On Friday evening I listened to writer William Gibson (@greatdismal) read the opening chapter of his new book, Zero History. Kepler's Bookstore in Menlo Park was packed for the reading. Gibson invented the word "cyberspace" in 1984 in his epic first novel, Neuromancer, and inspired the genre known as cyberpunk. He's also alleged to be responsible for one of nearly everyone's favorite quotes, "the future is already here- it's just not evenly distributed."
When asked why he'd shifted his focus from writing about a dystopian future to writing about the present and recent past, Gibson described his work as a "toolkit to interrogate a constantly changing present." He described Twitter as the greatest aggregator of novelty ever invented. Gibson characters move through a cosmopolitan landscape where the future arrives early and travels in style. They carry iPhones and MacBooks, they lock tweets to communicate in private, examine history via YouTube, do pricing research on eBay; they've comeRead More »from Zero History: a William Gibson weekend