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    • William Gibson
        • A short companion to a short lecture
      Trey Wilson / Garrett Pickering
    • Early Life
      • Born in Conway, South Carolina
      • March 17, 1948 – (60 years)‏
      • Gibson spent most of his earlier years in Wytheville, Virginia
      • Gibson describes Wytheville as sparking his interest in science fiction
    • The Beginning
      • Gibson left for Canada to avoid the Vietnam draft, but was never called upon
      • Attended the University of British Columbia and obtained a degree in English
      • Wrote short stories around this period, but stopped after obtaining his Master's.
      • In Canada, Gibson started attending a Science Fiction convention, which grew his interest in the subject
    • Friends
      • Gibson ended up meeting with Bruce Sterling, Lewis Shiner, and other authors to expand the cyberpunk theme
      • He was also influenced by Punk music, which led him to meet John Shirley – a punk musician and author
      • Many authors and friends credit Gibson's work as being “revolutionary.”
    • Literary Works (no particular order and not complete)‏
      • Notable short stories
        • The Burning Chrome
        • Fragments of a Hologram Rose
        • Johnny Mnemonic
        • The Difference Engine
      • Books
        • Neuromancer
        • Spook Country
        • Pattern Recognition
        • Idoru
        • Count Zero
      • Gibson's titles have greatly influenced various types of artists, authors, and directors
    • Influence / Concepts
      • Heavily influenced the idea of Cyberpunk
        • Cyberpunk can be described as high tech, low life
          • Drugs, ghettos, and the like, but lots of technology!
      • Cyberspace
        • Basically space within an electronic world, ala meta-verses
        • The idea of exploring the “Matrix,” or the cyberworld.
      • Media
        • Some works spoke of information streams much like the Internet
        • Concepts such as the phenomenon of Lonelygirl15
        • Gibson supposedly predicted the popularity of “reality tv”
    • The End (and a depiction of the Sprawl or something)‏
    • Links to the Videos
      • http://www.vimeo.com/1481079
      • http://www.vimeo.com/1480402