Zero History

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Penguin Books Limited, 2011 - Fiction - 404 pages
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Hubertus Bigend, the Machiavellian head of global ad-agency Blue Ant, wants ex-musician Hollis Henry to uncover the maker of a secret, obscurely fashionable denim called 'The Gabriel Hounds'. Hollis knows nothing about fashion - which, curiously, is why Bigend hired her. Soon, though, it's clear that Bigend's interest in underground labels might have sinister applications. Powerful parties, who'll do anything to get into this territory, are showing their hand. And Hollis, as Bigend's representative, is about to find herself in the crossfire. Set among London's dark and tangled streets, Zero Historyis a brilliant thriller about the hidden webs and patterns that underlie the new now. 'An ideas-swarm, coated with a hipster glaze . . . to explore the everyday weirdness of the twenty-first century world.'Herald'Smart and seductive, inventive. Gibson is having tremendous fun.' Independent'Gibson's writing is thrillingly tight.' Scarlett Thomas, New York Times Book Review'Gibson's best yet, a triumph of science fiction as social criticism and adventure . . . how absolutely perfectly he captures the futuristic nature of the present day.' Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing'A terrific writer. Gibson is a prophet and a satirist, a black comedian and an astounding architect of cool. He's also responsible for much of the world we live in.' Spectator

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User Review  - GretchenLynn - LibraryThing

I had started this book and then found out that it is considered the 3rd in the Blue Ant series, so I put it down until I had read the other ones, and I'm glad I did. It took me a while to get used to ... Read full review

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For many of us, William Gibson set a new standard. We had never read anything like “Johnny Mnemonic” or Neuromancer, and we began devouring anything Gibson printed. While nothing quite equaled those ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

'Since 1948'

Gene Wolfe once said that being an only child whose parents are dead is like being the sole survivor of drowned Atlantis. There was a whole civilization there, an entire continent, but it's gone. And you alone remember. That's my story too, my father having died when I was six, my mother when I was eighteen. Brian Aldiss believes that if you look at the life of any novelist, you'll find an early traumatic break, and mine seems no exception.

I was born on the coast of South Carolina, where my parents liked to vacation when there was almost nothing there at all. My father was in some sort of middle management position in a large and growing construction company. They'd built some of the Oak Ridge atomic facilities, and paranoiac legends of 'security' at Oak Ridge were part of our family culture. There was a cigar-box full of strange-looking ID badges he'd worn there. But he'd done well at Oak Ridge, evidently, and so had the company he worked for, and in the postwar South they were busy building entire red brick Levittown-style suburbs. We moved a lot, following these projects, and he was frequently away, scouting for new ones.

It was a world of early television, a new Oldsmobile with crazy rocket-ship styling, toys with science fiction themes. Then my father went off on one more business trip. He never came back. He choked on something in a rest

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