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Some recent Zero History tweets by William Gibson

Some recent Zero History tweets by William Gibson

"Zero History" signals hiding in the Twitter noise - Bigendmobile

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Since William Gibson abandoned his blog back in July 2009, in favour of his Great Dismal identity on Twitter, it is very easy to miss clues and hints about his work in progress novel Zero History.

The Signal to Noise ratio of Twitter, and the use of opaque, inhuman URL shortening services, is a real hinderence to communication.

None of the Twitter specific add ons or search engines are of any help, when we are on the look out for new stuff, which, by definition does not have a previous history of existing keywords or meta data e.g. a new term like "Bigendmobile":

Only a tiny minority of recent Tweets are probably relevant to the Zero History novel in progress, and the ideas they represent may, or may not actually end up in the finished novel:

Thu Dec 10 17:47:35 +0000 2009:

RT @bittersweetdb: The latest Bigendmobile is a Jankel-armored Toyota HiLux pickup, "cartel grade".

from Brizzly

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"Bigend" is a reference to the major character in the previous two novels Pattern recognition and Spook Country - Hubertus Bigend

Jankel are based at Hamm Court Farm, Weybridge, Surrey, just south west of London, UK, but they also manufacture armoured Toyota Landcruisers in Jordan.

There are some (stupidly file locked .PDF) brochures about the range of armoured Toyota Landcruisers from the Jankel website

There are some Jankel sales videos on YouTube e.g. Jankel Armoured Toyota 76 LandCruiser

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Armour Installation

The vehicle is armoured using proven armour materials and installation methods to include substantial overlaps and splash returns on all door apertures to ensure the passenger compartment is ballistically sealed.

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The standard level of ballistic protection is NATO Level B6 (7.62 x 51 NATO Ball) with ugrades available for other selected rounds if required. The standard level of fragmentation protection is STANAG 2920 / 2 x DM51 hand-grenades with upgrades available for increased levels of protection.

They also claim to protect against bullet rounds such as:

• 7.62 x 39 mm, FJ/PB/SCP, AK 47 (Kalashnikov) , OBR-43 PS

• 5.45 x 39,5 mm AP, FJ/PB/SCP, AKS 74 (Kalashnikov), OBR- 7 4

• 5.56 x 45 mm, FJ/PB/SC, US rifle M16 A2, SS-109/M-855

• 7.62 x 51 mm, FJ/PB/SC, "FAL" NATO rifle

and against hand grenades but not against Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG )type anti-tank weapons:

• STANAG 2920 V50, 1.1 gram FSP @ 500mps, this has equivalency to DM51 hand grenades.

An upgrade is available to provide 1.1gram FSP protection at 600mps.

Given that manual or electric windows add complexity and weakness to an armoured vehicle, one interesting optional feature offered is a:

Ballistically Sound Door Document Slot :

A slot in the drivers door to enable the safe passing of papers at checkpoints, used in conjunction with the intercom.

Surely this is not usable with urban multi-storey car park ticket machines, so either the door has to be opened, or a manual or electric window fitted ?

Jankel Armouring hide behind

PO Box 1,
Weybridge,
Surrey,
KT13 8XR, UK

but they can be tracked down via the web via the Companies House WebCheck and Local Council planning applications :

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Discussion and hyper link cloud enhanced literary criticism around the forthcoming new novel by cyber punk / literary fiction author William Gibson, which is currently in progress, and which is provisionally entitled Zero History.

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:

Gabriel Hounds

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

Please feel free to add comments or send emails, to keep it up to date.

Links

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

Zero History Cover Art

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Systemneustart_cover_150.jpg German edition: Systemneustart approximates to "System Re-boot"

Recent Comments

  • Mark Fudge: Foyles sold out already - that kinda of sucks... read more
  • Memetic Engineer: William Gibson describes this "otakublog" as "actually very useful" http://twitter.com/GreatDismal/status/11107753199 Zero History otakublog http://bit.ly/avsZpn This sort of thing is becoming read more
  • Memetic Engineer: William Gibson corrects his previous tweet: http://twitter.com/GreatDismal/status/11103336804 Correction: 641 ms. pages. Forgot and left part of beginning of book on read more
  • Memetic Engineer: William Gibson has now finished the manuscript, according to this tweet: http://twitter.com/GreatDismal/status/11067870492 Zero History completed. 644 ms. pages, which is read more
  • Memetic Engineer: @ Joe Parrish - thanks for spotting that ! I have posted the details as a blog article. read more
  • Joe Parrish: You probably know this but at the Putnam sight in there fall adult catalog on pages 14 and 15, 15 read more
  • Memetic Engineer: custom Jankel-armored Toyota Hilux with Israeli nano-glass windows http://twitter.com/GreatDismal/status/9610309225 @ceesaxp Bigend is currently driving a custom Jankel-armored Toyota Hilux with read more
  • Memetic Engineer: @ Caplewood - thanks for spotting the Amazon.com publication details for Zero History I shall keep an eye out for read more
  • Caplewood: Amazon lists the publication date for Zero History as September 7, 2010. read more
  • Caplewood: . . .much less otaku like, than your obscured /shortened link to the Google translation of the Japanese Wikipedia article. read more

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