Synopses & Reviews
The iconic visionary returns with his first new novel since the New York Times
bestseller Spook Country
Whatever you do, because you are an artist, will bring you to the next thing of your own...
When she sang for The Curfew, Hollis Henry's face was known worldwide. She still runs into people who remember the poster. Unfortunately, in the post-crash economy, cult memorabilia doesn't pay the rent, and right now she's a journalist in need of a job. The last person she wants to work for is Hubertus Bigend, twisted genius of global marketing; but there's no way to tell an entity like Bigend that you want nothing more to do with him. That simply brings you more firmly to his attention.
Milgrim is clean, drug-free for the first time in a decade. It took eight months in a clinic in Basel. Fifteen complete changes of his blood. Bigend paid for all that. Milgrim's idiomatic Russian is superb, and he notices things. Meanwhile no one notices Milgrim. That makes him worth every penny, though it cost Bigend more than his cartel-grade custom-armored truck.
The culture of the military has trickled down to the street — Bigend knows that, and he'll find a way to take a cut. What surprises him though is that someone else seems to be on top of that situation in a way that Bigend associates only with himself. Bigend loves staring into the abyss of the global market; he's just not used to it staring back.
"Assuredley one of the first authentic and vital novels of the 21st century." Washington Post Book Review
"Welcome to the present, Mr. Gibson. In his first book set in the present, Gibson turns loose the full power of his laser eyes...A masterful performance."
"Dangerously hip...will amaze you."
"A mind-bender of a read." —The Village Voice
"Freshly imagined, compellingly detailed, and chilling in its implications." —New York Times
"Kaleidoscopic, picaresque, flashy and decadent...an amazing virtuoso performance." —Washington Post
“Potent and heady.” —Philadelphia Daily News
“An intriguing cast of characters and a tough, glitzy image of computer consciousness and the future of mankind.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Count Zero shares with Neuromancer that novel’s stunning use of language, breakneck pacing, technological innovation, and gritty brand-name realism.” —Fantasy Review
“William Gibson’s prose, astonishing in its clarity and skill, becomes high-tech electric poetry.” —Bruce Sterling
“Suspense, action…a lively story…a sophisticated version of the sentient computer, a long way from the old models that were simply out to Rule the World.” —Locus
"A masterful performance." —Chicago Tribune
"One of the first authentic and vital novels of the 21st century." —Washington Post Book World
"Gibson nails the texture of Internet culture." —New YorkTiimes
"Completely contemporary...his best book."— San FranciscoChronicle Book Review
"[An] eerie vision of our time."—New Yorker
is his best yet, a triumph of science fiction as social criticism and adventure."—BoingBoing.net
“[Gibson] weaves an unnerving tapestry of technology, violence and anxiety.”—The Daily Telegraph (London) “Fascinating.”—The Seattle Times “Uncanny.”—San Antonio Express-News “Brilliant, entertaining, and bittersweet.”—io9 (io9.com)
“Zero History is another smartly scouted roadmap of alternate routes through today’s global culture, as powered by what a friend of mine used to call the military-industrial-greeting-card complex. It’s a world where cool is king, but also the key to power—and the future.”—Milwaukee Sentinel Journal
The New York Times bestseller from "one of our most vital novelists". -Newsday
Hollis Henry, former rock singer turned journalist, has very reluctantly agreed to work for the secretive Belgian finance genius Hubertus Bigend again- only to find herself entangled in a threatening mesh of postmodern marketing, corrupt American military contractors, and belated romance.
The “cool and scary”( SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE) NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Hollis Henry is a journalist on investigative assignment for a magazine called Node, which doesn’t exist yet. Bobby Chombo apparently does exist, as a producer. But in his day job, Bobby is a troubleshooter for military navigation equipment. He refuses to sleep in the same place twice. He meets no one. Hollis Henry has been told to find him.
Hollis Henry is broke.
Milgrim is owned.
Garreth can’t be bought.
And they all have something that global marketing magnate Hubertus Bigend needs/wants, as he finds himself outmaneuvered and adrift, after a Department of Defense contract for combat-wear turns out to be the gateway drug for arms dealers so shadowy they can out-Bigend Bigend himself.
About the Author
William Gibson lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife. He is the author of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History.