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Cyberpunk
« on: May 18, 2011, 04:58:17 pm »
So, I just finished reading Neuromancer and have come to the conclusion that we're more-or-less beginning to live in the world Gibson described in the 80s.

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Re: Cyberpunk
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2011, 05:05:36 pm »
I still have to read that.  Though I'm currently making (slow) progress through Spook Country.
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Re: Cyberpunk
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2011, 05:57:44 pm »
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2011, 06:38:01 pm »
I've read everything by Gibson and I think his view of the future is going to be far more close to reality than some of the more optimistic authors.
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Re: Cyberpunk
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2011, 07:34:40 pm »
Scary isn't it?

Just look at Japan.
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Re: Cyberpunk
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2011, 01:01:53 am »
I figure we'll come pretty close. Except we won't be the ones with the cybernetic implants, like the hand blades Molly had.
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Re: Cyberpunk
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2011, 03:05:25 am »
I figure we'll come pretty close. Except we won't be the ones with the cybernetic implants, like the hand blades Molly had.

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Re: Cyberpunk
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2011, 03:42:00 am »
i've definitely got to put that one on my pile.
what year is it set in?

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Re: Cyberpunk
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2011, 07:40:00 am »
Gibson's Pattern Recognition is set "20 minutes into the future", kinda. Deals with online communities and a weird ARG. Hit real close.


Snow Crash by Stephenson is much more fun, and the VR world in that novel is pretty much exactly what 2nd Life wanted to be.
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Re: Cyberpunk
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2011, 07:57:55 am »
Except Stephenson carefully left out the furries and giant, disembodied penises.  Which is just as well, really.
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Re: Cyberpunk
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2011, 01:28:52 pm »
I'm pretty sure the addition of giant disembodied penises would have made Snow Crash simply too awesome to exist.
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Re: Cyberpunk
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2011, 03:29:00 pm »
No, the fact that the press is reporting that Al-Qaeda hatched a plan using a tractor covered in spinning swords to attack America means reality is too awesome to exist.
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Re: Cyberpunk
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2011, 03:32:14 pm »
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Re: Cyberpunk
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2011, 03:32:40 pm »
I've read everything by Gibson and I think his view of the future is going to be far more close to reality than some of the more optimistic authors.

He's a hopeless fucking optimist.
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Re: Cyberpunk
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2011, 03:33:28 pm »
Gibson's Pattern Recognition is set "20 minutes into the future", kinda. Deals with online communities and a weird ARG. Hit real close.


Snow Crash by Stephenson is much more fun, and the VR world in that novel is pretty much exactly what 2nd Life wanted to be.

Reality Interrupt by James Hogan is way better.  Try it.
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