edited by Victoria Blake
Published: February 2nd, 2013
trade paperback -
[includes free download of ebook version]
Before email, before "the web," before hackers and GPS and sexting, before titanium implants, before Google Goggles, before Siri, and before each and every one of us carried a computer in our pockets, there was cyberpunk, and science fiction was never the same.
Cyberpunk writers—serious, smart, and courageous in the face of change—exposed the naiveté of a society rushing headlong into technological unknowns. Technology could not save us, they argued, and it might in fact ruin us. Now, thirty years after The Movement party-crashed the science fiction scene, the cyberpunk reality has largely come to be. The future they imagined is here.
In this book, you'll find stories by legendary cyberpunk authors like Bruce Sterling and William Gibson, as well as stories by new cyberpunk voices like Cory Doctorow and Jonathan Lethem. You'll find stories about society gone wrong and society saved, about soulless humans and soulful machines, about futures worth fighting for and futures that do nothing but kill.
Welcome to your cyberpunk world.
The alphabetical table of contents is as follows:
- Greg Bear - "Fall of the House of Escher"
- Pat Cadigan - "Rock On"
- Paul Di Filippo - "Life in the Anthropocene"
- Cory Doctorow - "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth"
- William Gibson - "Johnny Mnemonic"
- Gwyneth Jones - "Blue Clay Blues"
- James Patrick Kelly - "Mr. Boy"
- Jonathan Lethem - "Interview with the Crab"
- David Marusek - "Getting to Know You"
- Mark Teppo - "The Lost Technique of Blackmail"
- Benjamin Parzybok - "El Pepenador"
- Cat Rambo - "Memories of Moments, Bright as Falling Stars"
- Rudy Rucker - "The Jack Kerouac Disembodied School of Poetics"
- Kim Stanley Robinson - "Down and Out in the Year 2000"
- Lewis Shiner - "Soldier, Sailor"
- John Shirley - "Wolves of the Plateau"
- Bruce Sterling - "User-Centric"
- Bruce Sterling & Lewis Shiner - "Mozart in Mirrorshades"
- Paul Tremblay - "The Blog at the End of the World"
- Daniel H. Wilson - "The Nostalgist"