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William Gibson and the Future of Contemporary Culture

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Publisher : University of Iowa Press
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ISBN 10 : 9781609387488
Pages : 291 pages
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Distrust That Particular Flavor

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Publisher : National Geographic Books
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ISBN 10 : 9780425252994
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Download Distrust That Particular Flavor PDF Full Free by William Gibson and published by National Geographic Books. This book was released on 2012-09-04 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A collection of New York Times bestselling author William Gibson’s articles and essays about contemporary culture—a privileged view into the mind of a writer whose thinking has shaped not only a generation of writers but our entire culture... Though best known for his fiction, William Gibson is as much in demand for his cutting-edge observations on the world we live in now. Originally printed in publications as varied as Wired, the New York Times, and the Observer, these articles and essays cover thirty years of thoughtful, observant life, and are reported in the wry, humane voice that lovers of Gibson have come to crave. “Gibson pulls off a dazzling trick. Instead of predicting the future, he finds the future all around him, mashed up with the past, and reveals our own domain to us.”—The New York Times Book Review


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Cyberpunk and Cyberculture

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Publisher : Burns & Oates
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ISBN 10 : UOM:39015048858552
Pages : 258 pages
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Conversations with William Gibson

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Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
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ISBN 10 : 9781626740938
Pages : 176 pages
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Download Conversations with William Gibson PDF Full Free by Patrick A. Smith and published by Univ. Press of Mississippi. This book was released on 2014-04-14 with total page 176 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: “After reading Neuromancer for the first time,” literary scholar Larry McCaffery wrote, “I knew I had seen the future of [science fiction] (and maybe of literature in general), and its name was William Gibson.” McCaffery was right. Gibson’s 1984 debut is one of the most celebrated SF novels of the last half century, and in a career spanning more than three decades, the American Canadian science fiction writer and reluctant futurist responsible for introducing “cyberspace” into the lexicon has published nine other novels. Editor Patrick A. Smith draws the twenty-three interviews in this collection from a variety of media and sources—print and online journals and fanzines, academic journals, newspapers, blogs, and podcasts. Myriad topics include Gibson’s childhood in the American South and his early adulthood in Canada, with travel in Europe; his chafing against the traditional SF mold, the origins of “cyberspace,” and the unintended consequences (for both the author and society) of changing the way we think about technology; the writing process and the reader’s role in a new kind of fiction. Gibson (b. 1948) takes on branding and fashion, celebrity culture, social networking, the post–9/11 world, future uses of technology, and the isolation and alienation engendered by new ways of solving old problems. The conversations also provide overviews of his novels, short fiction, and nonfiction.


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Gothic Motifs in the Fiction of William Gibson

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Publisher : BRILL
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ISBN 10 : 9789004333734
Pages : 294 pages
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Download Gothic Motifs in the Fiction of William Gibson PDF Full Free by Tatiani G. Rapatzikou and published by BRILL. This book was released on 2016-08-09 with total page 294 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Gibson's startlingly new form of science fiction opens inner vistas through his sense of how technological development increasingly removes the boundaries between the realms of the imagined and the real. This important new study focuses on the visual elements in Gibson's work, suggesting how his extraordinary mindscapes are locatable in terms of both gothic and the graphic novel traditions in a subtle interweaving of physical and virtual space that creates new forms of spatial being. Gibson describes the space of the Walled City as Doorways flipping past, each one hinting at its own secret world: Tatiani G. Rapatzikou's thoughtful analyses of those secret worlds will fascinate all those who have wondered where these fictions have come from-and where they may be headed.


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Art Education in a Postmodern World

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Publisher : Intellect Books
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ISBN 10 : 9781841509587
Pages : 168 pages
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Storming the Reality Studio

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Publisher : Durham : Duke University Press, c1991, 1992 printing.
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ISBN 10 : UOM:39015024968599
Pages : 416 pages
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Download Storming the Reality Studio PDF Full Free by Larry McCaffery and published by Durham : Duke University Press, c1991, 1992 printing.. This book was released on 1991 with total page 416 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The term "cyberpunk" entered the literary landscape in 1984 to describe William Gibson's pathbreaking novel Neuromancer. Cyberpunks are now among the shock troops of postmodernism, Larry McCaffery argues in Storming the Reality Studio, marshalling the resources of a fragmentary culture to create a startling new form. Artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, multinational machinations, frenetic bursts of prose, collisions of style, celebrations of texture: although emerging largely from science fiction, these features of cyberpunk writing are, as this volume makes clear, integrally related to the aims and innovations of the literary avant-garde. By bringing together original fiction by well-known contemporary writers (William Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Kathy Acker, J. G. Ballard, Samuel R. Delany), critical commentary by some of the major theorists of postmodern art and culture (Jacques Derrida, Fredric Jameson, Timothy Leary, Jean-François Lyotard), and work by major practitioners of cyberpunk (William Gibson, Rudy Rucker, John Shirley, Pat Cadigan, Bruce Sterling), Storming the Reality Studio reveals a fascinating ongoing dialog in contemporary culture. What emerges most strikingly from the colloquy is a shared preoccupation with the force of technology in shaping modern life. It is precisely this concern, according to McCaffery, that has put science fiction, typically the province of technological art, at the forefront of creative explorations of our unique age. A rich opporunity for reading across genres, this anthology offers a new perspective on the evolution of postmodern culture and ultimately shows how deeply technological developments have influenced our vision and our art. Selected Fiction contributors: Kathy Acker, J. G. Ballard, William S. Burroughs, Pat Cadigan, Samuel R. Delany, Don DeLillo, William Gibson, Harold Jaffe, Richard Kadrey, Marc Laidlaw, Mark Leyner, Joseph McElroy, Misha, Ted Mooney, Thomas Pynchon, Rudy Rucker, Lucius Shepard, Lewis Shiner, John Shirley, Bruce Sterling, William Vollman Selected Non-Fiction contributors: Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida, Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, Fredric Jameson, Arthur Kroker and David Cook, Timothy Leary, Jean-François Lyotard, Larry McCaffery, Brian McHale, Dave Porush, Bruce Sterling, Darko Suvin, Takayuki Tatsumi


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Routledge Handbook of African Popular Culture

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ISBN 10 : 9781000588347
Pages : 498 pages
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William Gibson

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Publisher : McFarland
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ISBN 10 : 9780786486939
Pages : 176 pages
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Download William Gibson PDF Full Free by Tom Henthorne and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2011-07-29 with total page 176 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: William Gibson, author of the cyberpunk classic, Neuromancer (1984), is one today’s most widely read science fiction writers. This companion is meant both for general readers and for scholars interested in Gibson’s oeuvre. In addition to providing a literary and cultural context for works ranging from Gibson’s first short story, “Fragments of a Hologram Rose” (1977), to his recent, bestselling novel, Zero History (2010), the companion offers commentary on Gibson’s subjects, themes, and approaches. It also surveys existing scholarship on Gibson’s work in an accessible way and provides an extensive bibliography to facilitate further study of William Gibson’s writing, influence, and place in the history of science fiction and in literature as a whole.


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Cyberpunk Culture and Psychology

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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 10 : 9781000424669
Pages : 180 pages
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Edging Into the Future

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ISBN 10 : 0812218043
Pages : 292 pages
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Publisher : Manchester University Press
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ISBN 10 : 9781526121363
Pages : 216 pages
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Cyberpunk and Visual Culture

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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 10 : 9781351665155
Pages : 300 pages
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Download Cyberpunk and Visual Culture PDF Full Free by Graham Murphy and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2017-10-24 with total page 300 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Within the expansive mediascape of the 1980s and 1990s, cyberpunk’s aesthetics took firm root, relying heavily on visual motifs for its near-future splendor saturated in media technologies, both real and fictitious. As today’s realities look increasingly like the futures forecast in science fiction, cyberpunk speaks to our contemporary moment and as a cultural formation dominates our 21st century techno-digital landscapes. The 15 essays gathered in this volume engage the social and cultural changes that define and address the visual language and aesthetic repertoire of cyberpunk – from cybernetic organisms to light, energy, and data flows, from video screens to cityscapes, from the vibrant energy of today’s video games to the visual hues of comic book panels, and more. Cyberpunk and Visual Culture provides critical analysis, close readings, and aesthetic interpretations of exactly those visual elements that define cyberpunk today, moving beyond the limitations of merely printed text to also focus on the meaningfulness of images, forms, and compositions that are the heart and lifeblood of cyberpunk graphic novels, films, television shows, and video games.


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ISBN 10 : 295325739X
Pages : 127 pages
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ISBN 10 : 9781538145081
Pages : 212 pages
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Understanding William Gibson

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ISBN 10 : 9781611176346
Pages : 168 pages
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Download Understanding William Gibson PDF Full Free by Gerald Alva Miller, Jr. and published by Univ of South Carolina Press. This book was released on 2016-02-28 with total page 168 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Gerald Alva Miller Jr.’s Understanding William Gibson is a thoughtful examination of the life and work of William Gibson, author of eleven novels and twenty short stories. Gibson is the recipient of many notable awards for science fiction writing including the Nebula, Hugo, and Philip K. Dick awards. Gibson’s iconic novel, Neuromancer, popularized the concept of cyberspace. With his early stories and his first trilogy of novels,Gibson became the father figure for a new genre of science fiction called “cyberpunk” that brought a gritty realism to its cerebral plots involving hackers and artificial intelligences. This study situates Gibson as a major figure in both science fiction history and contemporary American fiction, and it traces how his aesthetic affected both areas of literature. Miller follows a brief biographical sketch and a survey of the works that influenced him with an examination that divides Gibson’s body of work into early stories, his three major novel trilogies, and his standalone works. Miller does not confine his study to major works but instead also delves into Gibson’s obscure stories, published and unpublished screenplays, major essays, and collaborations with other authors. Miller’s exploration starts by connecting Gibson to the major countercultural movements that influenced him (the Beat Generation, the hippies, and the punk rock movement) while also placing him within the history of science fiction and examining how his early works reacted against contemporaneous trends in the genre. These early works also exhibit the development of his unique aesthetic that would influence science fiction and literature more generally. Next a lengthy chapter explicates his groundbreaking Sprawl Trilogy, which began with Neuromancer. Miller then traces Gibson’s aesthetic transformations across his two subsequent novel trilogies that increasingly eschew distant futures either to focus on our contemporary historical moment as a kind of science fiction itself or to imagine technological singularities that might lie just around the corner. These chapters detail how Gibson’s aesthetic has morphed along with social, cultural, and technological changes in the real world. The study also looks at such standalone works as his collaborative steampunk novel, his attempts at screenwriting, his major essays, and even his experimental hypertext poetry. The study concludes with a discussion of Gibson’s lasting influence and a brief examination of his most recent novel, The Peripheral, which signals yet another radical change in Gibson’s aesthetic.


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Disappearing Church

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Publisher : Moody Publishers
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ISBN 10 : 9780802493460
Pages : 176 pages
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Download Disappearing Church PDF Full Free by Mark Sayers and published by Moody Publishers. This book was released on 2016-01-19 with total page 176 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: When church and culture look the same... For the many Christians eager to prove we can be both holy and cool, cultural pressures are too much. We either compartmentalize our faith or drift from it altogether—into a world that’s so alluring. Have you wondered lately: Why does the Western church look so much like the world? Why are so many of my friends leaving the faith? How can we get back to our roots? Disappearing Church will help you sort through concerns like these, guiding you in a thoughtful, faithful, and hopeful response. Weaving together art, history, and theology, pastor and cultural observer Mark Sayers reminds us that real growth happens when the church embraces its countercultural witness, not when it blends in. It’s like Jesus said long ago, “If the salt loses its saltiness, it is no longer good for anything…”