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Zero History, by William Gibson

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Zero historyFaithful readers believe that William Gibson will always mess with your head and that that no novel of his will leave you with your assumptions about human-tech relationships intact. What Gibson writes has been so bleeding-edge that what he describes often becomes reality a few years later. To quote Wikipedia, he is a “speculative fiction novelist who has been called the ‘noir prophet’ of the cyberpunk subgenre. In this 2010 novel – though one hesitates to call it a novel, it’s more like a conceptualization of the flows of information through the international data economy of today, as demonstrated by the interfaces between military-industrial contracting, fashion branding and financial speculation – he messes with your head again. (Continue reading…)

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