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Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

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The story's protagonist is a man named Rice, who works for a company that obtains natural resources and valuable artifacts from alternate timelines created in the past (whenever one engages in time travel, a new timeline forms, making it impossible to alter the original history).

Meanwhile, cyberpunk's ripples continue to spread, exciting some, challenging others—and outraging a few, whose pained remonstrances are not yet fully heard. Gibson actually makes me a little bit tired these days, but his vintage short fiction is still pretty execellent. There had been Paul Coen and Lizzie Heinz, both picked out of the SenTrax personnel files using a psychological profile cooked up by Aleph, both given EHIT implants by him, Charley Hughes. Oh, no, quite impossible, even with those twelve giant props; but they loved the look, don’t you see?Greenberg, editors of the short story collection The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century, felt that it was of sufficient merit to include it in the anthology, which contained only 13 short stories. As a tribute to 80s fashion, though revisited with a futuristic approach, The Matrix brings subcultural references by mixing goth clothing with the rivethead style. This movement was quickly recognized and given many labels: Radical Hard SF, the Outlaw Technologists, the Eighties Wave, the Neuromantics, the Mirrorshades Group. Mirrorshades—preferably in chrome and matte black, the Movement's totem colors — appeared in story after story, as a kind of literary badge.

The anthology includes stories by William Gibson (one also found in "Burning Chrome"), Tom Maddox, Pat Cadigan, Rudy Rucker, Marc Laidlaw, James Patrick Kelly, Greg Bear, Lewis Shiner, John Shirley, Paul Di Filippo, and two collaborations of Bruce Sterling's, one with William Gibson and one with Lewis Shiner. Due to the activities of the company (possibly global warming caused by their drilling for and use of fossil fuels), large portions of Florida have become submerged by the ocean. In the end, I let a machine mix me a really impossible cup of black coffee and climbed back into the Toyota for the haul to Los Angeles. In the preface of Mirrorshades, Sterling wrote that “by hiding the eyes, mirrorshades prevent the forces of normalcy from realizing that one is crazed and possibly dangerous. I don’t know River of Gods, but I’ll have to see if I can rustle up a copy, to place in my own Infinite Book Pile.A one-off with pure roots of rebellion--surely how Sterling wanted to cap the collection by putting the 'punk' in 'cyberpunk'.

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