William Gibson is an American-Canadian writer, essayist, speculative fiction author, and novelist credited for pioneering the era of science fiction known as “cyberpunk.”
Born on March 17, 1948, Gibson lost both of his parents by the time he was 18 years old and dropped out of school before graduating. He isolated himself and spent a lot of time homeless and jobless, wanting nothing more than to become a science-fiction writer.
The author decided to get back on track with studying, enrolled at the University of British Columbia and finally began his writing career in the late 70s. After taking a short course on science fiction, Gibson wrote his first short story, called Fragments of the Hologram Rose.
Also known as the Noir Prophet of the Cyberpunk subgenre, Gibson used the concept for the first time in his short story, Burning Chrome (1982) and later in his debut novel Neuromancer (1984), which won three major science-fiction awards.
Most of Gibson’s work revolves around near-future stories, noir, depictions of late capitalism, the internet and social strata.
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