Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

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Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

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In Social Sciences: The Big Issues (2003), Kath Woodward wrote that instead of making a distinction between the body and the machine, “we could benefit from thinking across the boundaries of natural = body = agency on the one side and the machine = culture to the other. He took the cold bottle of Dos Equis Lizzie offered him and drank it quickly, then asked for another.

Paul; the employees of Johnson’s Wax must have felt as though they were walking into one of Paul’s spray-paint pulp Utopias.I pulled over, then, and a half-dozen aluminium beer cans winked goodnight as I killed the headlights. I nodded, fishing in my jeans for change, anxious to find a park bench where I could submerge myself in hard evidence of the human near-dystopia we live in.

There had been Paul Coen and Lizzie Heinz, both picked out of the SenTrax personnel files using a psychological profile cooked up by Aleph, both given EHIT implants by him, Charley Hughes. I saw a dozen shots of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Johnson’s Wax Building, juxtaposed with the covers of old Amazing Stories pulps, by an artist named Frank R. As Alvin Toffler pointed out in The Third Wave —a bible to many cyberpunks—the technical revolution reshaping our society is based not in hierarchy but in decentralization, not in rigidity but in fluidity. The heavy noir influence worked for me, but it may well be that I read less sf than you, in which case it could be that I’ve just seen it less.

Also here are Rudy Rucker, the acting grandfather of the genre; and Pat Cadigan, the Queen of Cyberpunk (even though she had very little, if any, real competition). Which made a certain kind of sense, because the most successful American designers had been recruited from the ranks of Broadway theater designers. To access your ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose.

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