William Gibson Bibliography / Mediagraphy

Just the facts, but far more complete than the other Johnny-come-lately "6 books and out" lists out there.

All lists are in real-world chronological order. The chronology of the "Sprawl" series is Johnny Mnemonic short story - New Rose Hotel short story - Burning Chrome short story - Neuromancer - Count Zero - Mona Lisa Overdrive. Other stories in Burning Chrome fit more or less tightly into the imagined future of the series. By the time Gibson wrote the Skinner's Room short story - virtual light - Idoru - All Tomorrow's Parties sequence set closer in time, the near future had turned out different from the "Sprawl" future.

There's a fascinating cyberpunk timeline at http://www.subsitu.com/cns/tl.htm that dovetails Gibson's work with the cyber, punk, and sf goings-on at the same time.

Summary:

Books

Short stories and articles

Other Media

Adaptations of William Gibson's work


In more detail...

Books

I have the Library of Congress info for some books.


Burning Chrome

a varied collection of stories, many first published in Omni magazine. The short story details are listed elsewhere. Not all the stories are part of the same future.
US hardback
Arbor House Publishing Company, 1986

ISBN 0-877-95780-0
US paperback
An Ace Book, October 1987

ISBN: 0-441-08934-8
Cover: a fantastic digital blanked-out face by Richard Berry
UK hardback
Victor Gollancz, (London) UK, 1986
UK Paperback
Grafton, (London) UK, 1988

ISBN 0-586-07461-9 (UK pbk)

Neuromancer

A star. It won the Hugo, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, Seiun, and Ditmar awards.

Also available as graphic novel, electronic book, videogame, and spoken word recording.

US Hardcover
Phantasia Press, spring 1986

1st Phantasia Press ed. West Bloomfield
ISBN 0932096417

Also

1st Ace hardcover ed. New York : Ace Books, 1994

ISBN 0441000681
US Paperback
Ace Book, July 1984 (Ace Science Fiction original, then Ace S.F. Special, then an Ace Book)
ISBN 0-441-56956-0 , later ISBN: 0-441-56959-5
Cover: The original Ace paperback had a cover of a sytylized robot by JamesWarhola, Andy Warhol's cousin. Later reprints had a digital face and hand by Richard Berry

Count Zero

My favorite, less detached, more varied themes, strong characters. Most readers prefer Neuromancer because it's more action-packed, but check out this quote.
Hardcover
Arbor House, March 1986

ISBN 0-877-95769-X
US Paperback
Ace Book, April 1987

ISBN: 0-441-11773-2
Cover: another wonderful digital face by Richard Berry

Mona Lisa Overdrive

The series continues; complex interwoven plot, strong female roles
Hardcover
Bantam Spectra, Nov. 1988

ISBN: 0-553-05250-0
Cover: Shiny chrome face--no more digital decay artwork, alas (c) 1988 by Will Cormier
US Paperback
UK Paperback
Cover: Very different artwork, an airbrushed future motorcycle as I recall.

Difference Engine

Co-written with Bruce Sterling, another talented writer. A difficult "steampunk" novel. Very atmospheric. The more you know about Victorian history, the more you'll get out of it.
US Hardback
A Bantam Spectra Book, 1991

ISBN 0553070282
US Paperback
Same cover art

virtual light

Set in the near future, William Gibson's lightest book. More focus on place than ideas. Funny. This expands the story "Skinner's Room" from the Visionary San Francisco catalog.
Hardback
Bantam Spectra, September 1993

ISBN: 0-553-07499-7
Cover: VR shades, dim face (c) 1993 Don Brautigam
"Book design by Harakawa Sisco, Inc."
US Paperback
Same cover art.

Idoru

New work, Idoru is the Japanese borrowing of the English word "idol". A funny opening and Rydell reappears, but it doesn't really go anywhere. From the Library of Congress Index:
SUBJECTS:
  Rock musicians--Psychology--Fiction.
  Virtual reality--Fiction.
  Friendship--Fiction.
  Psychological fiction. lcsh
US hardcover
Berkely Putnam, 1996.

ISBN: 0399141308
UK hardcover?
Viking Penguin

All Tomorrow's Parties

All Tomorrow's Parties is the title of a Velvet Underground song.

The Bay Bridge from "Skinner's Room" and "virtual light", Laney from "Idoru" is living in the box city from "Thirteen Views of a Cardboard City", Chevette from "virtual light", Rydell from "virtual light" and "Idoru", the Idoru from "Idoru", even Gibson's watch collecting obsession from his wired article. Nothing wrong with leitmotif recycling, but Gibson's plot mojo was stolen by Dr. Evil when he wrote this. His descriptions of Laney surfing the interstices of data are unrewarding, it's as vague as Asimov's psychohistory and Frank Herbert's oracular melange. ONLY buy this if you have all of the Sprawl series and you loved virtual light and Idoru.

UK hardcover
Viking Penguin,1999
Hardback ISBN: 0-670-87557-0
Trade Paperback ISBN: 0-670-87558-0
This came out before the hardcover.
US hardcover
Putnam, 1999
Hardcover ISBN: 0399145796

Pattern Recognition

Gibson's first novel set in the present, out January 27, 2003. Sounds like the same concerns with over-mediated existence and fame as in Idoru. Bruce Sterling reviews it in Wired February 2003. Gibson said at a book reading he consciously set two challenges: set it in the present and avoid the ellipsis and jump-cuts, staying with one character throughout.

US Hardcover
Putnam, 2003
Hardcover ISBN: 0399149864

Short Stories and Articles

The stories in Burning Chrome were published in various magazines and two were published in the Mirrorshades anthology edited by Bruce Sterling.

"Burning Chrome" Story List

Mirrorshades

Mirrorshades edited by Bruce Sterling is an excellent cyberpunk anthology which includes The Gernsback Continuum and Red Star, Winter Orbit.
US hardback
Arbor House, December 1986

ISBN 0877958688
US Paperback
Ace Books, July 1988

ISBN 0-441-53382-5

Count Zero serialization

Count Zero was published as a serial before it was published as a novel, in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. The January '86 issue has part one, the February issue has part two, and the March issue has part three. The January cover is devoted to the story, with art by Hisaki Yasuda.

Rocket Radio

Ruminations on technology reuse and meaning. Restates themes from the Sprawl series as non-fiction, more personal.

Rolling Stone, June 15th 1989, "Technology for the Nineties" section
Photograph: head outlined by headphones, phone jack, circuits by William Duke.

Doing Television

One page, kids in a hotel room, covers nationalism, multinationals, environmental damaga, VR, test-tube babies, drugs, plagues. (!!!) Melancholy, absolutely stellar.

The Face 1991 ?? Future Tense section p.81-82

Darwin

Almost the same story as Doing TV

Spin , 1991 ?? p.60-61
Illustration (sun, chopper, homeless, VR helmet) by Karl Denham
 

Academy Leader in Cyberspace : First Steps

This is a dry academic book of original contributions about cyberspace.  Most of it is pointless pontification except for a fascinating history of Lucasfilm's "habitat", one of the first avatar-based communities.  Gibson's three page story is an incredibly dense and mostly beyond me, truly fragments of a hologram rose. The girl Kelsey in an Australian room from Doing TV/Darwin reappears, interspersed with musings on technological reuse and references to data mining.  I think "Academy Leader" refers to the countdown numerals at the beginning of a strip of film.  I think the story is about the meta-act of zeroing in on details.

Cyberspace: First Steps, 1991 Cambridge Massachusetts
Edited by Michael Benedikt
The MIT Press
ISBN 0-262-02327-X (hard)
ISBN 0-262-52177-6 (paperback)
cover: mysterious technological device on a grid.

Foreword and Academy Leader in Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality

Karl Reinsch notes that Academy Leader also appears in this collection, and writes

Gibson's intro talks about the similarities/differences between artboys and geeks, how he thought himself an artboy but people thought he was a geek, and how "Academy Leader" was an attempt to declare himself an artboy once and for all.

The intro to "Academy Leader", presumably written by the editors points out the allusions to William Burroughs and his cut-up techniques in the piece, along with the references to how Gibson coined the term "cyberspace".

Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality
Edited by Randall Packer and Ken Jordan
2001 W.W.Norton & Company
ISBN: 0-393-04979-5 (hard)
ISBN: 0-393-32375-7 (paperback)
Companion website to the book: http://www.artmuseum.net/launch/w2vr.html

The Nazi Lawn Dwarf Murders (unpublished)

Stein Gjoen alerted me that Tom Maddox (another fine writer, and Gibson's partner on the two X-Files scripts) claims in a 1989 article at http://home.pacbell.net/tmaddox/virus23.html that Gibson wrote a story "The Nazi Lawn Dwarf Murders,"

Hippie Hat Brain Parasite in SEMIOTEXT[E] SF

Edited by: Rudy Rucker, Peter Lamborn Wilson and Robert Anton Wilson
Semiotext(e) / New York
Ak Press / Edinburgh, Scotland
1989
ISBN: 0-93675643-8 (USA)
ISBN: 1-873176-81-3
Gibson Story - "Hippie Hat Brain Parasite" pp 109-112

A wild set of fringe SF stories. Gibson's brief story about paranoia and conspiracies about aliens is different from his cyber work, but it fits right in.
 

Thirteen Views of a Cardboard City in New Worlds

The description of a cardboard city reappears in "All Tomorrow's Parties".

Edited by David Garnett
Consulting Editor: Michael Moorcock
Volume 64, Number 222
White Wolf Publishing, Clarkston GA
Gibson Story - "Thirteen Views Of A Cardboard City" pp 338-349
ISBN: 1-56504-190-9

Mr. Fang points out that this story also appeared in The Year's Best SF vol. 3 (edited by David G. Hartwell and published in 1998 by HarperPrism)

Skinner's Room

This short story appeared in the catalog for the Visionary San Francisco exhibition. The characters and takeover of the Bay Bridge by the homeless reappear in Virtual Light, and then again in All Tomorrow's Parties.

Visionary San Francisco, 1990 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Prestel-Verlag, Munich
ISBN: 3-7913-1060-7 (hard)
0-918-47115-X (soft)
Cover: (sketch of Mission Bay development) by John Kriken, SOM

Disneyland with the Death Penalty

Cynical article on Singapore, later attacked in Wired's letters section

Published in Wired 1.4, Sept-Oct. 1993, p. 51-114
ISSN 1059-1028
link at http://www.eff.org/pub/Net_culture/Cyberpunk/William_Gibson/gibson_disney_death.article

Introduction to the collection Heatseeker

Mr. Fang reports that William Gibson wrote the introduction to a book of John Shirley short stories called Heatseeker.

Auth/Ed: Stephen P. Brown and John Shirley
Year: 1989
ISBN: 0-910489-26-2
Pub: Scream/Press

Foreword to the novel Dhalgren

William Gibson wrote a foreword to a new edition of Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
Paperback
Dhalgren, Wesleyn University Press, 1996

ISBN 0-8195-6299-8
Special edition
signed by both Samuel R. Delany and William Gibson.

Foreword to the novel City Come A-Walking

William Gibson wrote a foreword to a new edition of City Come A-Walking by John Shirley.

Published by Eyeball Books. From their site:

An eloquent foreword by William Gibson sets the novel, and Shirley, into historical context.

Foreword to the reissue of  The Artificial Kid

William Gibson wrote a six-page introduction to a new edition of The Artificial Kid by Bruce Sterling.

Published by the now-defunct Cortext division of Hardwired.
ISBN: 1-888869-16-X
PS3569.T3876A89 1997
813'.54-dc21   97-14741

Review of The Acid House

The Spring 1996 issue of SF Eye includes a WG review of The Acid House by Irvine Welsh.

Idoru

An excerpt from Idoru is available in the issue #735, May 30, 1996, of Rolling Stone magazine.

The Horned Heart of Neuropa

Mr. Fang reports the Fall 1997 issue of SF Eye includes a William Gibson essay essay titled "Jack Womak and the Horned Heart of Neuropa."

My Obsession

An essay about collecting wristwatches on eBay that appeared in Wired 7.01 January 1999. The theme appears in All Tomorrow's Parties.
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/7.01/ebay.html

Metrophagy

An article in the Viridian issue of Whole Earth magazine Summer 2001, assembled by his collaborator Bruce Sterling.

William Gibson on Steely Dan's Return

This article on their Two Against Nature CD appeared on the Addicted to Noise site in their Issue 6.03 March 2000 , at http://www.addict.com/issues/6.03/html/hifi/Cover_Story/Gibson_Essay/

My Own Private Tokyo

William Gibson wrote this brief article in Wired 9.09 September 2001. His fondness for the place comes across, but the dozens of thumbnail pictures are more interesting than the text.
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/9.09/gibson.html

Blasted Dreams in Mr. Buk's Window

A post-9/11 article, originally published in the Canadian newspaper The National Post on September 20, 2001, entitled "Blasted Dreams in Mr. Buk's Window". Gibson refers to it and reprints it on his blog as "Mr. Buk's Window". The themes of dust and decay running through his work (The Finn's shop, the gomei in the Winter Market short story, Agrippa, etc.) slam into the mega-destruction and choking dust of the World Trade Center attack.

Dead Man Speaks

Writing that originally appeared in Forbes ASAP magazine supplement, available as part of his blog.

William Gibson Blog

www.williamgibsonbooks.com was set up along with the publication of Pattern Recognition. It has forums, a useful set of links, and a blog where Gibson writes. The blog entries are of interest to any fan , and some like the Up the Line speech are spectacular. There's some law operating that each has to have the word "mediated" or "construct" in it.

Up the Line

Gibson spoke at the Directors Guild of America’s Digital Day, Los Angeles, May 17, 2003. He draws out the arc of recognizing patterns (as in his novel's title) from fire flickering on cave walls to painting to films to media to digital, how it's become a prosthetic memory and how digitization may affect it. Sensational stuff, the best thing he's written in years. The text is available as part of his blog at williamgibsonbooks

The Road to Oceania

Interesting op-ed piece in the June 25, 2003 New York Times about Orwell's 1984 and how that surveillance society has turned into a total information society. "It is becoming unprecedentedly difficult for anyone, anyone at all, to keep a secret."Abstract, full article available for purchase.

Other Media

Agrippa

Ruminations on memory and family, fragmented. Released as a limited edition encrypted program on floppy, designed to self-destruct when read. Some versions came with self-destructing artwork by Dennis Ashbaugh. Eventually decoded by hackers, versions of the text are available on the net.

In HTML at http://www.astro.utoronto.ca/~reid/htmldocs/agrippa.html, but I think the ASCII at file://bush.cs.tamu.edu/pub/misc/erich/agrippa looks better.

Here are the details from http://www.euro.net/mark-space/bkAgrippa.html

William Gibson, Dennis Ashbaugh
AGRIPPA: A Book of the Dead
hardback: Kevin Begos Publishing Inc, US, 1992

art book, poem, metaphor, identity, death, apocalyptic

Visuals by Dennis Ashbaugh and text by William Gibson. Contains a floppy disc. This is a self-destructing book: images fade, disc crashes. Gibson's text is available on the net.

"A collaboration between author William Gibson, publisher Kevin Begos Jr, and artist Dennis Ashbaugh. This art-work contains engravings by Ashbaugh which appear or disappear in light and an on-disk semi-autobiographical poem by William Gibson which is unreadable after having been read once. Agrippa is notable because in many respects it blurs the lines about what art is, and adds fuel to the fire on issues of property rights and intellectual property. A highlight of 1992 was the release of Gibson's poem on to the net".

--Andy Hawks (in FutureCulture FAQ , on the Internet).

[a review of this book by Peter Schwenger can be found in: Flame Wars edited by Mark Dery.]

Or for the text of Agrippa plus interviews by Marisa Golini and by Darren Wershler-Henry at: gopher://english.hss.cmu.edu:70/0F-2%3A1598%3AGibson

Visionary San Francisco

This was a literature meets architecture show at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

From the exhbition book:

William Gibson appeared on a monitor discussing the future and reading from Skinner's Room.

Wild Palms

An inventive miniseries totally different from everything else on TV, that was roundly criticized for being differerent.

William Gibson appears in a scene in Virtual Reality, where he says (roughly) "I invented cyberspace". That's my recollection, anyway. Erich Schneider , maintainer of the alt.cyberpunk faq, remembers Gibson's cameo being at a "New Realism"/"Syntheotics" meeting:

Paige: This is William Gibson, Harry.
Harry: Oh, yeah ... _Neuromancer_, right?
Paige: He invented the word "cyberspace".
Gibson: And they'll never let me forget it.
Karl Reinsch informed me that Gibson wrote "Where The Holograms Go" for the "Wild Palms reader" on pages 122-123. He says it looks like a short story but the back cover calls it a set of song lyrics.?

Edited by Roger Trilling and Stuart Swezey.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
St. Martin's Press, New York, N.Y.  c1993.
ISBN NUMBER: 0312090838 : $14.95
ISBN 0-262-52177-6 (paperback)

The alleged Alien ^3 Script

A well-written (surprise!) script for the movie. Themes of Russian/American/Chinese conflict in space, virus. There is some dispute whether the versions on the net are genuine. The merits of Gibson's script over the eventual filmed script (story by Vincent Ward, screenplay by David Giler, Walter Hill and Larry Ferguson) are often debated in newsgroups.

http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~joker/misc/aliens3.html is the complete ASCII version

It's also available formatted, but with gaps, at http://www.umd.umich.edu/~nhughes/cyber/gibson/alien3.html

The Gernsback Continuum / Tomorrow Calling

Apparently The Gernsback Continuum was made into a short film, Tomorrow Calling, in the UK, 1995

Other Movie Attempts

"Cabana Boys Productions" had rights to Neuromancer, they reverted to Gibson.

At one point Malcolm McLaren had rights to Burning Chrome
 

Johnny Mnemonic movie

Directed by Robert Longo and starring Keanu Reeves (details at the IMDB).
Gibson himself says Hollywood forces changed the movie from his and Longo's vision, and that the Japanese cut of the movie (in English with Japanese subtitles) is closer to their intent.  [$$$ anyone know how to get a Japanese video in the U.S.?]

The plot is quite different than that of the short story, but some core ideas remain.  Because of overlapping rights, the Molly Millions character does not appear in the film.

Sony has an OK site for the movie, at http://www.spe.sony.com/movies/movies/Mnemonic/intro.html and http://www.spe.sony.com/movies/06jonmnu.html. There's a Cyberspace demo download, but it only works on Windows 3.1 with WinG.

Johnny Mnemonic The Screenplay and the Story

The screenplay presents the narrative drive of the film a lot better than the film itself does.

(this is lifted from http://www.euro.net/mark-space/bkJohnnyMnemonicScreenplay.html)

US paperback
Ace, (New York) US, June 1995

ISBN 0-441-00234-X
screenplay, short story, science fiction, film, cyberpunk

Illustrated with photos from the film.

The British version of the Johnny Mnemonic book also has scenes from the movie.

New Rose Hotel movie

Pressman Films, 1998

Gibson's New Rose Hotel short story was originally optioned by Malcolm McLaren (of Sex Pistols and Buffalo Gals fame) at some point and was in development for years. Abel Ferrara (director of Bad Lieutenant) made a low-budget version of it starring Willem Dafoe and Christopher Walken (details at the IMDB); the screenplay is by Christ Zois.
 

Kill Switch episode of The X-Files (co-written with Tom Maddox)

Episode 5X11, First aired February 15, 1998.

Fox has a detailed write-up with links

A comfortable statement of Gibson's traditional themes: an AI released onto the net (from Neuromancer) and human consciousness melded with the net (from Mona Lisa Overdrive). Nice dialog, a vulnerable hacker girl (why do they always have Darryl Hannah Blade Runner replicant eye makeup?)

It feels about 70 minutes long, but it's shoehorned into 48 or so minutes of TV.

First Person Shooter episode of The X-Files (also co-written with Tom Maddox)

Episode 7ABX13, First aired March 5, 2000.

Fox says "A murder inside the high-tech world of a virtual reality game leads Scully to battle a deadly digital character in order to save Mulder's life."

I say the promotional posters for the company "First Person Shooter" are a hoot, but the "They're trapped in the computer and we can't shut it off" is wayyy tired. It's just an excuse to explore the relationship between Scully and Mulder (again Gibson has Scully rescuing Mulder instead of vice-versa), and satirize the gender issues in violent games and sexy avatars. id software's own Graeme Devine slammed the presentation of the game business in his .plan file.

Neuromancer movie?

The February 1999 Wired 7.02 has a piece on director Chris Cunningham announcing that Seven Arts will release a movie of Neuromancer in 2000. There was lots of details at www.neuromancer.org , but by June 2000 the site is unreachable.

Floating Away track

Lech mentions that Gibson appears on the the (Not) Yellow Magic Orchestra's album "Technodon" from 1993.  Gibson penned the lyric for the third track, "Floating Away" (or perhaps he - or Y.M.O. for that matter - puzzled together earlier pieces). Anyhow, he's the one reading it. The album's available from Toshiba EMI. The group's former label has the rights to the name "Yellow Magic Orchestra".

Dog Star Girl track

Louis A. Bustamante who maintains a Deborah Harry site, told me that also in 1993, Gibson co-wrote "Dog Star Girl" with Chris Stein on Deborah Harry's "Debravation" album, Chrysalis UK CD Album (0946 3 26033 2 6). Here are the lyrics:

Maybe it's just a twist of light tonight, but the city's so bright,
this whole town's in focus.
He'd always call me "Baby Strange."
He's hold my head and pray for rain.
Oh Johnny, let me be your dog star girl.
Let me curl inside.
The fire's just right.
The fire's just right in focus.
But, then he said, "Like, anything goes, baby."
But I don't know.
I just don't know.
Do you?
And how'd I ever get to this dead man's town where the rain, where
the rain falls down, where the rain falls down forever?
And then he said, "So much for you, so much for me," but I don't see.
No, I don't see.
Do you?
And how'd I ever get to this dead man's town where the rain, where
the rain falls down, where the rain falls down forever?
Forever.
Forever.
Forever.
Forever.

(Deborah/Debbie Harry earlier made the Koo Koo album with an H.R. Giger SF-esque cover, written, arranged, performed, and produced by the legendary disco R&B powerhouse CHIC, for whom I maintain a similarly complete discography. Small world.)

Memory Palace

"Script Hound" mentions that in 1992 at Art Futura, Barcelona, Montxo Algora directed "Memory Palace", a performance show based on an original text by William Gibson, featuring The theatre group "La Fura dels Baus", with images by Karl Sims, Rebecca Allen, Mark Pellington and music by Peter Gabriel and others.

A 12 minute preview of this show will be screened in Hong Kong in April 2000 under the title "Speed"

No Maps for these Territories

Gibson is the subject of this 2000 documentary, available on DVD. More information at http://www.nomaps.com/

Adaptations

Graphic Novel of Neuromancer

Nicely done first third of Neuromancer. Very hard to track down, but here are the details:
William Gibson's Neuromancer \ The Graphic Novel ... Volume 1 by Tom De Haven & Bruce Jensen
A Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Inc Book

Berkley Books, October 1989
ISBN: 0-425-12016-3
Cover: (Case on red fluorescent tubes, 'trodes trailing upwards) by Bruce Jensen.

Berkley Publishing Group, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016.
It also says "For info, address: Byron Preiss, Visual Publications, Inc., 24 West 25 Street, New York, NY 10010.

The rest of the book was never completed, however, the first few pages of the second installment are in "The Ultimate Cyberpunk" book , Pat Cadigan editor, together with a couple of Gibson stories. And the cover of this book is the same as the graphic novel.

Comic of Hinterlands

An interesting evocation of the fake paradise of the short story from Burning Chrome.

adapted and illustrated by Gavin Lonergan
appeared in Freeflight #5 and #6, Dec/Jan 95 and Apr/May 95, published by Thinkblots.

Here's the announcement of it on alt.cyberpunk:

From alt.cyberpunk.28400 March 1995
 Message-ID: <D1xD95.BI1@iceonline.com>
 From: patricks@icebox.iceonline.com (Patrick Sauriol)
 Subject: MISC: Gibson story adapted to comic books
    There's going to be an adaptation of the William Gibson short story
'Hinterlands' (from his compliation "Burning Chrome") in graphic format.  The
work will appear in a independent comic book called "Freeflight", issues #5
coming out this month) and concluding in #6 (in March).

  The story is twenty pages in length, broken up into two segments to fit into
the anthology format.  The work was adapted by Vancouver artist Gavin
Longeran, and has a Moebius-look to it.  Gibson was involved in the adaptation
process directly, between breaks and faxing while working on his adaptation of
'Johnny Mnemonic'.  As well, there's a computer-generated cover image
depicting the alien seashell from the story.

  Anyone interested in getting a copy can just cruise down to their local
comic shop at the end of the month and ask for it.

Computer game of Neuromancer

Role-playing adventure game with low-rez graphics

Interplay, 1988?,
distributed by Mediagenic for Apple II, Commodore C64, and Amiga computers. Interplay's site still has the cheats for the game, but the originals are no longer available. Hacked versions of all three are floating around on the Internet, and theApple ][ and C64 games are playable on a PC using freeware/shareware emulators.  Supposedly the C64 version is the best, with better graphics .  **I'll pay money for a physical copy of the original game. $$

Mentioned in Omni magazine, 1988?, Games section article.

"A real Neuromancer game, however, would probably kill or main you or maybe give you a mild shock if you lost," Gibson quips. "It amuses me that Neuromancer is now a product that you can actually play." Gibson, however, doesn't play computer games. In fact, when he wrote the novel he didn't even own a personal computer. "Maybe that's why I was able to bring a sense of wonder to computing," he says.

Audio book of Neuromancer

William Gibson reads Neuromancer.  Gibson's flat twang voice work can't express the variety of all the characters, but his presentation of the narrative drive of the tale is excellent. His narration reveals the spiritual center of the tale in the forty hours/5 minutes that Case is flatlined in Neuromancer's cyberspace construct; it's a passage of lyrical emotion. U2 is credited with some of the incidental sounds in the background, but they're very incidental.

It was published by Time Warner AudioBooks http://pathfinder.com/twep/twab/, but it is no longer listed in their catalog.
Call 310/205-7451 to order.

Electronic Book Versions

Voyager Co. (http://www.voyagerco.com) sold an Expanded Book edition of Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive on floppy disk for Mac and PC. It's surprisingly readable and has search, comment, and bookmark features, but the content is very plain. I would have liked to see the original artwork, the extensive reviews of Neuromancer, etc.

From http://www.voyagerco.com/CD/gh/p.eb.html

Johnny Mnemonic computer game

From Sony, it blended video sequences with computer gaming.  Hyped in Wired magazine.  As with seemingly every other Full-Motion Video game, it was touted as breaking through the linearity problem of pre-canned video segments before its release, and then after release the consensus was "it sucks like every other FMV game"

Burning Chrome stage adaptation

Next Theatre in Evanston, IL is working on it, check out the details at http://burningcity.com/live_chrome.html

Criticism

Gibson's occasional writing partner Tom Maddox wrote "Cobra, She Said" for Fantasy Review in April, 1986, he has a copy at http://home.pacbell.net/tmaddox/cobra.html.

In addition to all the book reports and ruminations on the Net, there is a book of "criticism and interpretation"

William Gibson by Lance Olsen

From the Library of Congress Index

SUBJECTS:
  Gibson, William, 1948- --Criticism and interpretation.
  Science fiction, American--History and criticism.

SERIES TITLES (Indexed under SERI option):
  Starmont reader's guide, 0272-7330 ; 58
NOTES:
  Includes bibliographical references (p. 115-119) and index.
.  San Bernardino, Calif. : Borgo Press, c1992.
ISBN:  1557421994 (hc)
       155742198
Also, there is an online essay,
Technology and Its Dangerous Effects on Nature and Human Life as Perceived in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and William Gibson's Neuromancer - a research paper by Orlin Damyanov written for an English Literature and Criticism class with Prof. Dr. Beardsworth at the American University of Paris.

Links

AltaVista has lots of articles if you search on +title:"William Gibson". Yahoo's
William Gibson list is about 11 entries.  Alas, since I started this list, many, many of these links have died, many of them excellent artifacts of late 90's Web design. There's a William Gibson story somewhere in there about the inelegant decay of hyperlinked ideas into incoherency.

Interview Links

Go to the excellent "William Gibson Links" page at http://www.student.uwa.edu.au/student/tamaleav/gib_p.html. There is another detailed list of interviews at http://www-user.cibola.net/~michaela/gibson/etc.htm Here's an older incomplete set.

Online Conferences

Two separate online conferences took place on CompuServe and America Online (AOL) on May 18 1995 for the launch of Johnny Mnemonic.

Credits

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