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William Gibson


Pattern Recognition
Year 2003
Publisher Viking
ISBN 0670875597



'We have no future because our present is too volatile ... We have only risk management.  The spinning of the given moment's scenarios.  Pattern recognition ....'

Cayce Pollard owes her living to her pathological sensitivity to logos.  In London to consult for the world's coolest ad agency, she finds herself catapulted, via her addiction to a mysterious body of film footage uploaded to the web in cryptic fragments, into a global quest for its shadowy auteur.

Jetting between London, New York, Tokyo and Moscow, Cayce becomes involved with an eccentric hacker, a vengeful ad executive, a Tokyo otaku-coven and a defrocked NSA mathematician.  But the closer she gets to the elusive 'Garage Kubrick', the less cool her quest appears.  The world is moving in dangerous new directions.  And Cayce, wearied by flight fear and mirror-world angst, finds herself alone, with too many unanswered questions.

Who is downloading pornography on her computer?  Why is she being followed?  Can her partner, the charismatic Boone Chu, be trusted?  What is the true value of the footage?  And will her discovery of the most brilliant marketing ploy of this very new century lead Cayce any closer to finding her father, former Cold War security expert Win Pollard: a man so thoroughly and quietly missing that it might be impossible to prove him dead?




One of the most influential writers of the past twenty years, William Gibson turns his attention to contemporary London and New York, to international paranoia, and the ubiquity of modern branding - with dazzling results.

'With more insight, wit and sheer style than any of his contemporaries, William Gibson continues to patrol the nebulous zones that separate science fiction, contemporary thrillers and genuine literature'



Gold aluminum cover designed to protect the Voyager 1 and 2 Sounds of Earth gold-plated records from micrometeorite bombardment

Interstellar Envelope
This gold aluminum cover was designed to protect the Voyager 1 and 2 "Sounds of Earth" gold-plated records from micrometeorite bombardment, but also serves a double purpose in providing the finder a key to playing the record.
    Credit: NASA 

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