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UPI Almanac for Monday, March 17, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, March 17, 2013
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 17, 2012.
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Matthew Modine joins 'Miracle' cast

Matthew Modine joins 'Miracle' cast

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Actor Matthew Modine has joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway production of "The Miracle Worker," the show's producers said Monday.

'Miracle' playwright Gibson dead at 94

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- New York-born playwright William Gibson has died at his home in Stockbridge, Mass., at the age of 94, his family said.

Man with criminal record cleared to teach

LONDON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A British teacher with a criminal record for indecent assault on a child is now teaching in Bournemouth, England.

Lithgow, Thompson to Theater Hall of Fame

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Actors John Lithgow and Sada Thompson have been elected to the U.S. Theater Hall of Fame, it was announced Friday.

Tovah Feldshuh stars as Golda Meir

NEW YORK, April 11 (UPI) -- Versatile actress Tovah Feldshuh has brought Talullah Bankhead, Sophie Tucker, Katharine Hepburn, Sarah Bernhardt and three queens of Henry VIII to the stage, a
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Hardcover Fiction 1. Back Story: A Spenser Novel -- Robert B. Parker, 100 2. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons -- Lorna Landvik, 88
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Hardcover Fiction 1. The Last Detective -- Robert Crais, 100 2. The Cat Who Brought Down the House -- Lilian Jackson Braun, 54
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Hardcover Fiction 1. Pattern Recognition -- William Gibson, 100
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1. The Cat Who Brought Down the House -- Lilian Jackson Braun, 100
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Hardcover Fiction 1. The King of Torts -- John Grisham, 100
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Actress Tovah Feldshuh takes her opening night curtain call bow on 10/15/03 in the Broadway play "Golda's Balcony" written by William Gibson about Israel's former Prime Minister Golda Meir. (UPI/EZIO PETERSEN)
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William Ford Gibson (born March 17, 1948) is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the "noir prophet" of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction. Gibson coined the term "cyberspace" in his short story "Burning Chrome" and later popularized the concept in his debut novel, Neuromancer (1984). In envisaging cyberspace, Gibson created an iconography for the information age before the ubiquity of the Internet in the 1990s. He is also credited with predicting the rise of reality television and with establishing the conceptual foundations for the rapid growth of virtual environments such as video games and the Web.

Having changed residence frequently with his family as a child, Gibson became a shy, ungainly teenager who often read science fiction. After spending his adolescence at a private boarding school in Arizona, Gibson dodged the draft during the Vietnam War by emigrating to Canada in 1968, where he became immersed in the counterculture and after settling in Vancouver eventually became a full-time writer. He retains dual citizenship. Gibson's early works are bleak, noir near-future stories about the effect of cybernetics and computer networks on humans – a "combination of lowlife and high tech". The short stories were published in popular science fiction magazines. The themes, settings and characters developed in these stories culminated in his first novel, Neuromancer, which garnered critical and commercial success, virtually initiating the cyberpunk literary genre.

Although much of Gibson's reputation has remained associated with Neuromancer, his work has continued to evolve. After expanding on Neuromancer with two more novels to complete the dystopic Sprawl trilogy, Gibson became an important author of another science fiction sub-genre—steampunk—with the 1990 alternate history novel The Difference Engine, written with Bruce Sterling. In the 1990s, he composed the Bridge trilogy of novels, which focused on sociological observations of near-future urban environments and late capitalism. His most recent novels—Pattern Recognition (2003) and Spook Country (2007)—are set in a contemporary world and have put his work onto mainstream bestseller lists for the first time.

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