"Without writing a biography, Westfahl establishes enough of the crucial facts about Gibson's life and career to be able to press home the argument that it is the sense of estrangement which is crucial to the work. . . . Westfahl understands that these characters, and the culture they embody, exist at the threshold between states.--Times Literary Supplement
"Gary Westfahl's William Gibson offers a well researched and productive single-author study."--SFRA Review
"This comprehensive study will go down as the definitive book on William Gibson's career. Gary Westfahl's indefatigable research digs up virtually everything pertinent about Gibson."
--James Gunn, founding director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction
"Covers new ground by examining some of Gibson's earliest works, including cartoons and stories for science fiction fanzines. . . . Well written and accessible, this volume will be useful to anyone interested in science fiction. Recommended."--Choice
"The book shows William Gibson through the lens of personal history, bolstered by an extensive review of paratextual materials such as interviews and non-fiction writing, as well as some rather obscure, youthful sins, which Westfahl unearthed with academic rigor. . . . The analyses provided by Westfahl are cleverly researched and based in excessively close readings of Gibson's writing. And they indeed provide a "fresh look" on such influential work, proving Gibson to rightfully deserve a place among the Modern Masters of Science Fiction."--Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
About the Author
Gary Westfahl is an adjunct professor teaching in the Writing Program at the University of La Verne. His many publications on science fiction include the three-volume Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy and the Hugo Award-nominated Science Fiction Quotations: From the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits.