Cyberpunk Short Fiction Criticism: Major Writers Of Cyberpunk Fiction - Essay

Criticism: Major Writers Of Cyberpunk Fiction

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Maddox, Tom. “The Wars of the Coin's Two Halves: Bruce Sterling's Mechanist/Shaper Narratives.” In Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction, edited by Larry McCaffery, pp. 324-30. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1991.

[In the following essay, which was originally published in 1988, Maddox provides a thematic overview of Sterling's Mechanist/Shaper stories.]

Cyberpunk, science fiction's new movement of the 1980s, continues the style and spirit of the 1960s' New Wave: literary, insurgent, contemptuous of the genre's prevailing standards. As critics have remarked, however, the new writers differ in not being...

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