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William Gibson

Data de nascimento: 17. Março 1948
Outros nomes: উইলিয়াম গিবসন

William Ford Gibson é um escritor américo-canadense de ficção especulativa. Chamado de "profeta noir" do cyberpunk, subgênero da ficção científica, Gibson cunhou o termo "ciberespaço", em seu conto Burning Chrome e posteriormente popularizou o conceito em seu romance de estréia e obra mais conhecida, Neuromancer, de 1984, primeiro volume da aclamada trilogia Sprawl. Prevendo o ciberespaço, Gibson criou uma iconografia para a era da informação antes da onipresença da internet na década de 1990. Também é creditado a ele a previsão do surgimento da "televisão de realidade/reality show" e de estabelecer as bases conceituais para o rápido crescimento de ambientes virtuais como jogos e internet.

Gibson é um dos mais conhecidos escritores de ficção científica norte-americana, festejado pelo The Guardian em 1999 como "provavelmente o mais importante romancista das duas décadas passadas". Ele tem escrito mais de vinte contos e nove romances aclamados pela crítica , e contribuiu com artigos para várias importantes publicações e colaborou bastante com performances de artistas, cineastas e músicos. Seu pensamento tem sido citado como uma influência em autores de ficção científica, design, acadêmico, cibercultura e tecnologia.

É também roteirista, tendo escrito o roteiro do filme Johnny Mnemonic - O Cyborg do Futuro baseado em um conto escrito por ele em 1981, dois episódios da série de televisão Arquivo X e o primeiro roteiro de Alien 3 que foi posteriormente reescrito e modificado.

Os conceitos e ideias de Gibson influenciaram diretamente a trilogia cinematográfica Matrix, de autoria das Irmãs Wachowski.

Citações William Gibson

„Como eu tenho dito muitas vezes, o futuro já chegou. Só não está uniformemente distribuido.“

—  William Gibson

"As I've said many times, the future is already here. It's just not very evenly distributed."
Foi dito durante uma entrevista para NPR interview http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1067220 (30 de novembro de 1999)
William Gibson pai do movimento ciberpunk

„The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed.“

—  William Gibson

He is reported to have first said this in an interview on Fresh Air, NPR (31 August 1993) { unverified http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1107153}, he repeated it, prefacing it with "As I've said many times…" in "The Science in Science Fiction" on Talk of the Nation, NPR (30 November 1999, Timecode 11:55) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1067220. See also The future has arrived... - Quote Investigator http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/01/24/future-has-arrived/.

„If not for our excessive vanity and our over-active imaginations, novelists might be unusually difficult to deceive.“

—  William Gibson

Twitter tweet (31 May 2009) http://twitter.com/GreatDismal/status/1986617191<!-- also (1 June 2009) http://twitter.com/GreatDismal/status/1986630272 -->
Contexto: The most common human act that writing a novel resembles is lying. The working novelist lies daily, very complexly, and at great length. If not for our excessive vanity and our over-active imaginations, novelists might be unusually difficult to deceive.

„I think of religions as franchise operations.“

—  William Gibson

Referring to his belief that it's possible for religions to help people.
No Maps for These Territories (2000)
Contexto: I think of religions as franchise operations. Like chicken franchise operations. But that doesn't mean there's no chicken, right?

„The lane to the land of the dead.“

—  William Gibson, livro Neuromancer

Neuromancer (1984)
Contexto: The lane to the land of the dead. Where you are, my friend. Marie-France, my lady, she prepared this road, but her lord choked her off before I could read the book of her days. Neuro from the nerves, the silver paths. Romancer. Necromancer. I call up the dead. But no, my friend," and the boy did a little dance, brown feet printing the sand, "I am the dead, and their land." He laughed. A gull cried, "Stay. If your woman is a ghost, she doesn't know it. Neither will you."

„Beyond ego, beyond personality, beyond awareness, he moved“

—  William Gibson, livro Neuromancer

Neuromancer (1984)
Contexto: He came in steep, fueled by self-loathing. When the Kuang program met the first of the defenders, scattering the leaves of light, he felt the shark thing lose a degree of substantiality, the fabric of information loosening. And then — old alchemy of the brain and its vast pharmacy — his hate flowed into his hands. In the instant before he drove Kuang's sting through the base of the first tower, he attained a level of proficiency exceeding anything he'd known or imagined. Beyond ego, beyond personality, beyond awareness, he moved, Kuang moving with him, evading his attackers with an ancient dance, Hideo's dance, grace of the mind-body interface granted him, in that second, by the clarity and singleness of his wish to die.

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„All I knew about the word "cyberspace" when I coined it, was that it seemed like an effective buzzword.“

—  William Gibson

No Maps for These Territories (2000)
Contexto: All I knew about the word "cyberspace" when I coined it, was that it seemed like an effective buzzword. It seemed evocative and essentially meaningless. It was suggestive of something, but had no real semantic meaning, even for me, as I saw it emerge on the page.

„The damage was minute, subtle, and utterly effective.“

—  William Gibson, livro Neuromancer

Neuromancer (1984)
Contexto: They damaged his nervous system with a wartime Russian mycotoxin. Strapped to a bed in a Memphis hotel, his talent burning out micron by micron, he hallucinated for thirty hours. The damage was minute, subtle, and utterly effective. For Case, who'd lived for the bodiless exultation of cyberspace, it was the Fall.

„A chorus of voices, the past alive in everything, that sea upon which the present tossed and rode.“

—  William Gibson, livro All Tomorrow's Parties

Fonte: All Tomorrow's Parties‎ (2003), Ch. 38 : Vincent Black Lightning, p. 191
Contexto: If Skinner couldn't tell Fontaine a story about something, Fontaine would make up his own story, read function in the shape of something, read use in the way it was worn down. It seemed to comfort him.
Everything to Fontaine, had a story. Each object, each fragment comprising the built world. A chorus of voices, the past alive in everything, that sea upon which the present tossed and rode. When he'd built Skinner's funicular, the elevator that crawled like a small cable car up the angled iron of the tower, when they old man's hip had gotten too bad to allow him to easily climb, Fontaine had a story about the derivation of each piece. He wove their stories together, applied electricity: the thing rose, clicking, to the hatch in the floor of Skinner's room.

„Everything to Fontaine, had a story.“

—  William Gibson, livro All Tomorrow's Parties

Fonte: All Tomorrow's Parties‎ (2003), Ch. 38 : Vincent Black Lightning, p. 191
Contexto: If Skinner couldn't tell Fontaine a story about something, Fontaine would make up his own story, read function in the shape of something, read use in the way it was worn down. It seemed to comfort him.
Everything to Fontaine, had a story. Each object, each fragment comprising the built world. A chorus of voices, the past alive in everything, that sea upon which the present tossed and rode. When he'd built Skinner's funicular, the elevator that crawled like a small cable car up the angled iron of the tower, when they old man's hip had gotten too bad to allow him to easily climb, Fontaine had a story about the derivation of each piece. He wove their stories together, applied electricity: the thing rose, clicking, to the hatch in the floor of Skinner's room.

„They were a traumatized lot, those boys. And I just felt frivolous.“

—  William Gibson

No Maps for These Territories (2000)
Contexto: Consequently, when I got to Toronto, much to my chagrin, I really, really couldn't handle hanging out with the American draft dodgers. There was too much clinical depression. Too much suicide. Too much hardcore substance abuse. They were a traumatized lot, those boys. And I just felt frivolous.

„There is always a point at which the terrorist ceases to manipulate the media gestalt.“

—  William Gibson

Official blog at williamgibsonbooks.com (31 October 2004) http://www.williamgibsonbooks.com/blog/2004_10_01_archive.asp
Contexto: There is always a point at which the terrorist ceases to manipulate the media gestalt. A point at which the violence may well escalate, but beyond which the terrorist has become symptomatic of the media gestalt itself. Terrorism as we ordinarily understand it is innately media-related.

„They used their money to keep themselves out of the news.“

—  William Gibson, livro Mona Lisa Overdrive

Fonte: Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988), Ch. 12
Contexto: That’s interesting in itself, because it shows you how adept they were at obscurity. They used their money to keep themselves out of the news.

„If your woman is a ghost, she doesn't know it. Neither will you.“

—  William Gibson, livro Neuromancer

Neuromancer (1984)
Contexto: The lane to the land of the dead. Where you are, my friend. Marie-France, my lady, she prepared this road, but her lord choked her off before I could read the book of her days. Neuro from the nerves, the silver paths. Romancer. Necromancer. I call up the dead. But no, my friend," and the boy did a little dance, brown feet printing the sand, "I am the dead, and their land." He laughed. A gull cried, "Stay. If your woman is a ghost, she doesn't know it. Neither will you."

„They damaged his nervous system with a wartime Russian mycotoxin.“

—  William Gibson, livro Neuromancer

Neuromancer (1984)
Contexto: They damaged his nervous system with a wartime Russian mycotoxin. Strapped to a bed in a Memphis hotel, his talent burning out micron by micron, he hallucinated for thirty hours. The damage was minute, subtle, and utterly effective. For Case, who'd lived for the bodiless exultation of cyberspace, it was the Fall.

„Acceptance. Acceptance of the impermanence of being.“

—  William Gibson

When asked what will save humanity.
No Maps for These Territories (2000)
Contexto: Acceptance. Acceptance of the impermanence of being. And acceptance of the imperfect nature of being, or possibly the perfect nature of being, depending on how one looks at it. Acceptance that this is not a rehearsal. That this is it.

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