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  • impynickers 7:06 am on April 12, 2012 Permalink
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    @unmanneddron Keeping things less obvious eh? Ill see if I can follow suit.

    Games:
    Snatcher.
    I have no mouth, but I must Scream.
    Neuromancer…. the game. (Maybe a little obvious, for people who know about it)
    GAH! SYzSTERM SHARK! *tazered and sedated*

    Movies:
    The Lawnmower Man (for some major lols)
    Twelve Monkeys.
    Hackers (A little less futuristic, sure, but zany and speculative all the way)

    Music:
    Hackers: The soundtrack (Orbital, Underworld, The Prodigy, Leftfield… etc.)
    Deltron 3030’s concept album ‘Deltron 3030’ is a spectacular dystopian hip hop groove. Recommended.
    The Future Sound of London, specifically ‘Papua New Guinea’.
    (Looks like I know some songs that wont be on future squad mixes… darn… soak it up folks)

    Books:
    Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
    The Ware Trilogy(Software, Wetware, Freeware) by Rudy Rucker.
    Some Dickian Huxleyan Orwellian Gibsian Stephensian etc. etc.

    Art:
    ooooh… that toxic freakout is.. out there … and I love it.
    I don’t know many artists to cite save for HR. Geiger …. his works creep me out a bit.

     
  • unmanneddrone 4:18 am on April 12, 2012 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo My reading practices have drastically reduced over the last couple of years for the usual familial and work reasons. Frenzetta has taken far too long to get through, but that’s just the state of affairs. I weep quietly.

    Gonna go ahead and throw down my speculative fiction/cyberpunk shortlist, which won’t include the obvious choices – for interest’s sake. Will list three titles per medium.

    Games:

    • Dreamweb
    • Uplink
    • Chaos Overlords

    Cinema:

    • eXistenZ
    • One Point 0 (released in the US as Paranoia 1.0)
    • La jetée

    Books:

    • Schismatrix – Bruce Sterling
    • Vurt – Jeff Noon
    • When Gravity Fails – George Alec Effinger

    Art:

    Music:

    • Gridlock – Trace
    • Autechre – Incunabula
    • Richard Devine – Asect:Dsect

    Honourable mentions: Charlie Jade (TV series), Harsh Realm (TV series, axed after 8 episodes), Judge Dredd (comic series).

     
  • unmanneddrone 1:44 pm on April 11, 2012 Permalink
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    @impynickers A great post, and always glad to know you’re on call! The most recent Gibson I read was Spook Country, a very restrained book comparatively speaking. For me, it evoked the axed but interesting AMC series Rubicon. A slow burn, but rewarding. But yes, get on that Burning Chrome short story compendium! Outside of Red Star, Winter Orbit, I loved The Gernsback Continuum…but as these are such tight morsels, I shall say no more.

    I’m actually quite intrigued to read Idoru again, just to contrast where we are now with manufactured celebrity and what Gibson saw back in ’96…right on the cusp of the Asian Financial Crisis. Would love to see him go back and experiment with his roots, just to see what he’d play with socially and culturally – whether we’d see Japan still as this hyper-stylised future-berg of neon, overestimated multiculturalism and fibre optics, or if Silicon Valley, South Korea, China or India would play as bigger part as ol’ Nippon did.

    Just to anchor this, how about a shortlist or primer clutch of cyberpunk across the different mediums for us to share? It’d be interesting to read what folks would put as defining or crucially pivotal in speculative fiction appreciation and ‘literacy’, as it were.

     
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