Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

William Gibson prefers to write about the people who live on the margins of society. Why would he write about such people rather than the rich and famous?

Is Gibson optimistic or pessimistic about the present and the future?

Romance is generally lacking from Gibson’s books. Does Gibson believe that romantic love is impossible in our high-tech world?

In conventional science fiction, a highly competent person overcomes formidable, but not insurmountable, obstacles to solve problems affecting large numbers of people. In what ways do Gibson’s books depart from this template?

What is Gibson’s attitude toward computers and other high-tech devices?