Pattern Recognition (2003)

Creators

William Gibson (writer).

Subject

2002 CE.

Commentary

The first of Gibson’s books about the very near past instead of the merely near future. It’s a disappointing move, but commercially lucrative. His writing and ideas are still good.

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Sequel:

Spook Country (2007)

Creators

William Gibson (writer).

Commentary

It is, alas, derivative of the preceding novel to the extent that, as Joe Clark put it in a footnote to his page-by-page analysis of Pattern Recognition: “In the present technological day, Hubertus Bigend materializes from nowhere and induces a plucky, Macintosh-wielding woman to sleuth for him in quest of a mysterious payload.” This time around, the payload makes for a better symbol of the 2000s than the little T-shaped part of an arming mechanism, but is less elegant.

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Sequel:

Zero History (2010)

Creators

William Gibson (writer).

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