection of essays were among the papers delivered at conferences in 2014 to mark the tercentenary of the Hanoverian Succession of 1714, held at Oxford Brookes University and Bath Spa University. They reflect some of the major issues that were evident in the period before, during and after 1714. In particular, they deal with how disloyalty was managed by the government and by individuals. They also demonstrate how central religion was to the process of securing the Hanoverian Succession and to the identity of the new regime established by George I. Disloyalty - real or imagined - was apparent in legal suits, in sermons and preaching, and in the material culture of the period. And once the Jacobite rebellion of 1715 had been overcome, the need to secure the loyalty of the Church and clergy was a key objective of the government.

The Year of Grace

The Year of Grace

Author: William Gibson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2016

Peripherie

Peripherie

Author: William Gibson Format: eBook Release Date: 27/08/2016

Flynne und Wilf leben auf zwei Seiten des "e;Jackpots"e;, der Apokalypse, die gegen Ende des 21. Jahrhunderts groe Teile der Menschheit hinweggerafft hat. Jahrzehnte liegen zwischen ihnen, doch als ein Mord geschieht, nimmt Wilf Kontakt zu Flynne auf ... Flynnes Heimatdorf liegt an der amerikanischen Ostkuste, wo sie ihr Geld in einem 3D-Kopierladen verdient. Dort lebt auch ihr Bruder Burton, der heimlich Computerspiele testet, um seine sparliche Veteranenrente aufzubessern. Flynne springt eines Tages fur ihn ein und findet sich in einer virtuellen, dunkelfremden Welt wieder, die an London erinnert. Sie ahnt nicht, dass diese Welt die Zukunft ist, in der Wilf lebt, ein PR-Mann, der Promis betreut und ein Problem hat, als eine seiner Kundinnen ermordet wird. Flynne ist die einzige Zeugin des grausamen Verbrechens - und wird von Wilf mithilfe eines Peripherals uber den Zeitsprung hinweg kontaktiert. Dadurch wird sich Flynnes Welt ein fur alle Mal andern, wahrend Wilf erfahren muss, dass die Vergangenheit einen langen Schatten hat und die Zukunft kein Spiel ist.

All tomorrow's parties

All tomorrow's parties

Author: William Gibson Format: eBook Release Date: 13/04/2016

Uil'yam Gibson proslavilsya trilogiej "e;Kiberprostranstvo ("e;Nejromant, "e;Graf Nol', "e;Mona Liza overdrajv), stavshej kraeugol'nym kamnem kiberpanka i opredelivshej lico sovremennoj literatury na desyatiletiya vpered. No ochen' bystro zhanrovomu revolyucioneru stali tesny ramki lyubogo zhanra - i za sovmestnoj s Bryusom Sterlingom stimpank-ehpopeej "e;Mashina razlichij posledovala "e;Trilogiya Mosta, dejstvie kotoroj proiskhodit v svoego roda al'ternativnom nastoyashchem, a fabula trillera, futuristicheskij anturazh i virtuoznaya skupost' stilevyh priemov porozhdayut vzryvoopasnyj, no neotvratimo prityagatel'nyj koktejl'. V zavershayushchem trilogiyu romane "e;Vse vecherinki zavtrashnego dnya skhodyatsya voedino geroi "e;Virtual'nogo sveta i "e;Idoru, prichem skhodyatsya na tom samom Mostu, stavshem posle katastroficheskogo zemletryaseniya simvolom razdelennoj Kalifornii; zdes' luchshij v mire ubijca ne ostavlyaet sledov vo vsemirnoj pautine, tajnyj hozyain mira dumaet, chto idet po ego sledu, a zataivshijsya v "e;kartonnom gorode Tokijskoj podzemki Lejni ishchet global'nuyu uzlovuyu tochku... Perevod publikuetsya v novoj redakcii.

Spook country

Spook country

Author: William Gibson Format: eBook Release Date: 23/11/2015

Uil'yam Gibson proslavilsya trilogiej "e;Kiberprostranstvo ("e;Nejromant, "e;Graf Nol', "e;Mona Liza overdrajv), stavshej kraeugol'nym kamnem kiberpanka i opredelivshej lico sovremennoj literatury na desyatiletiya vpered. No ochen' bystro zhanrovomu revolyucioneru stali tesny ramki lyubogo zhanra - i za sovmestnoj s Bryusom Sterlingom stimpank-ehpopeej "e;Mashina razlichij posledovali "e;Trilogiya Mosta, dejstvie kotoroj proiskhodit v svoego roda al'ternativnom nastoyashchem, i "e;Trilogiya "e;Sinego murav'ya"e;, nachataya romanom "e;Raspoznavanie obrazov i prodolzhennaya v "e;Strane prizrakov. Na smenu virtual'noj real'nosti zdes' prishla real'nost' lokativnaya, pozvolyayushchaya privyazyvat' virtual'nye ehlementy k opredelennym mestam real'nogo prostranstva. CHto ehto - iskusstvo, kotoromu predstoit izmenit' mir, ili zhe smertel'no opasnaya zateya gorstki bezumcev?Perevod publikuetsya v novoj redakcii.

Complete Sprawl Trilogy: Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive

Complete Sprawl Trilogy: Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive

Author: William Gibson Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2015

William Gibson's classic Sprawl trilogy includes NEUROMANCER which stands alongside BRAVE NEW WORLD and 1984 as one of the twentieth century's most potent novels of the future.Cyberspace and virtual reality were invented within these books, changing forever the way we look at tomorrow and providing the inspiration behind the blockbuster film THE MATRIX.The Matrix: a world within a world, a graphic representation of the databanks of every computer in the human system; a consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate users in the Sprawl alone. And by Case, computer cowboy, until his nervous system is grievously maimed by a client he double-crossed. Japanese experts in nerve splicing and microbionics have left him broke and close to dead.But at last Case has found a cure. He's going back into the system. Not for the bliss of cyberspace but to steal again, this time from the big boys, the almighty megacorps. In return, should he survive, he will stay cured.This bundle includes: NEUROMANCER, COUNT ZERO and MONA LISA OVERDRIVE

Pattern recognition

Pattern recognition

Author: William Gibson Format: eBook Release Date: 30/09/2015

Uil'yam Gibson proslavilsya trilogiej "e;Kiberprostranstvo ("e;Nejromant, "e;Graf Nol', "e;Mona Liza overdrajv), stavshej kraeugol'nym kamnem kiberpanka i opredelivshej lico sovremennoj literatury na desyatiletiya vpered. No ochen' bystro zhanrovomu revolyucioneru stali tesny ramki lyubogo zhanra - i za sovmestnoj s Bryusom Sterlingom stimpank-ehpopeej "e;Mashina razlichij posledovali "e;Trilogiya Mosta, dejstvie kotoroj proiskhodit v svoego roda al'ternativnom nastoyashchem, i "e;Trilogiya "e;Sinego murav'ya"e;, nachataya romanom "e;Raspoznavanie obrazov. Kejs Pollard - svoego roda rynochnyj ehkspert, ona zarabatyvaet na zhizn', konsul'tiruya reklamnye i marketingovye agentstva. Ee uslugami pol'zuyutsya vedushchie igroki rynka: Pollard obladaet unikal'nym chut'em na dizajn torgovyh marok i znakov. Ob obratnoj storone ee sposobnostej znayut tol'ko rodstvenniki i lichnyj psihiatr. Kejs stradaet ot unikal'nogo rasstrojstva psihiki: navyazchivaya torgovaya simvolika i reklama vyzyvayut u nee pristupy straha. No glavnyj smysl zhizni Kejs zaklyuchaetsya v obsuzhdenii fragmentov kinofil'ma, kotorye anonimnyj avtor regulyarno vygruzhaet v Set' na vseobshchee obozrenie. Delo prinimaet neozhidannyj oborot, kogda Kejs poluchaet zadanie najti avtora fragmentov, vokrug kotoryh uspel slozhit'sya nastoyashchij kul't...

Idoru

Idoru

Author: William Gibson Format: eBook Release Date: 08/06/2015

Uil'yam Gibson proslavilsya trilogiej "e;Kiberprostranstvo ("e;Nejromant, "e;Graf Nol', "e;Mona Liza overdrajv), stavshej kraeugol'nym kamnem kiberpanka i opredelivshej lico sovremennoj literatury na desyatiletiya vpered. No ochen' bystro zhanrovomu revolyucioneru stali tesny ramki lyubogo zhanra - i za sovmestnoj s Bryusom Sterlingom stimpank-ehpopeej "e;Mashina razlichij posledovala "e;Trilogiya Mosta, dejstvie kotoroj proiskhodit v svoego roda al'ternativnom nastoyashchem, a fabula trillera, futuristicheskij anturazh i virtuoznaya skupost' stilevyh priemov porozhdayut vzryvoopasnyj, no neotvratimo prityagatel'nyj koktejl'. Itak, dobro pozhalovat' v YAponiyu posle katastroficheskogo zemletryaseniya. Tokio zanovo zastroen nanotekhnologicheskimi neboskrebami, uspekhom pol'zuetsya nochnoj klub po motivam Franca Kafki, a po fanatskomu soobshchestvu pronessya sluh, chto rok-zvezda po imeni Rez sobiraetsya zhenit'sya na virtual'noj zvezde, aktrise i pevice Rehj Toehj...

Virtual Light

Virtual Light

Author: William Gibson Format: eBook Release Date: 18/05/2015

Uil'yam Gibson proslavilsya trilogiej "e;Kiberprostranstvo ("e;Nejromant, "e;Graf Nol', "e;Mona Liza overdrajv), stavshej kraeugol'nym kamnem kiberpanka i opredelivshej lico sovremennoj literatury na desyatiletiya vpered. No ochen' bystro zhanrovomu revolyucioneru stali tesny ramki lyubogo zhanra - i za sovmestnoj s Bryusom Sterlingom stimpank-ehpopeej "e;Mashina razlichij posledoval "e;Virtual'nyj svet, pervyj roman "e;Trilogii Mosta, dejstvie kotoroj proiskhodit v svoego roda al'ternativnom nastoyashchem, a fabula trillera, futuristicheskij anturazh i virtuoznaya skupost' stilevyh priemov porozhdayut vzryvoopasnyj, no neotvratimo prityagatel'nyj koktejl'. Itak, moshchnoe zemletryasenie rasseklo Kaliforniyu na Severnuyu i YUzhnuyu, a vyrozhdenie ehkosfery razdelilo vsekh lyudej na allergikov i "e;prisposobivshihsya. Policejskij-neudachnik Rajdell i velosipedistka-kur'er SHevetta-Mari svedeny volej sluchaya i vmeste pytayutsya vyzhit' v ohote, ustroennoj na nih vladel'cami sverhvazhnoj informacii, hranyashchejsya v solncezashchitnyh ochkah sistemy "e;virtual'nyj svet...

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