One of his five essential 9/11 books:
"Pattern Recognition" by William Gibson (2003).Read about another book on Ulin's list.
The first — and still, in many ways, the best — book of fiction to emerge from the tragedy, Gibson's novel came out less than 18 months after the collapse of the twin towers, yet it evokes the post-Sept. 11 world of paranoia, inference and conspiracy so acutely that it's almost as if he dreamed it into being. Gibson, of course, was ideally suited for the challenge; his books had dealt with such issues since the 1980s, making "Pattern Recognition" a kind of speculative fiction in reverse, a novel in which the line between future and present has irrevocably blurred.
Learn about why Gibson decided to set Pattern Recognition in the present, unlike his previous novels.
Also see: Five best works of literature on 9/11, five of the best new 9/11 books and eight worthy 9/11 books.