William Gibson invented cyberpunk, and other classic moments from his Ensanche Trilogy (Paper Labyrinth 3×06)

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In ‘Paper Labyrinth’, the fantastic literature podcast that we do at Xataka in collaboration with the Minotauro publishing house, there is nothing we like more than classic science fiction. And we are lucky that the publishing house is reissuing some of its basic classics, with names as essential as Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Leguin or this William Gibson, from whom today we bring three essential titles: the that make up the Ensanche Trilogy.

To discuss the subject we have Francis Serrano, author of the novels ‘On the Missing Coast’ and ‘Perros del Desierto’, and one of the people in charge of the literary podcast ‘Rancho Drácula’. With him we talked about William Gibson as the creator of one of the most popular and influential trends in 1980s science fiction, the cyberpunk. He did it with these three volumes that share some characters and setting, but can be read independently: ‘Neuromancer’, ‘Count Zero’ and ‘Mona Lisa accelerated’.

All of them, seen today, they amazingly anticipate aspects of everyday life that we have very much assumed today, such as the internet, which Gibson imagined under the name of La Matriz, a virtual environment where the hackers who star in his novels and stories about the Ensanche circulate. The most famous of them is Case, a cyber-cowboy (one of these cyberspace pirates) who makes the mistake of trying to steal his bosses, which causes him to be punished with a mycotoxin that prevents him from connecting.

All of William Gibson’s novels also have an air of noir literature, with the author’s passion for portraying outlaw professions and unsavory neighborhoods. He inherited some of that, for example, Blade Runner, perhaps the quintessential cyberpunk film, which accidentally reached the same point as Gibson in 0’Neuromancer’, since they appeared only months apart. We talk about all this and much more in this new chapter, especially mnemonic, of ‘Paper Labyrinth’.

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