“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.”
― William Gibson

If you’ve never read any of Gibson’s books, you’re missing out. He’s a brilliant writer.

“And, for an instant, she stared directly into those soft blue eyes and knew, with an instinctive mammalian certainty, that the exceedingly rich were no longer even remotely human.”
William Gibson, Count Zero

No particular reason for the Gibson stuff today,  I just liked that first quote and the second seemed so apropos to the current climate in the pre-election atmosphere. 

7 thoughts on “Misdiagnosis?

  1. All i have to say to this is:

    “The color of the sky over the port was the color of a television screen tuned to a null channel.”

    I absolutely love Gibson. By far my hero when it comes to cyberpunk. And the father of the genre as far as I am concerned. (and I think the consensus is the same)

    I’ve read his two most recent books. which he has opted to move from the futuristic cyberpunk feel to a more “recent” future. Possibly about 20 years or so from now. That makes me a little sad because I miss all the techno-babble and virtual reality stuff of the older books. But he is still Gibson and I absolutely love his style of writing,

    His use of characters who are “worlds” apart in the beginning of his novels and by the end are working together to overcome the same problems has always been a favorite of mine.

    He even inspired me to use that same design in my writing.

    Damn it, now I have to pull out Mona Lisa Overdrive again, dust off the jacket and start reading it.

    Thanks D.D. 🙂

    Did I mention I LOVE Gibson?


  2. Hahaha I thought about including the opening line of Neuromancer 😉 (I think it’s actually ‘dead channel’, isn’t it? I’ll have to check when I get home). He’s awesome. Seriously that’s one of the best opening lines ever.
    “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”


    1. You are probably right. it’s been decades since I read Neuromancer. dead channel seems right-er. 😉 You’ll probably get to your copy before I can get to mine.

      There have been rumors in the works for some time about a movie. After Johnny Mnemonic I am a little frightened. Of course that is what happens when you try and take a short story and blow it into a full length feature film on a seriously weak budget,

      And. that’s what I get from trying to quote from memory. 😉

      I wonder if I still have my copy of Count Zero? I know I have Neuromancer because it’s a beautiful hardback. I think Count Zero was a paperback.


  3. I’ve got both in paperback. I follow Gibson on Twitter, and there was a mention awhile back of a movie but I can’t recall whether he said it was a go or not.

    Neuromancer in particular deserves a re-read. I read that first, and remember it better than Count Zero. I’ve got other books of his (I know Spook Country is sitting there waiting for me to pick it up) but haven’t gotten to them yet. I’d love to see the hardcover copy of Neuromancer.


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