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Polish paperback edition of Spook Country cover artwork

Polish paperback edition cover artwork: of Spook Country by William Gibson



"in the country of the (secret) agents"

Translated by: Robert J.Szmidt

Cover artwork by: Mariusz Banachowicz

Spook Country cover artwork - German and French editions



* Gebundene Ausgabe: 448 Seiten
* Verlag: Klett-Cotta; Auflage: 1 (März 2008)
* Sprache: Deutsch
* ISBN-10: 3608937692
* ISBN-13: 978-3608937695
* Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21 x 13,4 x 3,2 cm


Détails sur le produit

* Broché: 492 pages
* Editeur : Au Diable Vauvert (6 mars 2008)
* Collection : LITT GENERALE
* Langue : Français
* ISBN-10: 2846261563
* ISBN-13: 978-2846261562

Spook Country cover art - paperback and large print editions

It is unclear if the French or the US paperback cover artwork will be used on the United Kingdom edition:


Product details

* Paperback: 384 pages
* Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (31 Jul 2008)
* Language French
* ISBN-10: 014101671X
* ISBN-13: 978-0141016719


Product details

* Paperback: 384 pages
* Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (3 Jun 2008)
* Language English
* ISBN-10: 0425221415
* ISBN-13: 978-0425221419


Product details

* Hardcover: 571 pages
* Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (9 Jan 2008)
* Language English
* ISBN-10: 1410403114
* ISBN-13: 978-1410403117
* Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 3 cm

The "Lone Figure in Street" photograph used on the United Kingdom edition cover of William Gibson's Spook Country, copyright David H.Wells / Photonica is available via Getty Images


The bottom half of the photo is used on the front cover, the top half is used on the back cover.

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Collection: Photonica

Caption: Lone Figure in Street

Photographer: David H Wells

Release Information: No release.

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UK edition of "Spook Country" cover artwork and blurb photos

Here are some photos of my UK edition of Spook Country which Blackwell's bookshop managed to dig out for me on Friday 27th July 2007.

The different shades are due to the presence or absence of camera flash, which tends to glare off the shiny dust jacket cover. The shade is, to the human eye, effectively black.

I still think that the US cover artwork with the edges of the buildings and the slate grey / blue / green sky and clouds, looks the best.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images:

UK_Spook_Country_front_1_300.jpg UK_Spook_Country_front_2_300.jpg

More images and blurb:

Grey cover art for the US edition of "Spook Country" ?

The US edition of Spook Country seems to have cover artwork in which the background sky / clouds have turned out a rather more monochromatic shade of grey than the slate grey with hints of blue and green (and black) version released as images earlier (see this blog's Cover Artwork archive for comparison).

This could be an artefact of camera flashes etc. but if true, it does not appear quite as attractive as the original US artwork. It is still better than the UK edition artwork in my opinion.

Image from Have You Seen Mr. Darcy ? blog:


Image from Ebay:


UK Uncorrected Proof Copy of "Spook Country"

Annoyingly, there is what seems to be an Uncorrected Proof Copy of the United Kingdom version of William Gibson's "Spook Country" for sale on eBay, ahead of the official publication date in August.


The blurb at the bottom is different from the image on, instead of quoting the The Independent, it seems to say:

"Gibson remains, like Chandler, an intoxicating stylist"
New York Times

The text at the top of the cover image on eBay is too small to read properly, but it seems to say:

uncorrected proof copy

Spook Country - US Advance Reader Copy on eBay


Uncorrected Proof for Limited Distribution

This white background / sky is not as effective as the blue / grey clouds versions of the US cover (see previous blog postings below).

As a fan and likely customer, the appearance of this item, ahead of the publication date for sale on eBay, is frustrating and annoying.

New versions of the Spook Country cover artwork

The online bookselling giant Amazon, seems to have two new versions of the Spook Country cover artwork online.

US version - April 2007:


Note the disappearance of the words "a novel" and the emphasis on the corner edges of the prismatic building shapes compared with the previous version.

US Version February 2007:


UK version April 2007:


N.B. the unnecessary blurb:

'More insight, wit and sheer style than any of his contemporaries' Independent

UK version February 2007:



Which will be out shortly after the US tour ends.

N.B. the original image on the William Gibson blog entry of Wednesday, February 07, 2007 seems to include some unique ID tracking data in the EXIF metadata hidden within the file, which we have removed in our version above:


Format : image/jpeg
Creator Tool : Adobe Photoshop CS2 Macintosh
Create Date : 2007:02:06 15:35:40Z
Modify Date : 2007:02:06 15:35:40Z
Metadata Date : 2007:02:06 15:35:40Z
Document ID : uuid:45EF3E43B76E11DB98EDFAA302039FC0
Instance ID : uuid:45EF3E44B76E11DB98EDFAA302039FC0
Derived From Instance ID : uuid:45EF3E42B76E11DB98EDFAA302039FC0
Derived From Document ID : uuid:45EF3E42B76E11DB98EDFAA302039FC0


Image Width : 454
Image Height : 680
Image Size : 454x680
Thumbnail Image : (Binary data 4583 bytes)

Is this deliberate or inadvertent ?


"Spook Country" by cyberpunk author William Gibson is due to be published in the USA on the 7th of August 2007, according to

Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Putnam Adult (August 7, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 0399154302 ISBN-13: 978-0399154300


List Price: $25.95
Price: $17.13
plus post and packing translate this price into £11.89 plus post and packing.


About this blog

This blog is discusses and analyses the new book Spook Country by cyberpunk author William Gibson, published in August 2007.

This will be primarily from a United Kingdom perspective, as some of the themes of espionage and surveillance and hidden forces really do resonate in our endemic Surveillance Society.

This blog has been described, quite fairly, as "otaku-worthy immersion"

Email Contact

email: blog @ SpookCountry [dot] co [dot] uk

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Please take the appropriate precautions if you are planning to blow the whistle on shadowy and powerful people in Government or commerce, and their dubious policies. The mainstream media and bloggers also need to take simple precautions to help preserve the anonymity of their sources e.g.

Spook Country Links

William Gibson Books discussion bulletin board Spook Country *NO SPOILERS* forum

William Gibson Books discussion bulletin board Spook Country - *SPOILERS OK* forum

William Gibson video about "Spook Country" on YouTube and on the official website.

William Gibson Links

William Gibson blog - written by the author himself, on which he has test marketed fragments of his novel Spook Country whilst writing it.

William Gibson Books discussion bulletin board - William Gibson book promtion website in Germany

William Gibson aleph - lots of resources about William Gibson's works.

The Cyberpunk Project - some online texts of some of William Gibson's writings hosted in Russia.

Wikipedia Links

Wikipedia entry for "Spook Country"

Wikipedia "Spook Country" page edit history RSS feed or Atom feed

The character "Hubertus Bigend" has his own fictional Wikipedia entry in "Spook Country", which has now become now a real one.

Node Magazine

  • Node Magazine - a fictional magazine which "seems to be actively preventing the kind of buzz that magazines normally cultivate before they begin to exist" mentioned in the hints given about the Spook Country book, which has already been created online by a fan (patternboy), before the book has been published.
  • - Node Magazine is publishing 2 Chapter Summaries and Quotations each day in the 42 day countdown to the official publication of Spook Country
  • Spook Country blog's "cloud of hyperlinks" in numerical chapter order - commentary and annotations on the annotations to Spook Country.

Fictional British TV Spooks

James Bond 007

Stylish, if somewhat far fetched, BBC TV drama based on MI5 the Security Service - Spooks

BBC children's TV series M.I.High

2008 spin off TV series from Spooks [spooks] code 9 , set a few years into the future in 2013, in the Orwellian Police State which has emerged after a nuclear bomb attack on London.

Fictional Spooks

The Spy Wise Blog by Wesley Britton

Real Spooks

MI5 - the Security Service - counter-espionage, counter-terrorism, domestic surveilance

GCHQ - the Government Communications Head Quarters - intercepting and deciphering enemy communications, and protecting UK ones.

MI6 - SIS - the Secret Intelligence Service - mostly foreign intelligence - not quite like depicted in James Bond films.

Ex - Spooks - Richard Tomlinson - still being harassed by his former employer MI6. There are also links to Cryptome's archives of articles and alleged, unproven, lists of names of former or mcurrent MI6 agents (including, improbably, some UK Ambassadors), which caused lots of controversy. Tomlinson denies publishing anything not already in the public domain.

Martin Ingram, Welcome To The Dark Side - former British Army Intelligence operative in Northern Ireland.

Operation Billiards - Mitrokhin or Oshchenko ? Michael John Smith - seeking to overturn his Official Secrets Act conviction in the GEC case.

The Dirty Secrets of MI5 & MI6 - Tony Holland, Michael John Smith and John Symond - stories and chronologies.

Naked Spygirl - Olivia Frank

Spooky Info - including various spooky documents which some Government agencies would prefer not to be online.

Alan Turnbull's - "An entertaining guide to using Internet-based research tools – Ordnance Survey's maps, Getmapping's aerial photos and Google Earth! to reveal the UK's "hidden" MoD facilities and military sites"

Eye Spy Magazine - " The world's leading newsstand magazine on intelligence and espionage" - photos, articles, book reviews, private sector surveillance equipment and services adverts etc. N.B. Sometimes uncritical articles on various anti-terrorism and espionage topics, presumably in order to keep in favour with their anonymous sources.

Historical Spooks

Science Museum, London - Science of Spying Exhibition - for Spy Kids of all ages until September 2007.

Bletchley Park - "Historic site of secret British codebreaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer."

Imperial War Museum. London

Spooky CyberPunks and CyberGoths

The Dose is a "free, downloadable PDF zine ranging from industrial and gothic music to indie game development, Japanese visual kei, eyecandy, cyberpunkness" produced in Hungary.The three (so far annual) issues so far, with another promised in July 2007 contain plenty of CyberPunk and CyberGoth images and reviews, with the occasional reference back to William Gibson or other cyberpunk fiction authors.

Spy / Surveillance Art Projects

Spy Box - "A digital camera inside a parcel looks out through a small hole and captures images of its journey through the postal system. The Spy Box was sent from my studio to the gallery taking an image every 10 seconds recording a total of 6994 images these were then edited together to create an animated slideshow." - by artist Tim Knowles

Benjamin Males - "Face Targeting and Analysis System (2008) - Software designed to find and analyse faces in a video stream. First stage in an ongoing project looking at the potential misuse of technology"

London CyberPunk Tourist Guide

As part of the preparations for William Gibson book signing and lecture event promoting Spook Country in London, during August 2007, this "local knowledge" guide to places of interest to cyberpunk fans was compiled, and has been subsequently expanded.

London CyberPunk Tourist Guide -

Please feel free to add comments or send emails, to keep it up to date.

Zero History


Zero History blog - - discussion and hyper link cloud enhanced literary criticism of William Gibson's forthcoming novel, entitled Zero History, which is due to be published on 7th September 2010.

See the Fragments of a Hologram Bill thread on the William Gibson Books discussion forum for the snippets of writing which have been released for discussion to the public so far.

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Zero History


Zero History blog - - discussion and hyper link cloud enhanced literary criticism of William Gibson's forthcoming novel, entitled Zero History, which is due to be published on 7th September 2010.

See the Fragments of a Hologram Bill thread on the William Gibson Books discussion forum for the snippets of writing which have been released for discussion to the public so far.

Cover Artwork

US cover art (the design we prefer):

UK cover art:

See how the cover artwork designs have changed slightly over time in the Cover Artwork category archive

"Spook Country" hyperlink cloud annotation

Our "Spook Country" hyperlink cloud annotation - re-orderd into numerical Chapter sequence

The Node Magazine, which this was a collaborative online contribution to, was online even before the official publication date of the first hardback edition of the book in August 2007.

This has been commented on by the author William Gibson, and described by Emeritus Professor of English Literature John Sutherland as "the future of literary crticism"

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