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.