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By Mark Dery

"Flame Wars," the verbal firefights that occur among disembodied fighters on digital bulletin forums, remind us that our interplay with the area is more and more mediated by way of pcs. Bit by means of electronic bit we're being "Borged," as devotees of Star Trek: the following Generation might have it—transformed into cyborgian hybrids of know-how and biology via our ever extra common interplay with machines, or with each other via technological interfaces.
The subcultural practices of the "incurably informed," to borrow the cyberpunk novelist Pat Cadigan’s coinage, provide a precognitive glimpse of mainstream tradition within the close to destiny, while many folks might be part-time citizens in digital groups. but, because the essays during this elevated version of a unique factor of the South Atlantic Quarterly be certain, there's extra to fringe machine tradition than our on-line world. inside those pages, readers will come upon flame warriors; new age mutant ninja hackers; technopagans for whom the pc is an occult engine; and William Gibson’s "Agrippa," a quick tale on software program which could basically be learn as soon as since it gobbles itself up once the final web page is reached. the following, too, is girl El, an African American cleansing lady reincarnated as an omnipotent cyborg; devotees of online swinging, or "compu-sex"; the teleoperated weaponry and amok robots of the mechanical functionality paintings crew, Survival study Laboratories; an interview with Samuel Delany, and more.
Rallying round Fredric Jameson’s demand a cognitive cartography that "seeks to endow the person topic with a few new heightened feel of position within the worldwide system," the participants to Flame Wars have sketched a nook of that map, an summary for a wiring diagram of a terminally stressed out world.

Contributors. Anne Balsamo, Gareth Branwyn, Scott Bukatman, Pat Cadigan, Gary Chapman, Erik Davis, Manuel De Landa, Mark Dery, Julian Dibbell, Marc Laidlaw, Mark Pauline, Peter Schwenger, Vivian Sobchack, Claudia Springer

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