Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Semiotext(e) SF” as Want to Read:
Semiotext(e) SF
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Semiotext(e) SF

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  233 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
A science fiction anthology at the extremes of the genre (including gore, deviant sex, blasphemy and radicalism of all sorts), this book includes edgy works by 45 contemporary authors.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 1st 1991 by Autonomedia (NYC)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Semiotext(e) SF, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Semiotext(e) SF

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who have not yet had their fill
Recommended to Alan by: A desire for the exotic and transgressive
This unruly anthology of self-consciously transgressive fiction came out in 1989 and... it shows. In some good ways—there's so much enthusiasm! Collage art and poetry and short stories and autobiographical essays... such a wide range of content! Explicit sex and violence and scatological musings, sometimes all in the same paragraph! And the editors at Autonomedia managed to pull in a number of big names for their project, such as J.G. Ballard; Philip Jose Farmer; and Robert Anton Wilson, as well ...more
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
What a disappointment this book turned out to be, particularly considering the awesome reputations and writings of its three editors, Rudy Rucker, Peter Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bey), and Robert Anton Wilson. While a few of the stories were really thought-provoking or well written (four- or five-star material), they were few and far between, buried beneath an avalanche of dross. Far too many of the authors in this book mistook stories about fucking for cutting edge, "transgressive" science fict ...more
Erik Graff
Jan 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sf fans
Recommended to Erik by: James Koehnline
Shelves: sf
Trying to one better than Harlan Ellison did in his Dangerous Visions series, Autonomedia presents a host of offbeat science fiction stories and poetry--a considerable number of them by name authors.

Read this in bed in Michigan, particularly liking the pieces about the Autonomous Zones.
Steve Gutin
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maybe my favorite anthology. Changed my life. SAVED my life.
May 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
this semiotext(e) is a collection of short stories which are strange, jarring, and full of fun escapades through sciencefictionalized universes.

the intro to the collection really got me, though, declaring that all our realities are dead and that any literature attempting to portray these multi-faceted and yet dead realities is useless and worse, boring! that's a powerful and disguised mandate, and so far the stories have lived up to it.

they're great fun and i've lost a lot of minutes reading al
Un capolavoro della letteratura cyberpunk ed underground. Un'antologia di racconti estremi, racconti nascosti degli autori più celebri e racconti di scrittori ai confini estremi della produzione letteraria. Tutti racconti precedentemente rifiutati, perché giudicati eccessivi, e adesso messi insieme.

Ho amato tutto di questa antologia, a cominciare dalla prefazione che ne spiega le finalità: è un manifesto della letteratura cyberpunk-underground, come unica e vera forma artistica propria dei nostr
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
From the website of the publisher, Autonomedia:

Massive and overbearingly hip anthology of post-cyberpunk science fiction and other matter. Varied and largely critically-acclaimed material by the obscure, the overexposed and the justly renowned. Take your pick from the likes of Ballard, Bey, Burroughs, Di Filipo, Farmer, Gibson, Metzger, Rabinowitz, Rucker, Shirley, Stang and all the Wilsons (Colin, Peter Lamborn and Robert Anton).
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: psudo-cyberpunks who hate science fiction
According to the editors this book sought to publish Science Fiction short stories that were too weird, obscene, or experimental for mainstream science fiction publications and they did. Themes range from modern day centaur hunts to psychotropic architecture and the first porno film shot in outer space. I'm not terribly fond of science fiction in general but I found most of the stories to be enjoyably weird and some of them to be truly fantastic.
This is some of the weirdest stuff I have ever read in my life, and that is not a mild statement. If you like sci-fi that is hard-edged, violent, sexy, deeply disturbing, and psychotic, run out and get this book forthwith. If, on the other hand, you prefer Isaac Asimov, and work of that sort, God bless, but stay the hell away from this book. You will not like it.
Jenna Leng
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, sex

I wanted to give this anthology four stars—and I would have, if I had read it twenty years ago. For the contemporary reader it's dated but not enough to be of much interest. There's good reading in there, some wacky, fun, dark stuff, but this book isn't going to grab you and drag you down any mysterious paths.
Giacomo Boccardo
Sembra più una raccolta di divertissement dei rispettivi autori e mi spiego perché non li avessero pubblicati prima se non, al massimo, su delle ‘zine più o meno note.

Ve lo sconsiglio decisamente.

Il resto della recensione presso .
Apr 01, 2012 rated it liked it
It has the hippie hat brain parasite in it. How could you not like it?
Jul 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Fun to read out loud.
mostly meh, with some standouts. why people believe sex = innovative i don't know.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Crazy cyberpunk short fiction and essays from the masters of the underground...
Thomas Stowe
rated it it was ok
Jun 23, 2011
rated it it was amazing
Feb 26, 2013
rated it it was amazing
May 31, 2012
rated it really liked it
Jun 03, 2014
rated it it was amazing
Jun 18, 2015
rated it it was amazing
Jan 02, 2018
Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez
rated it it was amazing
Jan 25, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Jun 07, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Jun 09, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Jun 12, 2012
Michael Feito
rated it liked it
Sep 24, 2015
rated it it was amazing
Nov 30, 2014
Jesse K
rated it liked it
Dec 17, 2007
Greg Kuchmek
rated it it was amazing
Jul 02, 2017
rated it it was amazing
Sep 27, 2012
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Semiotext(e) SF 1 3 Mar 22, 2011 10:30AM  
  • Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk & Postmodern Science Fiction
  • Eclipse 3: New Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • The Bizarro Starter Kit (Purple)
  • The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, Volume X: The Man Who Lost the Sea
  • Year's Best SF 15
  • The New Inquisition: Irrational Rationalism and the Citadel of Science
  • The Jaguar Hunter
  • Industrial Culture Handbook
  • The New Space Opera 2: All-new stories of science fiction adventure
  • Your Vigor for Life Appalls Me: Letters, 1958-1977
  • The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2011 Edition
  • Rubicon Beach
  • TAZ: The Temporary Autonomous Zone (New Autonomy)
  • The Way of Tarot: The Spiritual Teacher in the Cards
  • The Bizarro Starter Kit (blue)
  • Space Opera
  • Disco Biscuits
  • Fast Forward
Rudolf von Bitter Rucker is an American mathematician, computer scientist, science fiction author, and one of the founders of the cyberpunk genre. He is best known for his Ware Tetralogy, the first two of which won Philip K. Dick awards. Presently, Rudy Rucker edits the science fiction webzine Flurb.
More about Rudy Rucker