Bruce Sterling’s compilation of ↑what should be in every cyberpunk library is all very well, but have a look at ↑The Cyberpunk Reading List! Now I know what I am going to do the next 1001 nights. Just some examples for you to dig, like Victor Milan’s “The Cybernetic Samurai”: “After a limited nuclear exchange, scientists in Japan work to create the first artificial consciousness. Trained in the way of Bushido—the warrior code—it unifies Japan through its influence in an effort to stop WW4.” Plus its sequel “The Cybernetic Shogun”: “The offspring of the cybernetic samurai disagree about what role they should play in the world’s affairs following the fourth world war.” I mean, c’mon, get me those books! Or that one by Ronald Anthony Cross, “Prisoners of Paradise”: “The descendants of guests at a gigantic hotel carry on with their day to day survival in their universe of elevators and hallways. Meanwhile the hotel computer battles with its electronic head bell-boy for control of the guests’ destinies.” *plonk* And now for something completely different—in fact for loose ends coming together finally. I was waiting for that about thirty years. More or less. In the list there also are Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon” and Raymond Chandler’s “The Big Sleep” … And just in case you can’t find sleep, but are too tired to read, head over to SFAM’s ↑Working List of Cyberpunk Movies—complete with hyperlinks to his excellent reviews.
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