Distrust That Particular Flavor
But I’m not sure I really enjoy the music any more than I did before, on certifiably low-fi junk. The music, when it’s really there, is just there. You can hear it coming out of the dented speaker grille of a Datsun B210 with holes in the floor. Sometimes that’s the best way to hear it.
This is a collection of articles, speeches, book reviews, and essays on culture, technology, urban life, and the relationships between o...more
The pieces in this book are an eclectic mix of articles (both newspaper and magazine), introductions to books, speeches, and a blog post; the pieces not written for the book range from 1989 to 2010, but there's a definite focus to the book: the 1989 piece is an article for Rolling Stone about the...more
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
...But Sinclair's faux lovcraftian subtexts...finally lose traction in the way that all conspiracy theories do: the description of an underlying, literally occulted order is invariably less complex than the surface reality it supposedly informs. Conspiracy theories and the occult comfort us because they present mo...more
Born in 1948, William Gibson is an American-Canadian science fiction writer. His debut Novel, Neuromancer (1984) effectively predicted the internet. He has also written for TIME, Wired, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. He has been awarded the Hugo, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, Ditmar, Seiun, and Prix Aurora awards.
Science Fiction: A Future Truth
The future is always something that has amazed me. What’s c...more
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
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.
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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
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
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
Unfortunately, a lot of it feels really same-y: there are two pieces about Japan/Tokyo that feel really similar, and two about film/radio/the Internet that feel really similar as well. There are a few album reviews that he did (cool!), and a few introductions t...more
The first is "Disneyland with the Death Penalty," a 1993 piece about Singapore in which G...more
I haven't read a lot of Gibson but what I have read is very good and he is one of those authors I always mean to read more of, but there always seems to be some other book I'm obliged to read in the w...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