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Futuristic Cars and Space BicyclesContesting the Road in American Science Fiction$
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Jeremy Withers

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621754

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621754.001.0001

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Messenger Skateboards and Messenger Bikes in Postcyberpunk

Messenger Skateboards and Messenger Bikes in Postcyberpunk

(p.129) Chapter 4 Messenger Skateboards and Messenger Bikes in Postcyberpunk
Futuristic Cars and Space Bicycles

Jeremy Withers


This chapter focuses on several important postcyberpunk works from the 1990s by Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, and Bruce Sterling. All these works celebrate transportation technologies such as skateboards and bicycles, technologies that challenge the car and its dominance over the road. Furthermore, an interest in transport machines helps these texts demonstrate some of the key features that scholars have identified as setting postcyberpunk apart from the classic cyberpunk of the 1980s, as well as some of the features they see as building continuity between the two.

Keywords:   skateboards, postcyberpunk, cyberpunk, Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, Bruce Sterling

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