Literary

The Gernsback Continuum – William Gibson

Read The Gernsback Continuum, William Gibson’s first published short story for free here.

Bauhaus artist Xanti Schawinsky on Display at the Drawing Center
Bauhaus artist Xanti Schawinsky on Display at the Drawing Center

The Thirties dreamed white marble and slipstream chrome, immortal crystal and burnished bronze, but the rockets on the covers of the Gernsback pulps had fallen on London in the dead of night, screaming.
William Gibson, “The Gernsback Continuum,” 1981

In what ways does the future end up being exactly what we think it should look like?  What are the unpredictable transformations that we can’t foresee? ExtraSleepy

In 1984, William Gibson’s Neuro­mancer was published. In 2012, I interviewed Gibson (who originally coined the term “cyberspace”), who reiterated that science fiction, and especially his, doesn’t really predict the future. The Austin Chronicle

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