Cyberpunk as Cultural Formation

Authored by: Anna McFarlane , Graham J. Murphy , Lars Schmeink

The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815351931
eBook ISBN: 9781351139885
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Anna McFarlane, Graham J. Murphy, and Lars Schmeink argue in this brief introduction that cyberpunk as a cultural mode speaks specifically to our contemporary quotidian reality in myriad ways. Drawing on science fiction scholars including Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Fredric Jameson, and Thomas Foster, the editors show that the ideas popularized by core cyberpunk texts (including William Gibson’s Neuromancer, the Wachowskis’s The Matrix, and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner) are now everywhere in society, meaning that cyberpunk is usefully characterized as a ‘cultural formation’ or a ‘mode’ rather than a genre of science fiction. The editors explore the rationale for this concept, one that permeates the entire collection, and provide an introduction to the organization of The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture.

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