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Sean Scanlan reviews the 2021 collection titled "William Gibson and the Futures of Contemporary Culture" for American Literary History. Edited by Mitch R. Murray and Mathias Nilges, this eleven-chapter study, published by University of Iowa Press, outlines Gibson’s career and addresses three overarching questions or problematics: Gibson and literary history, Gibson and the question of medium, and the problem of the present.


This work was originally published in ALH Online Review, Series XXXIII, available at



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