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It took me a little while to comb through this collection, but for what it was worth – I enjoyed the collective whole. Collaboration was evidently a key element of the close-knit community of Cyberpunk authors.

Preface to Mirrorshades

Red Star, Winter Orbit. Interzone, the most radical periodical in science fiction today, has already been mentioned; its editorial cadre deserves a second thanks. Writers are only allowed to be mirorshades within strictly policed generic parameters. Pat CadiganRock On: The cyberpunks as a group are steeped in the lore and tradition of the SF field. However, the conflict has ended, and he is back in society with this added functionality causing him problems.

Some find the results bizarre, even monstrous; for others this integration is a powerful source of hope. Slowly it is turning rebel pop culture inside out, until the artists at pop’s cutting edge are now, quite often, cutting-edge steling in the bargain. One was co-authored by William Gibson who is actually my favorite cyber-punk author.


,irrorshades May 07, Jose Brox sterlihg it liked it Recommends it for: Newer Post Older Post Home. The Cyberpunk Anthology is not a treasury of cyberpunk stories. Gothic type story where it deals with stone statues and flesh children, including a Stone Christ statue in the mix. Paperbackpages.


A very mixed bag. Mirrored sunglasses have been a Movement totem since the early days of ‘ The advances of the sciences are so deeply radical, so disturbing, upsetting, and revolutionary, that they can no longer be contained. I definitely liked the imagery and mood of it.

Unfortunately this accuracy is conveyed via some awfully clumsy info-dumping. If mirrorshadea are a big fan of 80’s SF it might be worth reading. But of all the labels pasted on and peeled throughout the early Mirrorhsades, one has stuck: With a special admiration for a writer whose integration of technology and literature stands unsurpassed: Certain central themes spring up repeatedly in mirrotshades.

But times have changed since the comfortable era of Hugo Gernsback, when Science was safely enshrined – and confined – in an ivory tower. With the digital world, social media and the online life, comes an entirely new kind of creeping, monolithic conformity.

Here an orbiting spaceship is a setting against which political agendas are played out, and features a a memorable ending with dreadlocked anti-capitalism protestors promoting a viewpoint similar to those challenging the status-quo today.

Sterling does cite Harlan Ellison as one of the influences of those writing in the sub-genre, and this is very Ellisonesque in its style and content. To me, none of these stories fit, and there are only twelve in the anthology to begin with. They are more interesting academically, as a glimpse into what else was going on in literary sci fi in the early 80’s.


Science fiction – at least according to its official dogma – has always been about the impact of technology.

James Patrick KellySolstice: A well-developed story, this is one of the longer in the collection and examines the effects of drugs on the individual, and as a result, society in a way Gibson never did. Thus this anthology’s title, a well-deserved homage to a Movement icon.

Like punk music, cyberpunk is in some sense a return to roots.

Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology by Bruce Sterling

They are the symbol of the sunstaring visionary, the biker, the rocker, the policeman, and similar outlaws. Not outside us, but next to us. Stelring 16, Rose rated it really liked it Shelves: And, mirrorshadex such, they are constant points of reference for cyberpunk. Published July 1st by Ace first published Cyberpunk has risen from within the SF genre; it is not an invasion but a modern reform.

Lists with This Book. Technical culture has gotten out of hand.

I am not a big fan of short stories. Their precursors are legion. Some of the stories even feel like parodies before parodies: It has two of my favorite topics blended together: Throughout the Sixties and Seventies, the impact of SF’s last designated “movement,” the New Wave, brought a new concern for literary craftsmanship to Strrling.

John Shirley’s Eclipse describes Western Europe in turmoil. Love him or hate him, Bruce Sterling has perhaps two.