Beyond Cyberpunk

Author: Graham J. Murphy
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136973176
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This book is a collection of essays that considers the continuing cultural relevance of the cyberpunk genre into the new millennium. Cyberpunk is no longer an emergent phenomenon, but in our digital age of CGI-driven entertainment, the information economy, and globalized capital, we have never more been in need of a fiction capable of engaging with a world shaped by information technology. The essays in explore our cyberpunk realities to soberly reconsider Eighties-era cyberpunk while also mapping contemporary cyberpunk. The contributors seek to move beyond the narrow strictures of cyberpunk as defined in the Eighties and contribute to an ongoing discussion of how to negotiate exchanges among information technologies, global capitalism, and human social existence. The essays offer a variety of perspectives on cyberpunk’s diversity and how this sub-genre remains relevant amidst its transformation from a print fiction genre into a more generalized set of cultural practices, tackling the question of what it is that cyberpunk narratives continue to offer us in those intersections of literary, cultural, theoretical, academic, and technocultural environments.

The Philosophy Of Science Fiction

Author: James Edward Burton
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474227678
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The Philosophy of Science Fiction: Henri Bergson and the Fabulations of Philip K. Dick explores the deep affinity between two seemingly quite different thinkers, in their attempts to address the need for salvation in (and from) an era of accelerated mechanization, in which humans' capacity for destroying or subjugating the living has attained a planetary scale. The philosopher and the science fiction writer come together to meet the contradictory imperatives of a realist outlook-a task which, arguably, philosophy and science fiction could only ever adequately undertake in collaboration. Their respective approaches meet in a focus on the ambiguous status of fictionalizing, or fabulation, as simultaneously one of mechanization's most devastating tools, and the possibility of its undoing. When they are read together, the complexities and paradoxes thrown up by this ambiguity, with which both Bergson and Dick struggle on their own, open up new ways to navigate ideas of mechanism and mysticism, immanence and transcendence, and the possibility and meaning of salvation. The result is at once an original reading of both thinkers, a new critical theory of the socio–cultural, political and ethical function of fictionalizing, and a case study in the strange affinity, at times the uncanny similarity, between philosophy and science fiction.

The Twisted Worlds Of Philip K Dick

Author: Umberto Rossi
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 0786448830
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"This book examines Philip K. Dick's writing through the lens of ontological uncertainty, providing a comparative map of his oeuvre, tracing both the interior connections between books and his allusive intertextuality. Some of his most important short stories and two of his realist novels are also examined, providing a general introduction to Dick's body of work"--Provided by publisher.

La Spada Nella Roccia

Author: Parsifal A. Drake
ISBN: 1291680462
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Author: Daniel J. H. Levack
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Science Fiction Studies

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The Architecture Of Philippe Starck

Author: Franco Bertoni
Editor: Academy Editions Ltd
ISBN: 9781854903785
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Philippe Starck was born in Paris in 1949 and became the Artistic Director of Cardin at a young age. In the late seventies he realised the night clubs 'Le Main Bleue' and 'Les Baines-Douches', prototypes of the 'hard' clubs. In 1982 he refurbished the Presidential Apartments in the Elysee for Francois Mitterand. He is most famous for his work as a designer - of chairs, beds, tables, watches and kitchen equipment - objects which have met with an enthusiastic reception from both private clients and an international public. Here, his entire architectural activity is dealt with for the first time: from his interiors for the Cafe Costes and those in Tokyo (the Manin Restaurant and Cafe Mystique); through the projects for the Tokyo Opera House and French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale; to the realised works in Madrid, New York and Tokyo (Asahi, 'Nani Nani' and 'Le Baron Vert') and the most recent project for the Prefabricated House for '3 Suisses' to be sold by mail. All break through the conventions of the traditional architectural discipline with their strength of innovation and symbolic power.