William Gibson’s “Archangel”

You’ve likely heard of William Gibson before, revered in prophetic shorthand as the “father of cyberpunk” or “the sage of the information age.” His critically acclaimed breakthrough, Neuromancer, and his 1990 collaborative novel with Bruce Sterling, The Difference Engine, can be seen as companion case studies in the mutability of human history; the first a forecast of attractions to come as told from 1984, and the latter a speculative crash course in “the future of what might’ve been.” It goes without saying that Gibson is savvy to the conventions of contemporary sci-fi, evidenced by how he lampshades the temporal ramifications of the Grandfather paradox in the opening pages of his first original comic, Archangel.

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