I have nearly all of William Gibson’s novels in hardcover now, after a little binge on AbeBooks. Count Zero is pretty difficult to get for less than $200, so I’m going to stick with the trade paperback for now. I wanted to get these while I still could.
My copies of Idoru and All Tomorrow’s Parties are also a strange trade paper and library binding hybrid that I picked up in a thrift store and find interesting.
I’ve been moving away buying more actual books since I’m running out of room, I’ve noticed that Gibson’s books are disappearing from my local thrift stores. I’ve noticed the same thing with other writers as time goes on. Gene Wolf’s books were a staple and then completely disappeared after he died. You can still find his hard covers online, but the prices are going up.
It’s interesting how the thrift store selection changes over time. I used to be able to count on a full shelf of Wheel of Time in any thrift store, and now those are starting to fade. They may come back with re-printings following the Amazon series.
Terry Brooks isn’t nearly as present as he used to be. Anne McCaffrey gets harder to find.
I love finding old library editions. Those are the first I’ll order online if they’re available. Not pictured here is a really nice copy of The Difference Engine by Gibson and Sterling that still had a stamped checkout card.
Neuromancer came out in 1984, and I just listened to an MP3 copy of the cassette tape recording, streamed to my phone from Plex, over bluetooth earbuds. What’s wild to me is that Gibson wrote the novel on a typewriter. He said he didn’t even use computers at the time.