William Gibson

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
William Gibson

Name: William Gibson

Born: March 17, 1948, Conway, South Carolina, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • American-Canadian speculative fiction novelist who has been called the "noir prophet" of the cyberpunk subgenre.
  • Gibson coined the term "cyberspace" in his short story "Burning Chrome" (1982).
  • In Neuromancer, Gibson first used the term "matrix" to refer to the visualized Internet, two years after the nascent Internet was formed. The book was also where he coined cyberspace.

Significant publications

  • Johnny Mnemonic (1981).
  • Burning Chrome (1986).
  • Distrust That Particular Flavor (2012).
  • Gibson has written over twenty short stories and ten critically acclaimed novels (one in collaboration). He has also contributed articles to several major publications, and collaborated extensively with performance artists, filmmakers, and musicians.

Honors and awards

  • Nebula.
  • Hugo.
  • Philip K. Dick.
  • Ditmar.
  • Seiun.
  • Prix Aurora.


"The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed."

"The NET is a waste of time, and that's exactly what's right about it."