Generációs “szakadék”

(…) I think the writers of the cyberpunk era were in large part writing about the internet and computers as metaphors. Gibson certainly is explicit about this, when he says I wrote Neuromancer on a manual typewriter and I wasn’t talking about the Internet when coined the word cyberspace, I was talking about the place where phone conversations takes place, I was talking about the place where the bodies of video gamers seem to wanna go ago when they play console games and thrust their chests toward the screen. He was writing about computers as metaphor and a metaphor for kind of all powerful technology that could be used again to hold that warped mirror up to the present and describe the world he saw unfolding around him.

And I think the current generation of writers at least the ones that I’m interested in and the ones I count myself as part of is largely computer savvy, you know I would even call them hackers (…) There are writers all around the world, actually mostly outside the United States, writing science fiction that’s informed by a deep understanding of both computers and the internet, and computers are no longer metaphorical, they are memetic, they’re realistic. And so what I think characterises the new movement best is a notion that more you know about computers the more like a deus ex machina they seem (…)

Nincs mit hozzátenni kategóriás gondolat Cory Doctorowtól 2003-ból. A metaforikus számítógép ábrázolás és a reális számítógép ábrázolás jó választóvonal lehet a cyberpunk első és második generációjának meghatározására. Hasonló lehet még az obligát céges sötét jövő és a beszélgetésben korábban feltűnő “sunny future” is.

A forrás pedig a The Agony Column kincsestárnak is beillő audióinterjú gyűjteménye tele SF anyagokkal. (Pontosabban: Cory Doctorow - Interview, The Literary Singularity, hotlinkelni csak nem fogom.)