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‘I can buy you, grow you, sell you, cut you into bits. Your screams: my music’; A Review of Bruce Sterling’s Schismatrix

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...

‘What could be a more genuine case than a murder investigation?’: A Review of Independent Investigators Inc.

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 co...

‘A grin full of metal’: A Review of L0wl1f3 no. 1

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...

The Automaton Sequence: 2.0: ‘Go, Adam, go, Eve. The world is yours’; Rebellion of the Robot People

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 usi...

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‘Style over Substance’: A Review on Machete Girl 8.4

According to Tor.com, it’s cyberpunk week, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a review of the latest issue of cyberpunk anthology Machete Girl. For those not in the know, Machete...

David Bowie – 1.0utside

CASE FILE – 1.0utside We all know by now that David Bowie has died. One could say he had predicted his own future cult status with his final work Blackstar, or perhaps he crafted that future, kn...

Stefan Poiss and Markus Hadwiger, the men behind mind.in.a.box

mind.in.a.box: Robotic Voices, Human Emotions

Futurepop has been an amazing music genre to create sci-fi atmospheres. As an outgrowth of electronic body music (EBM), which was very popular in the 80’s, futurepop had its peak mostly in the 9...

Upgraded: The Cyborg Anthology cover

UPGRADED: The Cyborg Anthology

While cybernetic enhancements or implants are archetypal of, but not limited to, the cyberpunk genre, Upgraded: The Cyborg Anthology as an entire book prioritises the human voice as the characters exp...

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Get Up-To-Date With The Deus Ex Franchise

With news about the new Deus Ex: Universe starting to pick up and the original Deus Ex: Human Revolution team at Eidos-Montreal now working on the next game, it seems a good time to get everyone up-to...