Thursday, April 7, 2011

SFRevu: Lewis Shiner's 1984 cyperpunk novel Frontera

Benjamin Wald of SFRrevu just reviewed Frontera (1984), a classic cyberpunk novel set on Mars by American science fiction writer Lewis Shiner that was reprinted in mid-2010 by Subterranean Press.

Wald concludes: “This is an excellent book. Like many cyberpunk novels, it brings forcefully home all the ways that the future has failed to live up to our hopes. However, unlike some other works, Frontera doesn’t stop there. It presses us to consider all the things we can still achieve, all the dreams that are still attainable. This mix of the elegiac with the optimistic is a powerful blend. Anyone who thinks that the only contribution of cyberpunk to science fiction is a few gadgets and brain-implants owes it to themselves to read this book and see how much they are missing.”

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