William Gibson Bio, Age, Height, Family, Wife, Neuromancer, Alien 3, Pattern Recognition, Books, Quotes, Net Worth

William Gibson Biography

William Gibson is a speculative fiction writer who is often referred to as the “noir prophet” of the cyberpunk subgenre. In his short story “Burning Chrome” he introduced the word ‘Cyber-punk’ which was later popularized as a concept in his first novel, ‘Neuromancer’. With a wandering childhood and the loss of his parents at an early age, Gibson went through a period of seclusion where he became influenced by the writers of the Beat Generation. After travelling all over the United States and Europe, he immigrated to Canada and immersed himself in the counterculture. He eventually settled in Vancouver and became a full-time writer. After writing many bleak, noir near-future stories, he finally wrote his first novel, ‘Neuromancer’, which garnered critical and commercial success. This novel was a beginning to the cyberpunk literary genre. His visualization of the cyberspace created a depiction of the information age even before the internet conquered the world. He wrote several famous novels in this genre and also contributed to film and television. Today, he is regarded as the most important North American science fiction writer who has contributed to the craft extensively in the past two decades. This influential author’s work has impacted not just other science fiction writers, but also musicians, academicians and technologists.

William Gibson Age

William was born on march 17, 1948 and is currently 71 years old as of 2019.

William Gibson Height

William stand 6 feet and 6 inches tall.

William Gibson Family|Early Life

William was born in conway, south carolina. He spent most of his childhood in wytheville, Virginia where his parents were born and raised. His family moved frequently during Gibson’s youth owing to his father’s position as manager of a large construction company. Gibson attended Pines Elementary School, where the teachers’ lack of encouragement for him to read was a cause of dismay for his parents. While Gibson was still a young child, a little over a year into his stay at Pines Elementary, his father choked to death in a restaurant while on a business trip. His mother, unable to tell William the bad news, had someone else inform him of the death. Tom Maddox has commented that Gibson “grew up in an America as disturbing and surreal as anything J. G. Ballard ever dreamed”.

William Gibson

A few days after the death, Gibson’s mother returned them from their home in Norfolk to Wytheville. At the age of 12, Gibson “wanted nothing more than to be a science fiction writer”. He spent a few unproductive years at basketball-obsessed George Wythe High School, a time spent largely in his room listening to records and reading books. At 13, unbeknownst to his mother, he purchased an anthology of Beat generation writing, thereby gaining exposure to the writings of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs; the lattermost had a particularly pronounced effect, greatly altering Gibson’s notions of the possibilities of science fiction literature.

Gibson grew up in a monoculture he found “highly problematic”, consciously rejected religion and took refuge in reading science fiction as well as writers such as Burroughs and Henry Miller. Becoming frustrated with his poor academic performance, Gibson’s mother threatened to send him to a boarding school; to her surprise, he reacted enthusiastically. Unable to afford his preferred choice of Southern California, his then “chronically anxious and depressive” mother, who had remained in Wytheville since the death of her husband, sent him to Southern Arizona School for Boys in Tucson. He resented the structure of the private boarding school but was in retrospect grateful for its forcing him to engage socially. On the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) exams, he scored 148 out of 150 in the written section but 5 out of 150 in mathematics, to the consternation of his teachers.

After his mother’s death when he was 18, Gibson left school without graduating and became very isolated for a long time, traveling to California and Europe, and immersing himself in the counterculture. In 1967, he elected to move to Canada in order “to avoid the Vietnam war draft”.At his draft hearing, he honestly informed interviewers that his intention in life was to sample every mind-altering substance in existence. Gibson has observed that he “did not literally evade the draft, as they never bothered drafting me”; after the hearing he went home and purchased a bus ticket to Toronto, and left a week or two later.

William Gibson Neuromancer

Neuromancer is a 1984 novel by William Gibson, a seminal work in the cyberpunk genre and the first winner of the science-fiction “triple crown” — the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award. It was Gibson’s debut novel and the beginning of the Sprawl trilogy. The novel tells the story of a washed-up computer hacker hired by a mysterious employer to pull off the ultimate hack.


Prior to the composition of Neuromancer, Gibson had written several short stories for prominent science fiction periodicals – mostly noir countercultural narratives concerning low-life protagonists in near-future encounters with cyberspace. The themes which he developed in this early short fiction, the Sprawl setting of “Burning Chrome” (1982) and the character of Molly Millions from “Johnny Mnemonic” (1981) laid the foundations for the novel. John Carpenter’s Escape from New York (1981) was an influence on the novel; Gibson was “intrigued by the exchange in one of the opening scenes where the Warden says to Snake ‘You flew the Gulfire over Leningrad, didn’t you?’  It turns out to be just a throwaway line, but for a moment it worked like the best SF, where a casual reference can imply a lot.” The novel’s street and computer slang dialogue derives from the vocabulary of subcultures, particularly “1969 Toronto dope dealer’s slang, or biker talk”. Gibson heard the term “flatlining” in a bar around twenty years before writing Neuromancer and it stuck with him. Author Robert Stone, a “master of a certain kind of paranoid fiction”, was a primary influence on the novel. The term “Screaming Fist” was taken from the song of the same name by legendary Toronto punk rock band The Viletones.

Neuromancer was commissioned by Terry Carr for the third series of Ace Science Fiction Specials, which was intended to exclusively feature debut novels. Given a year to complete the work, Gibson undertook the actual writing out of “blind animal terror” at the obligation to write an entire novel – a feat which he felt he was “four or five years away from”.[1] After viewing the first 20 minutes of landmark cyberpunk film Blade Runner (1982) which was released when Gibson had written a third of the novel, he “figured [Neuromancer] was sunk, done for. Everyone would assume I’d copped my visual texture from this astonishingly fine-looking film.” He re-wrote the first two-thirds of the book twelve times, feared losing the reader’s attention and was convinced that he would be “permanently shamed” following its publication; yet what resulted was seen as a major imaginative leap forward for a first-time novelist.[1] He added the final sentence of the novel, “He never saw Molly again”, at the last minute in a deliberate attempt to prevent himself from ever writing a sequel, but ended up doing precisely that with Count Zero (1986), a character-focused work set in the Sprawl alluded to in its predecessor.

William Gibson Alien 3

William Gibson’s Alien 3 is a five-issue comic book adaptation of William Gibson’s unproduced script for Alien3, published by Dark Horse Comics from November 2018-March 2019. It was also published simultaneously in the digital format via Dark Horse Digital. It was written by Johnnie Christmas, based on the original screenplay by William Gibson, and was illustrated and inked by Christmas, colored by Tamra Bonvillain, lettered by Nate Piekos and edited by Daniel Chabon, with cover art by Christmas. Paolo Rivera, James Stokoe, James Harren, Daniel Warren Johnson, Tradd Moore and Christian Ward also provided variant covers for various issues.

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Audible reveals William Gibson’s Alien script as audiobook drama

Amazon’s audiobook service Audible has revealed plans to turn the Alien III script by William Gibson into an audiobook drama. This will be the first time the script has been as an audiobook, bringing the unfilmed installment in the popular franchise to life. The new offering, which is available for pre-order, will join Audible’s existing Alien content.

The new audiobook is a cinematic multicast dramatization, which means it includes sound effects and multiple voice actors — listeners get more than a simple audiobook. The dramatization is directed by Dirk Maggs and contains more than 20 narrators, including Michael Biehn in his role as Corporal Hicks.

Audible’s audiobook will introduce listeners to the Sulaco military ship as it returns from LV-426 with the movies’ familiar crew in a cryogenically frozen state. The story’s characters include Ripley, Hicks, Bishop, and Newt.

The script itself has been available online for years, achieving an element of fame among diehard Alien franchise fans. Audible has previously published original Alien-related audiobooks, including “Out of the Shadows,” “River of Pain,” and “Sea of Sorrows.” All three audiobooks feature high listener ratings and critical reviews.

William Gibson Pattern Recognition

Set in August and September 2002, the story follows Cayce Pollard, a 32-year-old marketing consultant who has a psychological sensitivity to corporate symbols. The action takes place in London, Tokyo, and Moscow as Cayce judges the effectiveness of a proposed corporate symbol and is hired to seek the creators of film clips anonymously posted to the internet.

The novel’s central theme involves the examination of the human desire to detect patterns or meaning and the risks of finding patterns in meaningless data. Other themes include methods of interpretation of history, cultural familiarity with brand names, and tensions between art and commercialization. The September 11, 2001 attacks are used as a motif representing the transition to the new century. Critics identify influences in Pattern Recognition from Thomas Pynchon’s postmodern detective story The Crying of Lot 49.

Pattern Recognition is Gibson’s eighth novel and his first one to be set in the contemporary world. Like his previous work, it has been classified as a science fiction and postmodern novel, with the action unfolding along a thriller plot line. Critics approved of the writing but found the plot unoriginal and some of the language distracting. The book peaked at number four on the New York Times Best Seller list, was nominated for the 2003 British Science Fiction Association Award, and was shortlisted for the 2004 Arthur C. Clarke Award and Locus Awards.

William Gibson Wife

In the 1960’s Gibson met “Deborah Jean Thompson” with whom he subsequently traveled to Europe. The two got married in 1972 in Vancouver and had one child.

William Gibson Net Worth

William has an estimated  net worth of 8 million dollars as of 2019.

William Gibson Books

  • Neuromancer (1984)
  • Count Zero (1986)
  • Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988)
  • The Difference Engine (1990; with Bruce Sterling)
  • Virtual Light (1993)
  • Idoru (1996)
  • All Tomorrow’s Parties (1999)
  • Blue Ant trilogy (Hubertus Bigend):
  • Pattern Recognition (2003)
  • Spook Country (2007)
  • Zero History (2010)
  • The Peripheral (2014)
  • Archangel (2017) (Graphic novel)
  • Agency (2020)

William Gibson Quotes

  • The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet.
  • The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
  • Time moves in one direction, memory in another.
  • The ‘Net is a waste of time, and that’s exactly what’s right about it.
  • Language is to the mind more than light is to the eye.
  • It’s impossible to move, to live, to operate at any level without leaving traces, bits, seemingly meaningless fragments of personal information.

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