Sterling/McCaffrey/Cadigan/Blake : Cyberpunk


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The big new theme in science fiction of the 1980s was cyberpunk -- stories that imagined the merging of the human and the cybernetic and explored the frontiers of virtual worlds. William Gibson and Bruce Sterling were the early stars of the movement, notably with Gibson's 1984 novel Neuromancer and Sterling's anthology Mirrorshades in 1986, containing stories first published from 1981 to 1985. The anthology defined cyberpunk's aesthetic and identified the key authors of the movement.

Larry McCaffrey's 1991 book spans both cyberpunk and postmodern fiction, and is less an anthology of stories than a sampling of fiction and nonfiction, with numerous excerpts from novels and only 11 complete stories, followed by interviews and essays taking more than half the book.

Sometime-cyberpunk author Pat Cadigan produced a retrospective of the movement looking back from 2002, reusing only one story from Sterling's book and including older stories, by Bester, Smith, Dick, and Tiptree, that prefigured cyberpunk's ideas. A feature is a portion of a previously unpublished graphic novel version of Gibson's seminal 1984 novel.

Victoria Blake's 2019 anthology (first announced in 2013) looks back at the movement from a world where "cyberpunk reality has largely come to be." Just four stories from the 1980s are followed by 16 others first published as late as 2012 (some by authors not usually associated with the movement, like Kim Stanley Robinson and James Patrick Kelly), to show how the movement developed since the end of the Cold War.

Most often reprinted authors: Lewis Shiner and Bruce Sterling (6 each), then William Gibson (5) and Pat Cadigan (4).

  • Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology, Bruce Sterling, ed. (Arbor House, 1986) [isfdb]
  • Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction, Larry McCaffery, ed. (Duke University Press, 1991)
  • The Ultimate Cyberpunk, Pat Cadigan, ed. (ibooks, 2002) [isfdb]
  • Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution, Victoria Blake, ed. (Underland Press, 2019) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Greg Bear
  • Blood Music (Analog Jun 1983) -- The Ultimate Cyberpunk
  • Fall of the House of Escher -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Petra (Omni Feb 1982) -- Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
  • Alfred Bester
  • Fondly Fahrenheit (F&SF Aug 1954) -- The Ultimate Cyberpunk
  • Pat Cadigan
  • Patterns (Omni Aug 1987) -- The Ultimate Cyberpunk
  • Rock On (Light Years and Dark, 1984) -- Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
          -- Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction
          -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Samuel R. Delany
  • Among the Blobs (New Moon ) -- Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction
  • Paul Di Filippo
  • Life in the Anthropocene -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Stone Lives (F&SF Aug 1985) -- Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
  • Philip K. Dick
  • We Can Remember It for You Wholesale (F&SF Apr 1966) -- The Ultimate Cyberpunk
  • Cory Doctorow
  • When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth (Jim Baen's Universe (online) Aug 2006) -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • William Gibson
  • Burning Chrome (Omni Jul 1982) -- The Ultimate Cyberpunk
  • Dogfight (by Michael Swanwick & WG) (Omni Jul 1985) -- The Ultimate Cyberpunk
  • The Gernsback Continuum (Universe 11, 1981) -- Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
  • Johnny Mnemonic (Omni May 1981) -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Red Star, Winter Orbit (by Bruce Sterling & WG) (Omni Jul 1983) -- Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
  • Rob Hardin
  • Fistic Hermaphrodites (Mississippi Review #47/48 1988) -- Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction
  • Microbes (Mississippi Review #47/48 1988) -- Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction
  • nerve terminals (Mississippi Review #47/48 1988) -- Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction
  • Harold Jaffe
  • Max Headroom (Madonna and Other Spectacles, 1988) -- Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction
  • Gwyneth Jones
  • Blue Clay Blues (Interzone Aug 1992) -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • James Patrick Kelly
  • Mr. Boy (IASFM Jun 1990) -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Solstice (IASFM Jun 1985) -- Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
  • Marc Laidlaw
  • 400 Boys (Omni Nov 1983) -- Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
  • Jonathan Lethem
  • Interview with the Crab -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Tom Maddox
  • Snake-Eyes (Omni Apr 1986) -- Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
  • David Marusek
  • Getting to Know You (Asimov's Mar 1998) -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Paul J. McAuley
  • Dr. Luther's Assistant (Interzone Feb 1993) -- The Ultimate Cyberpunk
  • Misha
  • Wire for Two Tims (Electrogenesis 1988) -- Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction
  • Wire Movement #9 (Factsheet Five 1988) -- Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction
  • Benjamin Parzybok
  • El Pepenador -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Cat Rambo
  • Memories of Moments, Bright as Falling Stars -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Down and Out in the Year 2000 (IASFM Apr 1986) -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Rudy Rucker
  • The 57th Franz Kafka (The Little Magazine v13 #3 1982) -- The Ultimate Cyberpunk
  • The Jack Kerouac Disembodied School of Poetics (New Blood Jul 1982) -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Tales of Houdini (Elsewhere, 1981) -- Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
  • Lewis Shiner
  • Mozart in Mirrorshades (by Bruce Sterling & LS) (Omni Sep 1985) -- Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
          -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Soldier, Sailor (Author's Choice Monthly #4 1990) -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Stoked (Re: Artes Liberales Spr/Fll 1988) -- Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction
  • Till Human Voices Wake Us (F&SF May 1984) -- Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
          -- The Ultimate Cyberpunk
  • John Shirley
  • Wolves of the Plateau (Mississippi Review #47/48 1988) -- Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction
          -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Cordwainer Smith
  • The Game of Rat and Dragon (Galaxy Oct 1955) -- The Ultimate Cyberpunk
  • Bruce Sterling
  • Green Days in Brunei (IASFM Oct 1985) -- The Ultimate Cyberpunk
  • Mozart in Mirrorshades (by BS & Lewis Shiner) (Omni Sep 1985) -- Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
          -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Red Star, Winter Orbit (by BS & William Gibson) (Omni Jul 1983) -- Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
  • Twenty Evocations (Interzone #7 1984) -- Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction
  • User-Centric (Asimov's Feb 2001) -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Michael Swanwick
  • Dogfight (by MS & William Gibson) (Omni Jul 1985) -- The Ultimate Cyberpunk
  • Mark Teppo
  • The Lost Technique of Blackmail -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • The Girl Who Was Plugged In (New Dimensions 3, 1973) -- The Ultimate Cyberpunk
  • Paul G. Tremblay
  • The Blog at the End of the World -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution
  • Daniel H. Wilson
  • The Nostalgist -- Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Revolution, and Evolution

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