William Gibson was born in South Carolina in 1948 and lives today in Canada. He is the author of more than 20 short stories and 10 critically acclaimed novels, has contributed articles to several major publications, and collaborated extensively with performance artists, filmmakers, and musicians.
Gibson coined the term “cyberspace” in his short story “Burning Chrome” and later popularized the concept in his debut novel, Neuromancer (1984). In envisaging cyberspace, Gibson created an iconography for the information age before the ubiquity of the Internet in the 1990s. Later novels include All Tomorrow’s Parties, Idoru, Virtual Light, Mona Lisa Overdrive, and Count Zero. He is also credited with predicting the rise of reality television and with establishing the conceptual foundations for the rapid growth of virtual environments such as video games and the World Wide Web.