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Transport for London Oyster Card signed by William Gibson

Several characters in Zero History e.g. Milgrim and Heidi, take journeys on the London Underground Tube system.

Here is an image of a Transport for London Oyster Card - prepaid London Underground Tube and Bus travel card (but also a RFID / centralised database tracking and surveillance system) signed by William Gibson, at Forbidden Plant, London, Saturday 9th October 2010,


To protect your privacy and personal security from 13.56 MHz licence free Industrial Scientific Medical radio frequency band snoopers (both legal and illegal). You can disable the passive radio tracking behaviour of these cards by simply lining their plastic wallets, with some aluminium cooking foil. which stops the embedded antenna loop from powering up the microchip. The same sort of protection is also needed for RFID "biometric" Passports.

There is also the practical issue of preventing accidental deductions of money from your Oyster card, by maladjusted or poorly maintained or hacked Card Readers. These are normally specially de-tuned to have an effective range of only a couple of centimetres. However , the radio equipment, in order to comply with the international standards and markets, is actually designed for Portals or Doorways i.e. a couple of metres range, even without illegal amplification.

There have been times when the narrow London Underground turnstyle gates have picked up signals from someone going through a gate on either side of them, thereby secretly deducting money from the prepaid card, even when someone has been using a paper ticket, and has had their Oyster card still in their pocket.

See Foiling the Oyster Card


Using the Oyster Card, leaves a financial and time / location database transaction trail, which is used anonymously in bulk, to help Transport for London optimise their services.

However this data has been specifically exempted from the Data Protection Act 2000, by Ministerial fiat, under the previous Labour government, and is now handed over, "in bulk, in real time", together with the tens of thousands of CCTV surveillance camera live feeds or recordings, which infest the London Tube and Bus systems, to the Metropolitan Police Service, for mass surveillance database mining, in secret, for "suspicious" travel patterns. This sweeps up the innocent travel patterns and other data of millions of innocent people, as well as the alleged "terrorist suspects" which justify this policy.

However, some "cyberpunks" etc., have for years, been trying to frustrate this sort of "Big Brother" snooping on individuals, by regularly swapping their Oyster cards with friends or acquaintances, something which does not affecting the legitimate aggregated, anonymised bulk travel pattern data uses, which Transport for London might need to improve their services to the public.

Yet another hat tip to the inestimable Fashion Police, for again spotting this before us:

Festival of Ideas: William Gibson

Wed 06 Oct, 18:15

William Gibson is the bestselling author of 10 novels. His first, Neuromancer, sold more than six million copies worldwide and his books and short stories continue to reach massive audiences and win just about every award going. He coined the term cyberspace and is credited with predicting the rise of reality television and establishing the conceptual foundations for the rapid growth of virtual environments such as video games and the Web. His comment - 'The future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed' - first made in 2003 continues to be used widely. He has collaborated extensively with performance artists, filmmakers and musicians and has influenced many other authors as well as design, academia, cyberculture, technology, and the film The Matrix. His new book, Zero History, set largely in London, spookily captures the paranoia and fear of our post-Crash, late Capitalist times. A rare opportunity to see one of the world's finest writers, someone who has had, and continues to have, huge influence in the making and understanding of the modern world.

Fee: £7.00 full / £5.50 concessions.

A Festival of Ideas event presented in partnership with Watershed.


FOI: William Gibson
Wednesday, 6/10/10, 6:15PM

Work1 Canon's Road,

Watershed directions and map

(The acronym "FOI" normally means "Freedom of Information" rather than "Festival of Ideas")

Will William Gibson mention interesting local developments like the Bristol graffiti scene which spawned Banksy ?

Via William Gibson Board: october london gibson hacking 2010:

Tuesday 5th October, 6.30pm

William Gibson: Zero History

The Gallery at Foyles

He's known to many as the noir prophet, to others as the man who coined the term cyberspace. To us, he's the visionary behind Neuromancer, Spook Country and many of the most ground-breaking, world-shifting, mind-boggling SF inventions ever to land on our bookshelves. In a rare visit to the UK, he lands in our Gallery to take us to ever more unfathomable realms with Zero History. Not to be missed.

Tickets: free, email to reserve places

The Gallery at Foyles is at their main Charing Cross Road shop

113-119 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EB
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7437 5660
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7434 1574


Given how popular William Gibson's previous reading / signing events in London have been, it is perhaps not a surprise that this forthcoming event for Zero History is much more expensive than the ones held at the TUC Congress hall, for Pattern Recognition and Spook Country .

William Gibson on 'Zero History'

Monday October 4th, 2010

Doors open at 6.15pm. The event will begin at 7.00pm and finish at 8.30pm.

Event Info

'In terms of influence he is probably the most important novelist of the past two decades' Steven Poole, Guardian

American-born William Gibson is one of the most acclaimed and successful writers of the last twenty years. He coined the phrase "cyberspace" and developed the concept in his bestselling first novel Neuromancer, creating an iconography for the Information Age long before widespread use of the Internet. Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive completed his first trilogy. He has written six further novels, moving gradually away from science fiction and futuristic work, instead writing about the strange contemporary world we inhabit.

Gibson will be talking about his life and work, and in particular his new book Zero History, which is set largely in London and captures the paranoia and fear of our post-Crash times.

Venue Info

Cadogan Hall

5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ, Tel: 020 7730 4500

Tube: Sloane Square
Bus Routes: 11, 19, 22, 137, 211, 319, 360 C1

However, as William Gibson tweeted:

London: the expensive seats

Tue Jul 27 05:49:47 +0000 2010

Ticket Type  Price
Stalls  £25.00
Gallery  £20.00

Cadogan Hall, a former church used for musical concerts etc., has a capacity of 900 or so in the main auditorium, so this is a big event, which should finance William Gibson's trip to London.


This event is organised by Intelligence Squared, who produce a glossy magazine and who hold televised and internet broadcast public debates . See this review by a Charles Moore, the former editor of The Daily Telegraph broadsheet newspaper:
The House of Commons no longer provides model debate
Charles Moore reviews Intelligence Squared, and laments the decline of proper parliamentary debate.

But of course the British interest in debate did not suddenly disappear. It was perhaps to answer the half-conscious sense of a vacuum that Intelligence Squared began. In 2002, its founders Jeremy O'Grady and John Gordon noticed that Lady Antonia Fraser filled the 750-seat hall of the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington with her talk about Marie-Antoinette. Why shouldn't they do the same, they wondered, with debates? They set up a company to achieve this.

As the title implies, the idea multiplies itself. Last year, Intelligence Squared ran 27 events. Frequently, there is such demand for the £25 tickets that they have to move out of the RGS to the more intimidating grandeur of Methodist Central Hall. Intelligence Squared has already licensed the use of its name in New York, Sydney, Kiev and Hong Kong, and is in the process of doing so in Nigeria and Brazil. It has a popular website on which films of the debates appear and written and weekly topical mini-debates can be found.

William Gibson will not, presumably, be debating anything, but this event and venue do show his increasing status as an important cultural icon in the United Kingdom, as elsewhere.

What else will William Gibson be doing between this Monday 4th October event and the Forbidden Planet Megstore book signing on Saturday 9th October 2010 ?

The hard core William Gibson Discussion Board fans from the UK and Europe will probably be mostly at the Saturday book signing.

october london gibson hacking 2010

Thanks again to Fashion Police, for spotting this before us:

Zero History book signing by William Gibson - Forbidden Planet, London, UK - Saturday 9th October 2010 13:00 - 14:00

Saturday 09 October 13:00 - 14:00
London Megastore

179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

Forbidden Planet is pleased to announce a signing by William Gibson. He will be signing his new novel ZERO HISTORY at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 9th October from 1 - 2pm.



Unlike the previous Spook Country book signing in 2007 (see William Gibson "Spook Country" signing and "Secure Beneath The Watchful Eyes" poster) which happened on a Wednesday, this event could be very busy on a Saturday.

Washington, DC

Sunday, September 26, 1:00 PM

Politics & Prose

5015 Connecticut Ave NW

Washington, DC 20008


Politics and Prose Bookstore

5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

202-966-7532 (Fax)


Monday - Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.

There is a parking lot behind the store for our customers' use, but do allow yourself plenty of time as it fills up quickly.

If parking on the street, please observe posted regulations.

Google Street View of Politics and Prose Bookstore

Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, September 25 2:00 PM

Free Library of Philadelphia

Booksales by Joseph Fox Booksellers

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103


Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)

Hours of Operation | Holidays
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Joseph Fox Booksellers

1724 Sansom Street,
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 563-4184‎

Google Street View of Joseph Fox Booksellers

New York, NY

Thursday, September 23, 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble - Union Square

33 East 17th Street

New York, NY 10003


Thursday September 23, 2010 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble
Union Square #2675

33 East 17th Street,
New York,
NY 10003,


At the north side of Union Square between Broadway and Park Avenue, north of the Union Square (14th Street) subway stop (4, 5, 6, N, R, W and L trains).

target="_blank">Google Street View of Barnes & Noble

Brookline, MA

Wednesday, September 22, 6:00 PM

Coolidge Corner Theater

Sponsored by Brookline Booksmith

290 Harvard Street

Brookline, MA 02446


Ticketing: $5

Coolidge Corner Theater

Nearby metered public parking is available behind the theatre (on Center St. one block from Harvard St.) and along Beacon Street. Meters are free after 6:00pm and on Sundays and holidays. Please note that the lots tend to fill up on weekends or during large events, so please plan a little extra time to find space. We strongly reccomend public transit for events and films you anticipate will be very busy! Additional Parking at an hourly rate is available across Beacon and Centre Streets at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel garage on Webster St.
Public Transporation

By train: take the Green Line (C branch to Cleveland Circle) trolley from downtown to Coolidge Corner via Beacon Street. The Coolidge Corner stop is at Harvard Street, 5-10 minutes from Kenmore Square.

By bus: take bus #66, Dudley/Harvard Square. All buses and trolleys stop at the Harvard Street/ Beacon Street intersection.

You can find route maps and the latest schedules at the MBTA web site
Detailed Driving Directions

From Mass Pike, 90: Take exit 18 Allston/Brighton. As you exit tolls, stay to left for Allston exit and merge with Cambridge St. Follow until you reach Harvard Ave on your left, after the overpass turn left at the "Sports Depot" sign. Take the left onto Harvard Ave and follow through Allston and across Commonwealth Ave, continuing for about 1.5 miles. Just before reaching the major intersection of Harvard and Beacon St, you will notice our giant theatre marquee on your right.

From Interstate 93: Take the Storrow Drive exit and follow to Storrow Drive (this navigation changes periodically because of Big Dig construction, so watch for the signs). Take Storrow Drive to the Kenmore Square exit. As the exit splits, stay in the right hand lane. Take the first right onto Beacon St. Follow Beacon St through Kenmore Square (past the legendary Citgo sign), staying in the center lane. After you cross the overpass, keep going straight ahead, following the trolley tracks along Beacon St until you reach the intersection of Beacon and Harvard St, landmarked by a large Tudor style building with a clocktower (and a Walgreens) on the corner. You'll see us one half block up Harvard, but continue on Beacon to Center St and turn right to access our parking lot behind the building.

From Route 9: Route 9 inbound to the Brookline Village/Harvard St intersection. The Brookline fire station is on your right. Go through the intersection and take a right immediately after the fire station, and loop around the back. You can now turn right and cross back over Route 9 onto Harvard St. Follow Harvard St through Brookline Village, about one mile to Beacon St. Cross Beacon St and you will immediately see our marquee on your left. Parking is along Beacon, or go around the block and enter the lot behind our building on Center St

Google Street View of
Coolidge Corner Theater

Brookline Booksmith

279 Harvard St.
Brookline MA
02446 (617) 566-6660

- Tickets $5
- Purchase tickets by calling the store at 617-566-6660

- Line to enter the theatre begins at 5:30pm
- Seating begins at 5:45pm
- Unclaimed tickets become invalid at 5:55pm

Googlle Street View of Brokkline Booksmith

Durham, NC

Tuesday, September 21, 7:00 PM

Bryan University Center

Sponsored by Gothic Books

Reynolds Theater

125 Science Drive

Durham, NC 27708


As you walk into the Bryan Center parking lot, the Bryan Student Center on is the building to your right. Reynolds Theater is directly behind the Box Office in this building.

Parking is available in the parking garage Bryan Center Parking Deck (PG IV), located on Science Drive between Duke Chapel and the Bryan Center, for West Campus events. A special event parking fee of $5 will be charged by Duke Parking Office attendants upon entrance. Discounted parking voucher(s) are available in advance for $3 from the Duke University Box Office at the time you purchase your performance tickets. This option is available only at time of purchase. Duke employees with valid parking permits can park free in the Bryan Center Parking Deck (PG IV) after 5pm.


-Reynolds accessible parking spaces are located in the Bryan Center Parking Lot and in Parking Garage IV.
-Automatic door openers with remote control capability are located at walkway and circle entrances.
-Accessible path of travel leading from parking lot to entrances facing Bryan Center Plaza and parking lot.
-Accessible elevators available to all levels. Reynolds Theatre is located on 100 level/upper level of the Bryan Center.
-Permanent assistive listening system installed. Receivers available in main ticket office.

For an accessibility map, click here and select Reynolds Theater.

-Via I-40 West: Merge onto 147 N via Exit 279B toward Durham/Downtown.
-From 147 N take the Fulton Street/Hillandale Road Exit 15B. Off the exit, bear left under the freeway.
-Turn right onto Erwin Road (the light directly in front of Duke Hospital North).
-At the third light turn left onto Towerview Drive (Morreene Road will be on your right).
-Turn left at the first light onto Science Drive. The Bryan Center parking lot and garage will be your second right.

-From the US-15/501 Bypass N take the Morreene Road Exit via Exit 108A.
-Turn right onto Morreene Road (You will pass the Millennium Hotel on your left).
-Continue straight through light at the intersection of Erwin Road and Towerview Drive/Morreene Road (Morreene Road becomes Towerview Drive at this intersection).
-Take a left at the first light onto Science Drive, the Bryan Center parking lot and garage will be your second right.

Google Street View of Duke University West Campus, Joseph M. and Kathleen Price Bryan University Center

Gothic Bookshop

located on the top level of the Bryan University Center, next to the University Store.

Duke University
Box 90851
Durham, NC 27708
Tel: (919) 684-3986
Fax: (919) 681-843

Monday thru Wednesday, 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday & Friday, 8:30am - 8:00pm
Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed on Sunday

Atlanta, GA

Monday, September 20, 6:30 PM

Savannah College of Art and Design

Sponsored by A Cappella Books

1600 Peachtree Street

Gallery 4-C

Atlanta, GA 30357


Savannah College of Art and Design
Event Space Gallery 4-C
1600 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA

Google Street View of Savannah College of Art and Design

A Cappella Books

484-C Moreland Ave NE.
Atlanta, GA 30307
866-681-5128 toll free

Located in the Atlanta neighborhood Little Five Points.

Google Street View of A Cappella Books

St. Louis, MO

Sunday, September 19, 2:00 PM

St. Louis Public Library, Schlafly Branch

Sponsored by Left Bank Books

225 N. Euclid Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63108


St. Louis Public Library, Schlafly Branch
225 North Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108

(314) 367-4120

9am - 9pm Monday-Thursday
9am - 6pm Friday and Saturday
1pm - 5pm Sunday

Left Bank Books

399 North Euclid at McPherson in the Central West End
St. Louis, MO 63108


Monday - Saturday 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday 11am - 6 pm

We are open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

We are open from 10 am to 6pm on the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Day.


CWE - Metered street parking, pay-to-park lots on Euclid and McPherson

Downtown - Metered street parking, free lot at 10th and Olive, pay-to park garage on 10th between Locust & Washington

Public Transportation:

Left Bank CWE is convenient to the MetroLink light rail transit line. MetroBus #1, the WUSTL GOLD LINE serves Euclid Ave. This bus is used by the car-free public as well as Wash U, and connects Left Bank to MetroLink at both CWE and Forest Park Stations, as well as Wash U and Clayton.

Google Street View of Left Bank Books

Oak Brook, IL

Saturday, September 18, 2:00 PM

Barnes & Noble

297 Oakbrook Center

Oak Brook, IL 60523


Saturday September 18, 2010 2:00 PM

Barnes & Noble # 2361

IL/Chicago/Oakbrook Center
297 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523


Store Hours
Sun 10:00AM-8:00PM | Mon-Sat 9:00AM-10:00PM

Google Hybrid Satellite Map of Barnes & Noble #2361

Chicago, IL

Friday, September 17, 7:00 PM

Borders Books & Music - Michigan Avenue

830 N. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611


Borders Books & Music
830 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611


store hours
Monday - Saturday
09:00 am to 11:00 pm
09:00 am to 09:00 pm

Google Street View of Borders Books & Music

Minneapolis, MN

Thursday, September 16

Signing - 5:00 PM

Magers & Quinn Booksellers

3038 Hennepin Avenue S.

Minneapolis, MN 55414


Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
866-912-6657 (toll free)

Google Street View of Magers & Quinn Booksellers

Talk & Q&A - 7:30 PM

Minneapolis Central Library

Ticketing - $5 Sponsored by Magers & Quinn Booksellers

(Redeemable toward book purchase)

Pohlad Hall

300 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis, MN 55401

Minneapolis Central Library
Pohlad Hall
300 Nicollet Mall

Austin, TX

Wednesday, September 15, 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble

10000 Research Blvd #158

Austin, TX 78759


Wednesday September 15, 2010 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble #2536
10000 Research Blvd #158
Austin, TX 78759


Store Hours
Sun 9:00AM-10:00PM | Mon-Sat 9:00AM-11:00PM

In the Arboretum Shopping Center, at the Southwest Corner of 183 and Great Hills Trail.

Google Street View of Barnes & Noble #2536

Denver, CO

Tuesday, September 14, 7:30 PM

Tattered Cover Book Store

1628 16th Street

Denver, CO 80202


Tattered Cover Book Store

Tuesday, September 14, 7:30 PM

Tattered Cover Book Store

1628 16th Street

Denver, CO 80202


Location: 1628 16th Street at Wynkoop in Denver, in the restored Morey Mercantile Building, directly across Wynkoop Street from the new EPA building next to Union Station just blocks from Coors Field.Hourly parking lots are located near the store and streetside parking is also available. The zipcode is 80202.

Local phone number: 303-436-1070
Local fax number: 303-629-1704

Store hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; and Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

N.B. an earlier version of the tour announcement blog posting mentioned the Highlands Ranch branch, so it is probably worth checking.

Albuquerque, NM

Monday, September 13, 7:00 PM

Albuquerque Main Library

Sponsored by Bookworks

501 Copper Avenue NE

Albuquerque, NM 87102


Albuquerque Main Library

501 Copper Avenue NE

TDD 505-768-5199
Joani Murphy, Area Manager
Hours: Mon, Thu-Sat, 10am-6pm;
Tues & Wed 10am-7pm

Free WiFi

Free parking for up to 2 hours in the Very Special Arts Garage at 5th and Copper. Bring your parking stub to the circulation desk for validation. There is also on street metered parkin
Google Street View of Albuquerque Main Library

N.B. The Bookworks website implies that this event is at their main store, so it is worth double checking.

09.13.10: William Gibson - Zero History
Start: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 7:00pm


4022 Rio Grande Boulevard Northwest
Albuquerque, NM 87107-3100
(505) 344-8139

Bookworks is located at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, in the Flying Star Plaza. Remember that Montano doesn't intersect Rio Grande, and instead takes you across the river to Rio Rancho.

From 40: Take the Rio Grande exit, and make a right (north) on Rio Grande. Pass several lights, and just north of Griegos (a stoplight is here), we're on the right, next to a Flying Star in a small shopping center.

Hours: Monday to Saturday 9-9/Sunday 9-7

Google Street View of Bookworks

Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, September 12, 12:00 PM

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069


Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd.
W. Hollywood CA 90069

Store Hours
Monday - Sunday: 9am to 10pm

telephone: 310. 659.3110 or
fax: 310 659-3410

Free parking behind the store via Nellas St.

Google Street View of Book Soup

Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, September 12, 5:00 PM

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd.

Pasadena, CA 91101


Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

Monday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Google Street View of Vroman's Bookstore

San Francisco, CA

Saturday, September 11, 1:00 PM

Moe's Books

2476 Telegraph Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94704


Moe's Books

2476 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley CA 94704

Main Store: (510) 849-2087
Open 10am - 10pm every day

Saturday, September 11th: William Gibson
1pm Q&A; signing

Google Street View of Moe's Books

San Francisco, CA

Friday, September 10, 7:30 PM

Kepler's Books - Menlo Park

1010 El Camino Real

Menlo Park, CA 94025



1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Email Us:

Store Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9 am to 10 pm
Friday & Saturday: 9 am to 11 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm

Google Street View of Kepler's Books

San Francisco, CA

Friday, September 10, 1:00 PM

Book Passage - Corte Madera

51 Tamal Vista Blvd.

Corte Madera, CA

415-927-0960 X 1

Book Passage Cafe‎
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA 94925-1145, United States
(415) 927-0960

Google Hybrid Satellite Map of Book Passsage cafe

San Francisco, CA

Thursday, September 9, 7:30 PM


1644 Haight Street

San Francisco, CA 94117


1644 Haight Street
San Francisco, California 94117

800.493.7323 (tollfree in USA)
415.863.2540 (fax)

Monday-Saturday 10am-10pm
Sunday 10am-8pm

Google Street View of The Booksmith

Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 8, 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books - Burnside

1005 W. Burnside

Portland, OR 97209


Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside
Portland, OR 97209


Daily: 9am - 11pm
July 4: 9am - 9pm

Google Street View of Powell's City of Book

Seattle, WA

Tuesday, September 7, 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble - University Village

2675 NE University Village Street

Seattle, WA 98105


Tuesday September 07, 2010 7:00 PM

University Village
University Village SC
2675 NE University Village Street
Seattle, WA 98105

Store Hours
Sun-Thu 9:00AM-10:00PM | Fri-Sat 9:00AM-11:00PM

In the University Village Shopping Center next to Eddie Bauer.

Google Hybrid Satellite Map of BARNES & NOBLE #2573

William Gibson - Zero History book tour - hint at a visit to London

William Gibson does seem to be planning to come to London to promote Zero History:

RT @sarahsalway: @GreatDismal Are you coming to London on your grand book tour? [Indeed. But dates not solid yet. End of Septemberish.

Sun Jun 27 07:57:31 +0000 2010

This would follow the pattern of previous book tours.

About this blog

This is the blog

Discussion and hyper link cloud enhanced literary criticism around the forthcoming new novel by cyber punk / literary fiction author William Gibson, which is currently in progress, and which is provisionally entitled Zero History.

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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Please feel free to email us your views about this website or news about the issues it tries to comment on:

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William Gibson's Twitter feed - GreatDismal

William Gibson is now a keen user of Twitter, rather than his now seemingly abandoned blog, so that is now the most likely place to find the latest news about his writing, or travels etc.

It is also the place to spot his occaisinal requests to his fans, for help with research on specific background details, some of which may, or may not, end up in the finished novel Zero History which he is currently working on.

William Gibson's Twitter stream - GreatDismal

"Zero History" hyperlink cloud annotation

For "Zero History", we aim to repeat the success of our collaborative "Spook Country" hyperlink cloud annotation - re-orderd into numerical Chapter sequence.

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"

Zero History blog & Node Magazine - hyperlink cloud literary criticism & annotation

Gabriel Hounds - Systemneustart

The German translation of Zero History is entitled Systemneutstart - "System Re-Boot"

A class of students at the Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany, have a group blog, which analyses some of the themes of this novel which they call:

Gabriel Hounds

Spook Country blog

Spook Country blog - - includes discussion and hyper link cloud enhanced literary criticism of William Gibson's previous novel Spook Country

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.


Wikipedia entry for William Gibson.

Official William Gibson Books website:

Wiliam Gibson's blog post announcement What's in a name? of Zero History as the title of his new novel.

William Gibson's Twitter announcement of the Zero History title.

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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Tor - the onion routing network - "Tor aims to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Communications are bounced around a distributed network of servers called onion routers, protecting you from websites that build profiles of your interests, local eavesdroppers that read your data or learn what sites you visit, and even the onion routers themselves." The project makes use of Tor as part of their anonymity infrastructure.

BlogSafer - wiki with multilingual guides to anonymous blogging

NGO in a box - Security Edition privacy and security software tools

Reporters Without Borders - Reporters Sans Frontières - campaign for journalists 'and bloggers' freedom in repressive countries and war zones.

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"Zero History" hyperlink cloud annotation

For "Zero History", we aim to repeat the success of our collaborative "Spook Country" hyperlink cloud annotation - re-orderd into numerical Chapter sequence.

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"

Zero History blog & Node Magazine - hyperlink cloud literary criticism & annotation

Zero History Cover Art


Zero History blog Cover Art category archive


Systemneustart_cover_150.jpg German edition: Systemneustart approximates to "System Re-boot"

Recent Comments

  • Mark Fudge: Foyles sold out already - that kinda of sucks... read more
  • Memetic Engineer: William Gibson describes this "otakublog" as "actually very useful" Zero History otakublog This sort of thing is becoming read more
  • Memetic Engineer: William Gibson corrects his previous tweet: Correction: 641 ms. pages. Forgot and left part of beginning of book on read more
  • Memetic Engineer: William Gibson has now finished the manuscript, according to this tweet: Zero History completed. 644 ms. pages, which is read more
  • Memetic Engineer: @ Joe Parrish - thanks for spotting that ! I have posted the details as a blog article. read more
  • Joe Parrish: You probably know this but at the Putnam sight in there fall adult catalog on pages 14 and 15, 15 read more
  • Memetic Engineer: custom Jankel-armored Toyota Hilux with Israeli nano-glass windows @ceesaxp Bigend is currently driving a custom Jankel-armored Toyota Hilux with read more
  • Memetic Engineer: @ Caplewood - thanks for spotting the publication details for Zero History I shall keep an eye out for read more
  • Caplewood: Amazon lists the publication date for Zero History as September 7, 2010. read more
  • Caplewood: . . .much less otaku like, than your obscured /shortened link to the Google translation of the Japanese Wikipedia article. read more

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