3. Slut's Wool - page 16

3. Slut's Wool - page 16

Prepare for ZERO HISTORY by William Gibson


William Gibson selectively quotes only some of Hubertus Bigend and Hollis Henry's words on pages 23 and 24 in this trailer:

"Someone," he said, "is developing what may prove to be a somewhat new way to transmit brand vision."

"You sound guarded in your appreciation."

"A certain genuinely provocative use of negative space," he said..


"I don't know," he said. "I haven't been able to find out.I feel that someone has read and understood my playbook. And may possibly be extending it."

"Then send Pamela," she said. "She understands all that. Or someone else. You have a small army of people who understand all that. You must."

"But that is exactly it. Because they 'understand all that' they won't find the edge. They won't find the new. And worse, they'll trample on it, inadvertently crush it, beneath a certain mediocrity inherent in professional competence." He dabbed his lips with the folded napkin, though they didn't seem to need it."I need a wild card. I need you."

He sat back, then, and regarded her in exactly the same way he'd regarded the tidy and receding ass of the Italian girl, though in this case, she knew, it had nothing at all to do with sex.

"Dear God," she said, entirely without expecting to, and simultaneously wishing she were very small. Small enough to curl up in the slut's wool that crowned the steampunk lift, between those few cork-colored filter tips.

"Does 'The Gabriel Hounds' mean anything to you?" he asked.

"No," she said.

He smiled, obviously pleased.

"Finding the Edge" or losing it, is a theme which has cropped up in William Gibson's novels since Neuromancer and and in earlier short stories such as New Rose Hotel or Johnny Mnemonic.

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