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They are surging into culture at large; they are invasive; they are everywhere. Because of this, its effect within the genre has been rapid and powerful.

Dick; the soaring, skipping beatnik tech of Alfred Bester. Cyberpunk has risen from within the SF genre; it is not an invasion but a modern reform. No counterculture Earth Mother gave us lysergic acid – it came from a Sandoz lab, and when it escaped it ran through society like wildfire. The cyberpunks as a group are steeped in the lore and tradition of the SF field. Cyberpunk is widely known for its telling use of detail, its carefully constructed intricacy, its willingness to carry extrapolation into the fabric of daily life.

Gina’s voice is decent, sharp and dark, but the story meandered a bit more than I would’ve liked.

In that respect it serves to highlight the overlap between cyberpunk and traditional military sci-fi which was to brice over the years. This probably counts as essential reading for fans of brkce, but only some of the stories qualify, genre-wise. Tokyo’s Hayakawa’s SF Magazine was the first publication ever to produce an “all-cyberpunk” issue, in November Purely ideological, th is is amazingly one of the more simplistic and overt stories of the collection given the names authoring it.


Some of the stories even feel like parodies before parodies: They are willing – eager, even – to take an zterling and unflinchingly push it past the limits. Some of the authors I’m very familiar with their work, while others were new to me. This integration has become our decade’s crucial source of cultural energy. Bruce Sterling and William Gibson. Gardner Dozois was among the first to bring critical attention to the nascent Movement.

From the New Wave: I am not a big fan of short stories. Cyberpunk work is marked by its visionary intensity.

To a reader over three decades on the text is, frankly, srerling little patchy.

Cyberpunk has little mjrrorshades with borders. Contains many of my favorite examples of cyberpunk fiction. The Cyberpunk Anthology is not a treasury of cyberpunk stories.

Mirrorshades : the CyberPunk Anthology edited by Bruce Sterling, (Anchor House, 1986).

Mirrorshades should give readers new to Movement writing a broad introduction to cyberpunk’s tenets themes, and topics. May 07, Jose Brox rated it liked it Recommends it for: Their precursors are legion. As demonstrated by a number of the stories here, perhaps the most disappointing difference to me is the confidence these authors had in bruec continuance of space travel.


Other than Dangerous Visions, is there sterilng more lauded and groundbreaking multi-author anthology in science fiction than Mirrorshades? An early Di Filippo story, and its always a treat to read a mention of a young author as a prospect which turns out to be right. Overall, I gave it three stars because some of the stories are definitely worth reading, almost all towards the end of the book.

From Mozart to Thomas Sterlibg among others, it was an interesting characterization. Does giving a name to a movement help to shape and unify it, or merely shine a light of classification dubious in its necessity on something that was already there?

The hacker and the rocker are this decade’s pop-culture idols, and cyberpunk is very much a pop phenomenon: But, like the punks of ’77, they prize their garage-band esthetic. The cyberpunks aim for a wide-ranging, global point of view. The Cyberpunk Anthology the result, it is both broad in scope yet delimits the idea of what cyberpunk, or at least can be. Shiner uses the breakdown of a marriage to set the tone for a story which concludes with the husband finding his future lies in the sea as a mer-man, creating a palpable sense of the next step in evolution.

Major surgery necessary, the resulting assignment places him in a position he never dreamed. The reasons for this are not hard to grasp.