The Post-cyberpunk Anthology

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Cyberpunk is dead. The revolution has been co-opted by half-assed heroes, overclocked CGI, and tricked-out shades. Once radical, cyberpunk is now nothing more than a brand.

Time to stop flipping the channel.

These sixteen extreme stories reveal a government ninja routed by a bicycle repairman, the inventor of digitized paper hijacked by his college crush, a dead boy trapped in a warped storybook paradise, and the queen of England attacked with the deadliest of forbidden technology: a working modem. You'll meet Manfred Macx, renegade meme-broker, Red Sonja, virtual reality sex-goddess, and Felix, humble sys-admin and post-apocalyptic hero.

Editors James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel ( Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology ) have united cyberpunk visionaries William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and Pat Cadigan with the new post-cyberpunk vanguard, including Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross, and Jonathan Lethem. Including a canon-establishing introduction and excerpts from a hotly contested online debate, Rewired is the first anthology to define and capture the crackling excitement of the post-cyberpunks.

From the grittiness of Mirrorshades to the Singularity and beyond, it's time to revive the revolution.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Tachyon Publications, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781892391537
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION Rewired
Characteristics: xiv, 424 p. ; 23 cm


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Dec 19, 2009

I like cyberpunk. I like hard science fiction. So why didn't I like this anthology?

Part of the cyberpunk style is dense writing. Some writers can pull this off. Many can't. Few in this anthology succeed.

Some of the older cyberpunk stories fail hard on technology. They were too specific. References to the "infobahn" and megabytes may have been awesome in 1996. Now they're jarring.

Some of the stories were good: Greg Egan's "Yeyuka" follows a doctor's dilemma as he has to decide how much to give up to help patients in an impoverished country.

Christopher Rowe's "The Voluntary State" is a completely different (and trippy) view into a post-humanist state where a benevolent AI rules and controls the population with a silken hand.

Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Calorie Man" shines as one of the best stories in the anthology. It follows a trader up the Mississippi in a post-peak-oil, post-climate-change future. He's on a mission to break biotech companies' hold on the world food supply.

Sadly, these aren't enough to make the whole book a worthwhile read. Grab one of Gardner Dozois' "Best Science Fiction" anthologies instead.

sit_walk Aug 05, 2009

Post-something, whatever-- these are just great, gritty sci-fi stories. Very readable.


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