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William Gibson warns of future with a capital 'F'
Introduced at the 2010 BookExpo America publishing trade convention by comic Patton Oswalt, whose new book--Zombie Spaceship Wasteland-- comes out next year (Scribner; January, 2010), the legendary William Gibson, famous for coining the phrase 'cyberspace' and cornering the market on cybernetic fiction, began his appearance before a roomful of booksellers by noting the 'shocking' irony of two major scientific advances, including the first successful teleportation of an object, receiving less media attention than the latest episode of the reality TV show Lost. Gibson segued from the apparent intellectual bankruptcy of the media to decry the coming future with a capital 'F'. Gibson then recalled his evolution as a writer from sci-fi beginnings to the themes and plotline of his new widely acclaimed novel, Zero History (Putnam; September, 2010) before wrapping with reflections on the art of fiction writing followed by Oswalt's comments.

Book and Author Headlines

Sara Gruen takes bonobos at their word in 'Ape House': Bestselling author of 'Water for Elelphants', Sara Gruen tells the backstory for her new novel, 'Ape House', at BookExpo America 2010.

Edna Buchanan and Lisa Black have figured out how to make crime really pay: Miami Herald crime investigation reporter and legendary crime novelist Edna Buchanan appears at the 2009 Miami Book Fair International along with forensic detective and emerging crime and suspense novelist Lisa Black to talk about how they make crime pay--one way or another.

Jonathan Lethem, Michael Thomas, and Ben Greenman mix fact and fiction for potent prose: Three of America's award-winning young writers read from their work and reflect on the point of it.the

James Ellroy and Colin Harrison take some of the mystery out of their crime novels: Masterful crime fiction authors James Ellroy and Colin Harrison reveal why and how they write some of the most compelling crime fiction in America today.

Mary Roach shoots the moon 'Packing for Mars': Bestselling author of quirky science books about cadavers, sex, and the afterlife unpacks little-known essential facts of life astronauts cope with in outer space in her new book, 'Packing for Mars.'

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri blazes new trail in education for 'poorest of the poor' in Nyaka, Uganda: A native of Uganda and now Interim Senior Director for External Relations and Development College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri offers his inspirational success story of educating the 'poorest of the poor' in his hometown of Nyaka, Uganda.

Jennifer Egan pays a visit to the 'goon squad' at BEA 2010: Widely acclaimed bestselling author Jennifer Egan brings 'the goon squad' to BookExpo America 2010 for an exploration of the relationship between the written and the spoken word.

Nelson DeMille's John Corey hunts down 'The Lion' for the final kill: Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and voice actor Scott Brick bring John Corey and 'The Lion' to life at BookExpo America 2010.

Colson Whitehead gets personal in 'Sag Harbor': Award-winning novelist Colson Whitehead reads from his self-described autobiographical novel 'Sag Harbor' and talks about his work at the 2009 National Book Festival.

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