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Cyberfiction After the Future

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Yesterday’s Tomorrows

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Paul Youngquist
      Pages 3-29
    3. Paul Youngquist
      Pages 31-53
  3. Otherspace

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Paul Youngquist
      Pages 57-75
    3. Paul Youngquist
      Pages 77-103
    4. Paul Youngquist
      Pages 105-132
  4. Afterlives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Paul Youngquist
      Pages 135-157
    3. Paul Youngquist
      Pages 159-185
    4. Paul Youngquist
      Pages 187-226
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 227-253

About this book


Cyberfiction: After the Future explores a world where cybernetics sets the terms for life and culture - our world of ubiquitous info-tech, instantaneous capital flows, and immanent catastrophe. Economics fuses with technology to create a new kind of speculative fiction: cyberfiction. Paul Youngquist reveals the ways in which J. G. Ballard, Philip K. Dick, Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and William Gibson, among others, map a territory where information reigns supreme and the future is becoming a thing of the past.


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About the authors

PAUL YOUNGQUIST, Professor of English at Penn State, USA.

Bibliographic information


"Whereas science fiction asks What if? questions about technology and the human future, Youngquist asks What if? questions about the genre itself. What if the essential discourse of science fiction is less apparent than commonly supposed? What if, beyond their overt extrapolations, our most valuable SF authors have been concomitantly conducting Gedanken experiments designed to illuminate capitalism s discontents, the semiotics of eroticism, the limits of consensus reality, the mutability of the body, and the intricate web of power relationships that constitute postindustrial society? Youngquist s insightful and philosophically grounded answers will beguile students of Mary Shelley, Alfred Bester, J. G. Ballard, Philip K. Dick, Samuel R. Delany, William Gibson, Octavia Butler, and a dozen other supreme practitioners of speculative literature." - James Morrow, author of The Last Witchfinder and Shambling Towards Hiroshima