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william gibson

William Gibson
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born 1948 William Ford Gibson
height: 6'6"
residence: Vancouver, B.C. Canada (area code internal link604)



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"The future has arrived; it's just not evenly distributed."



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"internal linkEther, having once failed as a concept, is in the internal linkprocess of being reinvented. internal linkInformation is the ultimate mediational ether"



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coined the term "cyberspace" which he  defined as a surf-able 3-D representation of all the computer data in the world. (For Gibson, this "consensual hallucination"  primarily concerns the transactions of multinational capital.)

"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
the banks of every computer in the  human system. Unthinkable complexity.

Lines of internal linklight ranged in the nonspace of  the mind, clusters and constellations of  data. Like city lights, receding..." (p.  51)



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fused noir and internal linksci-fi in his breakthrough internal link_Neuromancer_ (1984)atomjacked inventory cache which he wrote on a manual typewriter 
neuromancer


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The millennium is just a christian holiday, but the peculiar spin that's been put on that is that, as a species, we have this other consciousness, that we're nearing some sort of cusp, something really big is changing.

I think that we're there.  That causes us to experience what literary theorist Frederick Jamison calls the 'Post-Modern Sublime' which he says is characterized by the simultaneous apprehension of dread and ecstasy. I think that Dread & internal linkEcstasy R US -- that's really what I'm writing about. I get you to sit still for it because I say, 'relax, it's the future; it's just the future; it's not happening now,' but actually it is happening now. internal linkScience fiction is always written about the day in which it was written. When you go back and read old SF, it's never about the future which you are living in when you are reading it. They never get it right. and neither do I.

- William Gibson



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Laney's probably a more conscious metaphor in that what he does with the internal linknodal points is sort of like what I see myself really doing in that part of my work that some people regard as predictive. There are several places in these books where Laney says: "Look, I can't predict the future. But I am sensitive to some areas from which change is emerging." I think that's pretty much the best we can do these days, because change is both exponential and in some weird, either new or newly revealed way, internal linkout of control. You know, who's running the show? Well, nobody. That's why internal linkconspiracy theories are so popular. Conspiracy theories are big because they're comforting. Any conspiracy is internal linkinfinitely less multiplex than the internal linkreal deal, which is sort of multiplex to the point of being unknowable.

- William Gibson



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The otaku, the passionate obsessive, the internal linkinformation age's embodiment of the connoisseur, more concerned with the accumulation of data than of objects, seems a natural crossover figure in today's internal linkinterface of British and internal linkJapanese cultures. I see it in the eyes of the Portobello dealers, and in the eyes of the Japanese collectors: a perfectly calm internal linktrain-spotter frenzy, murderous and sublime. Understanding otaku-hood, I think, is one of the keys to understanding the culture of the web. There is something profoundly post-national about it, extra-geographic. We are all curators, in the post-modern world, whether we want to be or not. - William Gibson



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