Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Meandering in cyberspace . . .

Today is the birthday of William Ford Gibson (born March 17, 1948), writer. He is credited with introducing the science fiction subgenre known as cyberpunk and has been referred to the "noir prophet" of cyberpunk.

William Gibson coined the term cyberspace in his short story Burning Chrome and later popularized the concept in his novel, Neuromancer (1984).

"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." - William Gibson

"Time moves in one direction, memory in another." - William Gibson

"The NET is a waste of time, and that's exactly what's right about it." - William Gibson

"The past is past, the future unformed. There is only the moment, and that is where he prefers to be." - William Gibson

"As I've said many times, the future is already here. It's just not very evenly distributed." - William Gibson

"Language is to the mind more than light is to the eye." - William Gibson

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