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Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Evolution, and Revolution
     

Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Evolution, and Revolution

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by Victoria Blake (Editor)
 

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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

Overview

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, you’ll 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. You’ll 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/19/2014
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.)
Library Journal
Focusing on postmodern technology and a society where all too often things go terribly awry, editor Blake (Jumping the Cracks) has entertainingly anthologized 19 short stories covering the full range of cyberpunk fiction. The collection contains works by many of the genre’s highly respected authors, ranging from William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and Rudy Rucker to newcomers such as Cory Doctorow. A gem is Paul Tremblay’s “The Blog at the End of the World,” consisting of blog entries by one Becca Gilman, who notices the sudden increase of deaths of young people owing to aneurysms. The blog posts chronicle the events, with comments from sometimes skeptical readers until the blog postings suddenly and frighteningly end.

Verdict Fans of cyberpunk will surely enjoy this anthology, but devotees of horror and general sf may find it a happy indulgence as well. The postapocalyptic world of many of the stories, though more or less zombie-free, should resonate with enthusiasts of shows like The Walking Dead. The material is such that it can be promoted to teenagers who have already read everything in your horror section.—Vicki Gregory, Sch. of Information, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937163082
Publisher:
Resurrection House
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
893,929
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

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