William Gibson is one of the most influential and out there science fiction writers of our time. Read about him here and here. He is credited with first usign the term "cyberspace" in a 1982 story and Wikipedia claims "He is also credited with predicting the rise of reality television and with establishing the conceptual foundations for the rapid growth of virtual environments such as video games and the World Wide Web." He is also credited with one of my favorite quotes "The future is already here -- it is just not very evenly distrubited.
P.S. A big thanks to Caroline for sending this to me!