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Gary Westfahl

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037801

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
William Gibson

Gary Westfahl

University of Illinois Press

This book offers a comprehensive study of William Gibson's career as a science fiction writer, focusing not only on his novels and stories but also on his other works such as publications in science fiction fanzines and contributions to elusive books. Having read almost all of Gibson's published works (including over 170 interviews), the author examines aspects of Gibson's works that are visibly most important to him. For example, he has always been and remains, in his background and proclivities, a science fiction writer. In addition, he has grown especially intrigued by both tinkerers with new technology and avant-garde artists as chief avatars of the constant transformations now characterizing contemporary life, as can be inferred from Spook Country and Zero History. This book also includes a new Gibson interview; the first determined effort to compile an exhaustive, accurate bibliography of his works; and a survey of the relevant secondary literature.

Keywords:   science fiction, William Gibson, fanzines, new technology, avant-garde artists, Spook Country, Zero History

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