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Cyberpunk Pioneer William Gibson.

Science Fiction writer William Gibson. He's part of a small group of writers whose work is known as "cyberpunk" which combines the science of communication and control theory -- cybernetics -- with punk, an anti-social rebel or hoodlum. Gibson's first novel, "Neuromancer, was the first novel to win Science Fiction's triple crown: the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick awards. GIBSON coined the term "cyperspace" to describe the "data highways" or the globe-circling, interconnected telephone network that connects billions of computer, voice, and fax systems. Cyperpunks think of the wires not so much as a conduit but as an actual place that can be entered. Gibson's "Neuromancer" turned out to be a trilogy. He's got a new book that's part crime and science fiction, "Virtual Light." (Bantam)

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Other segments from the episode on August 31, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 31, 1993: Interview with William Gibson; Interview with Cynthia and Brodie Heimel; Review of the television show "Late Show with David Letterman."

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