William Gibson
#490 Overall Influence

William Gibson

American-Canadian speculative fiction novelist and founder of the cyberpunk subgenre


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William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian speculative fiction writer and essayist widely credited with pioneering the science fiction subgenre known as cyberpunk. Beginning his writing career in the late 1970s, his early works were noir, near-future stories that explored the effects of technology, cybernetics, and computer networks on humans—a “combination of lowlife and high tech”—and helped to create an iconography for the information age before the ubiquity of the Internet in the 1990s. Gibson coined the term “cyberspace” for “widespread, interconnected digital technology” in his short story “Burning Chrome” , and later popularized the concept in his acclaimed debut novel Neuromancer . These early works of Gibson’s have been credited with “renovating” science fiction literature in the 1980s.

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University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia

Public research university in British Columbia, Canada

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#221 World Rank #53 USA Rank