Ekranoplan, Gibson’s Zero History

Like this guy, Mark Boss, I encountered this thing, the ekranoplan, in the pages of William Gibson’s latest book “Zero History”. I have been a huge fan of William Gibson ever since my friend Jonathan Formula (deviser of the bass line to Tuxedomoon’s “The Stranger” and sound engineer for Snakefinger and Captain Beefheart) told me about him in 1985. I have all of Gibson’s books. I have read all of them at least twice. I regret to say that I didn’t like this latest very much. I just couldn’t get behind all of this Gibsonian fiction whose central quest was the manufacturer of a “secret brand” of jeans. Very cool, very canny, sure, but mostly boring. In any case, my concentration span becomes more gnat-like with each hour spent online, so maybe I’ll like it better on the second reading.

Here is a review of “Zero History” by William Gibson

Book Review – Zero History – By William GibsonWhen I first heard that the had brought in a group of science fiction writers to brainstorm new ways that terrorists might attack America, something changed for me forever. I realized this was one of the first news stories I had ever totally believed – in part because it was like something from fiction.

Chimp With Pencil: The Curious EkranoplanThe craft pictured above isn’t a sea plane. It’s an ekranoplan, or sea skimmer. And it’s a very curious vehicle. I first read about the ekranoplan in one of William Gibson’s novels. Gibson is usually three steps ahead, and one step diagonal, of most writers and I admire how he integrates wonderfully obscure technology into his work.

Author: Blaine L. Reininger

Blaine L. Reininger was born July 10, 1953 in Pueblo, Colorado. Then he lived a life. By and by, he founded Tuxedomoon with Steven Brown in 1977. He traipsed around America, tuxedomooning until 1980, when he began to traipse around Europe. As a direct result of all of this traipsing, many musical compositions were composed, most of which found their way to some sort of mechanical device capable of reproducing musical compositions. This was mostly for the good. He now lives in Athens, Greece, where he is content.

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