Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology Paperback – 1 Oct 2007
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"Cyberpunk is dead. Long live post-cyberpunk!" --"Kirkus Reviews"
"Cyberpunk is dead. Long live post-cyberpunk!" -"Kirkus Reviews"
"Sixteen inspiring, mind-altering stories . . . and every story in the bunch is a knockout." --BoingBoing.net
"An excellent collection and a reminder that the short story is often the best venue for new ideas in the field." --SF Crowsnest.com
"A short story collection filled with very good stories by very good science fiction writers offering very engaging ideas." --PopMatters
"Cyberpunk has grown past its rebel stage and is now not only capable of dazzling us with surfaces but also of speaking of the human condition." --"Tangent"
"Mind-altering . . . every story in the bunch is a knockout." --Monstrous.com
"[The] strange, cinematically atmospheric story, 'Thirteen Views of a Cardboard City, ' fits perfectly in "Rewired"." --William Gibson, author, "Spook Country"
"Fascinating, and indispensable to any serious SF reader..."Rewired" is one of the best imaginable anthologies covering what SF is doing right now...."
."..cyberpunk has grown past its rebel stage and is now not only capable of dazzling us with surfaces but also of speaking of the human condition...."
."..an excellent collection and a reminder that the short story is often the best venue for new ideas in the field."
."..sixteen inspiring, mind-altering stories...and every story in the bunch is a knockout."
Fascinating, and indispensable to any serious SF reader..."Rewired" is one of the best imaginable anthologies covering what SF is doing right now....
...cyberpunk has grown past its rebel stage and is now not only capable of dazzling us with surfaces but also of speaking of the human condition....
...an excellent collection and a reminder that the short story is often the best venue for new ideas in the field.
...sixteen inspiring, mind-altering stories...and every story in the bunch is a knockout.
About the Author
James Patrick Kelly is the Hugo, Nebula, and Italia award--winning author of Burn, Think Like a Dinosaur, and Wildlife. He is a member of the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. He has co-edited a series of anthologies with John Kessel, described by the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction as "each surveying with balance and care a potentially disputed territory within the field." Kelly is the technology columnist for Asimov's Science Fiction magazine and the publisher of the e-book 'zine Strangeways. John Kessel is a Nebula, Sturgeon, and Locus award winner and the author of Corrupting Dr. Nice, Good News From Outer Space, and The Pure Product. He teaches courses in science fiction, fantasy, and fiction writing at North Carolina State University. His criticism has appeared in Foundation, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the New York Review of Science Fiction, and Science Fiction Age.
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As with all such anthologies it contains some good, some average and some poor. In common with the original Mirrorshades cyberpunk anthology, one of the stand out stories is a music based story by Pat Cadigan. Also worth the entrance fee are Cory Doctorow's contribution about IT geeks ruling a post apocalyptic world, W J Williams' frankly creepy virtual reality "Daddy's World", Greg Egan's plague based "Yeyuka" and Mary Rosenblum's cyberspace detective story "Search Engine". Much less successful are Christopher Rowe's story set in an AI ruled Tennessee "Virtual State" which is frankly impenetrable and the 0 laugh comedy "What's up Tiger Lily".
Again, as with the original Mirrorshades, Bruce Sterling proves he is a much less talented writer than William Gibson.
Gibson himself provides a distinctly odd contribution which is less a story and more a creative writing exercise. It is nonetheless intriging.
What makes this collection stand out, but unfortunately to its detriment, is the running commentary. It is one of the most prententious, self absorbed collections of claptrap I have ever had the misfortune to waste time reading. The popping sound one hears on closing the book is the sound of the editors diappearing up their own fundaments. Look guys, cyberpunk is and was always only a collection of nerdy science fiction writers attempting to ride the coat tails of a single visionary writer - namely William Gibson.
Interesting enough to recommend, but as I say, avoid the commentary.
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Every story was well worth reading (no duds) and several were excellent.
Admittedly the anthology has a rather dark cast (as expected, given the cyberpunk focus) and some of the auxiliary material has a bit of an attitude (again, a cp staple), but the stories were wholly engrossing.
This is one of the best anthologies I've read in years
Charles Stross' "Lobsters" is also here, but so far I've found it in two anthologies, published online, and of course, as part of Accelerando. I'm getting a bit tired of seeing it reproduced everywhere, despite it being very good.
The stories are weak both in plot and prose. Worse, the thinking of the authors shows glaring weakness in general knowledge and vision. The usual discriminatory attitudes, such as chauvinism, still pervades many of these stories though it does seem that such attitudes are pretty much par the course for CP much like the expected grime found in filthy toilet stalls... admittedly, that is part of the allure of CP but really this is just a low.
Only 2 or 3 of the stories contained here are of good quality - "When sys admins rule the world" is one such exception. Worse, a number of these stories, like the exception I mentioned, can be found in other sci-fi anthologies.
Coming from the genre that spawned cyberpunk... there is more multi-colored laser lighted vapor here than actual sci-fi substance.
Even the work of most of the lesser known writer I already knew.
The remaining stories were good and enjoyable, but I would not label them cyberpunk or even 'post' cyberpunk in any way.
I should have known from the title (REwired...)that it's trying to ride the long-broken remains of the cyberpunk wave.
Some excellent writing in there, but still flogging a dead horse, IMHO.