Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cyberpunk Inhabits Us Part 2

"The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed." - William Gibson, 1993, "Fresh Air" NPR

"Politics has, like, jacked itself up to my level of weirdness. I can work with this. I like the sheer sort of neo-Stalinist denial of reality. That's what makes it work. It's interesting. I'd like to see it get less interesting. But I don't know that it necessarily will." - William Gibson, 2007, "Through the Looking Glass" The Washington Post

"When I wrote 'Neuromancer' [almost 25 years ago] cyberspace was there, and we were here. In 2007, what we no longer bother to call cyberspace is here, and those increasingly rare moments of nonconnectivity are there. And that's the difference. There's no scarlet-tinged dawn on which we rise and look out the window and go, 'Oh my God, it's all cyberspace now.'" - William Gibson, 2007, "Through the Looking Glass" The Washington Post

"This is new. People in really small towns can become world-class connoisseurs of something via eBay and Google. This didn't used to be possible. If you are sufficiently obsessive and diligent, you can be a little kid in some town in the backwoods of Tennessee and the world's premier info-monster about some tiny obscure area of stuff. That used to require a city. It no longer does." - William Gibson, 2007, "Through the Looking Glass" The Washington Post

"If I had gone to Ace Books in 1981 and pitched a novel set in a world with a sexually contagious disease that destroys the human immune system and that is raging across most of the world -- particularly badly in Africa -- they might have said, 'Not bad. A little toasty. That's kind of interesting.' But I'd say -- 'But wait! Also, the internal combustion engine and everything else we've been doing that forces carbon into the atmosphere has thrown the climate out of whack with possibly terminal and catastrophic results.' And they'd say, 'You've already got this thing you call AIDS. Let's not --' And I'd say, ' But wait! Islamic terrorists from the Middle East have hijacked airplanes and flown them into the World Trade Center.' Not only would they not go for it, they probably would have called security." - William Gibson, 2007, "Through the Looking Glass" The Washington Post

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3 Page Interview/Article from The Washington Post here.

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