Le cyberpunk est-il vraiment mort ?


En fouinant sur le net, je suis tombé sur cette anthologie qui vient de sortir : The New Cyberpunk Anthology. Elle est dirigée par James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel. C'est donc du cyberpunk, du post-cyberpunk même avec pour envie de parler de cyberpunk mais aussi de montrer comment le genre peut explorer de nouveaux domaines.

Au sommaire, il y a du lourd : Bruce Sterling / Gwyneth Jones / Jonathan Lethem / Greg Egan / Pat Cadigan / William Gibson / David Marusek / Walter Jon Williams / Michael Swanwick / Charles Stross / Paul Di Filippo / Christopher Rowe / Elizabeth Bear / Paolo Bacigalupi / Mary Rosenblum / Cory Doctorow

John Kessel a dit dans une interview:
"Our idea was that 'post-cyberpunk' includes fiction that takes the subject matter of cyberpunk fiction—computers, infotech, biotech, transnational economics, a global perspective—and shows it in different social contexts, such as the middle class, going beyond the realm of isolated and alienated counter-cultural icons," he said. "But also that post-cyberpunk would include stories that deliberately used the icons of cyberpunk in order to attack some of the assumptions behind [it]. So post-cyberpunk for us is basically two kinds of stories: those that challenge cyberpunk while still working within its preferred territory and those that extend cyberpunk concerns into new territory."

Et voici le résumé de l'éditeur :

"Cyberpunk is dead
The revolution has been co-opted by half-assed heroes, overclocked CGI, and tricked-out sunglasses. Once radical, cyberpunk is nothing more than a brand.

Time to stop flipping the channel

These sixteen extreme stories reveal a government ninja routed by a bicycle repairman, the inventor of digitized paper hijacked by his college crush, a dead boy trapped in a warped storybook paradise, and the Queen of England attacked with the deadliest of forbidden technology: a working modem. You'll meet Manfred Macx, renegade meme-broker, Red Sonja, virtual reality sex-goddess, and Felix, humble sysadmin and post-apocalyptic hero.

Editors James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel (Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology) have united cyberpunk visionaries William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and Pat Cadigan with the new post-cyberpunk vanguard including Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross, and Jonathan Lethem. Including a canon-establishing introduction and excerpts from a hotly-contested online debate, Rewired is the first anthology to define and capture the crackling excitement of the post-cyberpunks.

From the grittiness of Mirrorshades to the Singularity and beyond, it's time to revive the revolution.

Are you ready? "

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