Originally born in Conway, South Carolina, Gibson moved to Canada to avoid the Vietnam War draft. He lives there still and writes science fiction. The term "cyberspace" is accredited to this author who also penned Neuromancer, a dark, bleak-feeling book that has sold over 6.5 million copies since 1984. Neuromancer won the three main science fiction awards, the first novel to ever do so. Gibson then completed two other novels, creating the "Sprawl Trilogy."
Gibson went on to finish another trilogy, the "Bridge trilogy" before creating the novel Pattern Recognition which finally landed on the mainstream bestsellers list. Success has come to Gibson also through his short stories, two of which have been made into movies: Johnny Mnemonic and New Rose Hotel, and through co-writing television episodes of the X-Files.
Although many of Gibson's characters live in a high-tech world, Gibson himself worked on a manual typewriter for a long time before eventually owning a Mac computer.
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