By Xeni Jardin at 8:58 am Wed, Mar 17, 2010
The man who brought us "cyberspace," and much else of enduring beauty, celebrates a birthday today. Happy Birthday, William Gibson. Above, a video snip from No Maps for These Territories, a documentary about Gibson and his work.
5 years ago I showed that film to a post-graduate level seminar course in Online Writing and Information Design and they thought it was brilliant.
The following year I showed it to an entry level course in the same college and the students nearly died of boredom.
It was the difference between the graduates having lived before Gibson’s prescience played out, and the teenagers having taken everything he says for granted forever.
There’s some trippy ass shit going on with the trees in the video at 1:07 and 1:28. Looks like the car he’s in is moving both backwards and forwards at the same time.
Thanks for not writing how old he is.
And I mean it.
I went to Wikipedia to check and I discovered there is a new book coming this fall. Already marked in my iCal that “Zero History” is coming on September 7! Yay!
Also, I must finally read “Spook Country”, as this is a supposed sequel to it (as well as to “Pattern Recognition).
I think I’ve read and enjoyed everything William Gibson has written, but I’ve slowly come to realize that he writes the same book over and over again.
The scenery going backwards in the side window is a delightfully subtle touch of weirdness.
I clicked through to the official site, enabled the flash and hit the “Enter Website” button. Then, of course, I clicked the flash link that said “Don’t Click.” Can someone reassure me that I’m not the only one?
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