Over at Scholars & Rogues, there's a great essay honoring William Gibson, and making the case that he's the most important author of the past three decades. The linchpin of the argument: Gibson not only transformed science fiction, he changed how we think about technology. Recognizing that science fiction was speculating about technological advances, only to see them become real before the novels were even published, Gibson switched to speculating about culture. The whole thing is well worth checking out.
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