Books by William Gibson
“His powers of prediction are astonishing and in Idoru he predicts ‘fake news’.” Read more...
The best books on Alternative Futures
Catherine Mayer, Politician
“Neuromancer by William Gibson is the seminal cyberpunk book: it’s the thing that the web is based on. It’s a pretty typical cyberpunk story, being the one of somebody wronged, who has to jack into the mainframe to clear his name. The main characters are pretty distasteful, but because they’re part of this society that is in and of itself a dystopian environment, they’re using these technologies to make these worlds better. They create a real romance around what technology is and what technology can be” Read more...
The best books on Virtual Living
Aleks Krotoski, Journalist
Interviews where books by William Gibson were recommended
The best books on Virtual Living, recommended by Aleks Krotoski
‘There was a research study done in the 1960s that identified that people will open themselves up to a stranger on a train and tell them deep personal information they would never tell their closest friends, partially because they have this sense that they can confess.’
The best books on Alternative Futures, recommended by Catherine Mayer
Catherine Mayer—author, journalist and president of the Women’s Equality Party—talks to Five Books about her optimism for a more equal future for society by way of her favourite science fiction visionaries and their work.