sexta-feira, 15 de maio de 2009

Cyberpunk: Preparing the Ground for Revolution or Keeping the Boys Satisfied?



[...Sterling’s allusions to the influential fathers of SF, indicative of what Samuel Delany calls the male SF writers’ "endless, anxious search for fathers"... betrays his need to forge a filiation with established (male) SF writers, to construct a form of legitimacy which, not insignificantly, manages to avoid mention of any potential mothers: the feminist SF writers (countercultural Earth Mothers?) of the previous decade.

But this construction of cyberpunk as the legitimate progeny of earlier SF is only part of Sterling’s project in Mirrorshades. Far more overt is his relentless attempt to locate the "loose generational nexus of ambitious young writers" of cyberpunk as "disentangling SF from mainstream influence", as, in effect, both marginalized and revolutionary.

In other words, once he has unearthed adventurous fathers and constituted a satisfying filiation for cyberpunk writers, he can figure oedipal rebellion, reinterring the fathers as "mainstream" and celebrating the sons as young turks.

Sterling’s desire to represent cyberpunk as a radical subgenre within SF—one which prompts him, in his introduction to Gibson’s Burning Chrome (1986), to dismiss all of ’70s SF as "not much fun," as in "the doldrums," "dogmatic slumbers," or "hibernation" —is rearticulated even more forcefully in the special Mississippi Review cyberpunk issue (1988) and in the Rucker-Wilson anthology, Semiotext(e) SF (1989)...

Cyberpunk—slick, colloquial, and science-based—represented a concerted return to the (originary) purity of hard SF, apparently purged of the influence of other-worldly fantasy, and embracing technology with new fervor. Bruce Sterling’s review of William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1983), reprinted on the flyleaf of the text, invites us to "say goodbye to [our] old stale futures...]


Cyberpunk: Preparing the Ground for Revolution or Keeping the Boys Satisfied? - Nicola Nixon [ Download ]

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