Patrick Ernzer's William Gibson page
William Gibson"Wiliam Gibson is the Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of the Cyberspace trilogy: Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive, and is the co-author (with Bruce Sterling) of The Difference Engine. Gibson's widely acclaimed short stories are collected in Burning Chrome. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his family."
dixit About the Author in Virtual Light.
The 1st of the Cyberspace trilogy. Case was burnt-out, useless, suicidal - his nervous system grievously maimed by a wartime Russian mycotoxin. The top Japanese experts in nerve-splicing and microbionics had taken his money and left him crippled. His days as a software cowboy seemed over.
Then Case met a man who could cure him. In return, Case had to do a job. Had to. Because bonded to his artery walls were tiny sacs of the mycotoxin. Tiny sacs, slowly melting...
dixit back-cover of the 1989 Grafton edition (ISBN 0-586-06645-4)
When the Angels pulled Count Zero out of the martix there wasn't much left of him. The centipede did a good job on his face though - and now Two-a-Day was going to let him in on the really big stuff...
Turner woke up in a new body with a beautiful woman beside him. They let him recuperate for a while in Mexico, then Hosaka reactivated his memory for the most dangerous mission of all: to make Mitchell defect Maas Biolabs...
It seemed that the rich had long ceased to be recognisably human. Like Virek, whose body was suspended in a vat somewhere while his hologram told Marly that he wanted her to find some Art Works for him. And she was on the payroll for life...
In the matrix of cyberspace - where zaibatsu fought it out for world domination and the computer jocks risked their minds scuffling for fat crumbs - the lives of three human beings were inexttricably scrambled.
dixit back-cover of the 1987 Grafton edition (ISBN 0-58607121-0)
In his first two novels, Neuromancer and Count Zero, William Gibson established himself as the most original and admired new voice in science fiction for many years. Mona Lisa Overdrive is the final self-contained novel in his cyberspace¹ sequence. Set in the same fascinating near-future as its predecessors, it puts the earlier works into a new and deeper focus.
dixit back-cover of the 1989 Grafton edition (ISBN 0586-20747-3)
will do as soon as Andy gives me my edition back <g>
2005: Welcome to NoCal and SoCal, the uneasy sister-states of what used to be California. Here the millennium has come and gone, leaving in its wake only stunned survivors. In Los Angeles, Berry Rydell is a former armed-response rtentacop now working for a bounty hounter. Chevette Washington is a bicycle messenger turned pickpocket who impulsively snatches a pair of innocent-looking sunglasses. But they are no ordinary shades. What you can see through these high-tech specs can make you rich - or get you killed. Now Berry and Chevette are on the run, zeroing in on the digitalized heart of DatAmerica, where pure information is the greatest high. And a mind can be a terrible thing to crash...
dixit back-cover of the 1993 Seal Book edition (ISBN 0-7704-2614-X)
William Gibson wrote a script for the movie Alien^3, though the final version of the movie is quite different from his script, it is IMHO far superior to the finished movie. You can either see the complete script or just a summary.
Agrippa is somewhat apart in Gibsons work, it is very different from his other novels, in fact it is not even a novel, but rather a long monologue. The text first appeared in electronic form, and could only be read once. Then it would self-destruct. With the floppy came 2 pictures, one wich would fade away after being exposed to light for one hour, and the other only appearing after being exposed to light for one hour. This was all wrapped up in a box. The whole thing was rather expensive and ephemere<sp>... Apparently he wrote this after his father had died, wich would explain the text somehow...
Shortly after hitting the market, the floppy was cracked and the text widely spread. Some say that this was Gibson's intention from the beginning on, but I have no confirmation on this yet.
Joe Foley's William Gibson page.
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