Snow Crash

Snow Crash
Author : Neal Stephenson
Publisher : Spectra
Total Pages : 480
Release : 2003-08-26
ISBN 10 : 9780553898194
ISBN 13 : 0553898191
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Snow Crash Book Description:

In this mind-altering romp—where the term “Metaverse” was first coined—you’ll experience a future America so bizarre, so outrageous, you’ll recognize it immediately • One of Time’s 100 best English-language novels Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison—a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age. In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Praise for Snow Crash “[Snow Crash is] a cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon’s Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole.”—The San Francisco Bay Guardian “Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the twenty-first century.”—William Gibson “Brilliantly realized . . . Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow.”—The New York Times Book Review

The Self Wired

The Self Wired
Author : Lisa Yaszek
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 208
Release : 2013-12-16
ISBN 10 : 9781136716164
ISBN 13 : 1136716165
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Self Wired Book Description:

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Author : Gary Westfahl
Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages : 1395
Release : 2005
ISBN 10 : 0313329532
ISBN 13 : 9780313329531
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Description:

A comprehensive three-volume reference work offers six hundred entries, with the first two volumes covering themes and the third volume exploring two hundred classic works in literature, television, and film.

The Shape of the Signifier

The Shape of the Signifier
Author : Walter Benn Michaels
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Total Pages : 232
Release : 2013-10-31
ISBN 10 : 9781400849598
ISBN 13 : 1400849594
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Shape of the Signifier Book Description:

The Shape of the Signifier is a critique of recent theory--primarily literary but also cultural and political. Bringing together previously unconnected strands of Michaels's thought--from "Against Theory" to Our America--it anatomizes what's fundamentally at stake when we think of literature in terms of the experience of the reader rather than the intention of the author, and when we substitute the question of who people are for the question of what they believe. With signature virtuosity, Michaels shows how the replacement of ideological difference (we believe different things) with identitarian difference (we speak different languages, we have different bodies and different histories) organizes the thinking of writers from Richard Rorty to Octavia Butler to Samuel Huntington to Kathy Acker. He then examines how this shift produces the narrative logic of texts ranging from Toni Morrison's Beloved to Michael Hardt and Toni Negri's Empire. As with everything Michaels writes, The Shape of the Signifier is sure to leave controversy and debate in its wake.

Reading Matters

Reading Matters
Author : Joseph Tabbi
Publisher : Cornell University Press
Total Pages : 328
Release : 2018-05-31
ISBN 10 : 9781501717659
ISBN 13 : 1501717650
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reading Matters Book Description:

The convergence of twentieth-century narrative and technology is one of the most important developments in current literary study. A decade after the founding of the Society for Literature and Science and the appearance of such influential books as Kathleen Woodward's Culture of Information and William Paulson's The Noise of Culture, Joseph Tabbi and Michael Wutz have edited a landmark volume to summarize this still-emerging field. Twelve original essays and the editors' introductory overview show how these theoretical concerns can contribute to the practical study of narrative. Reading Matters covers the range of contemporary literature, from the canonical novels of high modernism and postmodernism through subjects new to the academic agenda, such as cyberpunk and hypertext fiction. In an age that has proclaimed the death of the novel many times over, the contributors argue persuasively for the continued vitality of literary narrative. By responding in ingenious ways to the capabilities of other media, they assert, the novel has enlarged and redefined its territory of representation and its range of techniques and play, while maintaining its viability in the new media assemblage.

The Future of Identity in the Information Society

The Future of Identity in the Information Society
Author : Simone Fischer-Hübner
Publisher : Springer
Total Pages : 461
Release : 2010-08-25
ISBN 10 : 9780387790268
ISBN 13 : 0387790268
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Future of Identity in the Information Society Book Description:

The increasing diversity of Infonnation Communication Technologies and their equally diverse range of uses in personal, professional and official capacities raise challenging questions of identity in a variety of contexts. Each communication exchange contains an identifier which may, or may not, be intended by the parties involved. What constitutes an identity, how do new technologies affect identity, how do we manage identities in a globally networked infonnation society? th th From the 6 to the 10 August 2007, IFIP (International Federation for Infonnation Processing) working groups 9. 2 (Social Accountability), 9. 6/11. 7 (IT rd Misuse and the Law) and 11. 6 (Identity Management) hold their 3 Intemational Summer School on "The Future of Identity in the Infonnation Society" in cooperation with the EU Network of Excellence FIDIS at Karlstad University. The Summer School addressed the theme of Identity Management in relation to current and future technologies in a variety of contexts. The aim of the IFIP summer schools has been to introduce participants to the social implications of Infonnation Technology through the process of infonned discussion. Following the holistic approach advocated by the involved IFIP working groups, a diverse group of participants ranging from young doctoral students to leading researchers in the field were encouraged to engage in discussion, dialogue and debate in an infonnal and supportive setting. The interdisciplinary, and intemational, emphasis of the Summer School allowed for a broader understanding of the issues in the technical and social spheres.

Technophobia

Technophobia
Author : Daniel Dinello
Publisher : University of Texas Press
Total Pages : 329
Release : 2005
ISBN 10 : 9780292709867
ISBN 13 : 0292709862
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Technophobia Book Description:

Dinello examines the conflict between the techno-utopia promised by real world scientists and the techno-dystopia predicted by science fiction. The book summarises the current state of each technology, while presenting corresponding reactions in science fiction.

The Future Imaginary in Indigenous North American Arts and Literatures

The Future Imaginary in Indigenous North American Arts and Literatures
Author : Kristina Baudemann
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 272
Release : 2021-12-31
ISBN 10 : 9781000529890
ISBN 13 : 1000529894
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Future Imaginary in Indigenous North American Arts and Literatures Book Description:

This book examines the future in Indigenous North American speculative literature and digital arts. Asking how different Indigenous works imagine the future and how they negotiate settler colonial visions of what is to come, the chapters illustrate that the future is not an immutable entity but a malleable textual/digital product that can function as both a colonial tool and a catalyst for decolonization. Central to this study is the development of a methodology that helps unearth the signifying structures producing the future in selected works by Darcie Little Badger, Gerald Vizenor, Stephen Graham Jones, Skawennati, Danis Goulet, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Postcommodity, Kite, Jeff Barnaby, and Ryan Singer. Drawing on Jason Lewis’s "future imaginary" as the theoretical core, the book describes the various forms of textual representation and virtual simulation through which notions of Indigenous continuation are expressed in literary and new media works. Arguing that Indigenous authors and artists apply the aesthetics of the future as a strategy in their works, the volume conceptualizes its multimedia corpus as a continuously growing archive of, and for, Indigenous futures.

Cyberculture Cyborgs and Science Fiction

Cyberculture  Cyborgs and Science Fiction
Author : William S. Haney
Publisher : Rodopi
Total Pages : 192
Release : 2006
ISBN 10 : 9789042019485
ISBN 13 : 9042019484
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cyberculture Cyborgs and Science Fiction Book Description:

Addressing a key issue related to human nature, this book argues that the first-person experience of pure consciousness may soon be under threat from posthuman biotechnology. In exploiting the mind's capacity for instrumental behavior, posthumanists seek to extend human experience by physically projecting the mind outward through the continuity of thought and the material world, as through telepresence and other forms of prosthetic enhancements. Posthumanism envisions a biology/machine symbiosis that will promote this extension, arguably at the expense of the natural tendency of the mind to move toward pure consciousness. As each chapter of this book contends, by forcibly overextending and thus jeopardizing the neurophysiology of consciousness, the posthuman condition could in the long term undermine human nature, defined as the effortless capacity for transcending the mind's conceptual content.Presented here for the first time, the essential argument of this book is more than a warning; it gives a direction: far better to practice patience and develop pure consciousness and evolve into a higher human being than to fall prey to the Faustian temptations of biotechnological power. As argued throughout the book, each person must choose for him or herself between the technological extension of physical experience through mind, body and world on the one hand, and the natural powers of human consciousness on the other as a means to realize their ultimate vision.

After the Orgy

After the Orgy
Author : Dominic Pettman
Publisher : SUNY Press
Total Pages : 222
Release : 2012-02-01
ISBN 10 : 9780791488492
ISBN 13 : 0791488497
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

After the Orgy Book Description:

Explores the post-Enlightenment obsession with apocalyptic endings.