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The symbolism obvious, Bear examines the death of God and its effect on society. Thus this anthology’s title, a well-deserved homage to a Movement icon. Just started the book but already love it I’d love to see whether Stone manages to make life better, or if like so many other cyberpunk captains of industry he continues to screw over the planet.

If I had the choice, Cadigan’s stylistic appealed a bit more; Rucker just didn’t capture the setting of the anthology all that well to me in retrospect. Michael Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction author, best known for his novels and his seminal work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which helped define the cyberpunk genre. Brief short story collection from the early days of cyberpunk, with some authors that you’d consider it Gibson, Cadigan, Rucker, Sterling and some you wouldn’t Greg Bear.

As writers, we owe a debt to those before us, those SF writers whose conviction, commitment, and talent enthralled us and, in all truth, changed our lives.

Britain’s innovative SF magazine Interzone has also been a hotbed of cyberpunk activity, publishing Shirley, Gibson, and Sterling as well as a series of groundbreaking editorials, inter-views, and manifestos. Each story, whether wholly or in part, present a tenet, theme, or form of artistic expression he sees as identifying the sub-genre, including its liberal, borderline-anarchic political leanings, its moods, its details, etc.


In he decided to pull together a collection of stories he felt were representative of the sub-genre. Sunday, January 27, Mirrorhades of “Mirrorshades: Such a diversity of talent, mixed together quite well here.

The future remains unwritten, though not from lack of trying.

Jesse February 7, at 7: The introduction stands the test of time in remaining a good, succinct, description as to the whys and wherefores of cyberpunk.

Perhaps looking back at cyberpunk fromit is impossible to fully grasp what the authors at the beginning of that movement were truly about.

Some find the results bizarre, even monstrous; for others this integration is a powerful source of hope. Many of the cyberpunks write a quite accomplished and graceful prose; they are in love with style, and are some say fashion-conscious to a fault.

The man’s a unique individual, to say the least, so it doesn’t surprise me that Greg Bear or Rudy Rucker’s tales made the collection. There are some really interesting and good stories in the mix included here, and only a few that didn’t really strike me all that well, whether it was the fact some of them were random and not necessarily what I would term cyberpunk, or that some of them seemed a little dated.

Mirrorshades by Bruce Sterling

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Of special note is that the 2 Gibson stories printed here were also included in Burning Chrome, so if you, like me, initially picked this us as a Gibson completist, you will be a little disappointed A very mixed bag.

Within this book, I hope to present a full overview of the cyberpunk movement, including its early rumblings and the current state of the art. The stories are all over the place, but they show fantastic imagination. Oct 01, Ernesto I. Fired by a new sense of SF’s potential, writers are debating, rethinking, teaching old dogmas new tricks.


Preface to Mirrorshades

Indeed, it’s tempting here to review the context of the book moreso than the book itself, so forgive me such digressions. Reading it odd years later,this is rather hard to see. I did appreciate Sterling’s introduction on Cyberpunk as a genre overall, and I thought it was a good collection overall. So I’ll have some new authors to look up their bibliography stemming from this collection.

I think to start off the collection as far as shaping it, it was good, but it wasn’t the strongest effort I’ve read from Gibson. One was co-authored by William Gibson who is actually my favorite cyber-punk author.

The compilation was done by Bruce Sterling, who not only contributes a rather defining Preface on the Cyberpunk genre and how it was interpreted at the time, but he also contributes to the collection as well. This book is interesting as a historical piece, and as a documentation of why “movements” in SF tend to not survive beyond the key novels that define them. Ultimately, Mirrorshades feels less like a visionary work and more like a warmed-over Dangerous Visions for the Eighties.

From the harder tradition: Now, on with the show. Given the intro is heavy on the artistic side, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that something lurks in those stories related to cyberpunk even if it is not readily obvious. Cyberpunk is a product of the Eighties milieu – in some sense, as I hope to show later, a definitive product.

And suddenly a new alliance is becoming evident: