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