William Gibson

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William Gibson 2008 in Paris

William Ford Gibson (born March 17, 1948 in Conway , South Carolina ) is an American science fiction writer living in Canada . He became known with his novel Neuromancer , published in 1984 , which received all the current SF awards that year: the Philip K. Dick Award , the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award . In this book he coined the term cyberspace , which is still often used for electronic networks such as the World Wide Web , as well as the subgenre of cyberpunk and the term matrix , which is formed by a global information network and thus enables cyberspace.


William Ford Gibson was born the only son of a senior construction company manager. As a result of the father's job, the family often had to move, while the father was often also on business trips. When Gibson was six years old, his father choked on his food while on a business trip in a restaurant, and the now widowed mother moved him to the village in Southwest Virginia where she and Gibson's father came from.

When Gibson was 15, his mother sent him to a boy's boarding school in Arizona . Gibson's mother died when Gibson was 18, and some time later he dropped out of school without a degree. In 1967 he moved to Canada, where he was in close contact with many American deserters who evaded being drafted into the Vietnam War . According to his own account, he never felt completely comfortable in their company because he did not share their background and could go back to the USA at any time. In 1972 he moved with his girlfriend and now wife to Vancouver , British Columbia , where he graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in English. Gibson still lives in Vancouver with his wife and two children.

In 1999, the documentary No Maps for These Territories was published through Gibson. In 2008 he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

In 2019 he received the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award .



  • Neuromancer trilogy ( Sprawl trilogy )
    • Neuromancer (1984)
    • Biochips ( Count Zero , 1986)
    • Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988)
  • The Difference Engine ( The Difference Engine , 1990, along with Bruce Sterling )
  • Idoru trilogy ( Bridge trilogy )
    • Virtual Light ( Virtual Light , 1993)
    • Idoru (1996)
    • Futurematic ( All Tomorrow's Parties , 1999)
  • Bigend Trilogy ( Blue Ant trilogy )
    • Pattern Recognition ( Pattern Recognition , 2003)
    • Source code ( Spook Country , 2007)
    • System restart ( Zero History , 2010)
  • Periphery ( The Peripheral , 2014). Translated by Cornelia Holfelder-von der Tann, Tropen 2016
  • Archangel (2016)
  • Agency (2020)

Short stories

A number of short stories have been collected under the title Burning Chrome (1988 Cyberspace ) published.

  • Johnny Mnemonic (Dtsch. The Mnemonic Johnny ) (plays in the Neuromancer universe)
  • The Gernsback Continuum (German: The Gernsback Continuum )
  • Fragments of a Hologram Rose (German fragments of a hologram rose )
  • The Belonging Kind (German accessories ) (in collaboration with John Shirley )
  • Hinterlands (German backwoodsmen )
  • Red Star Winter Orbit (Dtsch. Red Star, Winter Orbi t) (in collaboration with Bruce Sterling )
  • New Rose Hotel (set in the Neuromancer universe)
  • Winter Market (German The Winter Market )
  • Dogfight (German aerial combat ) (in collaboration with Michael Swanwick )
  • Burning Chrome (German chrome burns ) (takes place in the Neuromancer universe)


  • Distrust That Particular Flavor (2012)
    • Translated by Sara and Hannes Riffel: Do not trust the unmistakable taste: thoughts about the future as the present . Tropen Verlag, Stuttgart 2013 ISBN 978-3-608-50314-2


  • Archangel (2016-)



Literary template



  • René Mahlow: A conversation with William Gibson. In: Wolfgang Jeschke (Ed.): The Science Fiction Year 1989. Heyne, Munich, ISBN 3-453-03139-3 , pp. 143-200.
  • Sascha Mamczak : Between claim and triviality. About William Gibson and the literary youth culture of the eighties. In: Harald Junker, Udo Klotz, Gerd Rottenecker (eds.): The Golem. Jahrbuch zur Fantastischen Literatur 1989. Freiberg 1990, ISSN  0937-5880 , pp. 35-44.
  • Joseph Nicholas, Judith Hanna, Colin Greenland : Two conversations with William Gibson. In: Wolfgang Jeschke (Ed.): The Science Fiction Year 1991. Heyne, Munich, ISBN 3-453-04471-1 , pp. 475-495.
  • Wolfgang Neuhaus : At the zero point of posthumanity. Cyberpunk fragments. Again: William Gibson's “Neuromancer”. In: Wolfgang Jeschke (Ed.): The Science Fiction Year 1995. Heyne, Munich, ISBN 3-453-07967-1 , pp. 537-583.
  • Michael K. Iwoleit : Master of Junk. The unfinished science fiction revolution of William Gibson. In: Sascha Mamczak, Wolfgang Jeschke (ed.): The Science Fiction Year 2006. Munich 2006, ISBN 3-453-52183-8 , pp. 602–626.
  • Usch Kiausch: I will never only talk about silver boots. A conversation with William Gibson. In: Sascha Mamczak, Wolfgang Jeschke (Hrsg.): Das Science Fiction Jahr 2003. Munich 2003, ISBN 3-453-87049-2 , pp. 452-466.

Web links

Commons : William Gibson  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Science fiction awards database - William Gibson. Retrieved November 21, 2017 .
  2. DNB 1008469181
  3. Deutschlandradio Kultur from July 19, 2011: When fashion victims meet advertisers
  4. Marcus Müntefering: Science fiction pioneer William Gibson: Drugs from the 3D printer , Spiegel Online , August 30, 2016, accessed on August 30, 2016