Like all short story collections this book is a mix bag Some of the stories are really good others are pretty forgettable I think this covers the themes shows the history of this type of thing and is or less PG13 with little description of body parts but has violence language and ideas of words some may not likeSome uick highlights for me where Fondly Farenheit which is a shallow sort of writing compared to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep that shares the same lements of Androids andies that are human flesh but created and have minds of Electric Sheep that shares the same Water Music elements of Androids andies that are human flesh but created and have minds Of course the line is being crossed they are advanced and become human And tor is human and rring is what punks may do best Sort of the theme and the best part of this book is looking at the copyright dates 1950 s with bioengineering
3d gui s streamed into brains the game GUI s streamed into brains The game rat and dragon which is so goofy so don t ignore the meow at the beginning To goofy for me to say it was a cool story but historical note worthy1955 and some ven from the 60 s and 70s with neat similar stuffThey tell stories that make you ponder what life is what your mind is and what would happen if you are presented with a different world with higher intelligence in it Cybernetics is than cyborgs a few stories do hint at the odd interactions and make me recall phrase like game theory and the Student Research Projects in Calculus environment being a system but how systems smallerxist and
things transformBut be honest I find humor in some stuff so than depth or deep meaning I think that is one issue I find here some funny stuff and a who knows or cares attitude prevails as we are faced with a reality and may as well have fun with it So much to say but I can t spend the time to type up thousands of words In The Ultimate Cyberpunk ditor Pat Cadigan takes readers through the volution of this influential science fiction genre from the groundbreaking forefathers of the field such as Alfred Bester and Philip K Dick to the founding members of the cybe. Nd I think you the reader or future reader can xplore those themes and seesometimes things transformbut
The Obvious Depth And Byobvious depth and by beyond any depth or philosophy also keep in mind you are trying to sell a story as well as making a point sometimes Worth the read if you don t mind cyberpunk or are looking for an intro that is Pre gibson and tries to cover a breadth of what cyberpunk has become to people in the new millennium This is a good anthology of an SF subgenre whose death knell has been tolled many times before but never got around to kicking it And that s a very good thing There is much to like in this collection that Cadigan has cobbled together It gathers the pivotal authors of the genre and shows off just how diverse the stories can be No not very cyberpunk narrative takes place in a gritty urban setting with characters in black pvc and technology that looks like it fell off a stealth bomber Here are a few of the highlightsAlfred Bester Fondly Farenheit an android and a dialogue between A Heart of Stone ego and superego You make the call A prototype for the genre that would be cyberpunkPhilip K Dick We Can Remember It For You Wholesale are memories as good as the real thing This is a greatntry by the legendary man of ideas that has none of the action movie tropes of its film version Total Recall Sorry Bernard no Michael IronsideRudy Rucker 57th Franz Kafka a new take on The Metamorphosis Disturbing and inscrutable but did you xpect anything lse from RuckerWilliam Gibson Burning Chrome fine work by the Master a story of a cyberspace double cross Gibson could probably make a tuna salad recipe sound like science fictionGreg Bear Blood Music could be one of the realistic of the collection The time for this kind of nano nhancement. Rpunk movement such as William Gibson and Bruce Sterling and forward through such innovators as Lewis Shiner and Rudy Rucker In this special collection Cadigan presents the cyberpunk world in which reality and virtual reality intersect The growing.
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entry strays rather far afield from cyberpunk and the realm ofstrays rather far afield from cyberpunk and nters the realm of But that s okay it adds to the diversity of the collectionJohn Shirley Freezone not much of a plot here just Shirley taking us on a punky meandering through a dystopic future And I loved itWilliam Gibson and Michael Swanwick Dogfight twistyBruce Sterling Green Days in Brunei probably my favorite and the most satisfying of the pieces Strong and ndearing characters A world not too far removed from our own A nice tale for illustrating the rise of the developing world If I have any overall criticism of the stories it has to do with style Except for Gibson and Sterling none of these writers compose with any thought to description They just lay verything these writers compose with any thought to description They just lay Love Is a Fairy Tale everything there violating that cardinal rule of literary writing show don t tell As I ve grown sick of that phrase I m actually kind of ok with the so called transgression But then I read the work of Gibson and his descriptions and phrasing absolutely blow me away making the other stories look like amateur hour Character development is another issue Except for Bruce Sterling the authors spend maybe a page on it With protagonists so thin it s difficult to cultivate much of an attachment to them so you better hope the scientific principle that is beingxplored keeps you hanging onOh and why Neal Stephenson wasn t included is beyond me Maybe he s never written in the short form before I don t knowAll in all Ultimate Cyberpunk makes for fine reading Plus you get an 11 page insert of a lost comic book version of William Gibson s classic Neuromancer I ve heard there is a film adaptation on the horizon Let s hope not The book is Impact of the Internet on our sense of community the seduction of a world behind the screen and the inherent dangers of a society in which any information can be hacked stolen and sold are some of the topics xplored by our best cyberpunk writers. ,