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ISBN13: 9780399158438
ISBN10: 039915843x
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Adam Gallardo, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Adam Gallardo)
In this fine collection, Gibson claims that he has no talent for nonfiction. Do not believe him. What he does is to bring his novelist's eye and ear to bear on nonfiction subjects. The slightest of these essays (of which there are very few) read like dry runs for his fiction. The best read like nothing I've ever seen before. Very highly recommended.
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scifibookreview, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by scifibookreview)
I've read all of Gibson's other books and look forward to this new one.
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novacop923, January 10, 2012 (view all comments by novacop923)
This book isn't just a great introduction to the World's Premier (so-called) Cyberpunk author, it marks our entry into an era where essays of this caliber can be sustained.

T0 WIT: Gibson's careful delinations -- in none two few of these essays -- of how the "muscles" of the psyche have their own rules of operation mark a BREAKTHROUGH in rationality in Western Culture.

Want to do something? Great. You've got to "want your wants."

Think Google makes things "possible"? True enough. But -- as Wm. Gisbon himself has stated elsewhere -- "you've got to have a search for it"! (Paraphrasing from memory, here, but, come on: how "off" could I be?)

"No-one book can tell you the whole story," as the man says near the end of "Count Zero" [1996] (another paraphrase -- so SUE me, o.k.?), but some can better than most ... particularly in their *EVIDENCING* of this life/cognitive truth.

What can I say? Gödel would be proud!

(BUY it! Learn how to choose your "lenses"!)
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Putnam Adult
Popular Culture
Gibson, William
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Product details 272 pages Putnam Adult - English 9780399158438 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Gibson pulls off a dazzling trick. Instead of predicting the future, he finds the future all around him, mashed up with the past, and reveals our own domain to us."
"Review" by , "I forget that in addition to being a major novelist (Zero History, Neuromancer, etc.), he's one of the best essayists and critical observers currently operating within our sociocultural sphere. This is his first essay collection, and it's messed up how good it is: raw, weird, honest, smart."
"Review" by , "Exquisitely written, done to a turn with both insight and that unmistakable prose that is just shy of spectacular....This is a fine and even essential complement to the Gibson canon, and a delight to read."
"Review" by , "Though he's often lauded as a big-picture man, these pieces make one thing clear: He's even better with the little details."
"Review" by , "The most startling pieces here crackle with his excitement at discovering some unexpected aspect of the new."
"Review" by , "A breezy, engaging read."
"Review" by , "Potent...elegant prose."
"Synopsis" by ,
Though best known for his fiction, William Gibson is as much in demand for his cutting-edge observations on the world we live in now. Originally printed in publications as varied as Wired, the New York Times, and the Observer, these articles and essays cover thirty years of thoughtful, observant life, and are reported in the wry, humane voice that lovers of Gibson have come to crave.
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