Cyberpunk and Neuromanticism

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Csicsery-Ronay, Istvan. "Cyberpunk and Neuromanticism." MR47/48: 266-78 (see under Literary Criticism, Larry McCaffery, guest ed.).[1]

An important essay for SF in general, not just cyberpunk. Among much else, deals with cyberpunk as "implosive SF" as opposed to "the expansive mode" of SF, where "The important knowledge was to be gained by spreading out," especially out into the universe (271). See also for cybernetics as "the crystallization of the Cartesian spirit into material objects and commodities" and "Cyber/punk" as "the ideal postmodern couple: a machine philsophy that can create the world in its own image and a self-mutilating freedom, that is that image snarling back" (270).