// The economy and climate are collapsing. Borders are being built up. Yet everyone is connected moreso than ever before. CEOs and squatters with smartphones are conjoined in the consensual mass hallucination. Relationships are right-swiped, and exes hack each other’s accounts. Cryptocurrencies buy research chemicals on the darkweb. Social media pages become memorials to the dead. Hashtags spark revolutions. Mass surveillance is both the business model of the internet and business as usual in the perpetual war on terror. Is this cyberpunk? Is this dystopia? Who cares?
// This is #cyberpunkNOW
// This issue of the London Reader features interviews with the founders of Cyberpunk—William Gibson and Bruce Sterling—and Sci-Fi author Kim Stanley Robinson, as well fiction by Ike Hamil, Stephen Arseneault, George Bartlett, and more. #cyberpunkNOW focuses on short stories, minifiction, poetry, and art that explore the deep-reaching personal, social, and political implications of technology on our lives, re-examining society through the lenses of cyberpunk and science fiction.
// #cyberpunkNOW is dedicated to the memory of Lukas Mariman, 1972-2016.
// As a previous issue, you can read it now by donating whatever you want to the issue’s creators. Mention you’d like the #cyberpunkNOW issue in the Paypal form, and receive a complimentary PDF:
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In the next issue of the London Reader, Alexander Maurice introduces us to the works and voices of the cyberpunk genre and interviews two of its founding authors: William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. Autumn 2016 releases this September.
The London Reader will be accepting submissions from July 1 to October 1!
This year, we are looking for minifiction, poetry of less than 400 words, true-to-life fiction of less than 1,500 words, and any fiction or poetry submissions within the following categories:
- futurism and cyberpunk
- the difference between travel and tourism
- voices of people of colour
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- whether you have been published anywhere before
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Register early as space is limited. You can do so in person at the Canada Water Library, or e-mail the London reader at coordinator (at) londonreader.uk.
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