William Gibson is one of the best-known North American science fiction writers, fêted by The Guardian in 1999 as ‘probably the most important novelist of the past two decades’. Gibson has written more than twenty short stories and ten critically acclaimed novels (one in collaboration) and has contributed articles to several major publications and collaborated extensively with performance artists, filmmakers and musicians. His thought has been cited as an influence on science fiction authors, design, academia, cyberculture, and technology.
In Kingsley Amis’s virtuoso foray into alternate history, it is 1976 but the modern world is a medieval relic, frozen in intellectual and spiritual time ever since Martin Luther was promoted to pope back in the sixteenth century. “One of the best—possibly the best—alternate-worlds novels in existence.”— Philip K. Dick