PROVENANCE: Volume 1, Number 1 - November 13, 1995
"CYBERSPACE": Science Fiction & Fact
I recently read the Tenth Anniversary Special Edition of NEUROMANCER, by William Gibson (I remember reading the first edition over 10 years ago, on the recommendation of the owners of the White Dwarf Bookstore in Vancouver). One term that is often associated with the Internet and the World Wide Web is "cyberspace", the term invented by Gibson in Neuromancer. The original outline for the story dates back to the fall of 1981 according to Gibson's afterword in the 10th anniversary edition. What an amazing decade this has been.
This "Web Page" is dedicated to William Gibson, for introducing so many of us to the concept of "cyberspace" in his writings. This "Web Page" is also dedicated to Walter Sinclair of White Dwarf Books, who introduced me to the world of micro-computers, with his Osborne portable CP/M system (1982).
The term CYBERSPACE is defined as:
Neuromancer was published in 1984 and won the Hugo, Neubula and Phillip K. Dick awards in 1985 -- a singular achievement.
Neuromancer was written in Vancouver, and William Gibson continues to be a resident here.
The pictures below are of "Bill" Gibson receiving an autographed copy of fellow sf author Neal Stephenson's, Diamond Age (Bantam 1995) at a signing hosted by White Dwarf Books, in Vancouver. While Stephenson lives in Puget Sound area, part of the Diamond Age story takes place in Vancouver, B.C.
The following excerpts from the White Dwarf Books Web Page are reprinted with permission of their Webmaster. For the entire catalog(s) contact the White Dwarf and its companion store Dead Write Books (see below).
We produce a quarterly catalogue of forthcoming new releases. This includes two to three hundred of the more notable titles, with short descriptions.
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DEAD WRITE BOOKS is a crime and mystery specialty store. We sell new books only. We produce a quarterly catalogue of forthcoming titles. Our large inventory emphasizes local and Canadian authors and British titles not available in the U.S. We also carry audio books, true crime, and nonfiction works about the mystery field. We also stock numerous books pertinent to writing mysteries.
WATCH ME by A. J. Holt. $29.99Cdn, $22.95US hc
The Silence of the Lambs meets Death Wish in a stunning new thriller about a female FBI agent, a computer expert, who seeks her own justice when the system fails her.
How far will a hunter of serial killers go to get her man?
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hc=Hardcover, tp=Trade (oversized) Paperback. <UK>=British publication <CDN>=Canadian publication OCTOBER 1995 NEW RELEASES _____Anderson, Kevin J. STAR WARS: DARK SABER. Bantam, 29.95 hc. The new STAR WARS adventure from the author of the JEDI ACADEMY trilogy. A ruthless mining baron and an Imperial general team up to steal the plans for the original Death Star. _____Anderson, Kevin J. BLINDFOLD. Aspect, 6.99. Falsely accused of murder, Troy Boren unsuccessfully puts his fate in the hands of the truthsayer Kalliana, a telepathic justice from the Atlas colony who is shaken by her fading powers and mounting evidence that Tony is guilty. _____Anthony & Gilliam (eds). TALES FROM THE GREAT TURTLE. Tor, 6.99. An anthology of short stories, each based on Native American myth and legend. _____Ashwell, Pauline. PROJECT FARCRY. Tor, 34.95 hc. From the author of UNWILLINGLY TO EARTH. Telepath Richard Jordan hides his powers until a fateful encounter with an alien species suggests that his abilities may hold the key to the secret of faster-than-light travel. _____Barnes, Steven. FIREDANCE. Tor, 6.99. Sequel to STREETLETHAL and GORGON CHILD. Aubry Knight continues to act as a champion for the underclass in a future Los Angeles. _____Barron, T. A. HEARTLIGHT. Tor, 5.99. A distinguished astronomer and a sensitive young woman make an unexpected discovery in quantum physics that leads to faster than light travel and the knowledge that a black hole sits in the centre of the Sun. _____Beagle, Peter & Berliner, Janet (eds). THE IMMORTAL UNICORN. Prism, 28.00 hc. A collection of fantasy stories about immortality and unicorns. _____Betancourt, John. INCIDENT AT ARBUK [STAR TREK VOYAGER #5]. Pocket, 7.99. The Voyager is attacked by a group of aliens who are trying to gain control of a powerful new weapon. THE ABOVE IS JUST A BRIEF SAMPLE FROM THE CATALOG
See the White Dwarf's Web Page at www.deadwrite.com [ originally http://www.iceonline.com/home/whidwarf/webpage.html] for more information and their extensive catalogs both for the White Dwarf and Dead Write (the companion store).
[ *** UPDATE - 2003-05-22 *** the White Dwarf bookstore moved in November-December 2002 down a few blocks east and is now just by the north-west corner of Alma St. and 10th Ave. see www.DeadWrite.com for more information - N. Chan, for Provenance Magazine]
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[ NB 2003-05-22 this page had its HTML code updated slightly to maintain the original designers "look and feel" proportions. in 1995 this web page was seen primarily by people with computer viewing screens set at 640x480 pixel dimensions. Today in 2003, most people are viewing this and other web pages at 1000 pixel wide screens.... thus added HTML code was given on this date by the original writer and new email and web addresses given for the White Dwarf book store, still being operated by its original founders Walter Sinclair and Jill Sanagan - Neal Chan, publisher Provenance email firstname.lastname@example.org ]