Cyberpunk Short Fiction Criticism: Additional Pieces - Essay

Veronica Hollinger (essay date spring 1990)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Hollinger, Veronica. “Cybernetic Deconstructions: Cyberpunk and Postmodernism.” Mosaic 23, no. 2 (spring 1990): 29-44.

[In the following essay, Hollinger views cyberpunk in its relation to postmodernism, genre science fiction, and literary realism.]

If, as Fredric Jameson has argued, postmodernism is our contemporary cultural dominant (“Logic” 56), so equally is technology “our historical context, political and personal,” according to Teresa de Lauretis: “Technology is now, not only in a distant, science fictional future, an extension of our sensory capacities; it shapes our perceptions and cognitive processes, mediates our relationships with...

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Keith R. A. DeCandido (review date 1 November 1991)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: DeCandido, Keith R. A. Review of Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction, edited by Larry McCaffery. Library Journal 116, no. 18 (1 November 1991): 99.

[In the following review, DeCandido cites Storming the Reality Studio as “an important work.”]

Editor McCaffery here [in Storming the Reality Studio] collects over 50 essays, short stories, novel excerpts, literary criticism, poetry, artworks, and a comic strip that illustrate the influences on and of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction and its distinctive sensibility. Most of the space goes to the two godfathers of cyberpunk, William Gibson (whose Neuromancer, Berkley, 1984, won the science fiction triple crown—Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick awards) and Bruce Sterling, but most other major cyberpunk writers are represented. McCaffery does not limit cyberpunk to science fiction but puts it in the context of postmodern literature and 1980s popular culture. The only flaw is that Sterling's preface to Mirrorshades, often considered a cyberpunk manifesto and constantly referred to in the essays, is not presented until the end of the nonfiction section. An important work; highly recommended for all sf, literature, and pop culture collections.

Dana Polan (review date 1993)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Polan, Dana. Review of Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction, edited by Larry McCaffery. Poetics Today 14, no. 4 (1993): 771-72.

[In the following review, Polan calls Storming the Reality Studio “a wonderful introduction to the cyberpunk phenomenon.”]

It may seem strange to find reviewed in a journal of poetics a book devoted to fiction, half of which is made up of primary works in that genre. But as the foremost genre of “cognitive estrangement” (in Darko Suvin's nice description), science fiction has always raised compelling questions of and for poetics—questions about the relations between...

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