William Gibson on Writing Fiction

William Gibson talks about his writing, and sci-fi more generally, to the Paris Review.  I really should read one of his novels that are set in the present.  We live in a bizarrely science fiction world.  It’s the future, but not the one we were thinking of, and not everywhere yet.  Speaking about a conversation he might have had with someone back from our future, talking to his Neuromancer writing 1984 self:

You know how you wrote that the United States is gone and the Soviet Union is looming in the background like a huge piece of immobile slag? Well, you got it kind of backward.

I love that his futures are dirty and imperfect, not smooth and polished.  Hacked together from bits of the past, all piled up on each other like compost.

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