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The Posthuman in the Schismatrix Stories and Eclipse Phase

Curtis D. Carbonell

in Dread Trident: Tabletop Role-Playing Games and the Modern Fantastic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620573
eISBN:
9781789629644
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620573.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines exemplary texts within science fiction, Bruce Sterling’s Schismatrix stories and the TRPG, Eclipse Phase (EP). It begins by looking at SF as a mythic form of storytelling, one ... More


The First Revolution: Cyberpunk Days

Mike Ashley

in Science Fiction Rebels: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1981 to 1990

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382608
eISBN:
9781786945457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382608.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Charts the emergence of cyberpunk, especially through the pages of OMNI, and considers its leading authors, including William Gibson, Pat Cadigan, Bruce Sterling and John Shirley. It also considers ... More


Different Engines: , Screenplays, Poetry, Song Lyrics, and Nonfiction

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/9780252037801.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines William Gibson's The Difference Engine, a collaboration with Bruce Sterling, as well as his screenplays, poetry, song lyrics, and nonfiction. Sterling used an irresistibly ... More


Messenger Skateboards and Messenger Bikes in Postcyberpunk

Jeremy Withers

in Futuristic Cars and Space Bicycles: Contesting the Road in American Science Fiction

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621754
eISBN:
9781800341357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621754.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on several important postcyberpunk works from the 1990s by Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, and Bruce Sterling. All these works celebrate transportation technologies such as ... More


Word Salad Surgery: Spam, Deconstructed

Mark Dery

in I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677733
eISBN:
9781452948324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677733.003.0017
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter focuses on the surrealist poetry of robot spam. Writing on his blog Beyond the Beyond, Bruce Sterling—futurist and sci-fi novelist—noted how spambots are “evolv[ing] into...Surrealist ... 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


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:
Discontinued
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


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