CHF 2014: Journeys

William Gibson

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his landmark novel Neuromancer, CHF favorite William Gibson returns to the Festival. This autumn he’ll celebrate the publication of his latest work, The Peripheral, a high-tech thriller set partly in a decadent postapocalyptic future. Gibson is joined in conversation by author Carol Anshaw.

“[The] God of speculative fiction.”—New York Magazine

Photograph of William Gibson by Michael O'Shea

Speakers and Performers

William Gibson

William Gibson is the is the author of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Liza Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, and Distrust That Particular Flavor. Neuromancer was the first novel to win the three top science fiction prizes—the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award. Gibson is credited with coining the term “cyberspace,” popularizing the concept of the Internet while it was still largely unknown. His upcoming novel, The Peripheral, will be published this fall. 

Carol Anshaw

Carol Anshaw is the author of the novels Carry the One, Lucky in the Corner, Seven Moves, and Aquamarine. Her books have won the Carl Sandburg Award, the Ferro-Grumley Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Award. Her stories have appeared in Tin House, Granta Online, New Ohio Review and Best American Short Stories. Anshaw is a past fellow of the NEA and Illinois Arts Council. For her book criticism she was awarded the NBCC Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. She is a professor in the MFA in writing program at the School of the Art Institute.

CHF Suggests      Related links and resources for further study

Leaders And Thinkers

William Gibson
Official website

Good Reads

William Gibson: the man who saw tomorrow
William Gibson on Why Sci-Fi Writers Are (Thankfully) Almost Always Wrong

Online Resources

William Gibson on The Past, Present & Future of Sci-Fi