Cyber Prophet William Gibson

We talk with sci-fi visionary William Gibson about his new book “Zero History” and what happens when the future is now.

For all of the Internet era, and even before, novelist William Gibson has been the ultimate science fiction guru of the age. He invented the notion – the word – “cyberspace” before the Web even existed.  He took us to dystopic futures that became nows in “Neuromancer,” “Burning Chrome,” and “Virtual Light.”

Now, when whole lives – or big pieces – have migrated to the Web and beyond, Gibson is beyond as well. He’s watching the culture from new angles. We speak with Gibson about his latest novel, “Zero History,” and where our world – and his – stand now.

-Tom Ashbrook


William Gibson, author of “Neuromancer,” “Count Zero,” and the Bridge Trilogy. His new novel is “Zero History.” You can read an excerpt.

UPDATE: Check out this amazing video of the Festo AirPenguin, which figures prominently in “Zero History,” and was mentioned by William Gibson on our show today.

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