Easily the most in-depth interview with William Gibson in years, David Wallace-Wells’s article is a must read.
I also wanted science fiction to be more naturalistic. There had been a poverty of description in much of it. The technology depicted was so slick and clean that it was practically invisible. What would any given SF favorite look like if we could crank up the resolution? As it was then, much of it was like video games before the invention of fractal dirt. I wanted to see dirt in the corners.
Excellent Backpage Magazine profile of William Gibson and his influence on music, film, tech and culture.
From the underground noise rock of Sonic Youth to the mainstream films of Nolan and Fincher, Gibson’s innovatory cyberpunk has become perhaps the key lens through which we view, understand, and criticize contemporary politics and technological forms of control. It’s not science fiction but the new realism.
In “Zero History,” Gibson fully explores his product fetishism and grasp of the automotive zeitgeist by featuring a many of the same vehicles we can’t stop talking about on the pages of Jalopnik. Click through the images for a chronological appendix to the most important vehicles used in “Zero History.” There are no real spoilers, but don’t read if you’re especially impressionable.
Cool video feature during after the 1997 release of Idoru: