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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) {[http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1107153 unverified]}, he repeated it, prefacing it with "As I've said many times…" in [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1067220 "The Science in Science Fiction" on Talk of the Nation, NPR (30 November 1999, Timecode 11:55)]. See also [http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/01/24/future-has-arrived/ The future has arrived... - Quote Investigator].

„All I knew about the word "cyberspace" when I coined it, was that it seemed like an effective buzzword.“

— William Gibson
Context: All I knew about the word "cyberspace" when I coined it, was that it seemed like an effective buzzword. It seemed evocative and essentially meaningless. It was suggestive of something, but had no real semantic meaning, even for me, as I saw it emerge on the page.

„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)

„Acceptance that this is not a rehearsal. That this is it.“

— 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.

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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 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.

„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."

„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. [http://www.williamgibsonbooks.com/blog/2004_10_01_archive.asp Official blog at williamgibsonbooks.com (31 October 2004)]

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„Beyond ego, beyond personality, beyond awareness, he moved“

— William Gibson
Context: He came in steep, fueled by self-loathing. When the Kuang program met the first of the defenders, scattering the leaves of light, he felt the shark thing lose a degree of substantiality, the fabric of information loosening. And then — old alchemy of the brain and its vast pharmacy — his hate flowed into his hands. In the instant before he drove Kuang's sting through the base of the first tower, he attained a level of proficiency exceeding anything he'd known or imagined. Beyond ego, beyond personality, beyond awareness, he moved, Kuang moving with him, evading his attackers with an ancient dance, Hideo's dance, grace of the mind-body interface granted him, in that second, by the clarity and singleness of his wish to die.

„Everything is different from now on. Something, something very fundamental has changed, here.“

— William Gibson
Context: I think the last time... the last time I had one of those "CNN moments," where I was slammed right up against the windshield of — of the present — would have been flipping on the television one day, and seeing that Federal Building in Oklahoma City lying there in its own … crater, and listening to a little bit of the audio, and … and getting the idea that something, something bad had happened in Middle America. And I had … some … very, very deep within me, something seemed to say, "Everything is different from now on. Something, something very fundamental has changed, here." … Whenever something like this happens, and I have one of these moments, it ups the ante on being a science-fiction writer. It changes … it changes the nature of the game.

„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.

„Terrorism as we ordinarily understand it is innately media-related.“

— 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. [http://www.williamgibsonbooks.com/blog/2004_10_01_archive.asp Official blog at williamgibsonbooks.com (31 October 2004)]

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