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The Belonging Kind

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The Belonging Kind is a science fiction short story; a collaboration between noted cyberpunk authors William Gibson and John Shirley. It was first published in the horror anthology Shadows 4 in 1981, later to be included along with several other stories in Gibson's collection Burning Chrome.
Paperback, 16 pages
Published 1981 by Shadows 4
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K. Anna Hardy
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I arranged my thoughts on this short story into a haiku:

"Shed without notice,
Decaying in the gutter,
Humanity drifts."
Tim Pendry

There is no cyberpunk in this story despite the authors. Published in 1981 and with a feel for the night life of the era, this story is in the American paranoid tradition of seeing things that are not quite human in the interstices of urban life.

This is dark fantasy far more than it is horror but is still an essay in alienation - and of degradation as the 'hero' becomes obsessed with connecting with what appears to be a new form of life lurking in his own natural eco-system, the singles bar. It
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William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, having coined the term cyberspace in 1982 and popularized it in his first novel, Neuromancer(1984), which has sold more than 6.5 million copies wor
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