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Title: Future City : Tokyo After Cyberpunk
Authors: McNeill, Dougal
Keywords: Cyberpunk
Science Fiction Studies
Issue Date: Dec-2019
Publisher: 成蹊大学アジア太平洋研究センター
Abstract: Surveying the debates around William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984) almost forty years since the moment of cyberpunk, this essay proposes a new reading of Gibson’s fiction, and treatments of Tokyo in post-cyberpunk SF more generally. Drawing on, and critiquing, insights from Marxism and Asian/American studies, this essay locates in Gibson’s representations of Tokyo a neoliberal ambience. Gibson’s novels, with their fascination for commodities, gadgets, and the consumer details of consumerism, create in Tokyo an image of a potential American future, but this is a vision undercut intermittently by their anxieties around the status of the American presence in Tokyo, and of its reminders of a history of occupation. This argument is developed, finally, by way of a comparative reading of some postcyberpunk SF texts, Misha’s Red Spider White Web (1990), Pat Cadigan’s Tea from an Empty Cup (1998) and Eli K P William’s Cash Crash Jubilee (2015)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10928/1247
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