William Gibson - No Maps for These Territories (2000)




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Author William Gibson created a revolution in popular culture with his books Neuromancer, Burning Chrome, and Mona Lisa Overdrive, in which he explored how the rise of digital technology in a socially and politically unstable time impacted people's lives (and vice versa); among other things, Gibson coined the phrase "cyberspace," and his work has had a seismic effect in science fiction circles. No Maps For These Territories examines Gibson's life and work, featuring several interviews with the author as he discusses his creative process, his feelings about the rise of the new digital culture, and the influence of his literary mentor William S. Burroughs. Bono and The Edge from U2, also appear, reading passages from Gibson's work and providing musical interpretations of his work. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for William Gibson - No Maps for These Territories

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An amusing ride through the fringes of post-something-or-other America.

Aug 31, 2001

Audience Reviews for William Gibson - No Maps for These Territories

"No Maps for These Territories" is a moderately interesting documentary wherein noted author William Gibson is interviewed on various subjects while he rides around in a car on the west coast. Admittedly, this might interest those who are fans, as I only have read one of his novels, "Neuromancer." I think my problem with that novel, which was not bad, by the way, was that it was a case of technology being more important than the characters. Here, Gibson favors new technology in its all forms, whereas I do believe we have to be much more cautious, because, not to get too Star Trek, we can't let it get too far ahead of humanity's collective emotional intelligence. That would be fine if pornography was the only application, but it is also the military applications we should be worrying about.

Walter M.
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