A couple of weekends ago, I travelled by train to Chatham to spend Thanksgiving weekend with my daughter, Erica. This involved me arriving at the train station here in London rather early, and after walking around downtown for a while, I retired to the terminal to read a magazine and await the train.
Shortly before my train arrived, I was treated to a nearby television airing an episode of Webnation, a CHUM production that highlights various goings-on around the Intertubes: what’s hot, what’s controversial, what’s interesting. In this installment, host Amber MacArthur was interviewing a favourite author of mine, Canadian science-fiction writer William Gibson, on his newest novel, Spook Country.
For the release of this newest volume, Gibson logged into and held a reading in Second Life, a 3D virtual world created and maintained by users worldwide. Ever the technogical writer, Gibson is the man credited with coining the term ‘cyberspace’, something he admits likely means more to others than to himself.
No longer writing about a cold, distant future, Gibson’s newest book is set against the present day, and include characters smuggling sensitive information around within their iPods. Gibson released the following video discussing the book on his blog.
In related news, evidently a film adaptation of Gibson’s first novel, Neuromancer (circa 1984), is in production and slated for release in 2009.