Case est le meilleur cow-boy des interfaces, un hacker lâché sur les autoroutes du cyberespace, le seul qui ait jamais traversé la matrice avant de rencontrer les mauvaises personnes au mauvais moment...
Première grande dystopie sociale aux côtés du Blade Runner de Philip K. Dick, un chef d'oeuvre prémonitoire, fondateur de la SF moderne.
« Kaléidoscopique, picaresque, flashy, décadent... une incroyable performance, virtuose. » Washington Post
« L'un des plus fameux bouquins du corpus SF dans son ensemble. » Olivier Girard, Bifrost
« S'inspirant des contre-cultures, Gibson signe des romans de science-fiction visionnaires. » Le Monde
Au 22e siècle, on peut communiquer avec des « fragments » d'univers parallèles du passé. En 2017, Verity Jane est engagée pour évaluer un assistant numérique basé sur une IA d'un tout nouveau genre...
« Encore meilleur que Périphériques, un superbe roman de braquage, une intrigue bien ficelée, sombre, pleine de poésie et d'humour. Gibson est le prédicteur le plus fiable de notre présent, l'archiviste de nos passés et l'annonciateur de nos futurs possibles. »
The Los Angeles Times
« William Gibson n'écrit pas des romans, il crée des bombes. Des explosifs minutieux, méticuleux, aux mécanismes bien huilés. »
« Gibson brouille la limite entre technologie réelle et technologie hypothétique dans un thriller effréné qui confirme aux lecteurs que cela valait la peine de patienter. »
À travers l'histoire de Flynne Fisher, gameuse ballottée entre un futur proche, les États-Unis et le Londres post-apocalyptique, soixante-dix ans après le grand effondrement du « Jackpot », Périphériques entremêle deux futurs pour mettre en scène un récit visionnaire de l'avenir que nous fabriquons.
"Colin Layne habite un carton dans les couloirs du métro à Tokyo, en partie détruite par un séisme et reconstruite grâce aux nanotechnologies. Son don et son expérience du réseau lui permettent, en simmergeant dans les flux de données en transit sur la toile, de déchiffrer intuitivement les évènements en devenir « Sans quitter les rives de la cyberculture, dont il fut un des pionniers, William Gibson renouvelle le genre avec ce roman, qui, sur fond de fracture sociale, navigue entre thriller et romance. » Frédérique Roussel, Libération"
Consultante en design de réputation internationale, fille dun ponte de la sécurité américaine présumé mort le 11 septembre 2001, Cayce Pollard se voit confier une mission très spéciale : trouver le créateur de mystérieux clips vidéo diffusés sur le net. Le courant culturel underground quil génère dans le monde entier intéresse son nouvel employeur bien plus que largent.
Un blouson hors mode conçu par le designer inconnu dune ligne de vêtements connue pour ne pas être célèbre Dans un temps où tout change à chaque nouvelle collection, cette permanence en fait un objet quasiment mythique. Engagée par le tout-puissant Bigend, qui « identifie les schémas » comme un chaman le labyrinthe sémantique du monde, lex-rockeuse Hollis va, de Londres à Paris, mener son enquête dans lunivers de la mode et des secrets militaires Dans la continuité dIdentification des schémas et Code Source, Gibson poursuit avec Histoire zéro son exploration des sub-cultures nées des objets et des marques, et les mythologies quils engendrent.
Cyberartistes, trafiquants de technologies, barbouzes désuvrées, espions paranoïaques : une guerre du renseignement au temps des leurres informatiques ! Roman despionnage et thriller poétique sur fond de mondialisation, de manigances et de secrets, Code source fait suite à Identification des schémas, « lun des premiers véritables romans du XXIe siècle », selon le Washington Post.
Imaginez des ordinateurs en plein XIXe siècle, des ordinateurs composés de roues dentées, de bielles et de leviers, mus par la vapeur. Des Machines à différences, imaginées par Charles Babbage, aidé de Lady Ada Byron, la fille de Lord Byron lui-même, oui, le Premier ministre de Sa Majesté la reine Victoria.
En 1855, l'Histoire a pris un autre cours. Les industries se développent avec frénésie. Des transports sous-terrestres sillonnent Londres en proie à la pollution, aux courses automobiles et au chômage technologique. L'Empire britannique, gouverné par les scientifiques et les industrialistes, est plus soucieux de technologie que d'aventures outre-mer.
Edward « Leviathan » Mallory, explorateur des terres sauvages d'une Amérique du Nord divisée par les guerres, se voit remettre par Lady Ada un mystérieux paquet de cartes mécanographiques. Dès lors sa vie est en danger.
Avec l'aide inattendue de Sybil Gerard, femme déchue, fille d'un célèbre agitateur mort sur l'échafaud, qui poussait à la destruction des Machines, et de Laurence Oliphant, diplomate ou plutôt espion de la reine, il va commencer à comprendre quel est le sens de ces cartes. Un enjeu planétaire, le contrôle de l'information...
2lst century Tokyo, after the millennial quake. Neon rain. Light everywhere blowing under any door you might try to close. Where the New Buildings, the largest in the world, erect themselves unaided, their slow rippling movements like the contractions of a sea-creature.
Colin Laney is here looking for work. He is not, he is careful to point out, a voyeur.
He is an intuitive fisher of patterns of information, the "signature" a particular individual creates simply by going about the business of living. But Laney knows how to sift for the interesting (read: dangerous) bits. Which makes him very useful--to certain people.
Chia McKenzie is here on a rescue mission. She's fourteen. Her idol is the singer Rez, of the band Lo/Rez. When the Seattle chapter of the Lo/Rez fan club decided that he might be in trouble, in Tokyo, they sent Chia to check it out.
Rei Toei is the beautiful, entirely virtual media star adored by all Japan. The idoru. And Rez has declared that he will marry her. This is the rumor that brought Chia to Tokyo. But the things that bother Rez are not the things that bother most people.
Is something different here, in the very nature of reality? Or is it that something violently New is about to happen? It's possible the idoru is as real as she wants or needs to be--or as real as Rez desires. When Colin Laney looks into her dark eyes, trying hard to think of her as no more than a hologram, he sees things he's never seen before. He sees how she might break a man's heart.
And, whatever else may be true, the idoru and the powerful interests surrounding her are enough to put all their lives in danger.
2005: Welcome to NoCal and SoCal, the uneasy sister-states of what used to be California. Here the millenium has come and gone, leaving in its wake only stunned survivors. In Los Angeles, Berry Rydell is a former armed-response rentacop now working for a bounty hunter. Chevette Washington is a bicycle messenger turned pickpocket who impulsively snatches a pair of innocent-looking sunglasses. But these are no ordinary shades. What you can see through these high-tech specs can make you rich--or get you killed. Now Berry and Chevette are on the run, zeroing in on the digitalized heart of DatAmerica, where pure information is the greatest high. And a mind can be a terrible thing to crash...
William Gibson, author of the extraordinary multiaward-winning novel Neuromancer, has written his most brilliant and thrilling work to date . . .The Mona Lisa Overdrive. Enter Gibson's unique world--lyric and mechanical, erotic and violent, sobering and exciting--where multinational corporations and high tech outlaws vie for power, traveling into the computer-generated universe known as cyberspace. Into this world comes Mona, a young girl with a murky past and an uncertain future whose life is on a collision course with internationally famous Sense/Net star Angie Mitchell. Since childhood, Angie has been able to tap into cyberspace without a computer. Now, from inside cyberspace, a kidnapping plot is masterminded by a phantom entity who has plans for Mona, Angie, and all humanity, plans that cannot be controlled . . . or even known. And behind the intrigue lurks the shadowy Yazuka, the powerful Japanese underworld, whose leaders ruthlessly manipulate people and events to suit their own purposes . . . or so they think.
Distrust That Particular Flavor - an acclaimed nonfiction collection by William Gibson, author of Neuromancer 'The future's already here: it's just not evenly distributed' William Gibson was writing fiction when he predicted the internet. And as his stories bled into reality so he became one of the first to report on the real-world consequences of cyberspace's growth and development.
Now, with the dust settling on the first internet revolution, comes Gibson's first collection of non-fiction - essays from the technological and cultural frontiers of this new world.
Covering a variety of subjects, they include:
Metrophagy - the Art and Science of Digesting Great Cities An account of obsession in 'the world's attic' - eBay Reasons why 'The Net is a Waste of Time' Singapore as 'Disneyland with the Death Penalty' A primer on Japan, our default setting for the future These and many other pieces, collected for the first time in Distrust that Particular Flavour, are studded with revealing autobiographical fragments and map the development of Gibson's acute perceptions about modern life. Readers of Neal Stephenson, Ray Bradbury and Iain M. Banks will love this book.
'Gibson is a prophet and a satirist, a black comedian and an astounding architect of cool. He's also responsible for much of the world we live in' Spectator 'Part-detective story, part-cultural snapshot ... all bound by Gibson's pin-sharp prose' Arena William Gibson's first novel Neuromancer has sold more than six million copies worldwide. In an earlier story he had invented the term 'cyberspace'; a concept he developed in the novel, creating an iconography for the Information Age long before the invention of the Internet. The book won three major literary prizes. He has since written nine further novels including Count Zero; Mona Lisa Overdrive; The Difference Engine; Virtual Light; Idoru; All Tomorrow's Parties; Pattern Recognition; Spook Country and most recently Zero History.
One of the most influential and imaginative writers of the past twenty years turns his attention to London - with dazzling results.
Cayce Pollard owes her living to her pathological sensitivity to logos. In London to consult for the world's coolest ad agency, she finds herself catapulted, via her addiction to a mysterious body of fragmentary film footage, uploaded to the Web by a shadowy auteur, into a global quest for this unknown 'garage Kubrick'. Cayce becomes involved with an eccentric hacker, a vengeful ad executive, a defrocked mathematician, a Tokyo Otaku-coven known as Eye of the Dragon and, eventually, the elusive 'Kubrick' himself.
William Gibson's new novel is about the eternal mystery of London, the coolest sneakers in the world, and life in (the former) USSR.
Zero History - a gripping technothriller from William Gibson, the bestselling author of Neuromancer 'An ideas-swarm, coated with a hipster glaze . . . to explore the everyday weirdness of the twenty-first century world' Herald Hubertus Bigend, the Machiavellian head of global ad-agency Blue Ant, wants ex-musician Hollis Henry to uncover the maker of a secret, obscurely fashionable denim called 'The Gabriel Hounds'. Hollis knows nothing about fashion - which, curiously, is why Bigend hired her. Soon, though, it's clear that Bigend's interest in underground labels might have sinister applications. Powerful parties, who'll do anything to get into this territory, are showing their hand. And Hollis, as Bigend's representative, is about to find herself in the crossfire.
Set among London's dark and tangled streets, Zero History is a brilliant thriller about the hidden webs and patterns that underlie the new now.
'Smart and seductive, inventive. Gibson is having tremendous fun' Independent 'Gibson's writing is thrillingly tight' Scarlett Thomas, New York Times Book Review William Gibson is a prophet and a satirist, a black comedian and an outstanding architect of cool. Readers of Neal Stephenson, Ray Bradbury and Iain M. Banks will love this book. Zero History is the final novel in the Blue Ant trilogy - read Pattern Recognition and Spook Country for more.
William Gibson's first novel Neuromancer has sold more than six million copies worldwide. In an earlier story he had invented the term 'cyberspace'; a concept he developed in the novel, creating an iconography for the Information Age long before the invention of the Internet. The book won three major literary prizes. He has since written nine further novels including Count Zero; Mona Lisa Overdrive; The Difference Engine; Virtual Light; Idoru; All Tomorrow's Parties; Pattern Recognition; Spook Country and most recently Zero History. He is also the author of Distrust That Particular Flavor, a collection of non-fiction writing.
Rydell is on his way back to near-future San Francisco. A stint as a security man in an all-night Los Angeles convenience store has convinced him his career is going nowhere, but his friend Laney, phoning from Tokyo, says there's more interesting work for him in Northern California. And there is, although it will eventually involve his former girlfriend, a Taoist assassin, the secrets Laney has been hacking out of the depths of DatAmerica, the CEO of the PR firm that secretly runs the world and the apocalyptic technological transformation of, well, everything. William Gibson's new novel, set in the soon-to-be-fact world of VIRTUAL LIGHT and IDORU, completes a stunning, brilliantly imagined trilogy about the post-Net world.
What happens when old spies come out to play one last game?
In New York a young Cuban called Tito is passing iPods to a mysterious old man. Such activities do not go unnoticed, however, in these early days of the War on Terror and across the city an ex-military man named Brown is tracking Tito's movements.
Meanwhile in LA, journalist Hollis Henry is on the trail of Bobby Chombo, who appears to know too much about military systems for his own good. With Bobby missing and the trail cold, Hollis digs deeper and is drawn into the final moves of a chilling game played out by men with old scores to settle ...
The Peripheral by William Gibson is a thrilling new novel about two intertwined futures, from the bestselling author of Neuromancer Flynne Fisher lives down a country road, in a rural near-future America where jobs are scarce, unless you count illegal drug manufacture, which she's keen to avoid. Her brother Burton lives, or tries to, on money from the Veterans Association, in compensation for neurological damage suffered in a Marines elite unit. Flynne earns what she can by assembling product at the local 3D printshop. She used to make more as a combat scout in an online game, playing for a rich man, but she's had to let the shooter games go.
Wilf Netherton lives in London, seventy-some years later, on the far side of decades of slow-motion apocalypse. Things are pretty good now, for the haves, and there aren't many have-nots left. Wilf, a high-powered publicist and celebrity-minder, fancies himself as a romantic misfit in a society where reaching into the past is just another hobby.
Burton's been moonlighting online, secretly working security in some game prototype, a virtual world that looks vaguely like London, but a lot weirder. He's got his sister taking over shifts, promised her the game's not a shooter. Still, the crime Flynne witnesses there is plenty bad.
Flynne and Wilf are about to meet one another. Her world will be altered utterly, irrevocably, and Wilf's, for all its decadence and power, will learn that some of these third-world types from the past can be badass.
According to the Guardian, in terms of influence Gibson is 'probably the most important novelist of the past two decades'. The Peripheral, which marks a return to the futurism of Neuromancer, will be adored by Gibson readers and will also appeal to fans of Ender's Game, Looper and Source Code.
William Gibson's first novel Neuromancer sold more than six million copies worldwide. Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive completed his first trilogy. He has since written six further novels, moving gradually away from science fiction and futuristic work, instead writing about the strange contemporary world we inhabit. His most recent novels are Pattern Recognition, Spook Country and Zero History, his non-fiction collection, Distrust That Particular Flavor, compiles assorted writings and journalism from across his career.
1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time. And three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with history--and the future: Sybil Gerard--a fallen woman, politician’s tart, daughter of a Luddite agitator Edward “Leviathan” Mallory--explorer and paleontologist Laurence Oliphant--diplomat, mystic, and spy. Their adventure begins with the discovery of a box of punched Engine cards of unknown origin and purpose. Cards someone wants badly enough to kill for…. Part detective story, part historical thriller, The Difference Engine is the collaborative masterpiece by two of the most acclaimed science fiction authors writing today. Provocative, compelling, intensely imagined, it is a startling extension of Gibson’s and Sterling’s unique visions--and the beginning of movement we know today as “steampunk!”From the Paperback edition.
The accolades and acclaim are endless for William Gibson's coast-to-coast bestseller. Set in the post-9/11 present, Pattern Recognition is the story of one woman's never-ending search for the now.
Le futur de l'humanité se joue dans son passé2016. Suite aux mauvaises décisions de ses dirigeants, la planète entière est devenue un enfer radioactif. Le dernier espoir de l'humanité a un nom : le Splitter, une colossale machine à remonter le temps conçue pour changer le cours de l'histoire. À moins que les paradoxes temporels qu'elle risque de produire n'aboutissent à un désastre plus terrible encore... Alors qu'une lutte de pouvoir s'immisce pour le contrôle du Splitter dans le présent, en 1945, l'agent du renseignement de la Royal Air Force Naomi Givens enquête sur des faits troublants et leurs répercussions sur sa réalité...Découvrez le premier comics de William Gibson, auteur culte de science-fiction, dessiné par le grand Butch Guice ! Entre uchronie apocalyptique et thriller militaire, Archangel nous propulse dans un voyage aux multiples temporalités et nous fait retrouver les thématiques littéraires chères à l'auteur du Neuromancien.
How Great Britain was born - from the restoration to the Great Exhibition. In 1660 England emerged from the devastations of the Civil Wars and restored the king, Charles II, to the throne. Over the next 190 years Britain would establish itself as the leading nation in the world -- the centre of burgeoning Empire, at the forefront of the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. However, radical change also brought with it anxiety and violence. America is lost in the War of Independence and calls for revolution at home are never far from the surface of everyday life. In this scintillating overview of the era in which Britain changed the world, and how that nation was transformed as a result. William Gibson also looks at the impact of this transformation had upon the ordinary men and women. This the is the third book in the four volume Brief History of Britain which brings together some of the leading historians to tell our nation's story from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the present-day. Combining the latest research with accessible and entertaining story telling, it is the ideal introduction for students and general readers.