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On Tuesday 5th October 2010, at Foyles, in London, William Gibson read Zero History Chapter 16. Honor Bar, where Milgrim and Special Agent Winnie Tung Whitaker, of the Department of Defence, Office of the Inspector General, Defence Criminal Investigative Service "DCIS" agree to communicate electronically using a couple of (already registered and real) Twitter accounts

He mentioned that few people so far amongst the fans and critics on this book tour had asked about Winnie, perhaps, he speculated, because she is one of the few characters in his writings who is not a freelancer (or a billionaire), has a bureaucratically constrained job and has children to support.

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Another hint via Twitter, about the forthcoming new novel Zero History by William Gibson, due to be published this 7th September 2010,

https://twitter.com/GreatDismal/status/12384009603

RT @theautumnal: Would you say that "Zero History" is more like "Pattern Recognition" or "Spook Country"? [Triangulation?]

Sun Apr 18 06:17:06 +0000 2010


Rather than the geometrical or surveying definition of Triangulation, the Social Sciences or , more particularly the Political use of the word is probably the meaning what William Gibson is conveying i.e. the middle ground between the two previous books in the trilogy.

Does this observation also hold true for third novel in each of his previous trilogies ?

Sprawl trilogy:

  1. Neuromancer (1984)
  2. Count Zero (1986)
  3. Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988)

Bridge trilogy:

  1. Virtual Light (1993)
  2. Idoru (1996)
  3. All Tomorrow's Parties (1999)

Bigend trilogy:

  1. Pattern Recognition (2003)
  2. Spook Country (2007)
  3. Zero History (2010)

William Gibson hints at a new character in his forthcoming Zero History novel due to be published on 7th September 2010.

http://twitter.com/GreatDismal/status/11804349489

@kokeshi One of the characters in my new book is from Bristol, and fancies himself an artist. #zerohistory via Brizzly in reply to kokeshi

Thu Apr 08 03:39:53 +0000 2010

Could he possibly mean someone like Banksy, the reclusive graffiti artist / art gallery provocateur and financial backer of the Labour party ?

Previously published blog fragments (see Fragments of a Hologram Bill) have indicated the return of characters from Spook Country such as Hubertus Bigend, Hollis Henry, Reg Inchmale, Pamela Mainwaring, Ollie Sleigh and Milgrim.

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See the Fragments of a Hologram Bill thread on the William Gibson Books discussion forum for the snippets of writing which have been released for discussion to the public so far.

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William Gibson's Twitter feed - GreatDismal

William Gibson is now a keen user of Twitter, rather than his now seemingly abandoned blog, so that is now the most likely place to find the latest news about his writing, or travels etc.

It is also the place to spot his occaisinal requests to his fans, for help with research on specific background details, some of which may, or may not, end up in the finished novel Zero History which he is currently working on.

William Gibson's Twitter stream - GreatDismal

"Zero History" hyperlink cloud annotation

For "Zero History", we aim to repeat the success of our collaborative "Spook Country" hyperlink cloud annotation - re-orderd into numerical Chapter sequence.

This has been commented on by the author William Gibson, and described by Emeritus Professor of English Literature John Sutherland as "the future of literary crticism"

Zero History blog & Node Magazine - hyperlink cloud literary criticism & annotation

Gabriel Hounds - Systemneustart

The German translation of Zero History is entitled Systemneutstart - "System Re-Boot"

A class of students at the Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany, have a group blog, which analyses some of the themes of this novel which they call:

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Spook Country blog

Spook Country blog - SpookCountry.co.uk - includes discussion and hyper link cloud enhanced literary criticism of William Gibson's previous novel Spook Country

London CyberPunk Tourist Guide

As part of the preparations for William Gibson book signing and lecture event promoting Spook Country in London, during August 2007, this "local knowledge" guide to places of interest to cyberpunk fans was compiled, and has been subsequently expanded.

London CyberPunk Tourist Guide - http://CyberPunk.org.uk

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Wikipedia entry for William Gibson.

Official William Gibson Books website: www.williamgibsonbooks.com

Wiliam Gibson's blog post announcement What's in a name? of Zero History as the title of his new novel.

William Gibson's Twitter announcement of the Zero History title.

See the Fragments of a Hologram Bill thread on the William Gibson Books discussion forum for the snippets of writing which have been released for discussion to the public so far.

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"Zero History" hyperlink cloud annotation

For "Zero History", we aim to repeat the success of our collaborative "Spook Country" hyperlink cloud annotation - re-orderd into numerical Chapter sequence.

This has been commented on by the author William Gibson, and described by Emeritus Professor of English Literature John Sutherland as "the future of literary crticism"

Zero History blog & Node Magazine - hyperlink cloud literary criticism & annotation

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Recent Comments

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