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Erectile Destruction: Samuel R. Delany and Thomas Pynchon1972

George Cotkin

in Feast of Excess: A Cultural History of the New Sensibility

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780190218478
eISBN:
9780190218508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.003.0023
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century, Cultural History

This chapter looks at novels marked by various types of excess. In Pynchon’s great work Gravity’s Rainbow, the reader is assaulted with erudition, puns, and possibilities. At the same time, the ... More


AI and Cyberpunk Networks

Anna McFarlane

in AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking about Intelligent Machines

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198846666
eISBN:
9780191881817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846666.003.0013
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Cyberpunk science fiction broke new ground in terms of AI representation; William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984), the ur-text of cyberpunk, introduced the term ‘cyberspace’, and this spatialized ... More


Waiting for the Barbarians: Science Fiction

Mark Storey

in Time and Antiquity in American Empire: Roma Redux

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780198871507
eISBN:
9780191914409
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198871507.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The final chapter moves to the future-oriented narratives of American science fiction, broadly conceived as a mode of representation committed to the imagination of alternative lifeworlds. The ... More


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