Tuesday November 25, 2014

William Gibson on finding the future in the strangeness of now

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It's been 30 years since William Gibson changed the vocabulary of science fiction with his first book, Neuromancer. Now his latest novel, The Peripheral, puts a sci-fi lens on a new set of modern anxieties, including climate change, drones and casual mass surveillance.

The Vancouver-based author joins guest host Tom Power to discuss the "unthinkable present", how cyberspace (a term he coined) has colonized the real world, and why he thinks his reputation for prescience is undeserved. 

WEB EXTRA | Read an excerpt of The Peripheral here

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Sci-fi master William Gibson envisions a world in which privacy no longer exists (Michael O'Shea/Canadian Press)