[SFRA-L] Citation Needed for William Gibson's Foreword/Afterword to Mona Lisa Overdrive
dk2244 at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 26 15:23:47 EDT 2012
You had me at "I asked Gibson about it on Twitter." Somehow that is more shocking or important than anybody else being on Twitter...Maybe that's because I still remember the time I first read "The sky was the color of television tuned to a dead channel..."
From: Greg Conley <gregconley at gmail.com>
To: Jason Ellis <dynamicsubspace at gmail.com>
Cc: sfra-l <sfra-l at wiz.cath.vt.edu>
Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2012 11:22 PM
Subject: Re: [SFRA-L] Citation Needed for William Gibson's Foreword/Afterword to Mona Lisa Overdrive
I asked Gibson about it on Twitter, and he said the '92 floppy ebook was indeed through Voyager. He also linked me to wikipedia:
There's a mention of the Neuromancer edition near the bottom, but no more information.
On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 1:13 PM, Jason Ellis <dynamicsubspace at gmail.com> wrote:
>In two illicit etext versions of William Gibson's Mona Lisa Overdrive,
>there is an essay by Gibson titled either "Author's Foreword" or
>"Author's Afterword" dated 6/16/92 that begins:
>"Ten years have now passed since the inception of whatever strange
>process it was that led me to write Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona
>Lisa Overdrive. The technology through which you now access these
>words didn't exist, a decade ago.
>Neuromancer was written on a "clockwork typewriter," the very one you
>may recall glimpsing in Julie Deane's office in Chiba City. This
>machine, a Hermes 2000 manual portable, dates from somewhere in the
>I assume this appears in an edition of MLO from 1992 or after.
>Unfortunately, I cannot find a citation for this or any reference to a
>foreword/afterword in the editions available to me in Ohio. I have
>also checked Worldcat and several libraries with science fiction
>collections (Liverpool, Riverside, TAMU, KU) for any reference to
>this. The ISFDB lists a 1992 Bantam trade paperback edition and a 1995
>Voyager/Harper Collins UK trade paperback edition--I wonder if it
>appeared in either of these. If you have a later edition of MLO handy,
>can you check it for this foreword or afterwork and please let me know
>the bibliographic information including page numbers?
>Jason W. Ellis
>PhD Candidate, Kent State University
>Vice President, Science Fiction Research Association
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