William Gibson On Coining The Word "Cyberspace"

Dec 4, 2012

William Gibson Mosaic
A mosaic of William Gibson composed of his book covers.
Credit Flickr photo/Hiro Sheridan

Science Fiction Novelist William Gibson first coined the term "cyberspace” in his short story "Burning Chrome.” He then popularized the concept in his debut novel “Neuromancer” in 1984. In imagining the then new world of cyberspace, Gibson created an interpretation of a virtual world for the information age, well before the ubiquity of the Internet in the 1990s. Gibson recently talked to Wisconsin Public Radio's Jim Fleming about why he chose that word, and what it means to him today.

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