Speaking of William Gibson, David Ulin of the Los Angeles Times includes Gibson’s Pattern Recognition in an article entitled ‘Five essential books about 9/11′:
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.
The novel isn’t about 9/11, but occurs in its aftermath, and the attacks hover like a specter over the whole story. I’ve read it several times, and each time I was impressed by Gibson’s ability to subtly incorporate the impact of 9/11 on the characters in the story.