William Gibson Bibliography / Mediagraphy up to 2004 or so
Just the facts, but far more complete than the other Johnny-come-lately
"6 books and out" lists out there.
I haven't updated this since 2004 or so, but Gibson's later output is well-chronicled.
Some of his early short stories and adaptations remain underdocumented and relatively unknown.
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.
- Burning Chrome
- Count Zero
- Mona Lisa Overdrive
- The Difference Engine(with Bruce Sterling)
- Virtual Light
- All Tomorrow's Parties
- Pattern Recognition
- the stories collected in Burning Chrome
- The Gernsback Continuum and Red Star, Winter Orbit
were also collected in Mirrorshades
- Rocket Radio in Rolling Stone
- Skinner's Room in Visionary San Francisco
- Doing Television in The Face / Darwin in Spin
- Academy Leader in Cyberspace : First Steps, also in Multimedia:
From Wagner to Virtual Reality
- the foreword to Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality
- The Nazi Lawn Dwarf Murders a mystery lost short story!
- Hippie Hat Brain Parasite in SEMIOTEXT[E] SF
- Thirteen Views of a Cardboard City in New Worlds
- Disneyland with the Death Penalty in Wired
- The Horned Heart of Neurope in SF Eye
- the foreword to a new edition of City Come A-Walking by John Shirley
- the foreword to a new edition of Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
- the introduction to a new edition of The Artificial Kid by Bruce Sterling
- Idoru excerpt in Rolling Stone
- My Obsession essay about collecting wristwatches on eBay in
- William Gibson on Steely Dan's Return article on their Two
Against Nature CD.
- Metrophagy article in Whole Earth magazine Summer 2001
- My Own Private Tokyo article in Wired September 2001
- Blasted Dreams in Mr. Buk's Window in The National Post
- Dead Man Speaks article in Forbes ASAP
- William Gibson blog at williamgibsonbooks website.
- Up the Line speech at Director's Guild of America Digital Day.
- The Road to Oceania op-ed piece in The New York Times
- Agrippa poem and artbook with Dennis Ashbaugh
- Aliens 3 script
- Visionary San Francisco literature/architecture exhibit
- cameo in Wild Palms
- Tomorrow Calling based on The Gernsback Continuum
- film version of Johnny Mnemonic
- film version of New Rose Hotel
- Kill Switch episode of The X-Files (with Tom Maddox)
- First Person Shooter episode of The X-Files (also co-written with Tom Maddox)
- film version of New Rose Hotel (screenplay by Christ Zois)
- film version of Neuromancer
- "Floating Away" track on (Not)
Yellow Magic Orchestra's
- "Dog Star Girl" track on Deborah Harry's Debravation album
- Memory Palace performance show (directed by Montxo Algora)
- No Maps for these Territories documentary
Neuromancer computer game
Neuromancer graphic novel
Hinterlands in graphic format in Freeflight comic book
Voyager Electronic Books of Nm/CZ/MLO and VL
Audiobook of Neuromancer narrated by William Gibson
Johnny Mnemonic computer game
Burning Chrome adaptation for the stage
In more detail...
I have the Library of Congress info for some books.
a varied collection of stories, many first published in Omni magazine.
The short story details are elsewhere on this page.
Preface by Bruce Sterling
Not all the stories are part of the same future.
* Johnny Mnemonic (rewritten as a movie and adapted as a computer game)
* The Gernsback Continuum * Fragments of a Hologram Rose * The Belonging
Kind (with John Shirley) * Hinterlands * Red Star, Winter Orbit * New Rose
Hotel * The Winter Market * Dogfight (with Michael Swanwick) * Burning
Arbor House Publishing Company, 1986
An Ace Book, October 1987
Cover: a fantastic digital blanked-out face by Richard Berry
Victor Gollancz, (London) UK, 1986
Grafton, (London) UK, 1988
ISBN 0-586-07461-9 (UK pbk)
A star. It won the Hugo, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, Seiun, and Ditmar awards.
Also available as graphic novel, electronic book, videogame, and spoken
Phantasia Press, spring 1986
1st Phantasia Press ed. West Bloomfield
1st Ace hardcover ed. New York : Ace Books, 1994
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
My favorite, less detached, more varied themes, strong characters. Most
readers prefer Neuromancer because it's more action-packed, but check
out this quote.
Arbor House, March 1986
Ace Book, April 1987
Cover: another wonderful digital face by Richard Berry
Mona Lisa Overdrive
The series continues; complex interwoven plot, strong female roles
Bantam Spectra, Nov. 1988
Cover: Shiny chrome face--no more digital decay artwork, alas (c) 1988
by Will Cormier
Cover: Very different artwork, an airbrushed future motorcycle as I recall.
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.
A Bantam Spectra Book, 1991
Same cover art
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.
Bantam Spectra, September 1993
Cover: VR shades, dim face (c) 1993 Don Brautigam
"Book design by Harakawa Sisco, Inc."
Same cover art.
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:
Psychological fiction. lcsh
Berkely Putnam, 1996.
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
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
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
- "Johnny Mnemonic"
1981, originally published in Omni magazine
- "The Gernsback Continuum"
(William Gibson's first professional publication, originally published in Universe
also contained in: Mirrorshades
made into a brief TV film, Tomorrow Calling in the UK, 1995
- "Fragments of a Hologram Rose"
(c) 1977 by UnEarth Publications
William Gibson's first published story in the Summer 1977 issue of UnEarth.
Mr. Fang has a scan of the zine's cover at http://www.waste.org/~alone/unearth.jpg
- "The Belonging Kind"
(with John Shirley ), first appeared in Shadows 4, (c) 1981
originally published in Omni
- "Red Star, Winter Orbit"
(with Bruce Sterling) originally published in Omni; also in Mirrorshades
- "New Rose Hotel"
originally published in Omni
- "The Winter Market"
originally published in Stardate 1986
(with Michael Swanwick) originally published in Omni 1985
- "Burning Chrome".
originally published in Omni 1982, Omni
Mirrorshades edited by Bruce Sterling is an excellent cyberpunk
anthology which includes The Gernsback Continuum and Red Star,
Arbor House, December 1986
Ace Books, July 1988
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.
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
One page, kids in a hotel room, covers nationalism, multinationals, environmental
damaga, VR, test-tube babies, drugs, plagues. (!!!) Melancholy, absolutely
The Face 1991 ?? Future Tense section p.81-82
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
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
ISBN: 0-93675643-8 (USA)
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
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)
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
ISBN: 3-7913-1060-7 (hard)
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
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
Foreword to the novel Dhalgren
William Gibson wrote a foreword to a new edition of Dhalgren
by Samuel R. Delany
Dhalgren, Wesleyn University Press, 1996
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.
Review of The Acid House
The Spring 1996 issue of SF Eye includes a WG review of The Acid House
by Irvine Welsh.
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."
An essay about collecting wristwatches on eBay that appeared in Wired 7.01
January 1999. The theme appears in All Tomorrow's Parties.
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.
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
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.
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
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
[a review of this book by Peter Schwenger can be found in: Flame
Wars edited by Mark
--Andy Hawks (in FutureCulture FAQ , on the Internet).
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:
Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name organized
by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and shown at the museum June
14-August 26, 1990
William Gibson appeared on a monitor discussing the future and reading
from Skinner's Room.
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"
Paige: This is William Gibson, Harry.
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.?
Harry: Oh, yeah ... _Neuromancer_, right?
Paige: He invented the word "cyberspace".
Gibson: And they'll never let me forget it.
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.
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
There's a Cyberspace demo download, but it only works on Windows 3.1 with
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)
screenplay, short story, science fiction, film, cyberpunk
Ace, (New York) US, June 1995
Illustrated with photos from the film.
"He's not transporting drugs or jewels. He's moving information. The
chip in his head is overloaded with white-hot data. He has twenty-four
hours before the overload fries his brain -- and he's got an army of Yakuza
killers on his trail.
"And his only allies are a cybernetic dolphin and a sexy streetfighter
with a hardwired taste for violence...
"In 1984, William Gibson's Neuromancer -- winner of the Hugo, Nebula,
and Philip K.Dick Awards -- introduced the concept of cyberspace to the
world -- and revolutionized the way we look at the future. Rolling Stone
labeled him 'science fiction's hottest author' -- and in the years since,
his incomparably inventive body of work has made his name synonymous with
'visionary'. Now for the first time, Gibson's corrupt, computer-driven
future is brought to the screen in Johnny Mnemonic -- based on a story
previously published in Gibson's highly praised collection, Burning Chrome
"This book, illustrated with exclusive photographs, contains the full
text of William Gibson's exciting original screenplay -- and the short
story that inspired it".
The British version of the Johnny Mnemonic book also has scenes from the movie.
New Rose Hotel movie
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
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
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
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
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.
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
No, I don't see.
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?
(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.)
"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
Graphic Novel of Neuromancer
Nicely done first third of Neuromancer. Very hard to track down, but here are
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
Cover: (Case on red fluorescent tubes, 'trodes trailing upwards) by
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
adapted and illustrated by Gavin Lonergan
appeared in Freeflight #5 and #6, Dec/Jan 95 and Apr/May 95, published
Here's the announcement of it on alt.cyberpunk:
From alt.cyberpunk.28400 March 1995
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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
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, Mona Lisa Overdrive, and Count Zero by William Gibson (Mac/Win)
Cat. No. EB15 June 1992
Cover: gray morphed liquid shapes "WOMBO, 1991" (c) David Em
Virtual Light by William Gibson (Mac) $19.95
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
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
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
Includes bibliographical references (p. 115-119) and index.
. San Bernardino, Calif. : Borgo Press, c1992.
ISBN: 1557421994 (hc)
Also, there is an online essay,
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.
AltaVista has lots of articles
if you search on +title:"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.
- http://www.williamgibsonbooks.com is
the new site to promote the new book. It features a weblog from the man
himself, and lots of mentions of the term
is a very complete set of online Gibson interviews and articles.
- William Gibson's Yardshow, starting in 1996 at www.vkool.com/gibson/index1.html
was a full-on graphic set of the man's own pages, including several talks
and a bibliography ("nothing so much as the thinking man's David Hasslehoff").
The original iteration was the best, the last is available (for now) at http://www.sweatshop.com/idoru/
brief interesting biography, pages on each book and related items
- http://www.braid.com - information on
Rick Berry, the gifted artist who did the US paperback Burning Chrome, Neuromancer,
and Count Zero covers
- European book covers
- the cyberpunk FAQ
- good introductory page
- a few pages the color of Television tuned to a dead channel
- nice-looking, "We've taken the liberty of writing down our thoughts on the
biggies of Gibson's work, as well as presenting Michael's ideas on what the
characters look like. All character images ©1995 Michael Hayden. "
- a good simple set of links, also known as http://www.eff.org/pub/Net_culture/Cyberpunk/William_Gibson/
- asianwired has a personal tribute to Gibson, with good 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.
Two separate online conferences took place on CompuServe and America Online
(AOL) on May 18 1995 for the launch of Johnny Mnemonic.
the CompuServe conference took place on Ziff Davis' ZiffNet site -- "GO
JohnnyM" -- (6:00 - 7:00 p.m. PST)
the AOL conference was hosted by Wired magazine in the Computing Rotunda
-- Keyword: Wired -- (7:00 - 8:00 p.m. PST).
- Erich Schneider , maintainer
of the alt.cyberpunk
faq, had useful feedback.
- loverman pointed out some other
Gibson work, and his incredible lost Web pages at http://www.vkool.com/loverman
convinced me not to dress this up until I have some real graphics chops (i.e.,
- I used information from http://www.euro.net/mark-space/
- Karl Reinsch pointed out Gibson's stories in Semiotext[e] SF and New Worlds,
and his story/lyrics for the Wild Palms reader.
- "Script Hound" gave me the "Memory Palace"/"Speed"
info, plus the "All Tomorrow's Parties" details.
- Louis A. Bustamante supplied the Dog Star Girl info and lyrics.
- Stein Gjoen pointed out Tom Maddox's reference to "The Nazi Lawn Dwarf
- Mr. Fang provided tons of updates.
- One of the owners of Handee Books
in San Jose provided information about rare first editions and overseas editions.
- Dennis Abbe spotted The New York Times op-ed piece.
- Jeremy Broomfield pointed out The National Post 9/11 story.
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