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William Gibson is arguably one of the most important authors to come out of the eighties He is also with little doubt one of the most innovative and inventive Through his work concepts such as cyberspace have entered not only language but also our conception of both the future to come as well as the present He has become a guru to hackers and computer ab users in general and has been instrumental to the creation of the literary foundation of that post-modern pseudo-intellectual arty punk subculture known as cyberpunk His books have inspired other writers as well as musicians film-makers video directors painters comic books artists computer technicians and scientists Above all William Gibson has created a new style a new perception of the future which is now - often vaguely termed post-modern science fiction or simply cyberpunk Gibson started writing in the late seventies when one of his teachers at the university of Vancouver encouraged him to compose a short story instead of an actual literature essay This became the first step into the not too distant future of Gibsons later works - a future which is both science fiction harsh and dark realism as well as surrealism at the same time Gibson having read and been fascinated with science fiction since his teens wanted to do something in the style of the genre but at the same time he was aware of the numerous clichs connected with sci-fi He was getting bored with most of the literature because it was repetitious predictable mediocre and in some cases seemed to incorporate uncanny ideas of fascism Only few sci-fi authors such as S Delany J G Ballard and P K Dick were interesting and experimental enough to inspire him Another main source of inspiration was the drug guru and literary cut-up experimentalist W Burroughs about whom Gibson says Im of the first generation of American SF authors who had the
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