The Strange Relationship Between Cyberpunk Sci-Fi and 90s Post-Modern Academia #cyberpunk

For those who didn’t directly experience the cyberpunk/cyberculture era of the late 80s and 90s, it might be surprising to discover the extent to which postmodern academia of the period embraced this lowbrow “golden ghetto” (Gibson) literature. For those not immersed in the specialized language and concerns of postmodernism (and cyberpunk), it can be difficult to communicate this relationship and why it was so important to both postmodernism and cyberpunk.

Here are a few videos that explain this relationship in as plain an English as is likely possible.

Two of my favorite, most accessible books from the period exploring this relationship are Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction, by Larry McCaffrey, and Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture, by Mark Dery.


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