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Science fiction writer to be honoured by SFU

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Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.4323

May 30, 2008
William Gibson will receive his degree on Thursday, June 5, 2:30 p.m.                        

William Gibson’s is perhaps best known for the term “cyberspace,” a term he coined in his 1982 story Burning Chrome and popularized in his wildly popular 1984 first novel Neuromancer, which earned him the prestigious Hugo, Nebula and Philip K Dick science-fiction literary awards and has sold more than 6.5 million copies.

That novel helped revolutionize the way society looks at the future. Rolling Stone magazine named Gibson science fiction’s hottest author and Wikipedia dubs him the father of the “cyberpunk” subgenre of science fiction. His ideas have been cited as “an influence on science fiction authors, in academia, cyberculture and technology.”

Gibson himself says he has never had any special relationship with technology – and in fact wrote Neuromancer on a typewriter. But, as he reminds visitors to his Internet blog, “that’s what everyone used in 1977.”

An avid writer, Gibson says he spends about “exactly as much time actually writing as the average person my age has spent watching television.”

The author of numerous anthologies, Gibson has also written for the large and small screen and his works have been adapted to video games. His latest novels, Pattern Recognition (2003) and Spook Country (2007) have again placed him on mainstream bestseller lists.

Gibson, who was born in South Carolina, came to Canada in 1967 and earned a bachelor’s degree from UBC. He eventually settled in Vancouver where he still lives.