When: Fri., Oct. 31, 7 p.m. 2014
William Gibson is often credited with having predicted the internet before it was popularized. The Neuromancer (1984) author coined the term “cyberspace,” and described virtual environments and cultural phenomena (such as reality television) at a time when they were merely sci-fi fantasies. Gibson is a cyberpunk and speculative fiction icon, with three trilogies under his belt and an enormous cult following. This week, he is releasing his first book since 2010, The Peripheral. It’s a work of near-future fiction that takes place in two time periods, following two professional video game players, who, of course, are somehow also involved in the black market. Another given is that it’s a grim cultural critique, dissecting economic inequality by throwing it into the future, but keeping it contemporary enough to tether it to reality. Diesel, A Bookstore (5433 College Ave., Berkeley) will be hosting a Halloween party — complete with costumes — to celebrate his new release and the thirtieth anniversary of Neuromancer. Gibson will discuss the book and sign copies. For all of you cyberpunk nerds hiding out there, this could be the perfect opportunity to dress up as your favorite Gibson character around people who will actually get it. That, and finally meet a literary legend.