A Literary Map of Vancouver Part I
Whether through realism or satire, cyberpunk or often times something that defies labeling, Vancouver's Prophet-Satirists either literally forsaw much of our online world decades before it happened, or they did a good job of taking the world we live in and showing us all that makes it strange, dark, terrible and/or hilarious.
Here is the premise to William Gibson’s futuristic first novel: In an attempt to win back the love of his life, a computer hacker winds up working for what turns out to be an artificial intelligence known as Wintermute. To the young science fiction reader or movie watcher out there, this'll sound fairly pedestrian and not particularly original. When you consider, however, that Neuromancer was written in 1984, a time when most people didn’t even own personal computers let alone understand the term "hack," it's actually pretty mind-blowing. And this from the man who coined the term "cyberspace" two years earlier. Gibson is also credited with predicting reality television among other things.
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