William Gibson: ‘I read Naked Lunch when it was still quasi-illicit’

The sci-fi author on Cormac McCarthy, and the influence of William S Burroughs and Kurt Vonnegut

The book I am currently reading
Hari Kunzru’s Red Pill. Topical (to say the very least)!

The book that changed my life
So many have! I don’t think of this in terms of landmark game-changers, but of as a matter of cumulative effect. One very early example would be Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night. It was my introduction to the idea that the sort of book I was looking for didn’t necessarily have to be labeled as science fiction. Another would be Level 7, by Mordecai Roshwald, which would also have been my first experience of anti-war satire.

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