William Gibson Sci-Fi Interview

William Gibson Sci-Fi Interview

William Gibson Sci-Fi Interview

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A pioneer in science fiction, William Gibson got his start in the 1970s.

"Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description, as science writers, but there are bad dreams as well as good dreams. We're dreamers, you see, but we're also realists, of a sort."

-- William Gibson

"I came to science fiction as to an abandoned but handsome municipal building, and going, 'Huh, this could be a nightclub,' " he said. "Really, in the late 70s, I hadn't been reading science fiction except for a few favorites who I felt transcended it...and when I thought, maybe I should try writing science fiction, I went and bought a bunch of contemporary science fiction. I felt like somebody who'd grown up on Texas swing discovering Nashville country. I was going, damn, this used to be a viable pop form, you could kick ass with this stuff in the 1960s. What the hell happened? And I thought, well, it's an opportunity...But then when I started trying to put my own science fiction together, it wasn't as though these characters were springing fully-formed from my brow. I couldn't even figure out how to do characters. But Springsteen, who's a superb writer of fiction as a lyricist, and an absolute master of terse but intense characterization, gave me that. Lou Reed as well. And David Bowie's album Diamond Dogs."

-- William Gibson

In 1984 William Gibson's first novel, Neuromancer, burst onto the science fiction scene like a supernova. The shock waves from that explosion had an immediate impact on the relatively insular SF field. Neuromancer became the first novel to win the triple crown - Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick awards - and, in the process, virtually single-handedly launched the cyberpunk movement. Neuromancer, with its stunning technopoetic prose surface and its superspecific evocation of life in a sleazed-out global village of the near future, has rapidly gained unprecedented critical and popular attention outside SF.

William Gibson Sci-Fi Interview

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A pioneer in science fiction, William Gibson got his start in the 1970s.

"Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description, as science writers, but there are bad dreams as well as good dreams. We're dreamers, you see, but we're also realists, of a sort."

-- William Gibson

"I came to science fiction as to an abandoned but handsome municipal building, and going, 'Huh, this could be a nightclub,' " he said. "Really, in the late 70s, I hadn't been reading science fiction except for a few favorites who I felt transcended it...and when I thought, maybe I should try writing science fiction, I went and bought a bunch of contemporary science fiction. I felt like somebody who'd grown up on Texas swing discovering Nashville country. I was going, damn, this used to be a viable pop form, you could kick ass with this stuff in the 1960s. What the hell happened? And I thought, well, it's an opportunity...But then when I started trying to put my own science fiction together, it wasn't as though these characters were springing fully-formed from my brow. I couldn't even figure out how to do characters. But Springsteen, who's a superb writer of fiction as a lyricist, and an absolute master of terse but intense characterization, gave me that. Lou Reed as well. And David Bowie's album Diamond Dogs."

-- William Gibson

In 1984 William Gibson's first novel, Neuromancer, burst onto the science fiction scene like a supernova. The shock waves from that explosion had an immediate impact on the relatively insular SF field. Neuromancer became the first novel to win the triple crown - Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick awards - and, in the process, virtually single-handedly launched the cyberpunk movement. Neuromancer, with its stunning technopoetic prose surface and its superspecific evocation of life in a sleazed-out global village of the near future, has rapidly gained unprecedented critical and popular attention outside SF.

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