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The Cultural Influences of William Gibson:  Critical and Interpretive Essays
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The Cultural Influences of William Gibson: Critical and Interpretive Essays

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Author: Carl B. Yoke
Carol L. Robinson
Publisher: Mellen Press, 2007
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Book Type: Non-Fiction
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Cyberpunk
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The Cultural Influences of William Gibson, the "Father" of Cyberpunk Science Fiction: Critical and Interpretive Essays

William Gibson (b 1948), since the publication of his first, award-winning novel, "Neuromancer" (1984), has been celebrated as a breath of fresh air in the realm of science fiction. This anthology of essays is an attempt to analyze Gibsons literary technique, his sustained critique of emerging technologies, and the way in which fiction writing in general is continually categorized and canonized in the Postmodern Age.

"Gibson has deserved this kind of concentrated attention for some time, and readers of The Cultural Influences of William Gibson will come away with a better understanding of how he has helped shape the concerns and style of modern science fiction." - Dr. Joe Sanders Professor Emeritus of English Lakeland Community College

"Overall, this collection forcibly argues that Gibson's work is focused, not on the dystopian futures that are frequently its settings, but on the anxieties and neuroses of the present - often represented through these fictitious futures as being the products of a society that has no real values and, more specifically, of the dehumanization that may result not only from a generally sick society but also from our individual and collective relationships to emerging technologies that are also very much with us already; thus, Gibson's fiction is presented here as being both cautionary and ironically conservative." - Dr. Donald Palumbo Professor of English East Carolina University


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