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Metaregionalism: The Global Pacific Northwest

Paul Giles

in The Global Remapping of American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691136134
eISBN:
9781400836512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691136134.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the metaregional dimensions of the Pacific Northwest and the ways in which its very inscription as a region elucidates the fraught and contested relation between text and place ... More


William Gibson

Gary Westfahl

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037801
eISBN:
9780252095085
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The leading figure in the development of cyberpunk, William Gibson (born in 1948) crafted works in which isolated humans explored near-future worlds of ubiquitous and intrusive computer technology ... More


Postmodern Authenticity, or, Cyberpunk

Erik Dussere

in America Is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199969913
eISBN:
9780199369027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969913.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter 6 examines the cyberpunk subgenre. Beginning in the early eighties, films like Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and novels like William Gibson’s Neuromancer employ the conventions of noir and ... More


Four for the Seesaw

Nat Segaloff

in Arthur Penn: American Director

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813129761
eISBN:
9780813135502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813129761.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

After selling a story to Esquire in 1939, William Gibson felt confident enough to be able to submit a play to the Group Theatre. Although their reader Molly Day Thatcher did not see promise in ... More


Conclusion

Gary Westfahl

in William Gibson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037801
eISBN:
9780252095085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This conclusion reflects on the reputation that William Gibson will likely enjoy in the future, based on his publications to date. Gibson has earned a permanent place in the history of science ... More


Finding his Own Uses for Things: The Short Fiction

Gary Westfahl

in William Gibson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037801
eISBN:
9780252095085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses William Gibson's short fiction. Among Gibson's early short stories are “Fragments of a Hologram Rose” (1977), which introduces the theme of virtual reality; “The Gernsback ... More


Legends of the Sprawl: Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive

Gary Westfahl

in William Gibson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037801
eISBN:
9780252095085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines three of William Gibson's novels: Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive. In Neuromancer, Gibson moved into new territory cautiously, employing a familiar setting—his ... More


Remembering Networks

Alan Liu

in Friending the Past: The Sense of History in the Digital Age

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226451817
eISBN:
9780226452005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226452005.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter begins on the paradigmatic instance of a hybrid print/digital work at the onset of the digital networked era—Agrippa (A Book of the Dead) by Dennis Ashbaugh, Kevin Begos Jr., and William ... More


Journey to the Future: A Biographical Sketch

Gary Westfahl

in William Gibson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037801
eISBN:
9780252095085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter describes William Gibson's early years based on his autobiographical sketch, “Since 1948,” first posted to his blog on November 6, 2002. There, he relates the generally familiar story of ... More


Different Engines: , Screenplays, Poetry, Song Lyrics, and Nonfiction

Gary Westfahl

in William Gibson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037801
eISBN:
9780252095085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines William Gibson's The Difference Engine, a collaboration with Bruce Sterling, as well as his screenplays, poetry, song lyrics, and nonfiction. Sterling used an irresistibly ... More


All Today’s Parties: Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History

Gary Westfahl

in William Gibson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037801
eISBN:
9780252095085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines three William Gibson novels: Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History. Gibson had planned Pattern Recognition for a long time: in 1986, he declared that he would ... More


Golden Boys

Nat Segaloff

in Arthur Penn: American Director

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813129761
eISBN:
9780813135502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813129761.003.0016
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Arthur Penn and William Gibson collaborated not only in terms of producing well-known works in American theater such as Two for the Seesaw, The Miracle Worker, Golda, Golden Boy, and Monday After the ... More


A Bridge to the Present: , and

Gary Westfahl

in William Gibson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037801
eISBN:
9780252095085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines three William Gibson novels: Virtual Light, Idoru, and All Tomorrow's Parties. Virtual Light confirms Gibson's desire to break with the past and move in new directions. More ... More


Introduction

Gary Westfahl

in William Gibson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037801
eISBN:
9780252095085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book offers a comprehensive study of William Gibson's career as a science fiction writer, focusing not only on his novels and stories but also on his other works such as publications in science ... More


A Dangerous Amateur: Contributions to Science Fiction Fanzines

Gary Westfahl

in William Gibson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037801
eISBN:
9780252095085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses William Gibson's contributions to science fiction fanzines in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, with particular emphasis on his cartoons and articles. When he was fifteen, Gibson ... More


Matrices and Metaverses

Jesse Schotter

in Hieroglyphic Modernisms: Writing and New Media in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474424776
eISBN:
9781474445009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424776.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The final chapter examines post-War American fiction and the imaginative connection forged, in theory and in fiction, between hieroglyphs and code, computers, and electronic writing. It contends that ... More


Stray Penetration and Heteronormative Systems Crash: Queering Gibson

Graham J. Murphy

in Queer Universes: Sexualities in Science Fiction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311352
eISBN:
9781846313882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313882.007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses the novel of a key figure in cyberpunk fiction, William Gibson. It focuses on Neuromancer (1984) written by Gibson and notes that although cyberpunk fiction is traditionally ... More


The First Revolution: Cyberpunk Days

Mike Ashley

in Science Fiction Rebels: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1981 to 1990

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382608
eISBN:
9781786945457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382608.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Charts the emergence of cyberpunk, especially through the pages of OMNI, and considers its leading authors, including William Gibson, Pat Cadigan, Bruce Sterling and John Shirley. It also considers ... More


Enlightenment

Bridget Ford

in Bonds of Union: "Religion, Race, and Politics in a Civil War Borderland"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626222
eISBN:
9781469628028
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626222.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter argues that writers and educators in the Ohio River valley helped to make enlightenment a powerful bond of union before the Civil War by imagining a world in which every person ... More


Virtual Light: A Shocking Dose of Comfort and Joy from William Gibson

Gwyneth Jones

in Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853237839
eISBN:
9781786945389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In this chapter, Jones reviews science fiction novels by William Gibson, including Necromancer and Virtual Light. She discusses Gibson’s well-established contribution to the cyberpunk genre and ... More


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