William Gibson to speak at Concordia

Calling all Sci-Fi fans: William Gibson, author of Neuromancer and many other works of cyberpunk, will be speaking at an event at Concordia this Thursday, along with Fenwick McKelvey. The event is free; tickets must be reserved online.

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3 Responses to William Gibson to speak at Concordia

  1. Terry says:

    Poor Old Science Fiction

    The following is a excerpt from a talk given by William Gibson at Concordia last night.

    “I think that it is impossible to write a naturalistic novel set in the present that doesn’t have to deal with the impact on the characters in the novel of all sorts of wildly science fiction scenarios,. So, without the tools that science fiction created to deal with those scenarios, how is a writer to deal with contemporary reality?

    It’s getting to the point that, in order to write a naturalistic novel that doesn’t have to deal with the impact of very science fictional scenarios, you have to go historical.

    It’s fine, you know, get back before climate change.

    But in today, anything contemporary, I say poor old science fiction wound up with the tool kit. That may ultimately, I hope, further erode the walls of genre, because there will be more literary writers necessarily borrowing the tool kit and learning how to use it.”

    -William Gibson
    Thinking Out Loud Talk: Digital Life, Digital Identity
    Concordia University
    February 5th, 2015

    Video: https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hvideo-xpa1/v/t42.1790-2/10948233_10205381341606025_161868458_n.mp4?rl=365&vabr=203&oh=7fd5c06af68cd6a2d589ba1ccf6a4c7d&oe=54D57487


    • danewman1 says:

      What an excellent quotation from Gibson–and not just because it accords with what I said in the first lecture: that reality has caught up to science fiction, and that for this reason even “realist” fiction set in the contemporary world is, in a sense, science fiction. If this notion interests you, you might enjoy novels like Jennifer Egan’s *A Visit from the Goon Squad,* Hari Kunzru’s *Transmission* and *Gods without Men,* Scarlett Thomas’s *The End of Mr. Y* and *Our Tragic Universe,* and David Mitchell’s *number9dream,* among many others.


  2. Terry says:

    Thanks. I’ll check them out. 🙂


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