With his June 1995 novelette, “Think Like a Dinosaur,” James Patrick Kelly has entered the ranks of Hugo-Award-winning authors. He tells us his newest tale “is one of those stories with a long incubation period. Although it makes no reference to the stories, it is conceptually of a piece with ‘Home Front’ (June 1988) and ‘Pogrom’ (January 1991).” After walking around for two years with the title of the story on a scrap of paper in his wallet, the author “slammed out a first draft in five days while teaching at Clarion in 1996—just to prove to the whippersnappers (and myself) that I could still produce at panic speed.” The final version is about a third again as long and much changed from its original incarnation. Mr. Kelly’s first short story collection, is just out from Golden Gryphon Press.
The revolution has been co-opted by half-assed heroes, overclocked CGI, and tricked-out sunglasses. Once radical, cyberpunk is nothing more than a brand.
Time to stop flipping the channel
These sixteen extreme stories reveal a government ninja routed by a bicycle repairman, the inventor of digitized paper hijacked by his college crush, a dead boy trapped in a warped storybook paradise, and the Queen of England attacked with the deadliest of forbidden technology: a working modem. You'll meet Manfred Macx, renegade meme-broker, Red Sonja, virtual reality sex-goddess, and Felix, humble sysadmin and post-apocalyptic hero.
Editors James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel (Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology) have united cyberpunk visionaries William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and Pat Cadigan with the new post-cyberpunk vanguard including Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross, and Jonathan Lethem. Including a canon-establishing introduction and excerpts from a hotly-contested online debate, Rewired is the first anthology to define and capture the crackling excitement of the post-cyberpunks.
From the grittiness of Mirrorshades to the Singularity and beyond, it's time to revive the revolution.