Cyberpunk Authors Biographies
William Gibson was born March 17, 1948 in Conway, South Carolina, U.S.A. The only son of a civilian contractor who had prospered during the construction of the Oak Ridge facility that manufactured the first atomic bomb, Gibson spent his childhood with his widowed mother in a small town in the mountains of southwestern Virginia, attended a boarding school in southern Arizona, and at age 19 left the United States for Canada in order to avoid the draft for the Vietnam War.
He has lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, since 1972. Married, he has two children.
Gibson began to write fiction while attending the University of British Columbia, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English literature.
In 1984 his first novel, Neuromancer, won the Hugo award for best novel, the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, and the Nebula award for best novel.
He is credited with having conied the term Cyberspace, and for having envisioned both the Internet and the virtual reality before most people had ever heard of them.
His subsequent novels are Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, the bestselling Virtual Light, IDORU and All Tomorrow's Parties.
He has also written a collaborative novel, The Difference Engine, with Bruce Sterling.
His short stories are collected in Burning Chrome
Some Newspaper comments about Gibson:
"Gibson brings to the surface the beast that lurks behind the dense surreal surface of pop culture, simultaneously as meaningful and empty as video screen."
-- The Nation
"In the emerging pop culture of the information age, Gibson is the brightest star."
-- San Diego Union-Tribune
"A genuine cultural phenomenon."
-- Publishers Weekly
"An innovator . . . inventing new metaphors."
-- Jay McInerney, Esquire
"Gibson distills a technopunk sensibility with the kick of white lightning and the clarity of white light."
-- Village Voice
"He has shaken up the fundamental principles of science fiction while sustaining it as a pop culture genre by creating vivid characters and putting them in action-packed situations."
-- Philadelphia Inquirer
"Gibson's work . . . [has] transformed the face of the genre."
"Science fiction's hottest author."
-- Rolling Stone