cyberpunk reading list

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 … Continue reading

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toys

  The picture at the above left I found via my pal Vít Šisler’s ↑Videogames and politics (↵Šisler 2005). It reminded me of a drawing Hypher—a core-member of ‘my tribe’—did in August 2004, which I have put at the top right. Here’s the according quote from Vít’s article:  This shift of political struggle from mass media to computer games, which are still largely considered as a playground reserved for children or teenagers, is something that worries many. In 2002, Slovakian artistic group Kunst-fu released a picture showing a baby peacefully sleeping in a bed with a Hitler-like doll. The title … Continue reading

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counter existentialism

  Jon Griggs’ ↑Deviation definitely is a piece of ↵CS–↵machinima worthwhile to watch: The short film ‘Deviation’ was shot using an online game engine with the virtual actors and director never having met one another. Macintyre, an online-game character and member of a four-man counter-terrorist squad, attempts to break out of the cycle of futile violence that has been his sole existence. Dropped into the middle of a mission and faced with the prospect of climbing into an ambush at the end of a manhole tunnel, Macintyre strives to convince the other squad members that there is another way… via … Continue reading

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shadowrun: one night

  On 5 April 2006 ↑Erik Ralston has released a piece of amazing MP2-machinima: ↑“Shadowrun: One Night” [21:41min | .gvi | 199MB]. For an interesting discussion and more background information refer to the according thread at 3DR: ↑[MP2 Machinima] Shadowrun: One Night Released! Again the influence of cyberpunk upon gamemodding clearly has manifested itself.    … Continue reading

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red woman

  On Saturday I had Spaghetti al Tonno for a late dinner. Within ten minutes after having finished the plate the ache started. Don’t ask me about the night, as my intestines were well messed up. The whole Sunday I spent lying around, living on a diet consisting of rusk and quite healthy tea. Then in the evening, in the wake of a series of accidental coincidences, I learned of a movie-project, which seemed to perfectly match the state of my inner system. There is a cyberpunk-movie in the making, or planned, or whatever, here in Munich. Low-budget, B-picture, independent—I … Continue reading

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guy kewney

  That’s just wonderful: The BBC wanted to interview IT journalist ↑Guy Kewney live on air for BBC News 24. When the scheduled interview was close, a producer went to the reception of Television Centre and called out: “Guy Kewney!” One man raised his hands and was immediately deported to the studio where “BBC consumer affairs correspondent” Karen Bowerman started to interview him on the verdict in the legal battle between the Beatles’ Apple Corps and Apple Computer. The man was a cab driver who had waited for his fare at the reception, and maybe raised his hand because he … Continue reading

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cyberpunk china

↑2R has returned from China and among other things brought along beautiful photographies of which he has put a ↑first set online. Partly noir, partly cyberpunk, partly both, all China. Lots of neon, menacing nighttime indoors and outdoors architecture, artefacts’ details, living urban night without people … go and see yourself. … Continue reading

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… and hollywood will listen

  Actually I won’t talk—I already did so on 02 May 2006, high noon, right on Munich’s Marienplatz. Our students invited me to do so, thank you for the faith in me. But allow me to start at the beginning of the whole story. There are some ‘structural problems’ at German universities. This problems hit all disciplines, but disciplines like sociocultural anthropology in particular. The core problems are too less money and, even more important, way too less academic personnel, plus this problems’ secondary symptoms. At ↑my institute there currently are only four professors and two rough equivalents to assistant … Continue reading

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presence and absence

  ↑Anthronaut delightedly used that old vernacular in telling me that he nearly shat his pants when he read ↵when hell is full for the first time. That was exactly the anticipated effect, my intention as author. ↑KerLeone was delighted by the story as well and even ↑linked to it from his weblog—an honest thanks for that, it’s an honour to get a link from such a widely read blog like ↑mosaikum. But KerLeone’s blog-entry on my story is kind of a spoiler—at least within the German-speaking world. “Kind” of a spoiler because it doesn’t reveal information from within the … Continue reading

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