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Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  7,956 ratings  ·  138 reviews
With their hard-edged, street-wise prose, they created frighteningly probable futures of high-tech societies and low-life hustlers. Fans and critics call their world cyberpunk. Here is the definitive "cyberpunk" short fiction collection.

The Gernsback Continuum (1981) by William Gibson
Snake-Eyes (1986) by Tom Maddox
Rock On (1984) by Pat Cadigan
Tales of Houdini (198
Paperback, 239 pages
Published July 1st 1988 by Ace (first published 1986)
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Manuel Antão
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1985
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Ancient Rayguns: "Mirrorshades" by William Gibson, Bruce Sterling et al

(Original Review, 1985)

Isn't that just the thing? With the digital world, social media and the online life, comes an entirely new kind of creeping, monolithic conformity. When everywhere you go cookies are recording your choices, advertising companies can predict your needs and your boss is your friend on Facebook, you need to be careful about what you download on K
Oct 07, 2007 rated it liked it
Here the mediocre and the barely readable rub shoulders with pop genius.

The lesser cyberpunks come across like caffeinated 1950s squares desperately trying to sound like the beatniks they've heard so much about. Want some holodrugs to go with your cyberslang, daddy-o!!?

The greats have a singular ease of style and taste for the bizarre that gives you a whiff of the 80s, but the colors are still bright after twenty years.

Flawed, but essential.
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Initial reaction: Probably 3.5 stars. There are some really interesting and good stories in the mix included here, and only a few that didn't really strike me all that well, whether it was the fact some of them were random and not necessarily what I would term cyberpunk, or that some of them seemed a little dated. I did appreciate Sterling's introduction on Cyberpunk as a genre overall, and I thought it was a good collection overall. Some of the authors I'm very familiar with their work, while o ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Perhaps looking back at cyberpunk from 2014, it is impossible to fully grasp what the authors at the beginning of that movement were truly about. We have Bruce Sterling's intro of this anthology to help us out, including other names for the movement at the time - Outlaw Technologists, Eighties Wave, Radical Hard SF, and others. Maybe we just needed to call it the Weird at the time, and in each decade assign different authors to that category.

When I read this anthology I struggle to place each s
Jun 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cyberpunk n00bs and other scifi lovers
A battered copy lives in my nightstand at all times. Between novels, I always come back to this, flipping through the pages until a word catches my eye. Such a diversity of talent, mixed together quite well here.

Rated Individually:
• "The Gernsback Continuum" (William Gibson) ★★★★★
• "Snake-Eyes" (Tom Maddox) ★★★★
• "Rock On" (Pat Cadigan) ★★★★
• "Tales of Houdini" (Rudy Rucker) ★★★★★
• "400 Boys" (Marc Laidlaw) ★★★★★
• "Solstice" (James Patrick Kelly) ★★★★
• "Petra" (Greg Bear) ★★★★★
• "Till Human Voic
-Cyberpunk en el mayor sentido posible del subgénero literario.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Con nota preliminar de Andoni Alonso e Iñaki Arzoz, y con prólogo de Bruce Sterling, ambos pequeños ensayos de lo que significó (y significa) el movimiento Cyberpunk, recopilación de trabajos cortos que exploran distintas vertientes de esa corriente que trajo ideas frescas a la Ciencia ficción hace algo más de treinta años y que es mucho más extensa que implantes, virtualidad, delincuencia y corpor
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una lectura largamente postergada. Yo le voy a dar 4 estrellas por hacer media, pero como veis he puntuado cada cuento por lo que si sois muy vagos y os fiáis de mí, podéis leer solo los mejores según mi opinión.
Una pena que esté descatalogado en papel y haya que tirar de viejo con suerte.
Mientras leía he ido actualizando y puntuando cada cuento por separado y lo he recopilado en mi blog: Reseña: Mirrorshades: Una antología ciberpunk.
‘Mirrorshades: Una antología cyberpunk’ (Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology, 1986), es una recopilación de relatos a cargo de Bruce Sterling, que intenta ser una representación de este subgénero de la ciencia ficción (pequeña definición de cyberpunk: normalmente transcurre en un futuro cercano, distópico, dominado por megacorporaciones, donde se aúnan personajes marginales con alta tecnología, en una ambiente próximo al género negro, todo ello bajo una estética que recuerda a la película ‘Bla ...more
D.M. Dutcher
Feb 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: short-stories
Incredibly dated and barely even cyberpunk.

Brief short story collection from the early days of cyberpunk, with some authors that you'd consider it (Gibson, Cadigan, Rucker, Sterling) and some you wouldn't (Greg Bear.) The stories themselves are bad, as many don't even bother with computers or the internet at all, and come across as a weird "rock and roll" version of New Wave SF. The focus on drugs seems naïve in a world where people deal with mood-altering drugs to medicate mental issues on a d
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
A very mixed bag. This probably counts as essential reading for fans of cyberpunk, but only some of the stories qualify, genre-wise. However, the other stories fit in in terms of era. They are more interesting academically, as a glimpse into what else was going on in literary sci fi in the early 80's.

Of special note is that the 2 Gibson stories printed here were also included in Burning Chrome, so if you, like me, initially picked this us as a Gibson completist, you will be a little disappointed
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Cyberpunk used to mean so much more than crazy future clothes, oppressive corporate regimes, and cybernetic enhancements, but these days the word mostly conjures up Gibsonian dystopias. It's interesting to read a broader range of stories from the time, selected by people who were part of 'the Movement', but it might be even more interesting to read Bruce Sterling talk about himself in the third person when he describes prominent figures of cyberpunk. Amusing!
Nick Black
Aug 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
The best story in here is William Gibson's "The Gernsback Continuum", which anyone who cares already has in Burning Chrome. The rest is largely trash.
Nicholas Avedon
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Bastante irregular. Algunos relatos son malos y no entiendo que hacen en una compilación ciberpunk y otros bastante buenos, el que más destaca es el de "Zona libre" de Shirley, por su prosa y su innovación. Escribí una crítica mas completa en mi blog sobre este relato:
Gumbo Ya-ya
In what seems to be becoming a trend for me in anthologised short fiction, Mirrorshades as a collection shines despite many of the individual stories being rather lacklustre. Reading this book more than 30 years after it was published, and having read quite a bit of cyberpunk fiction that was released in those same three decades, has provided an interesting perspective on what cyberpunk was to the people who created it and caused me to seriously rethink my own ideas about what makes something cy ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, future-sci-fi
I am not a big fan of short stories. That said, there were some decent entries (Solstice by James Patrick Kelly and Freezone by John Shirley among them). There were also some I didn't care for. One was co-authored by William Gibson who is actually my favorite cyber-punk author. In a few places the stories were getting dated. Nor surprising since they were all written over 30 years ago. If you are a big fan of 80's SF it might be worth reading.
Hamish Cameron
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Patchy. As this is the book that defines the cyberpunk "movement" in a way, it seems churlish to say that some of the stories are more fantasy than cyberpunk, but as the genre is today, that's the case.
Enric Herce
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Para muchos el libro de referencia del movimiento, más incluso que Neuromante. Tanto en el prólogo como en la selección de autores y relatos, Sterling sienta los pilares del ciberpunk.
Me ha parecido muy interesante la variedad en la temática y enfoque de los relatos, mucho más variopinta de lo que uno espera de un subgénero que el tiempo ha terminado encasillando en historias de género negro pobladas por personajes posthumanos de estética manga que pululan por megalópolis superpobladas.
Jesús Redondo Menéndez
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Una breve reflexión sobre las antologías:
Por lo general nunca he tenido una buena predisposición hacia ellas, a no ser que fueran del mismo autor, ya que siempre me he quedado insatisfecho por lo breves de los relatos... y siempre he acabado disfrutando mucho de ellas.
Es cierto que hay piezas que no terminan de llenarte, pero si la selección está bien hecha, suelen ser las menos, y a cambio tienes un ramillete muy amplio de ejercicios narrativos que seguramente no conocías. Eso es lo que me ha v

El Zuco
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just started the book but already love it... why haven't I been reading cyberpunk my whole life? The excellent first short story by Gibson, "Gernsback Continuum," narrates the story of a contract photographer hired to document the vestiges of 1930's US futurism, but also somehow manages to function as an abbreviated history of US modernism in the twentieth century and a commentary on the history of science fiction whose negativity suggests a cyberpunk vision in confronting the present (early 198 ...more
Ninja Pigeon
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it

Contains many of my favorite examples of cyberpunk fiction. From Mozart in Mirrorshades, to the WW1 flight combat sim done in 3D Virtual Reality, this anthology is a collection of many amazing writers and their stories. All of them have stuck with me for the last 15+ years and influenced many of my own writing, and movie decisions. A must read for any beginner to the sci-fi and specifically cyberpunk genre. Also of note - my iPad doesn't try to correct the word "cyberpunk". Kudos to Gibson and
Ernesto I. Ramirez
Wonderful look into the old cyberpunk genre, some stories have aged pretty well, in particular I loved "Mozart in Mirrorshades" its a great political comment.

I had to hear it twice to get all the details, but I loved the storytelling.
Jose Brox
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Interesados en la cf desde una perspectiva histórica
Una colección realmente irregular, más aún de lo que suele ser una recopilación de este tipo. Además es claro que, en sus inicios, el ciberpunk debió ser un movimiento más amplio de lo que lo consideramos ahora, por lo que varias de las obras no encajan con nuestra idea actual del término. Tanto desde el punto de vista histórico como desde el literario, las introducciones de Sterling a cada relato son de lo mejor del libro. Analizo los relatos uno por uno:

1) El continuo de Gernsback. William Gib
Ian Casey
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Other than Dangerous Visions, is there a more lauded and groundbreaking multi-author anthology in science fiction than Mirrorshades? Indeed, it's tempting here to review the context of the book moreso than the book itself, so forgive me such digressions.

To a reader over three decades on the text is, frankly, a little patchy. As might be expected, it's quite varied in tone and style, from the whimsical to the overwrought. Some of it's outside of what one immediately thinks of as cyberpunk post-Ne
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This anthology got off to a pretty disappointing start, but fortunately I stuck with it because by the end there were some pretty good stories. Gibson's The Gernsback Continuum isn't really cyberpunk, but it is a significant observation on the difference between the 50s vision of the future and that in the 80s. What I find amusing is that somebody could easily write a Gibson Continuum story now highlighting the differences between the 80s future and ours. As demonstrated by a number of the stori ...more
Слегка разочаровывающая антология, да.

От книги с таким названием ожидаешь киберпанка, что логично. А нетушки, не дождетесь.

Вся беда, что антология, составленная Стерлингом, знакомит нас не с киберпанком, но знакомит с авторами - киберпанками, друзьями Стерлинга. Но я-то рассчитывал на хорошие рассказы в жанре киберпанк, да и не я один, думаю. Да, киберпанка тут нет, ну да ладно. Зато есть киберпанки, авторы, благодаря которым жанр развился в то, чем он стал. И вот я склонен отнести весь этот наб
look, did i read all the stories? no
will i do so someday? mAYBE (h a, sure)
do i care? nah

honestly . . . the best part of this anthology is the foreword.
– it's a really cool, if vaguely outdated (look, fawning over the punkness of home photocopiers just did not age well man) and fanboy-y, essay about scifi and society and the genre of cyberpunk, and it makes the rest of the collection look really sad in comparison.
the real plot twist is how the quality of the foreword suggests the man who comp
Como una no entendida especialmente en cyberpunk, ha habido relatos que no me han gustado nada y otros que me han sorprendido gratamente. En general, lo que menos me ha gustado ha sido el claro machismo de algunos relatos. Por muy buena que sea una historia, si los protagonistas son señores muy machos que hacen cosas y las mujeres son o cosas bonitas que follarse o histéricas, no me va a convencer. Se nota la poca representación de autoras en esta antología, en la cual participó una sola autora, ...more
I guess that the most interesting part of the most famous anthology of cyberpunk stories is that there is very little cyberpunk in it at all.

My disappointment started in the introduction. What Sterling means by "cyberpunk" are not the contents of the stories but the authors themselves (or the Movement). Perhaps because the book came out before many of the fun tropes that one associates with the genre, i.e. hackers, corporations, cybernetic enhancements, class struggle, actually became tropes? In
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology
This is reasonable solid anthology, with generally decent standard of stories.What makes it interesting is that it was supposedly the definitive collection that helped to define cyberpunk. Reading it 30-odd years later,this is rather hard to see. There are a variety of stories, post-apocalypse, time-travel, drug stories etc. It is hard thought, to see this as a cyberpunk collection, let lone a definitive one. There is in relatively little that in retrospect one would recognise as being cyberpunk ...more
Zack Hester
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology - Edited by Bruce Sterling (1986)

The Gernsback Continuum (1981) by William Gibson - 3/5*
Snake-Eyes (1986) by Tom Maddox - 4/5
Rock On (1984) by Pat Cadigan - 3/5
Tales of Houdini (1981) by Rudy Rucker - 2/5
400 Boys (1983) by Marc Laidlaw - 2/5
Solstice (1985) by James Patrick Kelly - 4/5
Petra (1982) by Greg Bear - 2/5
Till Human Voices Wake Us (1984) by Lewis Shiner - 3/5
Freezone (1985) by John Shirley - 2/5
Stone Lives (1985) by Paul Di Filippo - 2/5
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