Cyberfiction: After the Future

Hardcover | March 15, 2010

byPaul Youngquist

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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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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. Balla...

Paul Youngquist is Professor of English at the University of Colorado.  He is the author of Madness and Blake’s Myth, Monstrosities: Bodies and British Romanticism, as well as essays ranging from romantic to post-modern culture.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:March 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230621511

ISBN - 13:9780230621510

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Table of Contents

A Preface to Apocalypse * PART I: Yesterday's Tomorrow * Fictions of Science * Speculative Futures * Cyberfiction * PART II: Other Space * Crash Body * Score, Scan, Schiz * Queer Science * Space Machine * PART III: Afterlife * Interstellar Low Ways * We Can Breed You * Stealth

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“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