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Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present (Byron Preiss Book)
Synopses & Reviews
It is the beginning of the twenty-first century, and we are living on the cusp of change. Reality has already spawned one alternate state, and for many people virtual reality is now where they are most at home. But what happens when virtual worlds become indistinguishable from what we consider to be the real world? When you wake up from a dream, how do you know that you are not still dreaming? And if the reality we're in is virtual, who is doing the programming?
These questions, and many more like them, spin effortlessly out of the box-office mega-hit The Matrix. More than just a computer-aided shot-'em-up, more than just the latest cinematic expression of cyberpunk angst, The Matrix presented layer upon layer of challenging explorations of what the true nature of reality might be, and why this should (or should not) be important to us.
Exploring the Matrix presents eighteen thoughtful and thought-provoking essays on what the film had to say and exactly how it was said. Here you will discover the long and fascinating history of some of the themes set forth in the Wachowski Brothers' landmark film, why they are important, how they have been explored in the past, and their implications for the immediate future of human society. The true nature of reality in our current cyber-age is not a rhetorical question, but rather one that needs to be answered as we move closer to seamless virtual scenarios, accessible online, in video games . . . and perhaps ultimately as the result of uploading software to an implanted chip in the brain.
You can take the blue pill and stay in the dream, unaware of your status, or take the red pill and see just how deep the rabbit hole goes.
A collection of essays written by today's top science fiction authors on the Matrix, cyberpunk and the future.
"Exploring the Matrix also includes stunning original art by digital artists Robert Zohrab and Darrel Anderson, making this blockbuster book a must for every fan of the "Matrix films.
About the Author
Karen Haber is an award-winning author and editor of science fiction and fantasy. The author of dozens of works, her short stories have appeared in Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Science Fiction Age among others. Ms. Haber is the art book reviewer for Locus, and profiles artists for both Realms of Fantasy and Galaxyonline. She is co-editor, along with her husband, Robert Silverberg, of the Bantam/Spectra science fiction anthologies, Universe 1 & 2 and St. Martin's Press's Meditations on Middle Earth.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Pat Cadigan
"Every Other Movie is the Blue Pill" by Bruce Sterling
"The Real Matrix" by Stephen Baxter
"The Matrix: Know Thyself" by John Shirley
"Literary Influences on the Matrix" Paul Di Filippo
"More Than You'll Ever Know: Down the Rabbit Hole of the Matrix" by Kathleen Ann Goonan
"The Matrix and the Star Maker" by Mike Resnick
"Yuen Woo-Ping and the Art of Flying" by Walter Jon Williams
"Alice in Metropolis or It's All Done With Mirrors" by Dean Motter
"The Matrix as Simulacrum" by Ian Watson
"The Matrix as Sci-fi" by Joe Haldeman
"Tomorrow May Be Different" by David Brin
"Revenge of the Nerds, Part X" by Alan Dean Foster
"Reflections in a Cyber Eye" by Karen Haber
"Meditations on the Singular Matrix" by James Patrick Kelly
"The Matrix Made Me Do It" by Kevin J. Anderson
"Dreaming Real" by Rick Berry
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