William Gibson warns of future with a capital 'F'
Introduced at the 2010 BookExpo America publishing trade convention by comic Patton Oswalt, whose new book--Zombie Spaceship Wasteland-- comes out next year (Scribner; January, 2010), the legendary William Gibson, famous for coining the phrase 'cyberspace' and cornering the market on cybernetic fiction, began his appearance before a roomful of booksellers by noting the 'shocking' irony of two major scientific advances, including the first successful teleportation of an object, receiving less media attention than the latest episode of the reality TV show Lost. Gibson segued from the apparent intellectual bankruptcy of the media to decry the coming future with a capital 'F'. Gibson then recalled his evolution as a writer from sci-fi beginnings to the themes and plotline of his new widely acclaimed novel, Zero History (Putnam; September, 2010) before wrapping with reflections on the art of fiction writing followed by Oswalt's comments.
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