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Postby rjbman » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:16 pm

William Gibson Has a Theory About Our Cultural Obsession With Dystopias

A sample:
How do you account for the recent surge in popular fiction about the collapse of civilization into dystopia or Armageddon?
This could be a case of consumers of a particular kind of pop culture trying to tell us something, alas. Seriously, what I find far more ominous is how seldom, today, we see the phrase “the 22nd century.” Almost never. Compare this with the frequency with which the 21st century was evoked in popular culture during, say, the 1920s.

Do you mean it’s ominous because people are so pessimistic that they can’t even imagine a future?

Well, that’s the question — why don’t we? I don’t know.

Why do you think we, as a culture, are so endlessly obsessed with stories about last-ditch attempts to stave off the end of the world?
The end of the world is universal shorthand for whatever we don’t want to happen. We have very little control over anything much at all, individually, so fantasies of staving off the end of the world are fairly benign fantasies of increased agency.
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Re: No Maps For These Territories. The William Gibson Thread

Postby rjbman » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:30 am

The Jackpot - interviewed by Cory Doctorow
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Re: No Maps For These Territories. The William Gibson Thread

Postby INNIT » Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:21 am

just wanted to mention that gibson is slowly being incorporated into the canon of "canadian literature" (which means european-canadian literature). not sure how i feel about this, i guess that margaret atwood will have someone to keep her company now. mb there will be a canadian flaxy conference about cyberpunk...
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Re: No Maps For These Territories. The William Gibson Thread

Postby mc-lunar » Sat May 25, 2019 12:48 am

He knows he's not what people expect. "I was doing a signing once in San Francisco," he says. "These two big motorcycles roared up outside the bookstore, and two guys walked in with black leather and tattoos and plastic bags, out of which they produced their copies of Neuromancer. And they sort of saw me there ..." Gibson mimes incredulous disappointment. "And one of them sort of sighed and said, 'Well ... you can sign it anyway.'"


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Re: No Maps For These Territories. The William Gibson Thread

Postby mc-lunar » Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:16 pm

apparently the largest SF library collection in north america is on my campus ??

neuromancer first edition (i wasn't allowed to touch it lol)

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first UK edition (gollancz! (love))

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they also had the beautiful easton press hardcover - look at that tooling! the edges are gilded too

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