Zero History

Zero History

eBook - 2010
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Penguin Putnam
“The god of speculative fiction…comes up with another paranoid, high-tech dystopian thriller.”—New York Magazine

Hollis Henry never intended to work for global marketing magnate Hubertus Bigend again. But now she’s broke, and Bigend has just the thing to get her back in the game...
Milgrim can disappear in almost any setting, and his Russian is perfectly idiomatic—so much so that he spoke it with his therapist in the secret Swiss clinic where Bigend paid for him to be cured of his addiction...
Garreth doesn't owe Bigend a thing. But he does have friends from whom he can call in the kinds of favors powerful people need when things go sideways...
They all have something Bigend wants as he finds himself outmaneuvered and adrift, after a Department of Defense contract for combat-wear turns out to be the gateway drug for arms dealers so shadowy they can out-Bigend Bigend himself.

Zero History is [Gibson’s] best yet, a triumph of science fiction as social criticism and adventure.”—

Baker & Taylor
While an ex-singer-turned-journalist unsuccessfully struggles to avoid notice by twisted marketing genius Bigend, a talented Russian linguist emerges from rehabilitation amid Bigend's discovery of an anonymous rival on the global market. By the best-selling author of Spook Country.

Publisher: 2010
ISBN: 9781101443316
Branch Call Number: E-Book


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JCLThomasM Jul 03, 2017

The end of the Bigend Trilogy that reset William Gibson's futuristic universes, paired with an analysis of how we relate to media and fashion.

May 01, 2015

Strongly capitalizing on commercialism, privatization and corruption of government by technology. The professional reviews are through (and long). This material is timely, thrilling and well done. A worthy read

Jan 18, 2015

Gibson, definitely the most overrated author in the country. OxG calls it right!

Dec 30, 2013

There is no disputing that Gibson's 1984 novel, "Neuromancer" is a seminal entry in sci-fi and arguably the most important book in the genre of the past 3 decades, yet it would not have been possible without the influence of Dick, Ballard and Burroughs, among others. In recent years, he's gradually drifted away from pure sci-fi into more paranoid, realistic territory. This forms a loose trilogy with "Pattern Recognition" and "Spook Country" and it feels now that his influences are Pynchon and DeLillo. The plot has something to do with secret brands and didn't really engage me.

gwsuperfan Mar 23, 2011

This book didn't even feel like a sequel to Spook Country. It was the same book, just set in the UK and France instead of the US and Canada. Far less than what I'd expect from the writer who invented the concept of cyberspace.

debwalker Nov 18, 2010

"Characters we met in the earlier Pattern Recognition and Spook Country (including former rock singer Hollis Henry) return as Gibson explores our consumer culture's obsession with things--in this case, a brand of denim clothing called Gabriel Hounds. This isn't science fiction, it's a thriller."
Top 10 Books of 2010: Robin Lenz

Oct 08, 2010

The writing is concise and precise, like a diamond flow. Not many characters like this in the fiction worlds I've checked out.


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