William Gibson

The leading figure in the development of cyberpunk, William Gibson born in 1948 crafted works in which isolated humans explored near future worlds of ubiquitous and intrusive computer technology and cybernetics This volume is the first comprehensive examination of the award winning author of the seminal novel Neuromancer and the other books in the Sprawl trilogy, CountThe leading figure in the development of cyberpunk, William Gibson born in 1948 crafted works in which isolated humans explored near future worlds of ubiquitous and intrusive computer technology and cybernetics This volume is the first comprehensive examination of the award winning author of the seminal novel Neuromancer and the other books in the Sprawl trilogy, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive , as well as other acclaimed novels including recent bestsellers Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History Renowned scholar Gary Westfahl draws upon extensive research to provide a compelling account of Gibson s writing career and his lasting influence in the science fiction world Delving into numerous science fiction fanzines that the young Gibson contributed to and edited, Westfahl delivers new information about his childhood and adolescence He describes for the first time than eighty virtually unknown Gibson publications from his early years, including articles, reviews, poems, cartoons, letters, and a collaborative story The book also documents the poems, articles, and introductions that Gibson has written for various books, and its discussions are enriched by illuminating comments from various print and online interviews The works that made Gibson famous are also featured, as Westfahl performs extended analyses of Gibson s ten novels and nineteen short stories Lastly, the book presents a new interview with Gibson in which the author discusses his correspondence with author Fritz Leiber, his relationship with the late scholar Susan Wood, his attitudes toward critics, his overall impact on the field of science fiction, and his recently completed screenplay and forthcoming novel.
William Gibson The leading figure in the development of cyberpunk William Gibson born in crafted works in which isolated humans explored near future worlds of ubiquitous and intrusive computer technology and c

  • Title: William Gibson
  • Author: Gary Westfahl
  • ISBN: 9780252079375
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “William Gibson”

    1. This probably rates around 2.5 stars for me overall, mostly likely because I expected more from it than what the text provided. I appreciated the short interview at the end of the collection, and the fact that this provides an overarching look at Gibson's writing career and some parts of his personal life and motivations, it made the text worth reading. However, I found the narrative a bit more difficult to get through than I expected. I read many academic texts and I'll admit that I learned man [...]

    2. Well, someone did their homework, going all the way back into the youthful stories scratched out for sci-fi fanzines and the author's latest tweets, Westfahl seems to be a hagiographic mission to prove that Gibson is all that while also being so beyond his own novels. Hard to tell if Gibson was being elusive for his (official?) biographer as he is portrayed with other interviewers. One thing they both seem intent on proving is that academics don't and won't get his novels they way the average re [...]

    3. Review proof provided by net galleyHot on the heels of William Gibson’s recent essay collection, Distrust That Particular Flavour, comes well-known Locus critic Gary Westfahl’s exhaustive and illuminating author study. Indeed, Westfahl quotes Distrust in the opening paragraph of Chapter 1: Journey To The Future, where he points out Gibson’s noted aversion to “the idea of direct, unfiltered autobiography”. Westfahl comments that Gibson has been “dribbling” out his autobiography over [...]

    4. Since the 1980s, William Gibson has been one of the most influential modern science fiction writers. With books like Neuromancer, The Difference Engine, and Mona Lisa Overdrive, Gibson helped define the cyberpunk genre. Unfortunately, Gary Westfahl’s recent study of Gibson’s writing proves influential works don’t always make interesting subjects. Westfahl is certainly thorough in his study: he covers everything from Gibson’s juvenilia to his novels to his Twitter feed. But the work fails [...]

    5. This is basically just a rehash of my comments from Twitter:Seems like a missed opportunity. Made way too many assumptions. Critical method & language a good thirty years out of date. Often seemed hostile to his subject for not (or not obviously) sharing his interests. I think he misunderstood a lot of things. Mostly I think the book wound up exposing Westfahl's weaknesses as a critic rather than offering (much) insight into Gibson. The book has some value, but not much. I think he'd be more [...]

    6. I was expecting a life a little "more lively", but Gibson's is not so exciting as one might expect from the inventor of cyberspace, at least the one in novels. Interesting, however, for the lovers of his novels, because it provides some background information and then there are other works by the author as the scripts, reviews and articles. A collection almost boundless.Mi aspettavo una vita un po' piú vivace, ma quella di Gibson non é poi cosí eccitante come ci si potrebbe attendere dall'inv [...]

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