Before the internet even existed, science fiction and speculative author William Gibson coined and crafted the idea of cyberspace and predicted the World Wide Web in his groundbreaking 1984 debut novel, Neuromancer. Gibson’s idea of a global network touched on a cultural nerve, and some argue it influenced the way the internet itself was developed. For the last 30 years, Gibson’s celebrated works in cyberpunk have continually predicted increasingly dystopian visions of our future and alternate realities, and his new book, Peripheral, is being hailed as a dazzling hi-tech thriller. This week, Gibson appears and reads on Friday, Oct. 31, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 1pm. Free.