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Library JournalFocusing 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
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