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Man who coined term ‘cyberspace’ honored

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William Gibson

William Gibson

Michael Oshea, Associated Press

The man who coined the word "cyberspace" has returned to his home page.

Author William Gibson was given an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., where he was born 60 years ago and which he last saw when he was 5.

"I was born here in the middle of the previous century, and spent the last 30 years writing about imaginary versions of the current century," Gibson said in a short address Saturday. "Somehow, I never expected to see Conway in the 21st century. I think it looks very good indeed, and I'm proud to be born here."

Gibson came up with the term now used for the Internet in his 1984 novel "Neuromancer."