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Local book review – "Pattern Recognition"

“Pattern Recognition”

By William Gibson

On the recommendation of my Gen-X daughter, I read “Pattern Recognition.” “You’ll love it Dad,” she said. “It’s about tomorrow, its about cyberspace, and she uses a Mac.” Gibson is most famous for creating the term “cyberspace” to portray the parallel universe behind your computer screen. According to Gibson, he does not write about the future, only the present. It’s the reader’s perception of a future.

With Gibson deftly crafting sentences of uncanny beauty, we follow Cayce Pollard through the universe of marketing, globalization and terrorism in the pursuit of untraceable video clips on the Internet. These haunting clips are creating buzz around the world, and Cayce is hired to find the source. This is a detective story with a high tech patina, staged in sophisticated London, go-go Japan, and crumbling Russia.

In “No Maps for These Territories,” a documentary, Gibson professes not to know the end of a story when he starts writing. That is unfortunate, as I found his ending too contrived. But maybe my expectations were too high, based on a swift opening and a strong middle. An imaginative thinker, Gibson gives us a fleeting glimpse of tomorrow. Recommended.

– Russ Steel

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