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Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Evolution, and Revolutionby Victoria (edt) Blake
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Before email, before the web,” before hackers and GPS and sexting, before titanium implants, before Google Goggles, before Siri, and before each and every one of us carried a computer in our pockets, there was cyberpunk, and science fiction was never the same.
Cyberpunk writers—serious, smart, and courageous in the face of change—exposed the naiveté of a society rushing headlong into technological unknowns. Technology could not save us, they argued, and it might in fact ruin us. Now, thirty years after The Movement party-crashed the science fiction scene, the cyberpunk reality has largely come to be. The future they imagined is here.
In this book, youll find stories by legendary cyberpunk authors like Bruce Sterling and William Gibson, as well as stories by new cyberpunk voices like Cory Doctorow and Jonathan Lethem. Youll find stories about society gone wrong and society saved, about soulless humans and soulful machines, about futures worth fighting for and futures that do nothing but kill.
Welcome to your cyberpunk world.
"Every entry in this disjointed reprint anthology is a keeper, but Blake ends up veering across the SF spectrum without consistently hitting the mark. Cyberpunk staples are well represented by stories such as Cat Rambo's 'Memories of Moments, Bright as Falling Stars,' about the transformative power of modification, and James Patrick Kelly's 'Mr. Boy,' a multilayered examination of growing up. Others give an invigorating twist to conventions: Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner's 'Mozart in Mirrorshades' demonstrates the creation of a cyberpunk past, Mark Teppo's noir 'The Lost Technique of Blackmail' has fantastically evolved language, and Greg Bear's 'The Fall of the House of Escher' is full of gothic horror. Unfortunately, the anthology is knocked off-track by such works as Jonathan Lethem's media-culture-commentary 'Interview with the Crab' and Rudy Rucker's magically driven 'The Jack Kerouac Disembodied School of Poetics'; they're well written, but they seem to belong in another book. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Cyberpunk has brought us films like Blade Runner, Tron, and The Matrix, and it has brought us now-classic novels like Snow Crash and Neuromancer. It continues to be a powerful theme in contemporary literature as writers imagine a gritty, dark, wild, and wicked future where body modification, seedy elements, omniscient corporations, and a few down-luck anti-heroes are always having it out. Inside the covers of this book, readers find stories by the best and the finest cyberpunk writers — from foundational authors like Bruce Sterling and William Gibson to new voices like Cory Doctorow — all of whom write with the fire and zeal that powers the best cyberpunk writing. Here are stories about society gone wrong and society saved, about soulless humans and soulful machines, about futures worth fighting for and futures that do nothing but kill. Welcome to your cyberpunk world.
Welcome to your cyberpunk world.
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