William Gibson on Agency →January 14, 2020 • #
A fun piece on William Gibson’s latest work of speculative fiction, Agency. I’ve read a bunch of his bibliography, but my favorites (in order) are still Neuromancer and its sequel, Count Zero.
Here’s an interesting bit of history on writing Neuromancer:
“I was actually able to write Neuromancer because I didn’t know anything about computers,” he says. “I knew literally nothing. What I did was deconstruct the poetics of the language of people who were already working in the field. I’d stand in the hotel bar at the Seattle science fiction convention listening to these guys who were the first computer programmers I ever saw talk about their work. I had no idea what they were talking about, but that was the first time that I ever heard the word ‘interface’ used as a verb. And I swooned. Wow, that’s a verb. Seriously, poetically that was wonderful.”
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