Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

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Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

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The rest of the decade may well see a general plague of movements, led by an increasingly volatile and numerous Eighties generation.

In the 70s, Ray-Ban started a line of eyewear design including mirrored lenses in two new models, the Ray-Ban Vagabond and Ray-Ban Stateside, each included plastic frames and two types of lenses — the G-31 mirror lens and the standard G-15 lens.I thought I’d try to get some airline work, but I was in no real hurry because I had about six months of postdischarge bennies coming, and I thought I’d take it easy for a while.

The work of the cyberpunks is paralleled throughout the Eighties pop culture: in rock video; in the hacker underground; in the jarring street tech of hip-hop and scratch music; in the synthesizer rock of London and Tokyo.Too many fairly civilised Scots rationalists for my liking and I didn’t take to either of Learning the World or The Execution Channel (or rather, I liked both, until I got to the endings). Somehow this feedback-loop aggravated the diet pill, and the speed-vegetation along the road began to assume the colors of infrared satellite images, glowing shreds blown apart in the Toyota’s slipstream. This movement was quickly recognized and given many labels: Radical Hard SF, the Outlaw Technologists, the Eighties Wave, the Neuromantics, the Mirrorshades Group.

Cory Doctorow I’ve not read, though I have a copy of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom which looks good. Former tech sergeant George Jordan—two years’ community college in Oakland, California, followed by enlistment in the Air Force, aircrew training, the EHIT program.Pictures of cranes drawn with delicate white strokes on a tan silk background hung along one pale cream wall. She’d have seen the devil, if she hadn’t been brought up on “The Bionic Man” and all those “Star Trek” reruns. The Orlando Holiday Inn stood next to the airport terminal, where tourists flowed in eager for the delights of Disney World. It luxuriated in these observations, in the pity, compassion, and empathy they generated, as Aleph toresaw the sea change that George would endure, its ecstasies, passions, pains. Cyberpunk is a product of the Eighties milieu—in some sense, as I hope to show later, a definitive product.

Mirrorshades should give readers new to Movement writing a broad introduction to cyberpunk's tenets themes, and topics. Bruce Sterling is a recent winner of the Nebula Award and the author of the nonfiction book "The Hacker Crackdown" as well as novels and short story collections. They’re semiotic phantoms, bits of deep cultural imagery that have split off and taken on a life of their own, like the Jules Verne airships that those old Kansas farmers were always seeing.The larger universe was what interested me, and there was a lot more of that in Broken Angels and Woken Furies. I didn’t rate all the stories, but I did think it was doing something more interesting than the Niven and Asimov that formed much of my then sf diet.

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