Sci-Fi Legend William Gibson Reads at EMPAC November 9

Sci-Fi Legend William Gibson Reads at EMPAC November 9

Date posted: 2014-08-27 14:03:13

Legendary science fiction author William Gibson will read from his work on Sunday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m. in EMPAC Concert Hall.  The event is free and open to the public.

Gibson is a visionary author of speculative fiction whose work explores the future implications of contemporary human technologies. His 1984 novel, Neuromancer, winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and Philip K. Dick awards, introduced the term "cyberspace" anf have helped to define the popular culture of the Computer Age.

Gibson’s latest novel is The Peripheral (2014), about drones, drugs, outsourcing, telepresence, trailer parks, kleptocracy, and 3D fabbing. In advance praise, Cory Doctorow called it, “Spectacular, a piece of trenchant, far-future speculation”.   


Regarding Zero History (2010), a novel about present-day consumer tracking technologies, the New York Timesreviewer said, “To read Gibson is to read the present as if it were the future."  

His other major works include Pattern Recognition (2003), Virtual Light (1993), and Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988).

Gibson's reading is co-sponsored by Rensselaer’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Union Speakers Forum; Department of Communication and Media; and New York State Writers Institute.