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William Gibson's new novel in progress - Zero History

As with his previous novel Spook Country, the author William Gibson has published some fragments of writing which may or may not find their way into the final version of his next novel, which seems to be entitled Zero History.

William Gibson explains:

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

posted 6:05 PM

Those little bits of text I sometimes post are, for the reader, I imagine, a lot like visiting the set of a film. The scene you see shot, and remember, may not be in the film when it's released. Or, owing to the editing process, or even reshooting, it may be there but not remotely resemble what you saw shot.

For example, I titled an earlier fragment "The Gabriel Hounds". In it, a character sees some dogs (of sorts). Those dogs no longer have anything at all to do with that which is called "the Gabriel Hounds" in the draft today.

Apophenia. Faces in clouds.

And I'm actually rather careful not to put up enough to allow you to figure out what's really going on, in terms of the broader narrative.

  1. CABINET (HAPPY NEW YEAR) - Thursday, January 01, 2009
  2. HOLD THE COPROPHAGIA - Saturday, January 24, 2009
  3. CRICKET - Sunday, February 01, 2009
  4. THE GABRIEL HOUNDS - Tuesday, February 03, 2009
  5. FIFTEEN - Sunday, February 08, 2009
  6. SPECIES - Monday, February 09, 2009
  7. BOHEMIAN - Thursday, February 12, 2009
  8. AMATEUR - Sunday, February 15, 2009
  9. GABBLE RATCHETS - Wednesday, March 04, 2009
  10. MAQUETTE - Tuesday, May 12, 2009
  11. WHAT'S IN A NAME? - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 (includes an image)

The Fragments of a Hologram Bill thread on the William Gibson Books discussion forum collects the published fragments into one thread, which are discussed and analysed on other parts of the forum and elsewhere.

Zero History is an excellent title, laden with many potential meanings, for what appears to be the direct sequel to Spook Country, which followed on from Pattern Recognition.

The fragments so far mention of some previously established characters like Hubertus Bigend, Reg Inchmale, Holly, Milgrim, Sleight, Pamela etc.

Locations include London and Conway, South Carolina (where William Gibson was born).

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