Tag Archives: cyberpunk

Idoru

As a rule, I avoid judging the quality of a science fiction novel by the success of its predictions. For one, it’s too easy. And I inherently distrust any method of judging literature as cleanly qualitative as “did this invention … Continue reading

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What Happened to Cyberpunk?

Any regular reader of Space Canon knows my fondness for cyberpunk; Gibson, Rudy Rucker, and Bruce Sterling have all received breathless passes on these pages. Cyberpunk at its peak–before the movement was co-opted by 90s ‘netsploitation flicks and video games–was … Continue reading

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Virtual Light

Virtual Light is the first book of William Gibson’s “Bridge” trilogy, in which an nonfunctional, shanty-town Golden Gate bridge is a major feature. Like his previous “Sprawl” trilogy, it leans low and hard into its dystopian city-scape, positing a completely … Continue reading

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Realware

Occasionally, I pick up a book without knowing a thing about it — because it looks interesting, because I’ve heard about the author, or because it’s a handsome edition. After my Id-devastating experience with Semiotext(e) SF, I was eager for … Continue reading

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Semiotext(e) SF

“What’s the most cyberpunk Photoshop filter?” “Oh, definitely Find Edges.” [Before I even begin, let me say this. BUY THIS BOOK BUY THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW! Honestly, if you’re not willing to drop $20 on a piece of pure, actual … Continue reading

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Neuromancer

I can’t imagine what it would have been like to read William Gibson’s Neuromancer in 1984. It’s so absurdly dense and riddled with cryptic terms which have since become commonplace, that it must have been virtually hieroglyphic at the time. … Continue reading

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