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vonk
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I was talking to a friend about scifi and he said that he likes cyberpunk, but not much else. So I was trying to think of what OSC would fit into that catagory. So far I've got Dogwalker and A Thousand Deaths from Flux, but I haven't read his other short story collections. I'm not sure if any of his novels fall into cyberpunk. Anybody have any thoughts or suggestions?
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Heck, those are the only two I can think of.

I'm pretty sure that OSC actually had a pretty big write up on why he wrote Dogwalker as Cyberpunk in the "Maps in a Mirror" collection, too. Interesting read.

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I wouldn't categorize them as such, but I've seen Ender's Game and Speaker for the dead described as cyberpunk, because of Jane and the net manipulations Peter and Valentine did.
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Scott R
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Dogwalker is the only fiction that OSC himself labeled as cyberpunk.
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vonk
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What about A Thousand Deaths? It's got the all-powerful communist gov't persecuting a rebelious underground with far out sophisticated technology. There's not a whole lot of gatchets and electronics, though. Is that enough to disqualify it from cyberpunk?

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I wouldn't categorize them as such, but I've seen Ender's Game and Speaker for the dead described as cyberpunk, because of Jane and the net manipulations Peter and Valentine did.
But that's a good hook to get my friend interested in OSC!
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Scott R
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Nah-- it's missing the cyberpunk jargon. And the technology is a backpiece; in cyberpunk, technology is much more influential.
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I'm not entirely sure what the definition of cyberpunk is, but there was a short story called Closing the Time Lid or something like that that seems to qualify.
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The only "officially cyberpunk" story OSC wrote was called "Dogwalker."
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It must be very difficult to get on the official cyberpunk literary registry [Wink]
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