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Though published in the mid-nineties, Sterling’s compendium Schismatrix Plus includes the Schismatrix novel itself, along with several shorts and prose pieces that add to his Shaper/Mechanist universe, including Swarm, Spider Rose, Cicada Queen, Sunken Gardens and Twenty Evocations, all of which were written between 1982 to 1988, cementing them within the cyberpunk lexicon. Unlike the […]

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The year is sometime in the 1980’s, possibly mid fantasised 1990’s. The world remains pixelated, and you, my friend, are the newest Hypno Enforcer. Developed by Jay Tholen, creator of the acclaimed point-and-click adventure game Dropsy, the premise of Hypnospace Outlaw is a very intruiging one: ‘Police the internet of the future via an arcane […]

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I should’ve known what I was in for when I picked up Independent Investigators Inc.  I should’ve known after I read the title. I should’ve known after poring over the cover. I should’ve known after consuming the first sentence. And I should’ve known when I laid my tablet to rest.    Written by the beardly writer, […]

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We all know the text. We all know about William Gibson, the supposed Elvis of cyberpunk. But for those punkers who don’t, Neuromancer was an underground success, depicting the story of a burnt out hacker hired by a mysterious employer to pull off one last job. Debut novel for Gibson, and first part of his […]

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L0wl1f3 is the brainchild-zine of editor Steven J. Matos; an unsleeping punker born in what he calls, the bowels of New Jersey. It is a brand new zine, and something I was very excited for, especially as I came across the cover page illustrated by Edwin Urena; a pinky, neon-lit page reminiscent of the eighties, […]

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‘We are all chimeras, theorised and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are cyborgs.’ Donna Haraway, pp. 158 As the Automaton Sequence comes to an end, I wish to end on a bang; to write about one of my favourite texts (well, two of my favourite texts), writing about how the human […]

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For the past four weeks, I’ve taken you on an exciting robotic adventure. From defining what the robot is, to understanding the anxiety that comes from facing one’s creation. For my penultimate article in the series, I’ll be examining the role of robot as female; a small glimpse into how Fritz Lang understood technology through the […]

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And so here we are, the dreaded Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus week. For the purpose of this article, I am referring to Mary Shelley’s opus, and to a lesser extent Kenneth Branagh’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, as the two are closely linked, and my preferred interpretations of the Modern Prometheus. Frankenstein is the root of […]

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Moving on from last week, we’ll be delving deep into one of my favourite roboty texts, and analysing specific themes and motifs about the representation of the robot. I mentioned that I’d be using the Czech writer, Karel Čapek’s, use of the word; and, in essence, the term that I’ve derived from his works sums up […]

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