Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century by Mark Dery

By Mark Dery

Within the first in-depth exploration of fringe machine tradition, Dery introduces readers to underground roboticists, cybersex lovers, virtual-reality designers, cyberpunk novelists, and would-be cyborgs. In exploring this unusual new global, Drey shifts the focal point from the firms that layout the electronic machines which are altering our truth to the fringes of cyberculture, the place real-life cyberpunks are pursuing the intense promise of those technologies.

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