I'd like to adknowledge the following sources of information which have not only broadened my understanding of the world today, but also made me think about why the world is as it is today, and where we could be heading.
"If I have seen far, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants." - Thomas Jefferson.
Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up, Stand on Zanzibar, The Shockwave Rider. Brunner is without doubt the best cyberpunk author I have ever read. His hard-edged work reflects a deep revulsion at the excesses of American capitalist society and shows us the consequences of the consumerist values we have embraced. That, and he predicted the Internet, affirmative action, ethnic tribalism, and invented the words computer virus, phage, and tapeworm for cyberspace. Required reading.Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash, The Diamond Age. Stephenson is the finest of the new generation of cyberpunk authors in the 90s, and has an amazing grasp of the social dynamics that propel societies forward. His recondite vocabulary and intriguing plot twists all help to create an exotic, deeply complex world. Unfortunately, he tends to ramble towards the ending, which is often weak and inconclusive. Gibson, William. Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Virtual Light, Idoru. The famous 'classic' cyberpunk books, their importance to the movement is often exaggerated, but the epic majesty of the first book is truly phenomenal. The last two are rather shallow and incoherent, and after you've gotten used to Gibson's style can be somewhat irritating. Gibson's poetic and evocative lyrics contrast nicely with Brunner's rational social critique. Required reading. Huntington, Samuel P. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. The definitive analysis of 1990s post-Cold War geopolitics and social patterns. Brilliant deconstructions of modern 'globalisation' and 'universal culture' myths, as well as good trend predictions and an incisive portrayal of the coming conflict between the West, China, and Islam. From America's pre-eminent political scientist. Required reading for all Westerners.
20/20 Visions, Vertigo Comics (DC Comics).
Brave New Waves, with Patty Schmidt, CBC Radio
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