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Deconstructing the StarshipsScience, Fiction and Reality$
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Gwyneth Jones

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237839

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.001.0001

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Virtual Light: A Shocking Dose of Comfort and Joy from William Gibson

Virtual Light: A Shocking Dose of Comfort and Joy from William Gibson

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Deconstructing the Starships

Gwyneth Jones


In this chapter, Jones reviews science fiction novels by William Gibson, including Necromancer and Virtual Light. She discusses Gibson’s well-established contribution to the cyberpunk genre and outlines his frequent dependence on the heroes/heroines plotline, as well as unsympathetic characterisation. Writing from a feminist perspective, Jones also provides a commentary on the sexual politics present in Virtual Light and debates the titles’ status as radical science fiction.

Keywords:   English Literature, Literary Criticism, Science Fiction, Fantasy Writing, 20th Century Literature, Contemporary Literature, Feminist Science Fiction, William Gibson, Necromancer, Virtual Light

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