William Gibson 60th birthday portrait

Gibson on his 60th birthday in Paris during a promotional interview for the French release of Spook Country (March 17, 2008)

William Ford Gibson (born March 17, 1948) is an American-Canadian speculative fiction novelist who wrote an unused script for Alien3 in 1987. Gibson was the first of ten different writers to work on the Alien3 project.

Gibson has been called the "noir prophet" of the cyberpunk subgenre. Gibson coined the term "cyberspace" in his short story "Burning Chrome" and later popularized the concept in his debut novel, Neuromancer. In envisaging cyberspace, Gibson created an iconography for the information age before the ubiquity of the Internet in the 1990s.[1] He is also credited with predicting the rise of reality television and with establishing the conceptual foundations for the rapid growth of virtual environments such as video games and the World Wide Web.



  1. Schactman, Noah (2008-05-23). "26 Years After Gibson, Pentagon Defines 'Cyberspace'". Wired.