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Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

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Later he realized this was a mistake—he was still taking antinausea pills (USE CAUTION IN OPERATING MACHINERY). The rest of the decade may well see a general plague of movements, led by an increasingly volatile and numerous Eighties generation. As someone who has always loved it, though, I do enjoy seeing people taking that milieu and grafting weird new stuff to it. The American Revolution has occurred, but it was carried out with the support of the company, which used it as an opportunity to establish a puppet government in North America. When I isolated a few of the factory buildings on the ground glass of the Hasselblad, they came across with a kind of sinister totalitarian dignity, like the stadiums Albert Speer built for Hitler.

Bruce Sterling's "Mirrorshades" represents the first anthology of the nascent movement known as cyberpunk. She’d have seen the devil, if she hadn’t been brought up on “The Bionic Man” and all those “Star Trek” reruns. It was odd that they did not shake in the operating room, though it didn’t matter in this case—Air Force surgeons had already carved on George. Architectural photography can involve a lot of waiting; the building becomes a kind of sundial, while you wait for a shadow to crawl away from a detail you want, or for the mass and balance of the structure to reveal itself in a certain way. While there are a couple newer Cyberpunk collections, The Ultimate Cyberpunk coming to mind, the first is still the best.

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.

Cyberpunk is a product of the Eighties milieu—in some sense, as I hope to show later, a definitive product. That afternoon I spotted a flying wing over Castro Street, but there was something tenuous about it, as though it were only half there. When I opened them, I willed myself to see the mileage meter, the pale road dust on the black plastic dashboard, the overflowing ashtray. Explora la mayor tienda de eBooks del mundo y empieza a leer hoy mismo en la Web, en tu tablet, en tu teléfono o en tu dispositivo electrónico de lectura. The author also added that mirrored sunglasses are also “the symbol of the sunstaring visionary, the biker, the rocker, the policemen, and similar outlaws.

The Mirrorshades Anthology chronicles the roots of sci-fi's cyberpunk movement, which has been close to my heart ever since I came across it in the 80s. And this is a final oddity of our generation in SF—that, for us, the literature of the future has a long and honored past. Good 1st ed 1986 Paladin paperback, noticeable page tanning and patches of foxing and spotting to lower edge of first pages, occasional underlining in pencil, some corner creasing wear mainly to front cover, tight and unmarked, secure binding. It is also a coming of maturity for science fiction as the dominant form of postmodern literary expression. Favoring the architecture of his native Mongo, he cruised up and down the coast erecting raygun emplacements in white stucco.

This is illustrated most vividly by Darren Harris-Fain's critique of the first story in the anthology, "The Gernsback Continuum". The image reflected in the mirror is a representation of the concept of virtuality — not only the reflection is unreal, but the whole world too.

An un-holy alliance of the technical world and the world of organized dissent—the underground world of pop culture, visionary fluidity, and street-level anarchy. The preface is knowledgeable and helpful, and I like the brief introduction positioning each author before their respective stories, because so many anthologies don't seem to take the time to do this. He brought along a very fashionably dressed young woman named Dialta Downes, who was virtually chinless and evidently a noted pop-art historian. 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.

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