Bruce Sterling's Idea of What Every Well-Appointed "Cyberpunk SF" Library Collection
Should Possess (circa June 92)
BURNING CHROME William Gibson
Gibson's short stories.
NEUROMANCER, COUNT ZERO, MONA LISA OVERDRIVE William Gibson
The "Cyberspace Trilogy."
MIRRORSHADES THE CYBERPUNK ANTHOLOGY Bruce Sterling ed.
Useful pointer to actual no-kidding Movement Cyberpunks.
MINDPLAYERS Pat Cadigan
Her best novel. An absolute must-have.
HEATSEEKER John Shirley
Shirley's short-stories. His most significant and influential work.
DESERTED CITIES OF THE HEART Lewis Shiner
Shiner's best SF novel.
SLAM Lewis Shiner
Intriguing cyberpunk mainstream non-genre novel.
SOFTWARE and WETWARE Rudy Rucker
Best-known novels of deranged math-professor/hacker/cyberpunk.
TRANSREAL Rudy Rucker
Every short piece Rucker ever wrote. Enormous. Like being hit
in the head with a bowling ball.
BLOOD MUSIC Greg Bear
Bear's most c-wordish book.
CRYSTAL EXPRESS Bruce Sterling
Sterling's short work.
SCHISMATRIX Bruce Sterling
Posthuman space opera.
ISLANDS IN THE NET Bruce Sterling
21st-century global information politics.
THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
19th-century cyberpunk by subgenre's foremost critics'-darlings.
Other Useful Fiction:
HALO Tom Maddox
Remarkable SF treatment of robots and artificial intelligence.
GLOBALHEAD Bruce Sterling
Sterling's second story collection.
PATTERNS Pat Cadigan
Cadigan's short work. Great range of topics and treatments.
SYNNERS Pat Cadigan
Cadigan's well-received second novel.
FRONTERA Lewis Shiner
Shiner's first novel, about mission to Mars.
LOOK INTO THE SUN James Patrick Kelly
Interesting novel by peripheral cyberpunk.
ARACHNE Lisa Mason
Cyberspace robots vs drug-addict San Francisco lawyer-careerists.
SNOW CRASH Neal Stephenson
Fine example of second-generation cyberpunk by Seattle hacker.
HARDWIRED Walter Jon Williams
Williams' most successful effort.
SPACETIME DONUTS, WHITE LIGHT Rudy Rucker
Rucker's early novels. Brilliantly deranged.
INVOLUTION OCEAN, THE ARTIFICIAL KID Bruce Sterling
Sterling's first two novels. SF adventures.
SEMIOTEXT(E) SF Rudy Rucker, Peter Lamborn Wilson, Robert Anton Wilson, eds.
Story anthology of bad craziness. Quite likely to cause protests from
scandalized parents and censors.
"Cyberpunk" as glossy West Coast fashion magazine. It Had To Happen.
ISAAC ASIMOV'S SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINE.
Least reactionary of the standard American SF magazines.
Foremost British SF magazine. Libraries should carry this worthy
zine as a public service, since individual US subscriptions are costly.
SCIENCE FICTION EYE
More-or-less official lit-crit organ of cyberpunk SF and assorted
fellow-travellers. Like most fanzines, sadly sporadic.
SCIENCE FICTION STUDIES
Dull gray academic rag recently seized in startling coup by wacky
post-modernists. Now almost readable!
Non-Fiction, Critical Studies
STORMING THE REALITY STUDIO Larry McCaffery ed.
Cyberpunk's man-in-academe gives his highly postmodern take on
matters in this bug-crusher anthology.
CYBERPUNK: OUTLAWS AND HACKERS ON THE COMPUTER FRONTIER by Katie Hafner
and John Markoff.
The best book to date on the outlaw "computer underground."
ACROSS THE WOUNDED GALAXIES Larry McCaffery ed.
McCaffery interviews various weirdo leading-lights of pomo SF,
including Gibson and Sterling.