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William Gibson

Spies & Spy Fiction

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Edited: Aug 1, 2007, 3:27am Top

I think it was reading Ross Thomas's The Cold War Swap and meeting a character named Maas that has me posting about Gibson here, even if the latter is--nominally speaking--a SF writer.

Actually, that's not exactly true. Gibson's early work, including the oft-cited Neuromancer as well as several stories in the fantastic Burning Chrome collection, have often included elements of tradecraft, mostly (but not always) in the context of industrial espionage.

His penultimate release, Pattern Recognition, which I'd recommend, along with the collection, to anyone curious about Gibson, is set in the "present day" and reads more like a contemporary thriller than his more obviously SF previous work.

This leads us to his latest release due this week: Spook Country. The title is a big selling point for those of us here, and here's a bit of a ramble about it by Gibson's friend Jack Womack.

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