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Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk & Postmodern Science Fiction

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The term “cyberpunk” entered the literary landscape in 1984 to describe William Gibson’s pathbreaking novel Neuromancer. Cyberpunks are now among the shock troops of postmodernism, Larry McCaffery argues in Storming the Reality Studio, marshalling the resources of a fragmentary culture to create a startling new form. Artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, multinatio ...more
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Published 1994 by Duke University Press Books (first published November 27th 1991)
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I stumbled upon this anthology entirely by chance, while browsing the department catalogue for texts on cyberpunk. Given my long-term obsession with postmodern Anglo-American fiction, I was already familiar with Larry McCaffery’s critical work and his tireless enthusiasm for each successive wave of contemporary writers. I’d consulted his Avant-Pop anthology http://bit.ly/dEZe3g repeatedly, more delighted by his own theorizations than by any of the contributions featured. But Storming the Reality ...more
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Jul 04, 2009 kat rated it it was ok
This would be a good intro for someone who knew nothing about cyberpunk and its greater context in postmodern literature. However, I had read most of the fiction here before, and the nonfiction essays tended to be a bit beyond me. The book as a whole tends toward the dry and academic and, while you don't need a graduate degree in postmodern literature to follow all the references, I expect it would help. I enjoyed learning a few new tidbits about the predecessors and influences of cyberpunk, and ...more
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I stumbled upon this anthology entirely by chance, while browsing the department catalogue for texts on cyberpunk. Given my long-term obsession with postmodern Anglo-American fiction, I was already familiar with Larry McCafferys critical work and his tireless enthusiasm for each successive wave of contemporary writers. Id consulted his Avant-Pop anthology http://bit.ly/dEZe3g repeatedly, more delighted by his own theorizations than by any of the contribut
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Florin Pitea
Oct 25, 2015 Florin Pitea rated it liked it
Read this in preparation of my PhD thesis on (post)cyberpunk fiction. The mixture of cyberpunk and postmodernist fiction does not necessarily come across as an even match - possibly because cyberpunk authors can actually build a plot and tell a story, whereas the po-mo crowd... ho-hum.
Warren
Nov 02, 2011 Warren rated it really liked it
A friend lent me this book. I was sad to see it is mostly a collection of other story snippets. So as soon as I got that far into the book, I just closed it. I'll go buy the books - don't need snippets.

however, the introduction was incredible! probably worth owning this book just for it's excellent overview of the history of (and influences behind) the whole cyberpunk movement.

Some really great thoughts on the evolution of science fiction.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I only read some of the short stories and one of the essays — just enough to establish that the weird time travel story I'm looking for was not contained herein. But it was interesting enough that later I might give the whole thing a try.
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Dec 19, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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