Snow Crash

Snow Crash
Author: Neal Stephenson
Publsiher: Spectra
Total Pages: 482
Release: 2003-08-26
ISBN: 0553898191
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Snow Crash Book Excerpt:

The “brilliantly realized” (The New York Times Book Review) breakthrough novel from visionary author Neal Stephenson, a modern classic that predicted the metaverse and inspired generations of Silicon Valley innovators Hiro lives in a Los Angeles where franchises line the freeway as far as the eye can see. The only relief from the sea of logos is within the autonomous city-states, where law-abiding citizens don’t dare leave their mansions. Hiro delivers pizza to the mansions for a living, defending his pies from marauders when necessary with a matched set of samurai swords. His home is a shared 20 X 30 U-Stor-It. He spends most of his time goggled in to the Metaverse, where his avatar is legendary. But in the club known as The Black Sun, his fellow hackers are being felled by a weird new drug called Snow Crash that reduces them to nothing more than a jittering cloud of bad digital karma (and IRL, a vegetative state). Investigating the Infocalypse leads Hiro all the way back to the beginning of language itself, with roots in an ancient Sumerian priesthood. He’ll be joined by Y.T., a fearless teenaged skateboard courier. Together, they must race to stop a shadowy virtual villain hell-bent on world domination.

The Self Wired

The Self Wired
Author: Lisa Yaszek
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2013-12-16
ISBN: 1136716165
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Self Wired Book Excerpt:

First Published in 2002. Advanced technologies challenge conventional understandings of the human subject by transforming the body into a conduit between external forces and the internal psyche. This title discusses the intense controversy about how to best understand and represent human subjectivity in a technology-intensive era. Yaszek provides an overview by linking specific modes of identity and agency to engagement with specific manifestations of technology itself.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Author: Gary Westfahl
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 520
Release: 2005
ISBN: 9780313329531
Category: Fantasy fiction, American
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Excerpt:

A comprehensive three-volume reference work offers six hundred entries, with the first two volumes covering themes and the third volume exploring two hundred classic works in literature, television, and film.

The Shape of the Signifier

The Shape of the Signifier
Author: Walter Benn Michaels
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2013-10-31
ISBN: 1400849594
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Shape of the Signifier Book Excerpt:

The Shape of the Signifier is a critique of recent theory--primarily literary but also cultural and political. Bringing together previously unconnected strands of Michaels's thought--from "Against Theory" to Our America--it anatomizes what's fundamentally at stake when we think of literature in terms of the experience of the reader rather than the intention of the author, and when we substitute the question of who people are for the question of what they believe. With signature virtuosity, Michaels shows how the replacement of ideological difference (we believe different things) with identitarian difference (we speak different languages, we have different bodies and different histories) organizes the thinking of writers from Richard Rorty to Octavia Butler to Samuel Huntington to Kathy Acker. He then examines how this shift produces the narrative logic of texts ranging from Toni Morrison's Beloved to Michael Hardt and Toni Negri's Empire. As with everything Michaels writes, The Shape of the Signifier is sure to leave controversy and debate in its wake.

Reading Matters

Reading Matters
Author: Joseph Tabbi,Michael Wutz
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2018-05-31
ISBN: 1501717650
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reading Matters Book Excerpt:

The convergence of twentieth-century narrative and technology is one of the most important developments in current literary study. A decade after the founding of the Society for Literature and Science and the appearance of such influential books as Kathleen Woodward's Culture of Information and William Paulson's The Noise of Culture, Joseph Tabbi and Michael Wutz have edited a landmark volume to summarize this still-emerging field. Twelve original essays and the editors' introductory overview show how these theoretical concerns can contribute to the practical study of narrative. Reading Matters covers the range of contemporary literature, from the canonical novels of high modernism and postmodernism through subjects new to the academic agenda, such as cyberpunk and hypertext fiction. In an age that has proclaimed the death of the novel many times over, the contributors argue persuasively for the continued vitality of literary narrative. By responding in ingenious ways to the capabilities of other media, they assert, the novel has enlarged and redefined its territory of representation and its range of techniques and play, while maintaining its viability in the new media assemblage.

The Future of Identity in the Information Society

The Future of Identity in the Information Society
Author: Simone Fischer-Hübner,Penny Duquenoy,Albin Zuccato,Leonardo Martucci
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 461
Release: 2010-08-25
ISBN: 0387790268
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Future of Identity in the Information Society Book Excerpt:

The increasing diversity of Infonnation Communication Technologies and their equally diverse range of uses in personal, professional and official capacities raise challenging questions of identity in a variety of contexts. Each communication exchange contains an identifier which may, or may not, be intended by the parties involved. What constitutes an identity, how do new technologies affect identity, how do we manage identities in a globally networked infonnation society? th th From the 6 to the 10 August 2007, IFIP (International Federation for Infonnation Processing) working groups 9. 2 (Social Accountability), 9. 6/11. 7 (IT rd Misuse and the Law) and 11. 6 (Identity Management) hold their 3 Intemational Summer School on "The Future of Identity in the Infonnation Society" in cooperation with the EU Network of Excellence FIDIS at Karlstad University. The Summer School addressed the theme of Identity Management in relation to current and future technologies in a variety of contexts. The aim of the IFIP summer schools has been to introduce participants to the social implications of Infonnation Technology through the process of infonned discussion. Following the holistic approach advocated by the involved IFIP working groups, a diverse group of participants ranging from young doctoral students to leading researchers in the field were encouraged to engage in discussion, dialogue and debate in an infonnal and supportive setting. The interdisciplinary, and intemational, emphasis of the Summer School allowed for a broader understanding of the issues in the technical and social spheres.

Technophobia

Technophobia
Author: Daniel Dinello
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 342
Release: 2005
ISBN: 0292709862
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Technophobia Book Excerpt:

Dinello examines the conflict between the techno-utopia promised by real world scientists and the techno-dystopia predicted by science fiction. The book summarises the current state of each technology, while presenting corresponding reactions in science fiction.

After the Orgy

After the Orgy
Author: Dominic Pettman
Publsiher: State University of New York Press
Total Pages: 221
Release: 2012-02-01
ISBN: 0791488497
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

After the Orgy Book Excerpt:

Explores the post-Enlightenment obsession with apocalyptic endings.

The Future Imaginary in Indigenous North American Arts and Literatures

The Future Imaginary in Indigenous North American Arts and Literatures
Author: Kristina Baudemann
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2021-12-31
ISBN: 1000529894
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Future Imaginary in Indigenous North American Arts and Literatures Book Excerpt:

This book examines the future in Indigenous North American speculative literature and digital arts. Asking how different Indigenous works imagine the future and how they negotiate settler colonial visions of what is to come, the chapters illustrate that the future is not an immutable entity but a malleable textual/digital product that can function as both a colonial tool and a catalyst for decolonization. Central to this study is the development of a methodology that helps unearth the signifying structures producing the future in selected works by Darcie Little Badger, Gerald Vizenor, Stephen Graham Jones, Skawennati, Danis Goulet, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Postcommodity, Kite, Jeff Barnaby, and Ryan Singer. Drawing on Jason Lewis’s "future imaginary" as the theoretical core, the book describes the various forms of textual representation and virtual simulation through which notions of Indigenous continuation are expressed in literary and new media works. Arguing that Indigenous authors and artists apply the aesthetics of the future as a strategy in their works, the volume conceptualizes its multimedia corpus as a continuously growing archive of, and for, Indigenous futures.

Cyberculture Cyborgs and Science Fiction

Cyberculture  Cyborgs and Science Fiction
Author: William S. Haney
Publsiher: Rodopi
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2006
ISBN: 9042019484
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cyberculture Cyborgs and Science Fiction Book Excerpt:

Addressing a key issue related to human nature, this book argues that the first-person experience of pure consciousness may soon be under threat from posthuman biotechnology. In exploiting the mind's capacity for instrumental behavior, posthumanists seek to extend human experience by physically projecting the mind outward through the continuity of thought and the material world, as through telepresence and other forms of prosthetic enhancements. Posthumanism envisions a biology/machine symbiosis that will promote this extension, arguably at the expense of the natural tendency of the mind to move toward pure consciousness. As each chapter of this book contends, by forcibly overextending and thus jeopardizing the neurophysiology of consciousness, the posthuman condition could in the long term undermine human nature, defined as the effortless capacity for transcending the mind's conceptual content.Presented here for the first time, the essential argument of this book is more than a warning; it gives a direction: far better to practice patience and develop pure consciousness and evolve into a higher human being than to fall prey to the Faustian temptations of biotechnological power. As argued throughout the book, each person must choose for him or herself between the technological extension of physical experience through mind, body and world on the one hand, and the natural powers of human consciousness on the other as a means to realize their ultimate vision.

From Microverse to Metaverse

From Microverse to Metaverse
Author: Leighton Evans,Jordan Frith,Michael Saker
Publsiher: Emerald Group Publishing
Total Pages: 129
Release: 2022-10-12
ISBN: 1804550213
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Microverse to Metaverse Book Excerpt:

From Microverse to Metaverse: Modelling the Future through Today's Virtual Worlds analyzes the political economy of emerging tech with the mechanisms of identity and behavioral constraints involved to map what a metaverse might be like, whether it can happen, and just why some companies seem so determined to make it happen.

Black and Brown Planets

Black and Brown Planets
Author: Isiah Lavender III
Publsiher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-09-25
ISBN: 1626743061
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black and Brown Planets Book Excerpt:

Black and Brown Planets embarks on a timely exploration of the American obsession with color in its look at the sometimes contrary intersections of politics and race in science fiction. The contributors, including De Witt D. Kilgore, Edward James, Lisa Yaszek, and Marleen S. Barr, among others, explore science fiction worlds of possibility (literature, television, and film), lifting blacks, Latin Americans, and indigenous peoples out from the background of this historically white genre. This collection considers the role of race and ethnicity in our visions of the future. The first section emphasizes the political elements of black identity portrayed in science fiction from black America to the vast reaches of interstellar space framed by racial history. In the next section, analysis of indigenous science fiction addresses the effects of colonization, helps discard the emotional and psychological baggage carried from its impact, and recovers ancestral traditions in order to adapt in a post-Native-apocalyptic world. Likewise, this section explores the affinity between science fiction and subjectivity in Latin American cultures from the role of science and industrialization to the effects of being in and moving between two cultures. By infusing more color in this otherwise monochrome genre, Black and Brown Planets imagines alternate racial galaxies with viable political futures in which people of color determine human destiny.

Approaches to World Literature

Approaches to World Literature
Author: Joachim Küpper
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2013-12-20
ISBN: 3050064951
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Approaches to World Literature Book Excerpt:

The present volume introduces new considerations on the topic of “World Literature”, penned by leading representatives of the discipline from the United States, India, Japan, the Middle East, England, France and Germany. The essays revolve around the question of what, specifically in today's rapidly globalizing world, may be the productive implications of the concept of World Literature, which was first developed in the 18th century and then elaborated on by Goethe. The discussions include problems such as different script systems with varying literary functions, as well as questions addressing the relationship between ethnic self-description and cultural belonging. The contributions result from a conference that took place at the Dahlem Humanities Center, Freie Universität Berlin, in 2012.

Mosaic of Juxtaposition

Mosaic of Juxtaposition
Author: Micheal Sean Bolton
Publsiher: Rodopi
Total Pages: 199
Release: 2014-05-20
ISBN: 9401210918
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mosaic of Juxtaposition Book Excerpt:

William S. Burroughs’ experimental narratives, from the 1959 publication of Naked Lunch through the late trilogy of the 1980s, have provided readers with intriguing challenges and, for some, disheartening frustrations. Yet, these novels continue to generate new interest and inspire new insights among an increasing and evolving readership. This book addresses the unique characteristics of Burroughs’ narrative style in order to discover strategies for engaging and navigating these demanding novels. Bolton advises, “Burroughs’ subversive themes and randomizing techniques do not amount to unmitigated attacks on conventions, as many critics suggest, but constitute part of a careful strategy for effecting transformations in his readers”. Utilizing various poststructuralist theories, as well as recent theories in electronic literature and posthumanism, Mosaic of Juxtaposition examines the various strategies that Burroughs employs to challenge assumptions about textual interpretation and to redefine the relationship between reader and text.

Frontiers of Cyberspace

Frontiers of Cyberspace
Author: Daniel Riha
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 330
Release: 2012-11
ISBN: 9401208581
Category: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Frontiers of Cyberspace Book Excerpt:

The content of this volume reflects theoretical and practical discussions on cultural issues influenced by increased adoption of information and communication technologies. The penetration of new forms of communication, such as online social networking, i

Virtual Geographies

Virtual Geographies
Author: Sabine Heuser
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 299
Release: 2016-08-09
ISBN: 9004334378
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Virtual Geographies Book Excerpt:

Virtual Geographies is the first detailed study to offer a working definition of cyberpunk within the postmodern force field. Cyberpunk emerges as a new generic cluster within science fiction, one that has spawned many offspring in such domains as film, music, and feminism. Its central features are its adherence to a version of virtual space and a deconstructivist, punk attitude towards (high) culture, modernity, the human body and technology, from computers to prosthetics.The main proponents of cyberpunk are analyzed in depth along with the virtual landscapes they have created - William Gibson’s Cyberspace, Pat Cadigan’s Mindscapes and Neal Stephenson’s Metaverse. Virtual reality is examined closely in all its aspects, from the characteristic narrative constructions employed to the esthetic implications of the ‘virtual sublime’ and its postmodern potential as a discursive mode.With its interdisciplinary approach Virtual Geographies opens up fresh perspectives for scholars interested in the interaction between popular culture and mainstream literature. At the same time, the science fiction fan will be taken beyond the conventional boundaries of the genre into such revitalizing domains as postmodern architecture and literature, and into cutting-edge aspects of science and social thought.

Tomorrow through the Past

Tomorrow through the Past
Author: Jon Lewis
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 167
Release: 2008-12-18
ISBN: 1443802700
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tomorrow through the Past Book Excerpt:

Tomorrow Through the Past: Neal Stephenson and the Project of Global Modernization is the first collection of scholarly essays dedicated exclusively to this important voice in contemporary American fiction. The collection grew from five essays originally presented at the 2006 XXth Century Literature Conference at the University of Louisville, and the contributors are made up of graduate students, independent scholars, and university professors who hope the collection will aid general readers as well as instructors teaching Stephenson and professionals building the critical response to his work. Reading through the lenses of history and linguistic, cultural, and science fiction studies, the essays in the collection examine each of Stephenson’s novels from The Big U to The Baroque Cycle as well as his long non-fiction work on computer operating systems, In the Beginning … Was the Command Line. Included in this collection is a new interview conducted with Stephenson during the summer of 2006.

Contemporary Futurist Thought

Contemporary Futurist Thought
Author: Thomas Lombardo
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 476
Release: 2006-06-23
ISBN: 1467805955
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contemporary Futurist Thought Book Excerpt:

Contemporary Futurist Thought describes recent thinking about the future, dealing with both the hopes and the fears expressed in modern times concerning what potentially lies ahead. There are many such hopes and fears perhaps an overpowering number, competing with each other and swirling about in the collective mind of humanity. Psychologist and futurist Tom Lombardo describes this mental universe of inspiring dreams and threatening premonitions regarding the future. The book begins with an in-depth examination of the highly influential literary genre of science fiction, which Dr. Lombardo identifies as the mythology of the future. He next describes the modern academic discipline of future studies which attempts to apply scientific methods and principles to an understanding of the future. Social and technological trends in the twentieth century are then reviewed, setting the stage for an analysis of the great contemporary transformation occurring in our present world. Given the powerful and pervasive changes taking place across the globe and throughout all aspects of human life, the questions arise: Where are we potentially heading and, perhaps more importantly, where should we be heading? The final chapter provides an extensive review of different answers to these questions. Describing theories and approaches that highlight science, technology, culture, human psychology, and religion, among other areas of focus, as well as integrative views which attempt to provide big pictures of all aspects of human life, the book provides a rich and broad overview of contemporary ideas and visions about the future. In the conclusion, Dr. Lombardo assesses and synthesizes these myriad perspectives, proposing a set of key ideas central to understanding the future. This book completes the study of future consciousness begun in its companion volume, The Evolution of Future Consciousness. These two volumes, rich in historical detail and concise observations on the interrelatedness of a wide range of interdisciplinary topics, are a significant contribution to the field of future studies and a valuable resource for educators, consultants, and anyone wishing to explore the significance of thinking about the future.

Navigating Cybercultures

Navigating Cybercultures
Author: Nicholas van Orden
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2019-01-04
ISBN: 1848881630
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Navigating Cybercultures Book Excerpt:

The papers collected here address the questions about posthumanism, hybridity, humanity, subjectivity, and aesthetics that echo through all of our daily attempts to navigate our rapidly shifting cybercultures.

The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture

The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture
Author: Anna McFarlane,Lars Schmeink,Graham Murphy
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 454
Release: 2019-11-28
ISBN: 135113986X
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture Book Excerpt:

In this companion, an international range of contributors examine the cultural formation of cyberpunk from micro-level analyses of example texts to macro-level debates of movements, providing readers with snapshots of cyberpunk culture and also cyberpunk as culture. With technology seamlessly integrated into our lives and our selves, and social systems veering towards globalization and corporatization, cyberpunk has become a ubiquitous cultural formation that dominates our twenty-first century techno-digital landscapes. The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture traces cyberpunk through its historical developments as a literary science fiction form to its spread into other media such as comics, film, television, and video games. Moreover, seeing cyberpunk as a general cultural practice, the Companion provides insights into photography, music, fashion, and activism. Cyberpunk, as the chapters presented here argue, is integrated with other critical theoretical tenets of our times, such as posthumanism, the Anthropocene, animality, and empire. And lastly, cyberpunk is a vehicle that lends itself to the rise of new futurisms, occupying a variety of positions in our regionally diverse reality and thus linking, as much as differentiating, our perspectives on a globalized technoscientific world. With original entries that engage cyberpunk’s diverse ‘angles’ and its proliferation in our life worlds, this critical reference will be of significant interest to humanities students and scholars of media, cultural studies, literature, and beyond.