By Mark Dery
The subcultural practices of the "incurably informed," to borrow the cyberpunk novelist Pat Cadigan’s coinage, provide a precognitive glimpse of mainstream tradition within the close to destiny, whilst many people could be part-time citizens in digital groups. but, because the essays during this improved variation of a different factor of the South Atlantic Quarterly make certain, there's extra to fringe laptop tradition than our on-line world. inside those pages, readers will come across flame warriors; new age mutant ninja hackers; technopagans for whom the pc is an occult engine; and William Gibson’s "Agrippa," a brief tale on software program which can in basic terms be learn as soon as since it gobbles itself up once the final web page is reached. the following, too, is girl El, an African American cleansing girl reincarnated as an omnipotent cyborg; devotees of online swinging, or "compu-sex"; the teleoperated weaponry and amok robots of the mechanical functionality paintings staff, Survival learn Laboratories; an interview with Samuel Delany, and more.
Rallying round Fredric Jameson’s demand a cognitive cartography that "seeks to endow the person topic with a few new heightened feel of position within the international system," the individuals to Flame Wars have sketched a nook of that map, an overview for a wiring diagram of a terminally stressed out world.
Contributors. Anne Balsamo, Gareth Branwyn, Scott Bukatman, Pat Cadigan, Gary Chapman, Erik Davis, Manuel De Landa, Mark Dery, Julian Dibbell, Marc Laidlaw, Mark Pauline, Peter Schwenger, Vivian Sobchack, Claudia Springer
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