Popular Contemporary Writers - Vol. 5

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WILLIAM
GIBSON

BORN: March 17, 1948, Conway, South Carolina IDENTIFICATION: Novelist and short story writer best known for the cyberpunk novel Neuromancer.

SIGNIFICANCE: William Gibson is the most influential science fiction writer of the decades since 1980. He is credited with coining the term cyberspace and for pioneering the cyberpunk movement, which has markedly affected mainstream literature, cinema, television, comics, fashion, and pop music. Both a critic of capitalism and an advocate of the Internet, to whose digital landscape he first gave literary expression long before it became the commonplace reality it now is, Gibson has been taken up as a champion by the antiglobalization movement. His eight published works all remain in print, but he is best known for his debut novel, Neuromancer (1984), which introduces the motif of a Ione hacker pitted against the global corporations that dominate the future world that Gibson imagines.

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  • Louise Erdrich 581
  • Laura Esquivel 595
  • John Feinstein 605
  • Ken Follett 619
  • Kaye Gibbons 633
  • William Gibson 645
  • Martha Grimes 659
  • John Grisham 675
  • Matt Groening 691
  • Thomas Harris 705
  • Index 719
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