In an amusing coincidence, one day after I publish my manifesto on a certain cyberpunk Hawaiian shirt, today, March 17, is William Gibson’s birthday.
Gibson wrote the landmark cyberpunk novel Neuromancer, and laid the foundation for much of cyberpunk itself. His short story “Johnny Mnemonic” is the basis for the Keanu Reeves motion picture of the same name. He also wrote two episodes of the original X-Files. His “simstim” concept was ‘borrowed’ in its entirety for the 1995 Kathryn Bigelow / James Cameron near-future cyberpunk movie “Strange Days” starring Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett. Gibson is also referenced in the 1995 movie “Hackers” as the name of the corporate supercomputer. One of his recent novels, Pattern Recognition, is in the process of being made into a movie by the director of The Imitation Game. Gibson also co-wrote a major landmark of Steampunk, The Difference Engine.