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"...The counterculture of the '60's was rural, romanticized, anti-science, anti-tech. But there was always a lurking contradiction at its heart, symbolised by the electric guitar. --preface to Mirrorshades, Bruce Sterling.

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Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology (1986) is a defining cyberpunk short story collection, edited by Bruce Sterling.

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In a talk at Michael Bauwens & The Promise of the Blockchain, Vinay Gupta spoke about cyberpunk in general and Mirrorshades in particular as being the best way to understand the current status of civilisation. Alluding to the conversation initiated in Britain by C. P. Snow's Two Cultures lecture, Gupta described a clash between two groups who are capable of governance: the technologists, and the lawyers. He said that cyberpunk, though often badly written, consists of the stories these people had in their mind when they created such technologies and protocols as bitcoin, Ethereum, and the blockchain in general. He recommended Mirrorshades as an ideal introduction to these stories. Gupta further argued that such stories have attained the power of myth within the social classes which are reshaping the world but that, since science fiction has been marginalised in the wider culture as genre fiction, these myths are poorly understood.




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