Distrust That Particular Flavor
But a constant theme of emerges in his writing, that's twinned with his fiction writing; it's Gibson wrapping his wild brain around how d...more
I mildly enjoyed this collection of book intros and magazine essays with their insights into why Japan seems like it's in the future already (a couple of hard shoves into the modern world after Commodore Perry and then WWII supercharged the culture), the addictiveness of bidding on eBay, and why Singapore is at once both super safe (too safe) and super scary.
AVC: Your first collection of non-fiction, Distrust That Particular Flavor, comes out in January. Have you always wanted to write non-fiction?
WG: I’m a reluctant writer of non-fiction, in part because I don’t really feel qualified. I have the toolkit of a novelist, and no training as a journalist or science writer. But I’ve been surprised to realize how much of my fiction over the years has been steered by getting non-fiction assignments and agreeing to go meet someone or loo...more
Reading this colle...more
Don't get me wrong. There's nothing here to change my impression that Gibson is smart, and a fundamentally nice guy. But pieces like the 1993 essay about his impressions of Singapore for "Wired", o...more
The quality of each essay varies as they're all written at different times for different publications (or as a speech). With each essay he takes a look back on it and points out things that are f...more
Insightfully, he says this in The Road to Oceania, a 2003 article he wrote for the New York Times, reprinted in this book of articles and essays collected from various (nominally) nonfiction publications for which he has written over the years. It was insightful at the time in a very conventional sense in that, while reliance on broadcasting does no...more
With Necromancer William Gibson predicted the Internet and invented the term 'cyberspace' and for a long time he's had this mythical status as a technophobe author capable of technology prognostication. It must get very wearing. Gibson comes across as a genuine, intelligent and polite man, but one who is leery of making any wild claims or getting too caught up in predicting what 'connectedness' will eventually mean. I wished, at times, he'd taken more risks in his writing.
Much in this collectio...more
This is a collection of articles, speeches, book reviews, and essays on culture, technology, urban life, and the relationships between o...more
You can definitely get that impression from this collection, although the conclusion would be unjustified. The articles are more or less supposed to be about him- his experiences, his thoughts, his vision. So to make a judgment as such seems unwarranted when the non-fiction you are reading is supposed to be...more
The bit on William Blake being the world's first graphic novelist is pretty great, as is the final essay on Vannever and cyborgs.
But the collection, as a whole, provides zero...more
There are a number of excellent articles in here. “Disneyland With The Death Penalty” is easily the most famous, a scathing critique of Singapore he wrote for Wired in the early 1990s, which then got Wired banned...more
many thoughts and reactions are still tumbling in my head and i still haven't synthesized them all.
but in the meantime, i wanted to sha...more
Reading this has made me want to re-read his catalog...more
Siempre me ha gustado la forma de pensar que tiene Gibson, ya me encandiló hace un par de años cuando vi por primera vez "No Maps for These Territories". La manera que tiene de desgranar el presente y el futuro más próximo es algo que no he visto en otros. No es académico de nada, y lo sabe, ni siquiera se puede decir que sea un tío demasiado af...more
This book has saddened me a lot. Because the non-fiction writing comes from the same place he used while blogging. So reading these short pieces took me back to the period betwen 2003 and 2006, when I...more
William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, having coined the term cyberspace in 1982 and popularized it in his first novel, Neuromancer(1984), which has sold more than 6.5 million copies wor...more