William Gibson's first novel, Neuromancer, won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of Count Zero, Burning Chrome, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, Distrust That Particular Flavor, and The Peripheral. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.
Remember Gibson's Necromancer, which foreshadowed the Internet? And Idoru, whose protagonist, Colin Laney, was good at predicting just about anything? Laney is back with a new prediction that the real millennial disruptions are going to start a little lateÄand they'll first surface in San Francisco. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Gibson is in fine form in his seventh novel, a fast-paced, pyrotechnic sequel to Idoru. In the early 21st century, the world has survived any number of millennial events, including major earthquakes in Tokyo and San Francisco, the expansion of the World Wide Web into virtual reality, a variety of killer new recreational drugs and the creation and later disappearance of the first true artificial intelligence, the rock superstar know as the Idoru. However, Colin Laney, with his uncanny ability to sift through media data and discern the importance of upcoming historical "nodes," has determined that even more world-shattering occurrences are in the offing. Letting his personal life fall apart, suffering from an obsessive-compulsive disorder related to his talent, Laney retreats to a cardboard box in a Tokyo subway station. There he uses his powers and an Internet connection to do everything he can to head off worldwide disaster. Contacting Berry Rydell, former rent-a-cop and would-be star of the TV show Cops in Trouble (and a character in two of Gibson's previous novels), Laney first maneuvers him into investigating a pair of murders committed by a man who is mysteriously invisible to the psychic's predictive powers, and then into recovering the Idoru, who is seeking independence from her owners. Also involved in the complex plot, centered on the bohemian community that has grown up on and around San Francisco's now derelict Golden Gate Bridge, are several other returning characters, such as the incredibly buff former bicycle messenger Chevette, plus a number of new eccentrics of the sort the author portrays so well. Gibson breaks little new thematic ground with this novel, but the cocreator of cyberpunk takes his readers on a wild and exciting ride filled with enough off-the-wall ideas and extended metaphors to fuel half a dozen SF tales. Author tour. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
"All Tomorrow's Parties is immensely engaging, alive on
every page and as enjoyable a weekend entertainment as one could
want."-The Washington Post Book World
"Gibson, one of science fiction's greatest literary stylists, is at his best [when] he offers visceral detail even when promising transcendent change-a moment in the near future when the fabric of daily life will twist profoundly."-Wired
"Moves at warp speed...[Gibson] is a witty and compelling storyteller."-Los Angeles Times
"[A] hard-edged and grimly beautiful piece of work."-Chicago Tribune
"Gibson has done it again."-Time Out New York
"A creepily plausible near-future of nanotechnology and virtual-reality pop idols, delineated in Gibson's customary diamond-sharp prose as the plot hurtles toward existential apocalypse."-Elle
"Ultra-cool cyberpunk...this familiar, vigorous, vividly realized scenario is set forth in the author's unique and astonishingly textured prose."-Kirkus Reviews
"Gibson's rich protopointillism coins a wireless future where reality is only proxy and proviso. Made all the more beautiful and frightening by its probability, and by characters who somehow tweeze hope from the polymer."-Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files