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Martha Millard Archive of William Gibson Collection- Fully Processed


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Title: Martha Millard Archive of William Gibson Collection- Fully Processed, 1977-2002Add to your cart.

ID: 00/C000161

Creator: Gibson, William

Extent: 4.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Alphabetical by folder content, and thereunder chronologically.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection was originally assembled by Martha Millard, the literary agent of noted science fiction author William Gibson. The collection contains correspondence between Millard and Gibson, agency business correspondence to and from Millard concerning Gibson's publishing career, assorted photographs, and an agency publicity file that includes publicity materials, files of Gibson's book reviews, interviews with Gibson, and articles about Gibson and/or the cyberspace and cyberpunk phenomenons.

Of particular note are a number of Gibson's original writings, which are also housed in the collection. These writings include such important Gibsoniana as his original 1981 outline for what would become Gibson's first novel Neuromancer; a 1984 outline for a never-completed novel, The Log of the Mustang Sally; an outline for Mona Lisa Overdrive (1986); a chronology and notes for The Difference Engine (1987); and copies of Gibson's screenplays for Alien III (c. 1990, unused) and Johnny Mnemonic (1992, 1994).

The Martha Millard Archive of William Gibson is a important collection for exploring not only the development of Gibson's writing career, but the ways in which an author, his agent, and his publishers interact with one another, working together to create and publicize a final literary product. The collection also provides numerous examples of the cultural impact that Gibson, as the coiner of the term 'cyberspace' and founder of the cyberpunk sub-genre of science fiction, has had on his colleagues, fans, and contemporaries.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: No restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Physical Access Note: No restrictions.

Technical Access Note: No restrictions.

Acquisition Method: Acquired by purchase from James Cummins, Bookseller.

Related Materials: The Millard Archive also includes many books autographed by Gibson. Those materials have been moved to the closed stacks of Cushing Library.

Other Note: Fully Processed

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Writings by William Gibson

"Outline for a Novel" [eventually becoming Neuromancer], December 1981

Outline for Neuromancer [Original and Photocopy], undated

Outline for Log of the Mustang Sally [Unwritten novel], and related correspondence, 1986 and undated

Outline for Mona Lisa Overdrive, May 1986

Preliminary Chronology and Notes for The Difference Engine, undated

Manuscript for "Tokyo Suite" [Japanese Penthouse, April 1988], with TLS of Gibson

Structural Notes for Memory Palace (1-act drama), 1991

Manuscript [Partial] of Virtual Light, undated

Manuscript [Partial] of Virtual Light, 1993?

Manuscript of Virtual Light with edits [Photocopy], pages 1-143, 1993

Manuscript of Virtual Light with edits [Photocopy], pages 144-257, 1993

Manuscript of Virtual Light with edits [Photocopy], pages 258-350, 1993

Manuscript of Virtual Light with edits [Photocopy], pages 351-432, 1993

Manuscript of "Disneyland with the Death Penalty" [Wired, September/October 1993], 2 copies

Manuscript of Idoru, pages 1-110, 1996

Manuscript of Idoru, pages 111-195, 1996

Manuscript of Idoru, pages 196-271, 1996

Manuscript of Idoru, pages 272-342, 1996

"Flip Your Titles To and Fro (Or, 'The Whore of Mensa')" [Faxed copy], September 1997

"A Cave Full of Pixels" [Faxed copy], August 1998

"Geeks and Artboys (an Introduction)", July 27, 2000

"The Web, Wooden Television, and the Wasting of Time" [Photocopy], undated

Unidentified Piece [Faxed copy], 2 pages, undated



Unproduced Screenplay for Neuromancer, 1st draft, February 1997

Unproduced Screenplay for Alien III [Photocopy], undated

Screenplay for Johnny Mnemonic [Revised Draft], January 1992

Screenplay for Johnny Mnemonic, with revised pages, January-March 1994]



Gibson's Address to Chapman College, April 8, 1997


Correspondence between Gibson and Millard

Correspondence, 1981-1984

Correspondence, 1985-1986

Correspondence, undated


Agency Correspondence to and from Millard

Correspondence, 1982-1983

Correspondence, 1984-1986

Correspondence, 1986-1987

Correspondence, 1988

Correspondence, 1989

Correspondence, January -September 1990

Correspondence, October-December 1990

Correspondence, 1991

Correspondence, 1992-1994

Correspondence, January-July 1995

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