Literary cyberpunk has had a tumultuous, conflicted, at times contradictory history. Almost before the subgenre was established, laments regarding its ultimate hijacking by imitators, poseurs, and corporate marketing departments dominated discussion. Eulogies quickly followed cyberpunk's meteoric success. The essays collected here seek to provide an overview of cyberpunk's influence from the Movement-era Eighties into this new millennium. Thus, contributors attempt to pose and answerr some fundamental questions: why cyberpunk? what is its ongoing relevance? where do we go from here? What is it cyberpunk continues to offer us in those nodal intersections of literary, cultural, theoretical, academic, and technocultural environs? Now, more than two decades after that initial wave that was cyberpunk crashed onto science fiction's shores, this new volume offers more sober and less hyperbolic reflections on cyberpunk.
Acknowledgments Introduction: The Sea Change(s) of Cyberpunk, Graham J. Murphy and Sherryl Vint Part One: Situating Cyberpunk 1. Towards a Poetics of Cyberpunk, Brian McHale 2. A Rare State of Ferment : SF Controversies from the New Wave to Cyberpunk, Rob Latham 3. Recognizing Patterns: Gibson's Hermeneutics from the Bridge Trilogy to Pattern Recognition, Neil Easterbrook 4. Journeys Beyond Being: The Cyberpunk-Flavored Novels of Jeff Noon, Andrew M. Butler Part Two: The Political Economy of Cyberpunk 5. Global Economy, Local Texts: Utopian/Dystopian Tension in William Gibson's Cyberpunk Trilogy, Tom Moylan 6. The Mainstream Finds its Own Uses for Things : Cyberpunk and Commodification, Sherryl Vint 7. Why Neo Flies, and Why He Shouldn't: The Critique of Cyberpunk in Gwyneth Jones's Escape Plans and M. John Harrison's Signs of Life, Mark Bould 8. Posthuman Melancholy: Digital Gaming and Cyberpunk, Jonathan Boulter Part Three: The Politics of Embodiment in Cyberpunk 9. Feminist Cyberpunk, Karen Cadora 10. Woken Carbon: The Return of the Human in Richard K. Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs Trilogy, Pawel Frelik 11. Retrofitting Frankenstein, Veronica Hollinger 12. Angel(LINK) of Harlem: Techno-Spirituality in the Cyberpunk Tradition, Graham J. Murphy Afterword: The World Gibson Made, Sherryl Vint Notes on Contributors Bibliography Index
Graham J. Murphy teaches with Trent University's Cultural Studies Department and its Department of English Literature as well as Seneca College. Sherryl Vint is Associate Professor of English at Brock University. She is co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Science Fiction.
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