Man Who Coined the Term “Cyberspace” Says He Can’t Send Emails

Well, this is ironic.

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Influential sci-fi author William Gibson, widely credited with coining the term “cyberspace” and imagining an ahead-of-its time vision of the internet back in his 1984 novel “Neuromancer,” is having computer trouble.

“Current contact info,” he tweeted today. “If you email me, I receive it, but a glitch is making it impossible for me to email you my reply. If you text me at my usual number, no problem! So I am TEXT ONLY, til further!”

Irate Dismal

It’s ironic, sure, but Gibson has often been a slow adopter of technologies he predicted before they existed.

And even though he dreamed up one of the most lasting visions of the internet a decade before it went mainstream, he remains unimpressed with the way it’s played out in real life.

“Cyberspace, as described in ‘Neuromancer,’ is nothing at all like the Internet that we live with, which consists mostly of utterly banal and silly stuff,” he told NPR last year.

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