The author of Neuromancer, William Gibson is credited with having coined the term “cyberspace” and having envisioned the Internet—and its effects on daily life—before such phenomena existed. Many of his descriptions and metaphors have entered the culture as images of human relationships in the wired age.
Now, with Pattern Recognition, his first novel set in the here and now, Gibson carries his perceptions of technology, globalization, and terrorism into the present. Suspenseful, wry, and elegantly written, it is his most ambitious and broadly appealing novel to date.
“Without any metafictional grandstanding, Gibson nails the texture of Internet culture: how it feels to be close to someone you know only as a voice in a chat room, or to fret about someone spying on your browser’s list of sites visited. . . . Pattern Recognition is Gibson’s most complex, mature gloss on the artist’s relationship to our ever more commercialized globe.”
—Lisa Zeidner, The New York Times