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All Tomorrow's Parties is a 1999 novel by William Gibson. It is the third volume of the Bridge Trilogy.


This novel contains examples of:

  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The trilogy, written in the 1990s, is set in 2006, after a massive earthquake has resulted in the abandonment of the Oakland Bay Bridge, which has since been resettled as a sort of squatters' shantytown.
  • The Cameo: Blackwell, an important character in Idoru, makes a brief appearance near the end of All Tomorrow's Parties. The book doesn't identify him by name, but rather by a description of his disfigured ear.
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  • Cyber Punk: Or Post-Cyberpunk, depending on who you ask.
  • Firing One-Handed: Fontaine does target shooting with a small calibre revolver, holding in it one hand.
  • Handy Cuffs: Mystical assassin Konrad is bought in wearing handcuffs. It is implied that the rush to bring him in is the end for his captors — because his hands are cuffed in front of him.
  • Knife Nut:
    • The Taoist assassin Konrad, who takes meticulous care of his tanto, practices an Argentine school of knife fighting considered mythical within the setting, and is ridiculously deadly with his blade.
    • While not knife nuts per se, Rydell and Chevette wind up carrying a ceramic switchblade and a knife with a pattern-welded blade made from the drive chain of a 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, respectively. Both are used at crucial points in the plot.
  • Matter Replicator: The Nanofax machine, which transmits copies of anything.
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