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    struggle with distinguishing the notion that Slipstream is a genre. It has marinated into society as a genre that consists of many elements that are combined to create stories that allow readers to feel uncomfortable. In his essay, “Slipstream,” Bruce Sterling debates that Slipstream “is the kind of writing that makes you feel strange” (3). I interpret Norman Spinrad’s perspective on Slipstream to be that Slipstream has arrived as a genre that informs readers’ how to feel as opposed to readers’ doing

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    Dark Images of Cyberpunk

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    societies, science fiction progressed to include a future quite different from the present. Visions of flying ships, lasers, and travels to far off space colonies inundated these works. However, one subset of authors, such as William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and Lewis Shiner, molded an entirely different genre of science fiction, placing more emphasis on the darker future of life on Earth. This work, later labeled "cyberpunk," brought with it a very bleak view of future societies and culture. The

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    Cyberpunk Definitional Paper

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    be recognized as cyberpunk, the genre can be easily defined by the aspects set forth in his novel. Neuromancer was clearly sci-fi, but it included many points that typical sci-fi had never dealt with: this is what cyberpunk can be defined by. Bruce sterling said in the preface to his anthology Mirrorshades "it's possible to make broad statements about cyberpunk and to establish its identifying traits"(ix), and all of them are exemplified in Neuromancer. One of the most distinctive features of

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    In Bruce Sterling’s “We See Things Differently” contains many images of stereotypes, some that are formed due to lack of knowledge of the other sexuality and gender. For example, the image of the American women throughout the story is portrayed as sluts. As well as the Muslim women that being portrayed to be in bondage. These are just one of the many examples of stereotypes throughout the story. Through this imagery and language the story “We See Things Differently” is critical of stereotypes throughout

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    Hacker Crackdown

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    The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier by Bruce Sterling is a book that focuses on the events that occurred on and led up to the AT&T long-distance telephone switching system crashing on January 15, 1990. Not only was this event rare and unheard of it took place in a time when few people knew what was exactly going on and how to fix the problem. There were a lot of controversies about the events that led up to this event and the events that followed because not only did

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    Identity in William Gibson’s Neuromancer

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    “cyberpunk” genre as argued by Bruce Sterling was born out of the 1980's and was due in part to the rapid decentralization of technology.  With the influx of computers, the internet, and virtual reality into the everyday household came technological discoveries that affected the individual.  Certain themes that are central to “cyberpunk” involve implanted circuitry, cosmetic surgery, and mind invasions such as brain computer interfaces and artificial intelligence. (Sterling 346) With these issues in mind

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    would rather do what's popular instead of what's right because they cannot stand the fact of that someone might be talking behind their backs if they don't; they would much rather fit into society. However, Pat Cadigan's "Pretty Boy Crossover" and Bruce Sterling's "Flowers of Edo" both portray protagonists that defeat the odds and decide to live in an actual reality where they choose to maintain their values and decide to do what's moral, despite society's strong influence and pressure. "Pretty Boy

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    thing, uses extrapolation as a foundation for its stories. Extrapolation, predicting or tracing a path of continuation for an idea or event, is also used in cyberpunk. Cyberpunk is known for its use of extrapolation in the fabric of daily life. (Sterling 348) It takes common science fiction themes, such as body and mind manipulation, and events of daily life and describes them with intensely dizzying detail. Neuromancer by William Gibson is a perfect example of cyberpunk writing because it uses this

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    Sex and Gender

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    such as Stassinopoulos claimed that women's unique perspective and talents must be valued, intentionally emphasizing the differences between men and women. A third type of feminism, post-modernism, is represented in Sexing the Body by Anne Fausto-Sterling. Post-modern feminism questions the very origins of gender, sexuality, and bodies. According to post-modernism, the emphasis or de-emphasis of difference by cultural and liberal feminists is meaningless, because the difference itself and the categories

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    that happen to bump into them? One of the drawing features of the young Internet was its freedom. It’s "...a rare example of a true, modern, functional anarchy...there are no official censors, no bosses, no board of directors, no stockholders" (Sterling). It’s an open forum where anyone can say anything, and the only thing holding them back is their own conscience. This lawless atmosphere bothered many people, including Nebraska Senator James Exon. Exon proposed in July, 1994 that an amendment

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