RE: RARA-AVIS: Cyberpunk/Noir

Mark Sullivan (
Sun, 4 Apr 1999 11:46:52 -0400 (EDT) While I know extolling cyberpunk probably goes beyond the parameters of
this list, in addition to the best of its being the "new noir" (as a
matter of fact, isn't that the name of a John Shirley anthology?), as
Anthony points out, I think it has begun to repay its debt to the
hardboiled genre as various authors adopt some of its tricks and
attitudes. I can't conceive of Jack O'Connell's incredible books without
cyberpunk, although I like his books far more than the smattering of
cyberpunk I have read. In fact, I like O'Connell so much I ordered the
British edition of his new Word Made Flesh so I won't have to wait until
its June US pub date. I've also been reading New York Graphic which
seems to be mining the same atmosphere.

Finally, Phillip Kerr's A Philosophical Investigation is the perfect
melding of the two genres, a serial killer novel in the
day-after-tomorrow world where DNA is cataloged like today's
fingerprints. And if Janet Reno has her way, that world is not very far
in the future.


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