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William Gibson

Geburtstag: 17. März 1948
Andere Namen:উইলিয়াম গিবসন

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William Ford Gibson ist ein US-amerikanischer, in Kanada lebender Science-Fiction-Autor. Bekannt wurde er mit seinem 1984 erschienenen Roman Neuromancer, der in diesem Jahr alle gängigen SF-Preise erhielt: Den Philip K. Dick Award, den Nebula Award sowie den Hugo Award.

In diesem Buch prägte er unter anderem den Begriff Cyberspace, der noch immer häufig für elektronische Netze wie das World Wide Web verwendet wird, sowie das Subgenre des Cyberpunk und den Begriff der Matrix, welche durch ein globales Informationsnetzwerk gebildet wird und so den Cyberspace ermöglicht.

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„The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed.“

— William Gibson
He is reported to have first said this in an interview on Fresh Air, NPR (31 August 1993) { unverified http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1107153}, he repeated it, prefacing it with "As I've said many times…" in "The Science in Science Fiction" on Talk of the Nation, NPR (30 November 1999, Timecode 11:55) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1067220. See also The future has arrived... - Quote Investigator http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/01/24/future-has-arrived/.

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„The lane to the land of the dead.“

— William Gibson
Context: The lane to the land of the dead. Where you are, my friend. Marie-France, my lady, she prepared this road, but her lord choked her off before I could read the book of her days. Neuro from the nerves, the silver paths. Romancer. Necromancer. I call up the dead. But no, my friend," and the boy did a little dance, brown feet printing the sand, "I am the dead, and their land." He laughed. A gull cried, "Stay. If your woman is a ghost, she doesn't know it. Neither will you."

„I think of religions as franchise operations.“

— William Gibson
Context: I think of religions as franchise operations. Like chicken franchise operations. But that doesn't mean there's no chicken, right? Referring to his belief that it's possible for religions to help people.

„If your woman is a ghost, she doesn't know it. Neither will you.“

— William Gibson
Context: The lane to the land of the dead. Where you are, my friend. Marie-France, my lady, she prepared this road, but her lord choked her off before I could read the book of her days. Neuro from the nerves, the silver paths. Romancer. Necromancer. I call up the dead. But no, my friend," and the boy did a little dance, brown feet printing the sand, "I am the dead, and their land." He laughed. A gull cried, "Stay. If your woman is a ghost, she doesn't know it. Neither will you."

„They were a traumatized lot, those boys. And I just felt frivolous.“

— William Gibson
Context: Consequently, when I got to Toronto, much to my chagrin, I really, really couldn't handle hanging out with the American draft dodgers. There was too much clinical depression. Too much suicide. Too much hardcore substance abuse. They were a traumatized lot, those boys. And I just felt frivolous.

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„If not for our excessive vanity and our over-active imaginations, novelists might be unusually difficult to deceive.“

— William Gibson
Context: The most common human act that writing a novel resembles is lying. The working novelist lies daily, very complexly, and at great length. If not for our excessive vanity and our over-active imaginations, novelists might be unusually difficult to deceive. Twitter tweet (31 May 2009) http://twitter.com/GreatDismal/status/1986617191<!-- also (1 June 2009) http://twitter.com/GreatDismal/status/1986630272 -->

„I didn't imagine that art girls in the Midwest would be flashing their tits in cyberspace...but I'm glad that they're doing it.“

— William Gibson
Context: I didn't imagine that art girls in the Midwest would be flashing their tits in cyberspace... but I'm glad that they're doing it. Asked whether the Internet is how he imagined it would be

„Sometimes it’s good to remember.“

— William Gibson
Context: “You were hurt,” Kumiko said, looking at the scar. Sally looked down. “Yeah.” “Why don’t you have it removed?” “Sometimes it’s good to remember.” “Being hurt?” “Being stupid.” Ch. 22

„They damaged his nervous system with a wartime Russian mycotoxin.“

— William Gibson
Context: They damaged his nervous system with a wartime Russian mycotoxin. Strapped to a bed in a Memphis hotel, his talent burning out micron by micron, he hallucinated for thirty hours. The damage was minute, subtle, and utterly effective. For Case, who'd lived for the bodiless exultation of cyberspace, it was the Fall.

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„Acceptance. Acceptance of the impermanence of being.“

— William Gibson
Context: Acceptance. Acceptance of the impermanence of being. And acceptance of the imperfect nature of being, or possibly the perfect nature of being, depending on how one looks at it. Acceptance that this is not a rehearsal. That this is it. When asked what will save humanity.

„They used their money to keep themselves out of the news.“

— William Gibson
Context: That’s interesting in itself, because it shows you how adept they were at obscurity. They used their money to keep themselves out of the news. Ch. 12

„On the most basic level, computers in my books are simply a metaphor for human memory: I'm interested in the hows and whys of memory, the ways it defines who and what we are, in how easily memory is subject to revision.“

— William Gibson
Context: On the most basic level, computers in my books are simply a metaphor for human memory: I'm interested in the hows and whys of memory, the ways it defines who and what we are, in how easily memory is subject to revision. When I was writing Neuromancer, it was wonderful to be able to tie a lot of these interests into the computer metaphor. It wasn't until I could finally afford a computer of my own that I found out there's a drive mechanism inside — this little thing that spins around. I'd been expecting an exotic crystalline thing, a cyberspace deck or something, and what I got was a little piece of a Victorian engine that made noises like a scratchy old record player. That noise took away some of the mystique for me; it made computers less sexy. My ignorance had allowed me to romanticize them. Interview with Larry McCaffery in Storming the Reality Studio : A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction, Duke University Press (December 1991)

„There is always a point at which the terrorist ceases to manipulate the media gestalt.“

— William Gibson
Context: There is always a point at which the terrorist ceases to manipulate the media gestalt. A point at which the violence may well escalate, but beyond which the terrorist has become symptomatic of the media gestalt itself. Terrorism as we ordinarily understand it is innately media-related. Official blog at williamgibsonbooks.com (31 October 2004) http://www.williamgibsonbooks.com/blog/2004_10_01_archive.asp

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