independent mods festival

The motto of the ↑9th Annual Independent Games Festival—which will take place 06-09 March 2007 in San Francisco, California—reads: “Rewarding innovation in independent games.” Quite naturally there is a mod competition as well. Forget the Oscars and hold your breath: Among the ↑35 top-quality entries you will find two Max-Payne-2 mods! The world doesn’t entirely consist of “Doom 3”, “Half-Life 2”, and multiplayer-galore at large—just to those who won’t listen to me. Ladies and Gentlemen, here they are [in alphabetical order]:    ↑7th Serpent: Crossfire is the opening chapter of the ↑7th Serpent series. The game pits you as a … Continue reading

Share

barlowian insights

  The notion of ‘Barlowian cyberspace’ is no news, I know, but nevertheless worthwhile to clarify. ↑Jakub Macek summed it up nicely:  The term cyberspace was coined by the American writer ↑William Gibson at the beginning of the 1980s [mind how careful Jakub is with the dating—he doesn’t attribute the first appearance of the word in print to “Neuromancer” (↵Gibson 1984) as so many do. Actually, to my knowledge the word first appeared in “Burning Chrome” (↵Gibson 1987 [1982])]. Gibson described it as a shared data hallucination visualized as an imaginary space made up of computer processed data, accessible to … Continue reading

Share

neologic spasm

  ↑William Gibson‘s comment on academia’s appropriation of the word “cyberspace”:  Just a chance operator in the gasoline crack of history …    Assembled word cyberspace from small and readily available components of language. Neologic spasm: the primal act of pop poetics. Preceded any concept whatever. Slick and hollow—awaiting received meaning    All I did: folded words as taught. Now other words accrete in the interstices.    “Gentlemen, that is not now nor will it ever be my concern …”    Not what i do.    I work the angle of transit. Vectors of neon plaza, licensed consumers, acts primal … Continue reading

Share

feedback

sf affecting rl    Concept art for ↑“Blade Runner“ by ↑Syd Mead, ↑visual futurist. There is a thread at ↑williamgibsonboard collecting ↑links to images, sounds, or texts related to or evocative of William Gibson’s work. ↑RUR posted the above picture, accompanied by a snippet from an interview ↑Lance Loud (1951-2001) made with ↑Gibson because of “Blade Runner”‘s tenth anniversary [published in “Details” magazine, issue from October 1992]:  About ten minutes into Blade Runner, I reeled out of the theater in complete despair over its visual brilliance and its similarity to the “look” of Neuromancer [↵Gibson 1984], my [then] largely unwritten … Continue reading

Share

zeiss ikon eyes

A discussion-thread at ↑williamgibsonboard, broaching the issue of the ↑actual looks of synthetical eyes within ↑Gibson‘s ↑sprawl trilogy inspired the man himself to write a blog-entry on ↑Molly’s mirrorshades and Zeiss-Ikon eyes. The entry is particularly interesting in respect to precision of description and “the hyperspecificity of the cyberpunk style”. Then Gibson finally comes to the “Zeiss-Ikon eyes”: With the “Zeiss-Ikon eyes”, from “Burning Chrome” [↵Gibson 1987 [1982]], which some readers evidently invision as (gack) German camera lenses, there was a “really”. I assumed they were vat-grown, genetically optically perfect organs, perhaps further tweaked to maximize them as, in effect, … Continue reading

Share

beyond cyberpunk

a do-it-yourself guide to the future    Brooks Landon’s 1993 article ↑Hypertext and science fiction, a review of Branwyn, Sugarman, et al.’s 1991 HyperCard classic ↑“Beyond Cyberpunk! A Do-It-Yourself Guide to the Future” [ah yes, it’s available on the Web meanwhile] starts with a gorgeous rant I just have to quote almost in full:  Better add “hypertext” either to the list of words you’ve already heard waaaay too many times or to the list you know you’ll be hearing waaaay too many times in years to come. You know the list; top-heavy with “de-” and “post-” prefixes, it has recently … Continue reading

Share

idoru going anime

  Simon from ↑CyberpunkCafe posted a ↑news item in the meatspace about this. ↑Now Playing Magazine is reporting that ↑William Gibson’s novel, Idoru [↵Gibson 1996], is going to be coming to anime. ↑Alex Steyermark, a relative unknown has been given the reigns. Apparently, there was some discussion of turning this into a live-action movie but it was cost-prohibitive. ↑Read more at cyberpunkreview. via entry at cyberpunkreview … Continue reading

Share

lem

  Last monday, 27 March 2006, world renowned science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem died at age 84 in Krakow, his home city. When I was a teenager, every day right after school I stalked the book joint at the station just before catching the train home. Either I bought a science fiction paperback, when I had money, or I eagerly leafed through them as long as time would permit. Strange thing to me was that apparently nobody grown-up I knew thought about science fiction in positive terms, quite to the contrary. The teachers in school, who, among other things, were … Continue reading

Share