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In the first in-depth exploration of fringe computer culture, Dery introduces readers to underground roboticists, cybersex enthusiasts, virtual-reality designers, cyberpunk novelists, and would-be cyborgs. In exploring this strange new world, Drey shifts the focus from the corporations that design the digital machines that are changing our reality to the fringes of cyberculture, where real-life cyberpunks are pursuing the bright promise of these technologies.
|Introduction: Escape Velocity||1|
|1||Turn On, Boot Up, Jack In: Cyberdelia||19|
|2||Metal Machine Music: Cyberpunk Meets the Black Leather Synth-Rockers||73|
|3||Waging a Tinkerer's War: Mechanical Spectacle||109|
|4||Ritual Mechanics: Cybernetic Body Art||151|
|5||RoboCopulation: Sex Times Technology Equals the Future||181|
|6||Cyborging the Body Politic: Obsolete Bodies and Posthuman Beings||227|
|A Comment on Sources||321|
Posted January 17, 2011
A wonderful book covering all sorts of phenomena related to the interface between human beings and machines circa 1999, covering fringe artists and thinkers like Mark Pauline and Stelarc, funky authors such as JG Ballard and William Gibson, and philosophers like Baudrillard. A great portrait of the period too--not dated at all, but a snapshot of a bunch of brilliant and/or weird thinkers and tinkerers--like postmodern Joan Didion or Tom Wolfe in their nonfiction modes. One of the most entertaining nonfiction books I've ever read--honestly. Check it out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.