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Saturday, March 17, 2007

William Gibson

Today's birthday greetings go out to one of the originals of the "cyberpunk" subgenre of science fiction: William Gibson.

I think that the first two-thirds of his Sprawl Trilogy—which is, sadly, all I have read so far—was some of the most exciting and talked about science fiction that was happening in the mid-eighties.

It is a no-brainer why the first novel in the series (Neuromancer) is the first novel to win the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Philip K. Dick Award.

Given the caliber of his work, I really should be reading more of it, and promise that by the end of the year you'll be seeing reviews of his books here.

I mean, hey, how can you not like a guy quoted as saying something as witty as "The future is already here. It's just not widely distributed yet"?