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“The future is there... looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become.”
William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
“The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.

The Economist, December 4, 2003
William Gibson
“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”
William Gibson, Neuromancer
“When you want to know how things really work, study them when they're coming apart.”
William Gibson, Zero History
“Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts... A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding...”
William Gibson, Neuromancer
“The deadliest bullshit is odorless, and transparent.”
William Gibson
“I think I'd probably tell you that it's easier to desire and pursue the attention of tens of millions of total strangers than it is to accept the love and loyalty of the people closest to us.”
William Gibson, Idoru
“The street finds its own uses for things.”
William Gibson
“One of the liberating effects of science fiction when I was a teenager was precisely its ability to tune me into all sorts of strange data and make me realize that I wasn’t as totally isolated in perceiving the world as being monstrous and crazy”
William Gibson
“We have no idea, now, of who or what the inhabitants of our future might be. In that sense, we have no future. Not in the sense that our grandparents had a future, or thought they did. Fully imagined cultural futures were the luxury of another day, one in which 'now' was of some greater duration. For us, of course, things can change so abruptly, so violently, so profoundly, that futures like our grandparents' have insufficient 'now' to stand on. We have no future because our present is too volatile. ... We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment's scenarios. Pattern recognition”
William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
“The 'Net is a waste of time, and that's exactly what's right about it.”
William Gibson
“Stand high long enough and your lightning will come.”
William Gibson
“And, for an instant, she stared directly into those soft blue eyes and knew, with an instinctive mammalian certainty, that the exceedingly rich were no longer even remotely human.”
William Gibson, Count Zero
“He took a duck in the face at 250 knots.”
William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
“We see in order to move; we move in order to see.”
William Gibson
“Secrets...are the very root of cool.”
William Gibson, Spook Country
“We have no future because our present is too volatile. We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment's scenarios. Pattern recognition.”
William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
“Addictions [...] started out like magical pets, pocket monsters. They did extraordinary tricks, showed you things you hadn't seen, were fun. But came, through some gradual dire alchemy, to make decisions for you. Eventually, they were making your most crucial life-decisions. And they were [...] less intelligent than goldfish.”
William Gibson, Zero History
“The present tense made him nervous.”
William Gibson
“Time is money, but also money is money.”
William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
“All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and the corners he'd cut in Night City, and still he'd see the matrix in his sleep, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that colorless void...”
William Gibson, Neuromancer
“There must be some Tommy Hilfiger event horizon, beyond which it is impossible to be more derivative, more removed from the source, more devoid of soul.”
William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
“[Slitscan's audience] is best visualized as a vicious, lazy, profoundly ignorant, perpetually hungry organism craving the warm god-flesh of the anointed. Personally I like to imagine something the size of a baby hippo, the color of a week-old boiled potato, that lives by itself, in the dark, in a double-wide on the outskirts of Topeka. It's covered with eyes and it sweats constantly. The sweat runs into those eyes and makes them sting. It has no mouth, Laney, no genitals, and can only express its mute extremes of murderous rage and infantile desire by changing the channels on a universal remote. Or by voting in presidential elections.”
William Gibson, Idoru
“His eyes were eggs of unstable crystal, vibrating with a frequency whose name was rain and the sound of trains, suddenly sprouting a humming forest of hair-fine glass spines.”
William Gibson, Neuromancer
“She walked on, comforted by the surf, by the one perpetual moment of beach-time, the now-and-always of it.”
William Gibson
“The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed.”
William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
“To present a whole world that doesn’t exist and make it seem real, we have to more or less pretend we’re polymaths. That’s just the act of all good writing.”
William Gibson
“Laney had recently noticed that the only people who had titles that clearly described their jobs had jobs he wouldn't have wanted.”
William Gibson, Idoru
“Hell of a world we live in, huh? (...) But it could be worse, huh?"
"That's right," I said, "or even worse, it could be perfect.”
William Gibson, Burning Chrome
“A nation,” he heard himself say, “consists of its laws. A nation does not consist of its situation at a given time. If an individual’s morals are situational, that individual is without morals. If a nation’s laws are situational, that nation has no laws, and soon isn’t a nation.”
William Gibson, Spook Country

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