Week Eleven

Cyberpunk and Steampunk

Read the novel Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson or the novel The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers. Alternatively read selected short stories on the course resource page. Post a response to what you read on your blog.

Writing Assignment: The sub-genres we are reading this week deal in augmented, altered or alternative realities. Discuss the types of reality rendered in the works you read and watched for this week's assignment. Describe the effects of these reality on the narrative and the implications for the presumed reader. Please remember to add a comment to another student's blog.

In-Class Movies: Ghost in the Shell II (2004) dir. Mamoru Oshii; Iron Sky (2012) dir. Timo Vuorensola, Blade Runner (1982) dir. Ridley Scott

Featured Movie: Paprika (2006) dir. Satoshi Kon

Get Altered

Any of the works below can be substituted for the assigned reading this week. Read all of them and become a Cyberpunk.

Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson
Tea from an Empty Cup by Pat Cadigan
Blood Music by Greg Bear
Schismatriz Plus by Bruce Sterling
Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
Semiotext (E) SF by Rudy Rucker (ed.)
Software by Rudy Rucker
Transmetropolitan Vol. 1: Back on the Street by Warren Ellis (Graphic Novel)
Accelerando by Charles Stross
Counting Heads by David Marusek
The Long Run: A Tale of Continuing Time by Daniel Keys Moran
Makers by Cory Doctorow
Dreamships by Melissa Scott
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Vurt by Jeff Noon


Steampunk Tales:

Boneshaker (2009) by Cherie Priest
The Difference Engine (1990) by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
The Diamond Age (1995) by Neil Stephenson
Mortal Engines (2001) by Phillip Reeve
Infernal Devices (1987) by K.W. Jeter
Morlock Night (1979) by K.W. Jeter
Leviathan (2009) by Scott Westerfield
The Anubis Gates (1983)by Tim Powers
The Half-Made World (2010) by Felix Gilman
The Alchemy of Stone (2008) Ekaterina Sedia
Soulless (2009) by Gail Carriger
The Prophecy Machine (2000) by Neal Barrett Jr.
Homunculus (2000) by James P. Blaylock
The Steampunk Trilogy (1997) by Paul DeFilippo
The League of Extrordinary Gentlemen (2002) Alan Moore (Graphic Novel)
The Somnambulist (2009) by Jonathan Barnes
The Manual of Detection (2009) by Jedediah Berry
Stormdancer (2012) by Jay Kristoff