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William Gibson

32nd annual Key West Literary Seminar

THE DARK SIDE
Chapter One: January 9–12, 2014
Final Chapter: January 16–19, 2014

William Gibson was born in Conway, South Carolina, in 1948 and has lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, since 1972. He is married, and has two children. He is the author of 10 novels (or perhaps 9.5), twice as many short stories, as well as numerous articles and opinion pieces in Rolling Stone, Wired, Time (Asia), and the New York Times. He has written for television and feature films, and is an Emeritus member of Writers Guild of America West.

In 1981 Gibson coined the term “cyberspace” in his short story “Burning Chrome,” exploring the concept further in his debut novel Neuromancer and in two subsequent novels. His next three novels, set in a much nearer future (now past) anticipated the rise of reality television and many now-familiar extremes of multinational capitalism. He co-authored a novel, The Difference Engine, with Bruce Sterling, and has described his delight thereby in defying “the auteur theory of literature.” He has described his three most recent novels, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country and Zero History, as “speculative fictions of the very recent past” (each being set in the year preceding its publication).

Online Resources

On Twitter @Great Dismal
Gibson in conversation with Douglas Coupland @ KWLS2012

Selected Bibliography

Zero History (2010)
Spook Country (2007)
Pattern Recognition (2003)
All Tomorrow’s Parties (1999)
Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988)
Neuromancer (1984)

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