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Some recent Zero History tweets by William Gibson

Some recent Zero History tweets by William Gibson

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.

William Gibson: Zero History US book signing tour schedule

William Gibson has tweeted:

Full US Zero History signing schedule coming soon.

Thu Jun 24 16:04:41 +0000 2010

and also

RT @tommyjmquinn: @GreatDismal Hey, is the new book going to be coming out in an 'e' format? Or just as paper? [Same day as paper.]

Thu Jun 24 19:14:08 +0000 2010

As previously tweeted, the schedule is now available via William Gibson's now rarely used blog:
We have added a few URL hyperlinks to the locations.

Saturday, June 26, 2010
posted 5:53 AM

Seattle, WA

Tuesday, September 7, 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble - University Village

2675 NE University Village Street

Seattle, WA 98105


Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 8, 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books - Burnside

1005 W. Burnside

Portland, OR 97209


San Francisco, CA

Thursday, September 9, 7:30 PM


1644 Haight Street

San Francisco, CA 94117


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

San Francisco, CA

Friday, September 10, 7:30 PM

Kepler's Books - Menlo Park

1010 El Camino Real

Menlo Park, CA 94025


San Francisco, CA

Saturday, September 11, 1:00 PM

Moe's Books

2476 Telegraph Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94704


Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, September 12, 12:00 PM

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069


Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, September 12, 5:00 PM

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd.

Pasadena, CA 91101


Albuquerque, NM

Monday, September 13, 7:00 PM

Albuquerque Main Library

Sponsored by Bookworks

501 Copper Avenue NE

Albuquerque, NM 87102


Denver, CO

Tuesday, September 14, 7:30 PM

Tattered Cover Book Store

1628 16th Street

Denver, CO 80202


Austin, TX

Wednesday, September 15, 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble

10000 Research Blvd #158

Austin, TX 78759


Minneapolis, MN

Thursday, September 16

Signing - 5:00 PM

Magers & Quinn Booksellers

3038 Hennepin Avenue S.

Minneapolis, MN 55414


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

Chicago, IL

Friday, September 17, 7:00 PM

Borders Books & Music - Michigan Avenue

830 N. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611


Oak Brook, IL

Saturday, September 18, 2:00 PM

Barnes & Noble

297 Oakbrook Center

Oak Brook, IL 60523


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


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


Durham, NC

Tuesday, September 21, 7:00 PM

Bryan University Center

Sponsored by Gothic Books

Reynolds Theater

125 Science Drive

Durham, NC 27708

Brookline, MA

Wednesday, September 22, 6:00 PM

Coolidge Corner Theater

Sponsored by Brookline Booksmith

290 Harvard Street

Brookline, MA 02446


Ticketing: $5

New York, NY

Thursday, September 23, 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble - Union Square

33 East 17th Street

New York, NY 10003


Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, September 25 2:00 PM

Free Library of Philadelphia

Booksales by Joseph Fox Booksellers

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103


Washington, DC

Sunday, September 26, 1:00 PM

Politics & Prose

5015 Connecticut Ave NW

Washington, DC 20008


Hopefully William Gibson will not be too tired to come to London and other non-USA locations after this hectic Zero history USA book tour.

More Zero History book signing tour hints

A couple of tweets by William Gibson giving hints about possible Zero History book signings

RT @Moxy_Tod: @GreatDismal What're the odds that signing plans beyond September would include a return to Singapore? [Low.] 7:12 AM May 24th via Brizzly


RT @davidpopely: @GreatDismal Any plans to visit UK around the publication of Zero History? [It's being discussed.] 10:35 AM May 25th via Brizzly


@davidpopely Schedules etc. to come. 10:46 AM May 25th via Brizzly in reply to davidpopely

Another hint via Twitter, about the forthcoming new novel Zero History by William Gibson, due to be published this 7th September 2010,

RT @theautumnal: Would you say that "Zero History" is more like "Pattern Recognition" or "Spook Country"? [Triangulation?]

Sun Apr 18 06:17:06 +0000 2010

Rather than the geometrical or surveying definition of Triangulation, the Social Sciences or , more particularly the Political use of the word is probably the meaning what William Gibson is conveying i.e. the middle ground between the two previous books in the trilogy.

Does this observation also hold true for third novel in each of his previous trilogies ?

Sprawl trilogy:

  1. Neuromancer (1984)
  2. Count Zero (1986)
  3. Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988)

Bridge trilogy:

  1. Virtual Light (1993)
  2. Idoru (1996)
  3. All Tomorrow's Parties (1999)

Bigend trilogy:

  1. Pattern Recognition (2003)
  2. Spook Country (2007)
  3. Zero History (2010)

"Bigend Books" trilogy by William Gibson

RT @dr_ultimately: @greatdismal does the new trilogy have a name yet? (e.g., Sprawl, Bridge) [Bigend Books] via Brizzly

Fri Apr 09 13:59:22 +0000 2010

Hubertus Bigend is one of the characters who appears in Pattern Recognition and Spook Country and who must survive the editing process to appear in the forthcoming Zero History

The original WIkipedia entry (9 August 2007) for Hubertus Bigend created for a fictional character who ,at the time of first publication of the novel Spook Country, did not have a real Wikipedia entry, but did have a fictional one in print.

Note on the pronunciation of "Bigend"

Spook Country Chapter 13 Boxes page 62

Angelina re-iterates , her concern about your being, however indirectly or only potentially employed by le Bigend, which she points out is more correctly pronounced "bay-jend", sort of, but seldom is, she says, even by him.

The self=referential paradox regarding "sources" or "original research" which this posed for the Wikipedia editors and their collective , pettifogging "policies" regarding" sources" and "original research" amused many cyberpunk fiction fans.

The "hyperspace cloud" which now surrounds William Gibson's writing and also the analysis and criticism by fans and by professional critics, will become even more confusing withZero History.

Many of the "original sources" will be even more ephemeral consisting as they do of short blog postings and Twitterings / Tweets, some of which only have a couple of (important) words regarding Zero History.

William Gibson hints at a new character in his forthcoming Zero History novel due to be published on 7th September 2010.

@kokeshi One of the characters in my new book is from Bristol, and fancies himself an artist. #zerohistory via Brizzly in reply to kokeshi

Thu Apr 08 03:39:53 +0000 2010

Could he possibly mean someone like Banksy, the reclusive graffiti artist / art gallery provocateur and financial backer of the Labour party ?

Previously published blog fragments (see Fragments of a Hologram Bill) have indicated the return of characters from Spook Country such as Hubertus Bigend, Hollis Henry, Reg Inchmale, Pamela Mainwaring, Ollie Sleigh and Milgrim.

A couple of Zero History related Wunderkammer tweets by William Gibson

One of the fragments of William Gibson's forthcoming novel Zero History which he published on his blog, inspired this comment on the William Gibson Discussion Board, which pointed out the similarities between the description of the decoration of Hollis's room at Inchmale's club, with a "Cabinet of Curiosities" or Wunderkammer, the eclectic collections of scientific and magical curiosities which eventually became modern museums.

Inchmale's Club in Portman Square

William Gibson has now made a couple of tweets > tagged with #zerohistory.
regarding Wunderkammer

the wunderkammer through history #zerohistory 9:47 PM Apr 5th via Brizzly

sir john soane's museum #zerohistory 9:49 PM Apr 5th via Brizzly

RT @diannagraf: #zerohistory is going to have stuff about wunderkammers in? you write about all my favourite things! ♥ [You're covered!]

Wed Apr 07 03:33:32 +0000 2010

Some more Zero History tweets by William Gibson

A few more tweets from William Gibson regarding his forthcoming Zero History novel, due to be published in the USA on 7th September 2010:

These tweets just show that the details of the promotional tour are not yet fixed and that there will be simultaneous releases of an e-book (format as yet undetermined) and an audio book, but (not voiced by William Gibson himself:

Promotional tour dates and locations still being arranged:

RT @ChrisLong: @GreatDismal zero history book tour: minneapolis, mn? [Tour not yet planned.] 7:49 AM Apr 2nd via Brizzly

RT @Jakedrum: @GreatDismal When will 'Zero History' be published in UK? [Haven't heard yet. Suspect simultaneous.] 12:06 PM Apr 2nd via Brizzly

RT @davegobe: @GreatDismal - Where will we find upcoming tour dates? (My blog, when I have them. Will link from here.) 1:41 AM Mar 28th via Brizzly

RT @lawik: @GreatDismal I don't imagine you'll end up in Sweden one of these days... [Only if Scand. publishers share costs. Did, once!) 1:39 AM Mar 28th via Brizzly

RT @Kendamaterial: @GreatDismal have to ask - any UK dates being considered for your tour? [Early days yet.] 1:03 AM Mar 28th via Brizzly

RT @nickpeters: @GreatDismal any chance your book tour will bring you to Australia? [Being discussed.] 8:12 PM Mar 27th via Brizzly

RT @bump: @GreatDismal We'd love to see you back in Atlanta. [I'd like that too. Have kin there.] 7:25 PM Mar 27th via Brizzly

Extra week of US touring, this time. Three in all. 7:23 PM Mar 27th via Brizzly

RT @cathedralish: @GreatDismal Any idea where the book tour will take you yet? Portland? [Portland's standard.] 7:22 PM Mar 27th via Brizzly

RT @Pulp_Image: @GreatDismal so, we can expect touring soon? Nyc dates? [Touring from release date. No sched yet.] 7:21 PM Mar 27th via Brizzly

RT @siczar: @GreatDismal Typically, how long do you spend promoting a new novel? [About a three-month season, inc. touring.] 6:36 PM Mar 27th via Brizzly

e-book and audio book simultaneous release with hardback:

RT @turntabling: @GreatDismal Unfortunate that you won't be doing the audio book for ZH. [Thanks, but I hate doing long readings to tape.] 9:09 PM Apr 1st via Brizzly

RT @AMSS00D: audiobook, ebook, hardback...release dates? The same sept7, or are they not announced yet? [Hardcover & ebook Sept 7.] 3:17 PM Mar 31st via Brizzly

RT @Oakwright: @GreatDismal When you say ebook will be an option, which formats? Kindle? [I don't know.] 1:25 PM Mar 31st via Brizzly

RT @m_cars: Will Zero History be available as an ebook at the same time as hardcover? [Yes.] 1:16 PM Mar 31st via Brizzly

Miscellaneous Zero History tweets:

RT @dlximgntn: @GreatDismal so, it ends with a ".", now, can you tell me the exact word in the middle of zero history? :) ["monomers"] 3:51 PM Apr 1st via Brizzly

I doubt if that is literally true, especially as the manuscript is currently being edited for production. William Gibson's use of "monomers" in several of his works has been discussed on the official WIlliam Gibson Discussion forum.

RT @perobscurius:Will Zero History help me overcome painful shyness, succeed in business, transcend the material plane? [Only in audio.] 1:27 PM Mar 31st via Brizzly

RT @Syfy: @GreatDismal What other WG novels should we read to prepare for Zero History? [Pattern Recognition, Spook Country] 1:21 PM Mar 31st via Brizzly

RT @millerzep: can you read zero history without having read anything else of yours (except neuromancer)? [Yes, but not optimally.] 1:14 PM Mar 31st via Brizzly

Obviously William Gibson does not want to give too much away,

I don't want to be Mr. Spoiler, so generally won't answer Zero History questions. 1:06 PM Mar 31st via Brizzly

but there is one small clue regarding the content of Zero History:

RT @joncates: "Dazzle Camouflage" makeup designs to spoof face recognition software. [This is so Zero History.] 5:03 PM Apr 2nd via Brizzly

Sat Apr 03 01:03:42 +0000 2010

Will anti-surveillance technologies or counter-surveillance techniques feature in Zero History ?

4 more Tweets about Zero History by William Gibson


3 more Tweets by William Gibson, regarding his forthcoming novel Zero History:

RT @TreeDiva: @GreatDismal Is upcoming Zero History connected to Pattern Recognition & Spook Country? [yes]

Fri Feb 12 22:16:39 +0000 2010

Can't say more about Zero History: spoilers.

Sat Feb 13 00:27:57 +0000 2010

RT @Beckx: @GreatDismal Are there small press/limited/signed editions planned for the new book? (hopeful!) [Sorry, no.]

Sat Feb 13 01:10:51 +0000 2010

RT @brianeisley: @GreatDismal Have you turned it in? Is it actually done? [Not yet.]

Sat Feb 13 01:17:50 +0000 2010

William Gibson - "Zero History" plot thickens

Here are another couple of the "creative bread crumbs that fall from Gibson's Twitter account"

Got the "trigger" chapter done today. All previous were "cocking". Now I know for sure it will shoot. :-) (whew!)

Thu Jan 14 05:56:54 +0000 2010


and also:

RT @goeast: @GreatDismal so, you've finished the "money chapter"? :-P [No, but they're all done messing around.]

Thu Jan 14 06:40:37 +0000 2010


This hints that William Gibson's Zero History novel in progress, might have reached the middlegame stage of the plot.

William Gibson finds this Zero History blog useful

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Merry Christmas to WIlliam Gibson and his readers and fans.

I am honoured that William Gibson has found this blog to be of some use to him, according to these tweets

Apologies for the html code mangling - it is not straighforward to copy tweets with a meaningful timestamp etc. from the GreatDismal Twitter web page:

Sun Dec 20 05:48:47 +0000 2009

Crikey, they're on to me" class="tweet-url web" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Some helpful stuff here, actually! from web

from web

William Gibson

The web page URL with the embedded "@" symbol seems to have confused Twitter somewhat !

Sun Dec 20 05:49:28 +0000 2009

Helpful to me, that is.

from web

William Gibson

"Zero History" tweets - Wormwood Scrubs

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Some more Tweets from William Gibson, ideas from which may,or may not be included in the published version of Zero History:

Fri Dec 11 18:01:41 +0000 2009

Query: Is there CCTV on the Scrubs, London? Not the prison; the wide open ground nearby. Wardens? Police presence at 2AM?

from Brizzly

William Gibson

Fri Dec 11 18:04:38 +0000 2009

Would my brand of corporate spooks logical choose the late-night Scrubs for something private? It's an attractively atmospheric venue...

from Brizzly

William Gibson

Fri Dec 11 18:36:31 +0000 2009

Thnx Scrubs advisors. I love it that it was the dueling ground. And such an anomaly in terms of undeveloped land.

from Brizzly

William Gibson

Wikipedia entry for Wormwood Scrubs, which mentions its use as a duelling ground.



The large site is surrounded on 3 sides by railway lines and depots, and, to the south by public buildings buildings i.e. Her Majesty's Prison Wormwood Scrubs, the Linford Christie sports stadium and Hammersmith Hospital part of Imperial College,University of London, and the Tube stations are likely to have security guards and CCTV camera systems, but none of these will be doing much, if any, surveillance of the the large open space /park.

The western side of the Wormwood Scrubs Park is effectively unfenced, but does have lots of residential houses on the opposite side of Braybrook Street and Old ok Common Lane, so there are plenty of potential observers, even at 2 am in the morning.


Dead Letter Drops and Geocaches

Depending on what sort of clandestine meeting or other activity in the middle of the night at 2am the "corporate spies" are up to, the Wormwood Scrubs site has pros and cons.

The access / exit routes by road are constrained by the railway lines and public buildings, making it easier to see if someone is following them to the location, but it might be a problem if a quick getaway is needed, as only a few watchers or roadblocks would be needed set up a surveillance or security cordon around the area.

A very good idea of how suitable the area is for classic dead letter drops as used by spies etc., can be gleaned from the number of local Geocaches there are in the area, as the location criteria for these are very similar i.e. easy to be found by those in the know, but not liable to accidental disturbance by wildlife or by human vandals or thieves, and not observed by CCTV etc.


Geocaches around Wormwood Scrubs Park W12 0DF

The half a dozen or so Geocaches in the Wormwood Scrubs Park area, imply that this is probably quite a good place for "dead letter drops" for "corporate spooks".

Mobile Phone Location Based Services / Communications Data tracking

Since the "corporate spooks" in William Gibson's novels are usually well aware of the local telecommunications infrastructure, the fact that this part of London has about 50 Cellular Mobile Phone Base Stations within 2 square kilometres, will give an idea of how accurately a Location Based Services position fix can done on any particular Mobile Phone Handset (or the various sorts of Moble Phone based electronic tags attached to people or tracking devices attached to vehicles etc.) in the area.


Ofcom Sitefinder Mobile Phone Base Station Database for Post Code W12 0DF - Wormwood Scrubs (they make this database deliberately hard to link directly to, for various unconvincing reasons)

Even on a simple Cell ID basis, a Mobile Phone Handset within this Wormwood Scrubs area will be located, in real time during the Start or End of a Voice or SMS Text Message or Internet Data call, to within a couple of streets.

With triangulation between Base Stations, the accuracy of a Location Based Data fix will be a couple of metres, remembering , of course that there will also be poor reception "dead zones", where there is little or no signal.

In those marginal radio reception areas, the Mobile Phone Handset will automatically boost its transmission power (thereby shortening its battery charge) to try to re-establish an adequate signal.

It will do this every 5 or 10 minutes, not just with the actual Base Station it has a reserved Time Slot established with, but it also measures the signal strength to and from the half a dozen or so neighbouring candidate Base Stations, since one of them may have to take over the connection, if the handset is on the move.

This happens regardless of whether there is an incoming or outgoing voice or data call or not, provided that it is still switched on. This network handshake update frequency is set by the Mobile Phone Network. In theory, it could be made much more frequent e.g. every few seconds, if the system is being used by the Authorities to try to follow someone remotely, in near real time, who is carrying a mobile phone - like they falsely appear to do routinely in so much TV and Film fiction. Obviously this technique can also be of use when they are hunting for a Mobile Phone Activated Bomb etc.

The statistics on how many illegal Mobile Phones are found each year within HMP Wormwood Scrubs and other Prisons, are astonishing.

See the Mobile Phones in Prisons blog category archive

Over half of all Emergency Services calls to the Police, Ambulance and Fire and Rescue services are made from Mobile Phones, so simply jamming such signals in Prisons, something which might be acceptable in the wide open spaces of the USA or Canada, would be a disaster for the local area around Wormwood Scrubs in densely populated London .

One of the popular methods of getting such illegal mobile phones and drugs into a Prison is to wrap them up in some bubblewrap etc., and simply throw them over the walls of the Prison.

Potentially, there could well be people lurking around HMP Wormwood Scrubs, intent on doing this, at 2am in the morning, which is something that William Gibson's "corporate spooks" should be aware of.

"Zero History" signals hiding in the Twitter noise - Bigendmobile

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Since William Gibson abandoned his blog back in July 2009, in favour of his Great Dismal identity on Twitter, it is very easy to miss clues and hints about his work in progress novel Zero History.

The Signal to Noise ratio of Twitter, and the use of opaque, inhuman URL shortening services, is a real hinderence to communication.

None of the Twitter specific add ons or search engines are of any help, when we are on the look out for new stuff, which, by definition does not have a previous history of existing keywords or meta data e.g. a new term like "Bigendmobile":

Only a tiny minority of recent Tweets are probably relevant to the Zero History novel in progress, and the ideas they represent may, or may not actually end up in the finished novel:

Thu Dec 10 17:47:35 +0000 2009:

RT @bittersweetdb: The latest Bigendmobile is a Jankel-armored Toyota HiLux pickup, "cartel grade".

from Brizzly

William Gibson

"Bigend" is a reference to the major character in the previous two novels Pattern recognition and Spook Country - Hubertus Bigend

Jankel are based at Hamm Court Farm, Weybridge, Surrey, just south west of London, UK, but they also manufacture armoured Toyota Landcruisers in Jordan.

There are some (stupidly file locked .PDF) brochures about the range of armoured Toyota Landcruisers from the Jankel website

There are some Jankel sales videos on YouTube e.g. Jankel Armoured Toyota 76 LandCruiser



Armour Installation

The vehicle is armoured using proven armour materials and installation methods to include substantial overlaps and splash returns on all door apertures to ensure the passenger compartment is ballistically sealed.


The standard level of ballistic protection is NATO Level B6 (7.62 x 51 NATO Ball) with ugrades available for other selected rounds if required. The standard level of fragmentation protection is STANAG 2920 / 2 x DM51 hand-grenades with upgrades available for increased levels of protection.

They also claim to protect against bullet rounds such as:

• 7.62 x 39 mm, FJ/PB/SCP, AK 47 (Kalashnikov) , OBR-43 PS

• 5.45 x 39,5 mm AP, FJ/PB/SCP, AKS 74 (Kalashnikov), OBR- 7 4

• 5.56 x 45 mm, FJ/PB/SC, US rifle M16 A2, SS-109/M-855

• 7.62 x 51 mm, FJ/PB/SC, "FAL" NATO rifle

and against hand grenades but not against Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG )type anti-tank weapons:

• STANAG 2920 V50, 1.1 gram FSP @ 500mps, this has equivalency to DM51 hand grenades.

An upgrade is available to provide 1.1gram FSP protection at 600mps.

Given that manual or electric windows add complexity and weakness to an armoured vehicle, one interesting optional feature offered is a:

Ballistically Sound Door Document Slot :

A slot in the drivers door to enable the safe passing of papers at checkpoints, used in conjunction with the intercom.

Surely this is not usable with urban multi-storey car park ticket machines, so either the door has to be opened, or a manual or electric window fitted ?

Jankel Armouring hide behind

PO Box 1,
KT13 8XR, UK

but they can be tracked down via the web via the Companies House WebCheck and Local Council planning applications :

Zero History publication date - "Next year, earliest."

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Decoding some cryptic Twitter chatter between William Gibson (GreatDismal) and Zak Strassberg (Overshee), hints that Zero History will not be published until "Next year, earliest." i.e 2010:

  • @GreatDismal You're still writing, right? I hope so, your novels are amazing. I can't even count how many I've recommended Neuromancer to.
  • 11:52 AM Jun 22nd from TweetDeck
  • @Overshee Novel in progress is called Zero History.
  • 11:54 AM Jun 22nd from web in reply to Overshee
  • @GreatDismal Awesome! I look forward to reading it. Will it come out before September 15th? Otherwise I'll have to get it in the Pacific :)
  • 11:56 AM Jun 22nd from TweetDeck in reply to GreatDismal
  • @Overshee Next year, earliest.
  • 12:07 PM Jun 22nd from web in reply to Overshee

Caffe Nero white plastic cup lid

A minor plot point, spotted on William Gibson's GreatDismal Twitter feed, and mirrored on the William Gibson Books discussion board: Spook World (transnational and interstitial)

Originally posted by Juvenal:
3:13 PM May 23rd:
Novelistic fact-checking request for UK readers: What color are the plastic take-away lids at the Caffè Nero chain?

3:23 PM May 23rd:
White. Thanks. Minor plot point around woman not wearing the shade of lipstick evident on the coffee she pretends is hers.

The Caffè Nero website has photos of their ceramic cups for sale, but none of their disposable ones.

Presumably this relates to the current Zero History novel in progress, rather than to

Finished a short story for a Canadian collection called Darwin's Bastards, new stories set in Vancouver. Assume it'll be out in 2010.

11:58 AM Jun 8th from web

See also the The fix is in WGB thread.

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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.

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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

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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:

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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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"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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