List of works by William Gibson

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William Gibson bibliography
William Gibson in 2007
William Gibson in 2007
Novels 11
Articles 25
Stories 21
Collections 1
Scripts 6
Screen appearances 13
Forewords, introductions and afterwords 16
Miscellanea 9
References and footnotes

The works of William Gibson encompass literature, journalism, acting, recitation, and performance art. Primarily renowned as a novelist and short fiction writer in the cyberpunk milieu, Gibson invented the metaphor of cyberspace in "Burning Chrome" (1982) and emerged from obscurity in 1984 with the publication of his debut novel Neuromancer.[1][2] Gibson's early short fiction is recognized as cyberpunk's finest work,[3] effectively renovating the science fiction genre which had been hitherto considered widely insignificant.[4]

At the turn of the 1990s, after the completion of his Sprawl trilogy of novels, Gibson contributed the text to a number of performance art pieces and exhibitions,[2][5][6] as well as writing lyrics for musicians Yellow Magic Orchestra and Debbie Harry.[7][8] He wrote the critically acclaimed artist's book Agrippa (a book of the dead) in 1992 before co-authoring The Difference Engine, an alternate history novel that would become a central work of the steampunk genre.[9] He then spent an unfruitful period as a Hollywood screenwriter, with few of his projects seeing the light of day and those that did being critically unsuccessful.[10]

Although he had largely abandoned short fiction by the mid-1990s, Gibson returned to writing novels, completing his second trilogy, the Bridge trilogy at the close of the millennium. After writing two episodes of the television series The X-Files around this time, Gibson was featured as the subject of a documentary film, No Maps for These Territories, in 2000.[11] Gibson has been invited to address the National Academy of Sciences (1993) and the Directors Guild of America (2003) and has had a plethora of articles published in outlets such as Wired, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. His third trilogy of novels, Pattern Recognition (2003), Spook Country (2007) and Zero History (2010) have put Gibson's work onto mainstream bestseller lists for the first time.[12]


Gibson discussing Spook Country (2007) on August 8, 2007 while touring in support of the novel.

Short fiction



The San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, a fictional squatted version of which formed the setting for Gibson's short story "Skinner's Room" (1990). He would later revisit the setting in his Bridge trilogy of novels.



A neck barcode tattoo, the sole element of Gibson's Alien 3 script which was included in the final cut of the film.[16]



  • Archangel (2016) – 5-part comic with Michael St. John Smith and Butch Guice.[19]



Nightscape of Singapore, which Gibson characterized as "Disneyland with the death penalty" in a Wired article of the same name.
  • "Alfred Bester, SF and Me", Frontier crossings : A souvenir of the 45th World Science Fiction Convention, Conspiracy '87, Robert Jackson ed., (1987) OCLC 78913436
  • "Rocket Radio" (1989), Rolling Stone, June 15, 1989
  • "Disneyland with the Death Penalty" (1993), Wired, 1.04
  • "Remembering Johnny: Notes on a Process" (1995), Wired, 3.06, June 1995.
  • "The Net Is a Waste of Time...and That's Exactly What's Right About It" (1996), The New York Times Magazine 1996-07-14: 31.
  • "'Virtual Lit': A Discussion" (1996) Biblion: The Bulletin of the New York Public Library, Fall 1996: 33–51.[15] ISSN 1064-301X OCLC 26244071
  • "Jack Womak [sic] and the Horned Heart of Neuropa" (1997) Science Fiction Eye, Fall 1997. ISSN 1071-3018 OCLC 22440318
  • "Dead Man Sings" (1998) Forbes ASAP, 30 November 1998 supp.: 177. ISSN 1078-9901 OCLC 173437996
  • "William Gibson's fiction of cyber-eternity may become a reality." (1999) HQ issue 63 : 122, March 1, 1999. ISSN 1321-9820 OCLC 173343432
  • "My Obsession" (1999), Wired, 7.01
An unshiny amateur example of dorodango, the subject of Gibson's eponymous "Shiny Balls Of Mud" article for Tate Magazine in 2002.
  • "William Gibson's Filmless Festival" (1999), Wired, 7.10
  • "Steely Dan's Return" (2000) Addicted To Noise Issue 6.03, March 1, 2000
  • "Will We Plug Chips Into Our Brains?" (2000) TIME, June 19, 2000.
  • "Modern boys and mobile girls" (2001), The Observer, April 1, 2001.
  • "Metrophagy" (2001) Whole Earth Catalog, Summer 2001.
  • "My Own Private Tokyo" (2001), Wired, 9.09
  • "Blasted Dreams in Mr. Buk's Window" (2001), National Post, 2001-09-20
  • "Shiny Balls Of Mud" (2002), Tate Magazine, issue 1, September/October 2002. OCLC 33825791 ISSN 1351-3737
  • "The Road to Oceania" (2003), The New York Times, 2003-06-25
  • "Time Machine Cuba" (2004), Infinite Matrix, August 8, 2004
  • "God's Little Toys" (2005), Wired, 13.7
  • "U2's City of Blinding Lights" (2005), Wired, 13.8
  • "Sci-fi special: William Gibson" (2008), New Scientist, issue 2682, November 12, 2008.
  • "Google's Earth" (2010), The New York Times, August 31, 2010.
  • "25 Years of Digital Vandalism" (2011), The New York Times, January 27, 2011.
  • "William Gibson, The Art of Fiction No. 211" (2011), The Paris Review, June 1, 2011.
  • "Life in the Meta City" (2011), Scientific American, August 19, 2011.
  • "William Gibson on The Stars My Destination" (2012), Library of America, February 23, 2012.
  • "1977" (2012), in Punk: An Aesthetic by Johan Kugelberg (editor), reproduced in The Huffington Post, September 19, 2012.
  • "We Can't Know What the Future Will Bring" (2012), The Wall Street Journal, October 25, 2012.

Forewords, introductions and afterwords

Screen appearances

Acting appearances

Gibson at an Amazon Fishbowl online talk show in Seattle, Washington, 2007-08-06. Gibson is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and symposia.


Television appearances

  • Brave New Worlds: The Science Fiction Phenomenon (1993)
  • Making of Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
  • The X-Files Movie Special (1998)
  • "The Screen Savers", February 5, 2003. (2003)
  • Bestseller samtalen (2003)
  • Webnation, episode 1.14. (2007)



  1. ^ Prucher, Jeff (2007). Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction. Oxford University Press. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-19-530567-8. OCLC 76074298. 
  2. ^ a b van Bakel, Rogier (June 1995). "Remembering Johnny: Notes on a process". Wired (3.06). Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  3. ^ McCaffery, Larry (1991). Storming the Reality Studio: a casebook of cyberpunk and postmodern science fiction. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-1168-3. OCLC 23384573. 
  4. ^ Rapatzikou, Tatiani (2003-06-17). "William Gibson". The Literary Encyclopedia. The Literary Dictionary Company. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  5. ^ Goldberger, Paul (1990-08-12). "In San Francisco, A Good Idea Falls With a Thud". Architecture View. The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-06. 
  6. ^ a b S. Page. "William Gibson Bibliography / Mediagraphy". Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  7. ^ a b "Yellow Magic Orchestra – Technodon". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  8. ^ a b Pener, Degen (1993-08-22). "EGOS & IDS; Deborah Harry Is Low-Key – And Unblond". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  9. ^ Bebergal, Peter (2007-08-26). "The age of steampunk". The Boston Globe. p. 3. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  10. ^ Johnny Mnemonic at Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  11. ^ Mark Neale (director), William Gibson (subject) (2000). No Maps for These Territories (Documentary). Docurama. 
  12. ^ Hirst, Christopher (2003-05-10). "Books: Hardbacks". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-07-08. 
  13. ^ Maddox, Tom (1989). "Maddox on Gibson". Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-10-26. This story originally appeared in a Canadian 'zine, Virus 23, 1989. 
  14. ^ a b Brown, Charles N.; William G. Contento (2004-07-10). "Stories, Listed by Author". The Locus Index to Science Fiction (1984–1998). Locus. Archived from the original on 2007-03-04. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
  15. ^ a b "Bibliography of Works By William Gibson". Centre for Language and Literature. Athabasca University. 2007-05-17. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  16. ^ Gibson, William (2003-09-01). "Alien 3 Again". Archived from the original on 2006-12-30. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  17. ^ "Tom Maddox Unreal-Time Chat". Shop Talk. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  18. ^ a b c Gibson, William (May 1994). (Interview). Interview with Giuseppe Salza. Cannes Retrieved 2007-10-28.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ William Gibson on his time-bending trip into comics with IDW's new Archangel miniseries
  20. ^ Gibson, William (1996-03-31). "Foreword to City Come a-walkin'". Retrieved 2007-05-01. 
  21. ^ Gibson, William (2006-07-22). "Where The Holograms Go". Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  22. ^ "Independent Exposure Films: Mon Amour Mon Parapluie". Mon Amour Mon Parapluie. Retrieved 2007-10-26. [permanent dead link]
  23. ^ "Shameless Self-Promotion: The Letter Column". Ansible 45. February 1986. 

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