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January 7, 2003

William Gibson, weblogger: Possibly inspired by the popularity of Neil Gaiman’s weblog, which started as a promotional tool for an author tour but has continued since, Bill’s publishers have put together a page for him that includes a section headlined “blog.” Bill’s first post ends:
In spite of (or perhaps because of) my reputation as a reclusive quasi-Pynchonian luddite shunning the net (or word-processors, depending on what you Google) I hope to be here on a more or less daily basis.
As a publishing professional I’m fascinated by these probings into webloggery as a promotional tool. Most authors build their audience slowly, one reader at a time, and accumulating readers who feel a sense of personal connection is very important. But publishing-industry stuff aside, it would be excellent to see more informal writing from Bill, who was always good at this sort of thing, and reliably full of surprises. [09:14 AM]
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Damien Warman ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2003, 02:40 PM:

Indeed, Bill is one of many who were once well-regarded in the fanwriting world, if my trawl through 35lbs of fmz recently is to be trusted.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2003, 02:45 PM:

You mean, the author of "My Life Under Fascism, Or, Franco Shot My Dog"?

Arthur D. Hlavaty ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2003, 04:56 PM:

I remember William Gibson, pre-Neuromancer, as an excellent slipstream reviwer in SFR, or whatever Geis was calling his zine at the time.

Avram ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2003, 01:02 AM:

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Zack Lynch ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2003, 01:01 PM:

In addition, author-blogs enable new writers to develop a history of consistent value creation prior to any engagement with the formal media.

skippy ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2003, 06:21 PM:

does this mean that the future has finally caught up to itself?

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2003, 06:46 PM:

Skippy, the future has been catching up to itself since it was the distant past.