G.P. Putman’s Sons, New York, 2010
Borrowed from my library.
I have very eclectic taste in books. I love Science Fiction. I have very specific tastes in Science Fiction. There used to be a book store in Santa Monica, California, called ” A Change of Hobbit”, I would get lost in there for hours. That is where I first discovered William Gibson, just when his novel “Neuromancer” was published.
According to SciFi geeks, Gibson invented the term “cyberspace”. His work has evolved over time to include alternative history and speculation about near-future urban environments but Zero History is different. This is no longer science fiction, this is the present becoming the future faster than it takes to read a sentence. And the past just seems to disappear.
Hurbetus Bigend, the head of Blue Ant, a company that finds the next big, big thing and is all over viral marketing, wants to get into the military contracting business. After all, war is recession proof. He sends Milgrin, a ex-addict who owes Bigend his life, to steal the design of some street wear from a threatening looking man on the US east coast. He hires Hollis Henry, former lead singer in the band Curfew, to find the designer of a very secretive line of fashion called Gabriel Hounds. In the midst of all this Bigend’s activities pisses off another military contractor named Gracie and all hell breaks loose. There is this and so much more than this, wrapped up in a book that feels like a movie or ten movies on big screens or like sitting in front of a hundred CCTV screens trying to track the latest social menace.
Zero History, along with the other novels in what could be called the ” Blue Ant” trilogy, crosses barriers and enters the arena of literary fiction. Evolving technology, street fashion, pop culture and last stage capitalism all play a part in this tightly woven thriller. I love how William Gibson’s mind works, he fits things together in ways that are very, very smart, all the while seeming to spin out of control. Reading his books makes me happy. Weird, huh?