Bruce Sterling William Gibson John Shirley Paul Di Filippo Lewis Shiner Tom Maddox Pat Cadigan Rudy Rucker
- Title: Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
- Author: Bruce Sterling William Gibson John Shirley Paul Di Filippo Lewis Shiner Tom Maddox Pat Cadigan Rudy Rucker
- ISBN: 9780586087824
- Page: 131
- Format: Paperback
With their hard edged, street wise prose, they created frighteningly probable futures of high tech societies and low life hustlers Fans and critics call their world cyberpunk Here is the definitive cyberpunk short fiction collection HC Arbor House.
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Here the mediocre and the barely readable rub shoulders with pop genius. The lesser cyberpunks come across like caffeinated 1950s squares desperately trying to sound like the beatniks they've heard so much about. Want some holodrugs to go with your cyberslang, daddy-o!!?The greats have a singular ease of style and taste for the bizarre that gives you a whiff of the 80s, but the colors are still bright after twenty years.Flawed, but essential.
Initial reaction: Probably 3.5 stars. There are some really interesting and good stories in the mix included here, and only a few that didn't really strike me all that well, whether it was the fact some of them were random and not necessarily what I would term cyberpunk, or that some of them seemed a little dated. I did appreciate Sterling's introduction on Cyberpunk as a genre overall, and I thought it was a good collection overall. Some of the authors I'm very familiar with their work, while o [...]
Perhaps looking back at cyberpunk from 2014, it is impossible to fully grasp what the authors at the beginning of that movement were truly about. We have Bruce Sterling's intro of this anthology to help us out, including other names for the movement at the time - Outlaw Technologists, Eighties Wave, Radical Hard SF, and others. Maybe we just needed to call it the Weird at the time, and in each decade assign different authors to that category. When I read this anthology I struggle to place each s [...]
A battered copy lives in my nightstand at all times. Between novels, I always come back to this, flipping through the pages until a word catches my eye. Such a diversity of talent, mixed together quite well here.Rated Individually:• "The Gernsback Continuum" (William Gibson) ★★★★★• "Snake-Eyes" (Tom Maddox) ★★★★• "Rock On" (Pat Cadigan) ★★★★• "Tales of Houdini" (Rudy Rucker) ★★★★★• "400 Boys" (Marc Laidlaw) ★★★★★• "Solstice" (James Patric [...]
Incredibly dated and barely even cyberpunk. Brief short story collection from the early days of cyberpunk, with some authors that you'd consider it (Gibson, Cadigan, Rucker, Sterling) and some you wouldn't (Greg Bear.) The stories themselves are bad, as many don't even bother with computers or the internet at all, and come across as a weird "rock and roll" version of New Wave SF. The focus on drugs seems naïve in a world where people deal with mood-altering drugs to medicate mental issues on a [...]
A very mixed bag. This probably counts as essential reading for fans of cyberpunk, but only some of the stories qualify, genre-wise. However, the other stories fit in in terms of era. They are more interesting academically, as a glimpse into what else was going on in literary sci fi in the early 80's.Of special note is that the 2 Gibson stories printed here were also included in Burning Chrome, so if you, like me, initially picked this us as a Gibson completist, you will be a little disappointed [...]
-Cyberpunk en el mayor sentido posible del subgénero literario.-Género. Relatos.Lo que nos cuenta. Con nota preliminar de Andoni Alonso e Iñaki Arzoz, y con prólogo de Bruce Sterling, ambos pequeños ensayos de lo que significó (y significa) el movimiento Cyberpunk, recopilación de trabajos cortos que exploran distintas vertientes de esa corriente que trajo ideas frescas a la Ciencia ficción hace algo más de treinta años y que es mucho más extensa que implantes, virtualidad, delincuenc [...]
Cyberpunk used to mean so much more than crazy future clothes, oppressive corporate regimes, and cybernetic enhancements, but these days the word mostly conjures up Gibsonian dystopias. It's interesting to read a broader range of stories from the time, selected by people who were part of 'the Movement', but it might be even more interesting to read Bruce Sterling talk about himself in the third person when he describes prominent figures of cyberpunk. Amusing!
The best story in here isWilliam Gibson's "The Gernsback Continuum", which anyone who cares already has inBurning Chrome. The rest is largely trash.
Bastante irregular. Algunos relatos son malos y no entiendo que hacen en una compilación ciberpunk y otros bastante buenos, el que más destaca es el de "Zona libre" de Shirley, por su prosa y su innovación. Escribí una crítica mas completa en mi blog sobre este relato: nicholasavedon/zona-l
I am not a big fan of short stories. That said, there were some decent entries (Solstice by James Patrick Kelly and Freezone by John Shirley among them). There were also some I didn't care for. One was co-authored by William Gibson who is actually my favorite cyber-punk author. In a few places the stories were getting dated. Nor surprising since they were all written over 30 years ago. If you are a big fan of 80's SF it might be worth reading.
Patchy. As this is the book that defines the cyberpunk "movement" in a way, it seems churlish to say that some of the stories are more fantasy than cyberpunk, but as the genre is today, that's the case.
4,25/5Para muchos el libro de referencia del movimiento, más incluso que Neuromante. Tanto en el prólogo como en la selección de autores y relatos, Sterling sienta los pilares del ciberpunk. Me ha parecido muy interesante la variedad en la temática y enfoque de los relatos, mucho más variopinta de lo que uno espera de un subgénero que el tiempo ha terminado encasillando en historias de género negro pobladas por personajes posthumanos de estética manga que pululan por megalópolis superpo [...]
Una breve reflexión sobre las antologías:Por lo general nunca he tenido una buena predisposición hacia ellas, a no ser que fueran del mismo autor, ya que siempre me he quedado insatisfecho por lo breves de los relatos y siempre he acabado disfrutando mucho de ellas.Es cierto que hay piezas que no terminan de llenarte, pero si la selección está bien hecha, suelen ser las menos, y a cambio tienes un ramillete muy amplio de ejercicios narrativos que seguramente no conocías. Eso es lo que me h [...]
‘Mirrorshades: Una antología cyberpunk’ (Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology, 1986), es una recopilación de relatos a cargo de Bruce Sterling, que intenta ser una representación de este subgénero de la ciencia ficción (pequeña definición de cyberpunk: normalmente transcurre en un futuro cercano, distópico, dominado por megacorporaciones, donde se aúnan personajes marginales con alta tecnología, en una ambiente próximo al género negro, todo ello bajo una estética que recuerda a [...]
Just started the book but already love it why haven't I been reading cyberpunk my whole life? The excellent first short story by Gibson, "Gernsback Continuum," narrates the story of a contract photographer hired to document the vestiges of 1930's US futurism, but also somehow manages to function as an abbreviated history of US modernism in the twentieth century and a commentary on the history of science fiction whose negativity suggests a cyberpunk vision in confronting the present (early 1980's [...]
Contains many of my favorite examples of cyberpunk fiction. From Mozart in Mirrorshades, to the WW1 flight combat sim done in 3D Virtual Reality, this anthology is a collection of many amazing writers and their stories. All of them have stuck with me for the last 15+ years and influenced many of my own writing, and movie decisions. A must read for any beginner to the sci-fi and specifically cyberpunk genre. Also of note - my iPad doesn't try to correct the word "cyberpunk". Kudos to Gibson and S [...]
Wonderful look into the old cyberpunk genre, some stories have aged pretty well, in particular I loved "Mozart in Mirrorshades" its a great political comment.I had to hear it twice to get all the details, but I loved the storytelling.
Other than Dangerous Visions, is there a more lauded and groundbreaking multi-author anthology in science fiction than Mirrorshades? Indeed, it's tempting here to review the context of the book moreso than the book itself, so forgive me such digressions.To a reader over three decades on the text is, frankly, a little patchy. As might be expected, it's quite varied in tone and style, from the whimsical to the overwrought. Some of it's outside of what one immediately thinks of as cyberpunk post-Ne [...]
This anthology got off to a pretty disappointing start, but fortunately I stuck with it because by the end there were some pretty good stories. Gibson's The Gernsback Continuum isn't really cyberpunk, but it is a significant observation on the difference between the 50s vision of the future and that in the 80s. What I find amusing is that somebody could easily write a Gibson Continuum story now highlighting the differences between the 80s future and ours. As demonstrated by a number of the stori [...]
I guess that the most interesting part of the most famous anthology of cyberpunk stories is that there is very little cyberpunk in it at all.My disappointment started in the introduction. What Sterling means by "cyberpunk" are not the contents of the stories but the authors themselves (or the Movement). Perhaps because the book came out before many of the fun tropes that one associates with the genre, i.e. hackers, corporations, cybernetic enhancements, class struggle, actually became tropes? In [...]
This seminal collection of cyberpunk short fiction was probably more effective back in the 80s when it was published. About half the stories included are excellent, a few of that half shockingly accurate in the predictions they make and the ideas they explore. Overall the whole thing is worth the read - just be open minded and more than anything accept the more ridiculous (Mozart in Mirrorshades specifically) stories as what they are intended to be, fun.
A bit uneven, but some a couple of standouts. I really liked the old old Gibson story - reminds me of his newer stuff (although its not particularly cyberpunk). The title piece, by Sterling & Shiner (I think) - "Mozart in Mirrorshades" - is a fun little piece on time travel, colonialism, and Mozart as punk rock. Its definitely worth picking up a used copy.
Una raccolta discreta, con un paio di racconti notevoli (Stone è vivo di Paul Di Filippo e Stella rossa, orbita d'inverno di Gibson e Sterling) e solo uno veramente brutto (Le imprese di Houdini di Rudy Rucker); il resto galleggia nella sufficienza, a patto di gradire il cyberpunk. Con uno come Bruce Sterling come curatore, onestamente mi sarei aspettato un di più.
I recommend reading the opening essay on what Cyberpunk is as a literary movement before reading foundation Cyberpunk novels such as "Neuromancer" by William Gibson and "Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick
2.5 stars rounded up for its historical valueThis was a disappointing experience. Though the anthalogy contained several gems, most of the stories either didn't age well or weren't that good to begin with.
Four stories in and not only the majority of stories here are not cyberpunk, some are not even science fiction. Gargoyle-nun love in the middle ages? Are you fucking kidding me? Gee, I never new fucking Twilight was a cyberpunk storyFuck this anthology.
Il cyberpunk non è per me, comunque alcuni racconti si salvano, gli ultimi, ma altri proprio li rifiuto!
Great overall. The different stories were a bit of a mixed bag.
Empty vapid trash.Very poor quality stories.This did *not* age well.
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