The Ray Bradbury Challenge: Day 341

Short story: Tales of Houdini by Rudy Rucker, from Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology, edited by Bruce Sterling. Recommended.

Poem: The Day I Knocked a Bankroll out of the Window by Charles Bukowski, from Bukowski: Essential Poetry. Highly Recommended.

Essay: The Horror of Love by A. L. Kennedy, listened to on the BBC’s A Point of View podcast, from September 2013. Recommended.

What is the Ray Bradbury Challenge?

The Ray Bradbury Challenge: Day 340

Short story: Rock On by Pat Cadigan, from Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology, edited by Bruce Sterling. Highly Recommended.

Poem: Memorial Day by Sunnylyn Thiboeaux, listened to on the Poetry Now podcast, from July 2017. Highly Recommended.

Essay: How I Fail at Being Disabled by Susan Robinson, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from July 2017. Highly Recommended.

What is the Ray Bradbury Challenge?

Announcing: The Gibson Continuum and Other Stories

In these ten short stories, ghosts of 1980s nostalgia haunt a young man searching for the essence of cyberpunk; sentient AIs respond to the death of the last human; a cleaner on Titan Orbiter becomes embroiled in a workers’ revolution; and a man figures out he can live forever by gaming subjective time.

Ranging from a portrait of a dystopian future where institutionalised cannibalism is commonplace to a post-Earth solar system where pirates fight against copyrighted seeds and unaffordable medicines, Jon Cronshaw’s poignant tales reflect on themes of technology, memory, love, and madness with startling imagination.

The Gibson Continuum and Other Stories is a thought-provoking collection examining what it means to be human — perfect for fans of William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Samuel R. Delany, and Robert A. Heinlein.

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William Gibson – The Gernsback Continuum (1981)

The Gernsback Continuum was William Gibson’s first published story, appearing in Universe 11 in 1981. The version I read was reprinted in Mirrorshades: A Cyberpunk Anthology (1986), edited by Bruce Sterling.

It tells the story of an arts photographer taking a trip across America to document retro-futuristic architecture.

Have you read this story? What did you think?

 

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