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.
Excellent review of Zero History by By Scott Dickensheets, Mood Lighting in the Vegas Cube: William Gibson’s Zero History:
But Gibson’s stair colors, and hundreds of similar offbeat details, force you not only into a cohesive fictional world that’s both familiar and slightly off-kilter, but (allow me to go meta for a sec) a reading headspace in which the familiar is continually being overlaid with new, slightly exoticized detail. There’s an alertness to the prose that spills into the reading experience. It’s a crackling, electric place to be, despite the hard-to-buy plot twist at the end — spoiler alert: Bigend + Iceland + voodoo math — and even if you don’t care about fashion.
An Evening With William Gibson #foigibson by Cheryl Morgan
Much of the questioning concerned Gibson’s writing career and his development as a writer. He talked honestly about how young men tend to write books that feature things like zombie plagues and post-apocalyptic wastelands because they lack the experience of life to write well about people. His later books, which a questioner described as much “warmer”, reflect what he sees as his greater interest in, and understanding of, people. He seemed particularly proud of one character from Zero History, Winnie the federal agent. Certainly you don’t expect such characters in a cyberpunk novel to spend time worrying about what presents they will bring home from London for their kids. Gibson noted that none of the characters in Neuromancer appear to have parents. They don’t have children either.