Books by William Gibson

THE PERIPHERAL by William Gibson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"This is quintessential Gibson: gonzo yet cool, sharp-edged, sophisticated—but ultimately, vaguely unsatisfying."
While placed firmly in the sci-fi genre of his earlier works, Gibson's latest retains the social commentary from his more recent novels (Zero History, 2010, etc.).Read full book review >
DISTRUST THAT PARTICULAR FLAVOR by William Gibson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A provocative, surprising look at the lesser-known parts of a sci-fi superstar's writing career."
Cyberpunk's patron saint of prose proves that his reality is every bit as trippy as his fiction. Read full book review >
ZERO HISTORY by William Gibson
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"Unsettling and memorable, weird flaws and all."
Gibson's third thriller-ish novel set in the present day (Spook Country, 2007, etc.)—like its predecessors, post-modern, post-structural, almost post-speculative. Read full book review >
SPOOK COUNTRY by William Gibson
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Readable and mildly engaging, but not the kind of cutting-edge work we expect from Gibson."
The SF innovator follows up his mainstream success (Pattern Recognition, 2003) with another novel set in the near-present, as three separate groups chase after a mysterious freight container. Read full book review >
PATTERN RECOGNITION by William Gibson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A slick but surprisingly humane piece of work from the father of cyberpunk."
A return to the present makes this SF scribe more prescient than ever. Read full book review >
ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES by William Gibson
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"This familiar, vigorous, vividly realized scenario is set forth in the author's unique and astonishingly textured prose—indeed, in Gibson's books the texture is the plot—but the unfathomable ending will satisfy few."
More ultra-cool cyberpunk, sort of a sequel to Virtual Light (1993) and Idoru (1996). Read full book review >
IDORU by William Gibson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Markedly more relaxed and cordial, and less aggressively high-tech, than hitherto—even the plotting's improved: highly approachable, engaging, and persuasive."
Cyberspace and virtual-reality guru Gibson's new venture is set in the same near-future as Virtual Light (1993) and has at least one of the characters in common. Read full book review >
VIRTUAL LIGHT by William Gibson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Dazzling snapshots, then—but, like cyberspace, everything disappears when you switch off."
Near-future good little-guys vs. bad redevelopers tussle—set in a California split into two states: from the cyberspace and virtual reality guru (Mona Lisa Overdrive, 1988; The Difference Engine, 1991, with Bruce Sterling, etc.). Read full book review >
THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE by William Gibson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 4, 1990

In their first major collaboration, sf heavyweights Gibson and Sterling spin an exquisitely clever filigree of Victorian alternate history, sparkling densely with ideas, moored by a challenging subtext of chaos theory and the lessons of recent paleontology. Read full book review >
MONA LISA OVERDRIVE by William Gibson
Released: Nov. 1, 1988

"This one probably won't win over any new fans, but the many extant will be delighted."
Another brilliant, gritty, densely textured novel from the author of Neuromancer (paperback, 1984; Hugo, Nebula, P.K. Dick awards) and Count Zero (1986). Read full book review >
BURNING CHROME by William Gibson
Released: April 29, 1986

"Alluring stuff—if you happen to be on Gibson's sharply delimited wavelength."
Ten tales, 1977-85—Gibson's entire output to date—including three collaborations. Read full book review >
COUNT ZERO by William Gibson
Released: March 26, 1986

"However, the ideas that gave Neuromancer its sparkle are, here, just about played out."
Something like a cross between Gibson's hugely successful debut, Neuromancer (paperback only), and his short story about futuristic corporate dirty tricks, "New Rose Hotel." Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE'S GAME by William Gibson
Released: Oct. 1, 1978

"For the rest, we'll have to applaud playwright Gibson's assurance that this is his 'first and last book as a critic."
What the world doesn't need: another set of jargon phrases to use in diagramming the life out of Shakespeare's plays. Read full book review >
A SEASON IN HEAVEN by William Gibson
Released: June 1, 1974

"Uninitiates less tolerant than Gibson may find the discipline preparatory to enlightenment a new and distressing form of totalitarianism — even if everyone around the Maharishi wears a beatific smile."
A season at a remote Spanish seacoast where Gibson (The Miracle Worker; Two For the Seesaw) came to find his wandering 19-year-old son at Maharishi International University and, mirabile dictu, joined up for a course on "creative intelligence" and "cosmic consciousness" — the end reward promised to the disciples when they have put in enough hours meditating, "rounding" and memorizing the Master's cryptic utterances. Read full book review >
MASS FOR THE DEAD by William Gibson
Released: March 25, 1968

"Literary Guild selection and expected wide appeal."
Playwright (The Miracle Worker: Two For the Seesaw) William Gibson's A Mass for the Dead is primarily an offertory to his parents, a mother whom no one could touch for "brightness of heart or kitchen," a father always "alive and imperfect," remembered here not only to defy the finality of death but also to retain the continuity of their lives through his-through his children's. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 27, 1960

"This for the audience away from Broadway- accustomed to getting their plays from the printed page."
Two plays- in book form — with a preface by the playwright, best known perhaps for Two for the See-Saw. Read full book review >
THE COBWEB by William Gibson
Released: March 8, 1954

"The publishers promise strong support but conservatives may wish to exercise restraint."
An intense first novel grapples with some major motives- love and self-love, patronage and power, responsibility and guilt, through the personnel at a small clinic for nervous disorders in Nebraska. Read full book review >