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"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead station." -- William Gibson
William Ford Gibson (born March 17, 1948) is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the "noir prophet" of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction. Gibson coined the term "cyberspace" in his short story "Burning Chrome" and later popularized the concept in his debut novel, Neuromancer (1984). In envisaging cyberspace, Gibson created an iconography for the information age before the ubiquity of the Internet in the 1990s. He is also credited with predicting the rise of reality television and with establishing the conceptual foundations for the rapid growth of virtual environments such as video games and the Web.

Having changed residence frequently with his family as a child, Gibson became a shy, ungainly teenager who often read science fiction. After spending his adolescence at a private boarding school in Arizona, Gibson dodged the draft during the Vietnam War by emigrating to Canada in 1968, where he became immersed in the counterculture and after settling in Vancouver eventually became a full-time writer. He retains dual citizenship. Gibson's early works are bleak, noir near-future stories about the effect of cybernetics and computer networks on humans — a "combination of lowlife and high tech". The short stories were published in popular science fiction magazines. The themes, settings and characters developed in these stories culminated in his first novel, Neuromancer, which garnered critical and commercial success, virtually initiating the cyberpunk literary genre.

Although much of Gibson's reputation has remained associated with Neuromancer, his work has continued to evolve. After expanding on Neuromancer with two more novels to complete the dystopic Sprawl trilogy, Gibson became an important author of another science fiction sub-genre...steampunk...with the 1990 alternate history novel The Difference Engine, written with Bruce Sterling. In the 1990s, he composed the Bridge trilogy of novels, which focused on sociological observations of near-future urban environments and late capitalism. His most recent novels... Pattern Recognition (2003), Spook Country (2007) and Zero History (2010) ...are set in a contemporary world and have put his work onto mainstream bestseller lists for the first time.

Gibson is one of the best-known North American science fiction writers, fêted by The Guardian in 1999 as "probably the most important novelist of the past two decades". Gibson has written more than twenty short stories and nine critically acclaimed novels (one in collaboration), and has contributed articles to several major publications and collaborated extensively with performance artists, filmmakers and musicians. His thought has been cited as an influence on science fiction authors, design, academia, cyberculture, and technology.

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Total Books: 403
Burning Chrome
2021 - Burning Chrome [Hardcover - Chinese Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9787569934663
ISBN-10: 7569934660

Alien  Alien 3 The Unproduced Screenplay by William Gibson
A Brief History of Britain 1660  1851 The Making of the Nation
2021 - A Brief History of Britain 1660 1851 the Making of the Nation (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781845297152
ISBN-10: 1845297156
Genre: History

2021 - Agency [Jackpot, Bk 2] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781101986943
ISBN-10: 1101986948
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy

2019 - Neuromancertrilogin (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9789178930821
ISBN-10: 9178930820

William Gibson's Alien 3
2019 - William Gibson's Alien 3 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781506708119
ISBN-10: 1506708110
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Pattern Recognition
2018 - Pattern Recognition (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781543689273
ISBN-10: 1543689272
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

The Peripheral
2018 - The Peripheral [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788416867493
ISBN-10: 8416867496
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Paris During the Commune 1871 Being Letters from Paris and Its Neighbourhood Written Chiefly During the Time of the Second Siege
Letters to my son Volume III
2017 - Letters to My Son Volume III (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780649242986
ISBN-10: 064924298X

Rambles in Europe in 1839 With Sketches of Prominent Surgeons Physicians Medical Schools Hospitals Literary Personages Scenery Etc
2017 - Archangel (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781631408755
ISBN-10: 1631408755
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels

Paris During the Commune
2017 - Paris During the Commune [Classic Reprint] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781331830474
ISBN-10: 1331830478
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Mona Lisa Overdrive
2017 - Mona Lisa Overdrive (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781473217423
ISBN-10: 1473217423

Sex and the Church in the Long Eighteenth Century Religion Enlightenment and the Sexual Revolution
2016 - Neuromancer [Penguin Galaxy] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780143111603
ISBN-10: 0143111604
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

2016 - Peripherie (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783608501247
ISBN-10: 360850124X

Religion A Poetical Essay
2016 - Religion a Poetical Essay [Classic Reprint] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781332771769
ISBN-10: 1332771769
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Year of Grace A History of the Ulster Revival of 1859
2016 - The Year of Grace a History of the Ulster Revival of 1859 [Classic Reprint] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781332582792
ISBN-10: 1332582796
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Institutes and Practice of Surgery Vol 2 Being Outlines of a Course of Lectures
2015 - Institutes and Practice of Surgery Vol 2 Being Outlines of a Course of Lectures [Classic Reprint] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781330388990
ISBN-10: 1330388992
Genre: Medical Books

Poems of Many Years and Many Places
2015 - Poems of Many Years and Many Places [Classic Reprint] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781330567616
ISBN-10: 1330567617
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2015 - Count Zero [Sprawl Trilogy] (Audio CD)Audio CD
2015 - Letters to My Son Vol 3 [Classic Reprint] (Paperback)
2015 - Letters to My Son Vol 1 [Classic Reprint] (Paperback)
2015 - Letters to My Son Vol 2 [Classic Reprint] (Paperback)
2014 - The Oxford Handbook of the Modern British Sermon 16891901 [Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology] (Paperback)
2014 - Neuromancer 30 Anos [Em Portugues do Brasil] (Paperback)
2013 - Pais De Espias [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2012 - Zero History [Blue Ant, Bk 3] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2010 - Letters to My Son [Volume 1] (Paperback)
2009 - Spook Country Grade 2 [Braille] (Paperback)
2009 - Spook Country 16 Point [Large Print] (Paperback)
2009 - Spook Country [Bigend, Bk 2] (Paperback)
2007 - Spook Country [Blue Ant, Bk 2] (Hardcover)
2007 - Art and Money in the Writings of Tobias Smollett [Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture] (Hardcover)
2005 - Pattern Recognition [Pattern Recognition aka Blue Ant aka Bigend, Bk 1] (Paperback)
1998 - Neuromancien [French Edition] (Paperback)
1997 - Commercial and Industrial Statistics [MEI Structured Mathematics S.] (Paperback)
1997 - Idoru [Bridge, Bk 2] (Paperback)
1995 - Judge Dredd [Audio Cassette] (Audio Cassette)
1994 - Virtual Light [Bridge, Bk 1] (Paperback)
1994 - Church State and Society 17601850 [British History in Perspective] (Hardcover)Hardcover
1989 - Mona Lisa Overdrive [Sprawl, Bk 3] (Paperback)Hardcover
1986 - Alainfournier Le Grand Meaulnes [CRITICAL GUIDES TO FRENCH TEXTS] (Paperback)
1972 - American Primitive [or John and Abigail] (Paperback)
Computing for College Writing [Revised Twelfth Edition] (Paperback)
Two for the Seesaw [Acting Edition] (Paperback)
America's Wit [Civil War Wit] (Paperback)
Future Histories [Award-winning Science Fiction Writers Predict Twenty Tomorrows for Communications] (Paperback)
Neuromante Tapa Dura [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
Luz VIrtual Tapa Dura [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
Conde Cero [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
Mona Lisa Acelerada [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Luz VIrtual [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Neuromante [Spanish Edition] (Other)
Trilogia Do Sprawl Caixa [Em Portuguese do Brasil] (Paperback)