Cyber Reader

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Cyber Reader is an anthology of extracts from key texts related to the theme of cyberspace. Approaching the subject from a variety of fields, such as science, complexity theory, philosophy and metaphysics, sexual politics, art and architecture, and including works of science fiction, this book reflects the multidisciplinary basis of cyberspace and illustrates how these different disciplines can inform one another.

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Overview

Cyber Reader is an anthology of extracts from key texts related to the theme of cyberspace. Approaching the subject from a variety of fields, such as science, complexity theory, philosophy and metaphysics, sexual politics, art and architecture, and including works of science fiction, this book reflects the multidisciplinary basis of cyberspace and illustrates how these different disciplines can inform one another.

Over forty texts are presented in chronological order, beginning with some precursors to cyberspace. Writing by early theoreticians such as Charles Babbage and Alan Turing, or authors such as EM Forster, help to give a historical perspective to the subject. Each extract is prefaced by a short introduction by editor Neil Spiller to explain the key themes and terms alluded to in the extract, and cross-refer it to other texts in the book.

Cyber Reader is an essential initial source book, introducing students and researchers to the broad premise of cyberspatial theory and practice. It will help readers understand the wealth of opportunities, both practical and theoretical, that cyberspace engenders and enable them to chart its impact on many disciplines.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780714840710
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Of the Analytical Engine, 1864 22
The Machine Stops, 1909 28
As We May Think, 1945 34
Essays of Operation, 1989 40
Organization of the Message, 1950 46
Man-Computer Symbiosis, 1960 52
Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework, 1962 60
The Gadget Lover: Narcissus as Narcosis, 1964 68
The Architectural Relevance of Cybernetics, 1969 76
Generator Project, 1976 84
The Aesthetics of Disappearance, 1980 90
A Thousand Plateaux: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, 1980 96
Neuromancer, 1984 102
A Cyborg Manifesto, 1985 108
Engines of Abundance, 1990 116
Queen of Angels, 1990 126
The Difference Engine, 1991 132
The Origins of Drama and the Future of Fun, 1991 138
Policing the Spectrum, 1991 144
Liquid Architectures in Cyberspace, 1991 150
An Empirical Theory of the Mind: The Evolution of Consciousness, 1992 158
Snow Crash, 1992 164
The Strong Claim, 1992 170
Life in a Computer, 1993 178
Stash Riders, 1993 184
Techgnosis: Magic, Memory, and the Angels of Information, 1993 190
Terminal Resistance/Cyborg Acceptance, 1993 196
Feminism for the Incurably Informed, 1993 202
Constructions and Reconstructions of the Self in Virtual Reality, 1994 208
An Open Universe, 1994 216
Permutation City, 1994 222
Soft Cities, 1995 230
When I Enter Virtual Reality, What Body Will I Leave Behind?, 1995 238
A Natural Model for Architecture/The Nature of the Evolutionary Body, 1995 246
Iconographics, 1995 256
Towards the Post-Human, 1995 262
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, 1996 270
Robocopulation: Sex Times Technology Equals the Future, 1996 274
The Senses Have No Future, 1998 280
The Virtual Reality of the Tea Ceremony, 1998 286
Hertzian Space, 1999 292
The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace, 1999 298
Vacillating Objects, 1999 304
Acknowledgements 310
Bibliography 312
Index 316
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