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  In a very short time William Gibson has become widely recognized as the leading writer of a new kind of science fiction, extrapolating contemporary technology into a future of urban decay and the social mores of a post-punk generation. ¶

the difference engine (1991)

  Part detective story, part historical thriller, The Difference Engine takes us not forward but back, to an imagined 1885: the Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam-driven, cybernetic engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine, and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time. ¶

cover of 'the difference engine'

The Difference Engine, co-authored with Bruce Sterling, is a different style than most Gibson books. Set in the middle of an alternate nineteenth century, steam-driven mechanical computers have became reality and brought the information age to the Victorian era.

Although the novel is not very centered on technology, it still points out mostly negative outcomes of technology that progresses faster than humans do. This book is often refered to as a 'Steampunk' novel because of the steam driven analog computers in this story. ¶

agrippa - a book of the dead (1992)

  Ruminations on memory and family, fragmented. ¶

This poem was released on a limited edition encrypted diskette that erased itself page by page as you read. It also came with artwork by Dennis Ashbaugh that was made using a special ink that dissapeared after prolonged exposure to light. Agrippa is definitely not cyberpunk nor science fiction, the poem tells about William Gibson's dead father. ¶
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alien3 script (199?)

  The bitch is back. ¶

cover of 'alien3'

Gibson wrote a script for the movie Alien3, but it was rejected. In an interview Gibson said that the only detail of his script that made it into the movie was the part with the prisoners having bar codes tattooed to their heads. ¶
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'the x-files' episode (1998)

  A sentient computer program targets its creators for extinction. ¶

The X-Files episode 'Kill Switch' written by William Gibson and Tom Maddox aired Febuary 15 1998. I have a rundown of the episode courtesy of the X-Files web site. ¶
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