William Gibson Suspects io9 Is the Invention of One of His Characters

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William Gibson likes us! Or at least he makes cryptic comments about us! Gibson writes on his blog:

If Hubertus Bigend wanted to get into "science fiction" (whatever that means in 2008) it might look a lot like io9.

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For those who have not yet read Gibson's superlative Pattern Recognition and Spook Country, Bigend is a viral marketing fiend who founds a Wired-esque magazine called Node. We are pleased to be considered the creation of a fictional character who founds a fictional magazine in the near future (or perhaps, as many commenters noted below, in the near past). [William Gibson]

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annaleenewitz
Annalee Newitz

@_case_ oops I stand corrected. I had misremebered Pattern Recognition's time frame, thinking it was sort of Max Headroom "5 minutes into the future" stuff. Anyway, io9 is still pleased to be the creation of a fictional character who creates fictional magazines, regardless of whether that character is slightly in the past or slightly in the future of the present moment.