Storming the Reality Studio A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction

ISBN-10: 0822311682

ISBN-13: 9780822311683

Edition: 1991

Authors: Larry McCaffery

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The term "cyberpunk" entered the literary landscape in 1984 to describe William Gibsonrs"s pathbreaking novelNeuromancer. Cyberpunks are now among the shock troops of postmodernism, Larry McCaffery argues inStorming the Reality Studio,marshalling the resources of a fragmentary culture to create a startling new form. Artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, multinational machinations, frenetic bursts of prose, collisions of style, celebrations of texture: although emerging largely from science fiction, these features of cyberpunk writing are, as this volume makes clear, integrally related to the aims and innovations of the literary avant-garde.By bringing together original fiction by well-known contemporary writers (William Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Kathy Acker, J. G. Ballard, Samuel R. Delany), critical commentary by some of the major theorists of postmodern art and culture (Jacques Derrida, Fredric Jameson, Timothy Leary, Jean-Franccedil;ois Lyotard), and work by major practitioners of cyberpunk (William Gibson, Rudy Rucker, John Shirley, Pat Cadigan, Bruce Sterling),Storming the Reality Studioreveals a fascinating ongoing dialog in contemporary culture. What emerges most strikingly from the colloquy is a shared preoccupation with the force of technology in shaping modern life. It is precisely this concern, according to McCaffery, that has put science fiction, typically the province of technological art, at the forefront of creative explorations of our unique age. A rich opporunity for reading across genres, this anthology offers a new perspective on the evolution of postmodern culture and ultimately shows how deeply technological developments have influenced our vision and our art.Selected Fiction contributors:Kathy Acker, J. G. Ballard, William S. Burroughs, Pat Cadigan, Samuel R. Delany, Don DeLillo, William Gibson, Harold Jaffe, Richard Kadrey, Marc Laidlaw, Mark Leyner, Joseph McElroy, Misha, Ted Mooney, Thomas Pynchon, Rudy Rucker, Lucius Shepard, Lewis Shiner, John Shirley, Bruce Sterling, William VollmanSelected Non-Fiction contributors:Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida, Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, Fredric Jameson, Arthur Kroker and David Cook, Timothy Leary, Jean-Franccedil;ois Lyotard, Larry McCaffery, Brian McHale, Dave Porush, Bruce Sterling, Darko Suvin, Takayuki Tatsumi
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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 11/27/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 405
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Introduction: The Desert of the Real
Cyberpunk 101: A Schematic Guide to Storming the Reality Studio
Fiction and Poetry
Beyond the Extinction of Human Life (from Empire of the Senseless)
From Crash
Mother and I Would Like to Know (from The Wild Boys)
Rock On
Among the Blobs
From White Noise
From Neuromancer
Fistic Hermaphrodites
Penetrabit: Slime Temples
nerve terminals
Max Headroom
From Straight Fiction
The Toilet Was Full of Nietzsche (from Metrophage)
Office of the Future (from Dad's Nuke)
I Was an Infinitely Hot and Dense Dot (from My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist)
From Plus
Wire Movement #9
Wire for Two Tims
From Easy Travel to Other Planets
Frame 137
From The Crying of Lot 49
From Software
From Life During Wartime
Wolves of the Plateau
Twenty Evocations
The Marc Tranquillitatis People's Circumlunar Zaibatsu: 2-1-'16 (from Schismatrix)
The Indigo Engineers (from The Rainbow Stories)
Before the Lights Came On: Observations of a Synergy
The Automation of the Robot (from Simulations)
Cyberpunk and Neuromanticism
From Of Grammatology
Yin and Yang Duke It Out
Cybernetic Deconstructions: Cyberpunk and Postmodernism
From Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism
Television and the Triumph of Culture (from The Postmodern Scene)
Bet On It: Cyber/video/punk/performance
The Cyberpunk: The Individual as Reality Pilot
The Postmodern (from The Postmodern Condition)
An Interview with William Gibson
Cutting Up: Cyberpunk, Punk Music, and Urban Decontextualizations
POST cyber MODERN punk ISM
The Wars of the Coin's Two Halves: Bruce Sterling's Mechanist/Shaper Narratives
Frothing the Synaptic Bath
Literary MTV
Preface from Mirrorshades
On Gibson and Cyberpunk SF
The Japanese Reflection of Mirrorshades
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