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PostSubject: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Mon 15 Jan 2007 - 23:33

I was wondering if people here heard about Maurice Dantec, a very controversial french writer ? English translations for some of his book exist. « Babylon Babies » is really a nice piece of thriller/cyberpunk, despite the extreme-right/paranoid tendencies of the author... He also collaborated (before turning extreme right) with very interesting musical projects, Heldon and Schizotrope (both featuring Richard Pinhas, the « french Robert Fripp »)


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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Tue 16 Jan 2007 - 0:09

never heard about it.. but ill put it on my "to-read"-list
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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Tue 16 Jan 2007 - 0:21

there's gonna vbe a Babylon Babies movie, directed by Matthieu Kassowitz (who was responsible for the horrible Gothica, but previously directed some very good french movies)
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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Wed 17 Jan 2007 - 0:53

Why extreme right ?
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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Wed 17 Jan 2007 - 1:22

Vegan_Rebel wrote:
Why extreme right ?
hatred of everybody who ain't a western christian, political (and not just artistic) references to writers joseph de maistre (counter-revolutionnary and outspoken racist) and leon bloy (catholic zealot), if that ain't far right, come on...
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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Wed 17 Jan 2007 - 23:24

Vegan_Rebel wrote:
Why extreme right ?

come on, just read his interviews from the three past years. If this isn't being really on the right side of the fence... lol
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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Thu 18 Jan 2007 - 3:22

vx cheerleader 69 wrote:
Vegan_Rebel wrote:
Why extreme right ?

come on, just read his interviews from the three past years. If this isn't being really on the right side of the fence... lol

I have never read Dantec, books or interview. But I often speak with someone who say that he is not fascist ... So that's why ... I don't really know.
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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Thu 18 Jan 2007 - 3:24

scritch wrote:
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Why extreme right ?
hatred of everybody who ain't a western christian, political (and not just artistic) references to writers joseph de maistre (counter-revolutionnary and outspoken racist) and leon bloy (catholic zealot), if that ain't far right, come on...

May be his readings are pure provocation ?

I think he is christian in reaction of the fear of muslim (foundamentalist). He wants to defend the christian culture of the muslim one ?
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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Fri 19 Jan 2007 - 2:05

Vegan_Rebel wrote:
He wants to defend the christian culture of the muslim one ?

nothing to be proud of, imo...
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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Fri 19 Jan 2007 - 3:47

HD wrote:
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He wants to defend the christian culture of the muslim one ?

nothing to be proud of, imo...

Yes, it's better to defend culture against religions (all religions) study
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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Fri 19 Jan 2007 - 8:56

for sure... and the simple fact to defend a cultur against an other one, well...
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PostSubject: KW Jeter - The Glass Hammer   Sun 4 Oct 2009 - 17:56

FUCK, THIS BOOK MUST BE READ !!!!!!!

Just finished it. I had never read anything by KW Jeter, I just knew he was often depicted as a "new Philip K Dick" - which didn't give me the urge to find out more, I love Philip K Dick but I don't need a new one - until "The Glass Hammer". The book got me pretty surprised, as it is actually really close to classic cyberpunk, the Dick-esque feeling being quite light ; but damn, this is a good book, amazingly written, challenging, and really moving to. YOU GOTTA READ IT !



http://www.streettech.com/bcp/BCPgraf/Media/glasshammer.htm

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PostSubject: New Jerry Cornelius novel   Thu 8 Oct 2009 - 14:32





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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Thu 8 Oct 2009 - 17:02

i have this one to read since.... 2004, 2005? confused





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A master of dark visions, Jeter (Blade Runner: Replicant Night) delivers his most difficult and intellectually ambitious novel to date. In a near-future world where the poor are entirely disenfranchised and white-collar employees live and work themselves to death in tiny, randomly assigned cubicles, the super-wealthy seek vicarious, perverse, cybernetically enhanced thrills on the streets of Los Angeles. Repulsed by the era he's forced to live in, McNihil, a retired cop with a violent past, has had his eyes surgically altered so that he sees everything through a computer-generated overlay that simulates the black-and-white world of the hard-boiled detective films of the 1930s. When Harrisch, an executive with a powerful multinational corporation, tries to hire him to solve a murder and track down the deceased's missing "prowler," a computerized simulation of the dead man, McNihil refuses, only to find himself blackmailed into compliance. Aided by a gutsy young operative named November, McNihil uncovers a complex web of lies and violence, a world where nothing is what it seems and even the dead have power. Jeter is a fine prose stylist, but some will find his knotted, intensely metaphoric language slow going. Equally problematic is his tendency to assume in his reader a sophisticated knowledge of the conventions of both the noir thrillers of the 1930s and contemporary cyberpunk SF. Frequently, his characters seem to operate in an evocative semi-vacuum, the facts needed to explain the plot having been mysteriously elided from the narrative. This is a difficult, eccentric and rewarding novel, an SF equivalent, perhaps, of The Name of the Rose.
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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Wed 2 Dec 2009 - 10:59

right now, reading :



(english cover Smile



HELL OF A BOOK !
I didn't know anything about John Shirley, but apparently he was really important on the development of primary cyberpunk... ANd he loves Blue Oyster Cult.
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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Wed 2 Dec 2009 - 16:51

I heard sometimes about him, never read a anything from him..

oh well, apart for a short story written in collaboration with Gibson in Burning Chrome. which is btw maybe my favorite short story of the book.

The Belonging Kind" - (with John Shirley ), first appeared in Shadows 4, (c) 1981

oh yeah, I remember now, he has also a short story in Mirrors Shades : A Cyberpunk Anthology edited by Bruce Sterling.

that's how I know him... well what i didn't know, is that it has some translated books in french. I'm gonna look for some information on his books.
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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Thu 10 Dec 2009 - 22:13

Thesis on cyberpunk :

http://www.planetdamage.com/2009/09/24/a-thesis-on-gibson-and-cyberpunk-part-1/

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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Sun 7 Feb 2010 - 20:28



Finally read it (it spent years standing on my bookshelves), very inovative still not that hard to read. Too early to be real cyber stuff, but somehow (themes, structure, dunno) it reinded me of Akira.
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PostSubject: Re: Cyberpunk/Speculative Fiction litterature   Tue 16 Feb 2010 - 10:58

Arturo Bandini wrote:


Finally read it (it spent years standing on my bookshelves), very inovative still not that hard to read. Too early to be real cyber stuff, but somehow (themes, structure, dunno) it reinded me of Akira.

I absolutely agree with you. Too early for cyberpunk... Yet, Brunner was really foreseeing the whole stuff !

On another level : Dantec delivered a new pile of words. Oh, lord, give me courage.
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