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Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1988

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; 1st edition (July 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441533825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441533824
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now, I'm not saying that Mirrorshades was bad. Not only did it contain one of the most definitive PR essays on cyberpunk (Sterling's introduction) but it also conains some very good stories. On the other hand, it could have been much, much, MUCH better.
Bruce Sterling, who edited Mirrorshades and similarly hand-picked the stories, clearly has his own agenda to the particular stories...at least, in some cases. Sterling assembled this almost as if it were an extension of his short-run newsletter, Cheap Truth (which he wrote under an assumed name of Omniveritas). In Cheap Truth, he attacked the existing science-fiction structure. He continues this trend in Mirrorshades.
The clearest example would be his choice of Gibson short work. Of the possible short stories, he picked The Gernsback Continuum and Red Star, Winter Orbit. Gernsback Continuum is, simply, not cyberpunk. It is Gibson's attack on Gernsbackian science fiction (Hugo Gernsback was really to blame for the "fantastic" science-fiction which used amazing gadgetry and no actual ideas). Sterling's view of the Movement (cyberpunk lit) was to erase the old Gernsbackian sf and replace it with real life rather than daydreams, so he picked this story as Gibson's contribution. This is absurd. The definitive cyberpunk short story is Burning Chrome. It is clear that Sterling chose to further his own political ends as opposed to providing a good overview-the best of the best-of cyberpunk fiction.
I could also have done without Sterling's final story, Mozart with Mirrorshades. This was, of course, an attempt to weave in the token item of the genre, the mirrored sunglasses. Sterling would have been much better off to include one of his Shaper-Mechanist stories, especially Spider Rose or Swarm.
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This is a collection of short stories by authors associated with the "cyberpunk movement" within the science fiction field. I enjoyed the book overall, but I wouldn't necessarily call this a representation of cyberpunk. In fact, three of the stories to me (and more among others) absolutely do not qualify as such, and two of them actually seem to be more rooted in the fantasy field than anything else. However, it's a good read, definitely worth it for the stories by Willam Gibson, both solo and collaborative. Interestingly, my favorite was "Petra" by Greg Bear, which is one of the fantasies I referred to: a very original idea and superbly written.
One final thing: if someone understands "Tales of Houdini", please contact me and explain. I just don't get it!
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A gorgeous collection bursting with imagination. Eerie extrapolation on biotechnology, space migration and other staple SF fixtures. "Mirrorshades'" stories handle the future in intimate detail. This is a great guide to some of the best writers working today--a telling indication, since "Mirrorshades" is over a decade old. Bruce Sterling's introductory essay is fascinating.
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Mirrorshades offers a host of short stories that not
only give a good read but will acquaint you with the very
beginnings of the cyberpunk genre. Included is "Johnny Mnemonic", the short story story that was the inspiration for
a somewhat disappointing film adaptation in 1995.
The crowning jewel of the collection is "Mozart in
Mirrorshades" by Sterling himself. Picture Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart ("...call me Wolf, okay?") writing pop music, time
travel to paralell universes, mongol warriors on Harleys,
Thomas Jefferson catching the hypersonic VTOL to discuss oil
drilling in Texas, and Marie Antoinette in a leopard skin
bikini screaming for burritos and pizza... This
while the Freemasons organize for guerrilla war in Europe
to drive out the invaders from the 21st century.
"Mirrorshades" is a must-have for anyone interested
in science fiction written after 1979.
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Bruce Sterling's "Mirrorshades" represents the first anthology of the nascent movement known as cyberpunk. It is also a coming of maturity for science fiction as the dominant form of postmodern literary expression. This is illustrated most vividly by Darren Harris-Fain's critique of the first story in the anthology, "The Gernsback Continuum". The story by William Gibson is a denunciation of the ideals of Gernsback, the founding principles of American science fiction, and Modernism through the adventures of a photographer on assignment to catalog the remaining architectural remnants of "American Streamlined Moderne" described by the character's employer "...as a kind of alternative America: a 1980 that never happened. An architecture of broken dreams." As Harris-Fain explains "This futuristic yet historical architecture is explicitly connected with science fiction stories, pulp-magazine artwork...and movies such as Metropolis (1926) and Things to Come (1936)..." The Gibsonian character's immersion into this results in his timeslipping into Gernsback's time-space continuum and seeing the following visions of this Modernist conception of the future world and its inhabitants:

"they were Heirs to the Dream. They were white, blond, and they probably had blue eyes. They were American....the Future had come to America first...in the heart of the Dream. Here, we'd gone on and on, in a dream logic that knew nothing of pollution, the finite bounds of fossil fuels, or foreign wars it was possible to lose. They were smug, happy, and utterly content with themselves and their world."

The character finds this a nightmarish experience due to the connection he has already made with the architecture that "...Albert Speer built for Hitler". He equates it to "...
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