...as submitted today to The (Charleston) Post and Courier, which re-numerates me for reviews by giving me books...
ZERO HISTORY by William Gibson. G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York. 404 pages. $26.95
It's stunning to think about all that's changed in our world during the eight years since science fiction novelist William Gibson stepped out of the future and into the present with “Pattern Recognition,” a spooky travelogue of the emerging post-geographic landscape of a wired planet.
That “Pattern Recognition” is today described as the first of Gibson's Blue Ant novels, and that Gibson has just delivered us “Zero History,” his third book in that series, is ample reason to reflect. If ever there was an unintentional mirror of the failed promise of our age, of the dissolution of networked culture's sublime mysteries into the sodden mess of flatline digital static that drones in the background of our lives today, it is this series.