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Alfred Bester

Jad Smith

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040634
eISBN:
9780252099076
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040634.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Like Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein, science fiction author Alfred Bester started his career as a pulp writer and finished it as a Grand Master, but he followed a far more curious path to the ... More


Deleuze and Baudrillard: From Cyberpunk to Biopunk

Sean McQueen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474414371
eISBN:
9781474422369
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414371.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This book theorises shifts in and across critical approaches to capitalism, science, technology, psychoanalysis, literature, and cinema and media studies. Analysing a wide range of novels and films, ... More


John Brunner

Jad Smith

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037337
eISBN:
9780252094514
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037337.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Under his own name and numerous pseudonyms, John Brunner (1934–1995) was one of the most prolific and influential science fiction authors of the late twentieth century. During his exemplary career, ... More


William Gibson

Gary Westfahl

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037801
eISBN:
9780252095085
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The leading figure in the development of cyberpunk, William Gibson (born in 1948) crafted works in which isolated humans explored near-future worlds of ubiquitous and intrusive computer technology ... More


Conclusion

Gary Westfahl

in William Gibson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037801
eISBN:
9780252095085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This conclusion reflects on the reputation that William Gibson will likely enjoy in the future, based on his publications to date. Gibson has earned a permanent place in the history of science ... More


Epilogue

in Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318344
eISBN:
9781846317798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317798.018
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Science fiction writers of the 1980s borrowed ideas from the works of the 1970s, but the genre and its reception both underwent a radical transformation. Authors such as William Gibson and Bruce ... More


All Today’s Parties: Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History

Gary Westfahl

in William Gibson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037801
eISBN:
9780252095085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines three William Gibson novels: Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History. Gibson had planned Pattern Recognition for a long time: in 1986, he declared that he would ... More


Postmodern Authenticity, or, Cyberpunk

Erik Dussere

in America Is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199969913
eISBN:
9780199369027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969913.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter 6 examines the cyberpunk subgenre. Beginning in the early eighties, films like Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and novels like William Gibson’s Neuromancer employ the conventions of noir and ... More


Hiatus and Search for a New Style

Jad Smith

in Alfred Bester

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040634
eISBN:
9780252099076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040634.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

During the 1960s, Bester drifted away from SF for a second time and largely gave up fiction writing to work as an editor at Holiday magazine. When he returned to the field in the early 1970s, he ... More


Queer Universes: Sexualities in Science Fiction

Wendy Gay Pearson, Veronica Hollinger, and Joan Gordon (eds)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311352
eISBN:
9781846313882
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313882
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Contestations over the meaning and practice of sexuality have become increasingly central to cultural self-definition and critical debates over issues of identity, citizenship and the definition of ... More


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