Quotes for 2020 #43

An on going series of a quote a day from those most worthy of individuals, writers…  Disclaimer: Not all quotes are meant to inspire… Not all comments I make upon them are entirely honest either, occasionally Hannibal writes them…

Many moons ago, in a dark time of legend long before the internet,  known as the 80’s, I read nuromancer by William Gibson. A somewhat stark view of a technological future in which mankind had become enslaved by the technology created to free it. It was dark, stylish and full of the strangest of things, information networks that spanned the globe.  It left a deep impression on me at the time, looking back at it now it seems less like science fiction and more a view of the world in a few short years from now. It was also the seed of a new genre, cyberpunk, which led in turn to another genre, though it had existed before Gibson and Stirling coined the phrase… Steampunk…

So without Gibson, Hannibal might never have arisen, though old Harry Smith owes more to Wells, Verne and Moorcock, ‘if all truth be told’, without Gibson coining the phrase for his genre, Hannibal might have been a Victorian-Steamtech hero… (okay anti hero if we are being honest here)

So thanks to Mr Gibson for spare us the label Steamtech….

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