Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Evolution, and Revolution [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937163099
  • Publisher: Resurrection House
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 749,331
  • File size: 440 KB

Meet the Author

Victoria Blake is the founder and publisher of Underland Press, an award-winning publishing house dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Before founding Underland, Victoria was a prose editor at Dark Horse Comics.
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Table of Contents

William Gibson
Cory Doctorow
Jonathan Lethem
Bruce Sterling
Kim Stanley Robinson
Daniel H. Wilson
John Shirley
Paul Di Filippo
Greg Bear
Pat Cadigan
Gwyneth Jones
James Patrick Kelly
David Marusek
Ben Parzybok
Cat Rambo
Lewis Shiner
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