- 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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Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1988
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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.Read more ›
One final thing: if someone understands "Tales of Houdini", please contact me and explain. I just don't get it!
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.
"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 "...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's some really good stuff in this collection, but some of it is kind of iffy. A couple of stories had more of a fantasy feel to it than science fiction and one of them isn't... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Matt
Exceeding all expectations! Love it! Excellent stories and characters! Recommended to all fellow cyberpunk fans! The atmosphere in those stories is truly astonishing!Published on June 14, 2014 by Maxim Inshakov
The title of my review says it all. Don't expect anything spectacular here. Basic short stories that defined a genre.Published on June 12, 2014 by Barry Bridges
or maybe its bad, i dont know. i tried to read it forever ago and the stories never grasped me, maybe i just dont have a big enough boner for cyberpunk literature to swallow... Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Cody Ely
The book came in great condition. The only reason I didn't score it as 5 stars is because it wasn't brand new (which I knew when I was buying it). Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by johnny brandon
There are a couple of cyberpunk stories in here, but there are too many other genres, like post-apocalyptic and urban fantasy, for me to be happy calling this a Cyberpunk... Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Anarchangel
It's interesting to read the early cyberpunk to get a sense of where the genera has been. The visions of where technology could could lead as written in the early 80's are fun and... Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Molly Collins
This is a collection of stories by a group of writers who formed the core of this literary movement in the 1980s. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by T. Burrows
A classical and good start for discovering some of the first cyberpunk novellas.
That's not the ultimate anthology, but you can get reading it some hints on this mouvements in... Read more