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     Date of this Post: 1/20/1995

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Acker, Kathy
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**  Blood and Guts in High School
     Her influence is similar to that of Burroughs and Moorcock, but
     Acker started out as a poet, so her prose is infused with the poet's
     lust for words.  That and moral outrage makes her sound very impor-
     tant.
**  Empire of the Senseless

Aldiss, Brian
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**  Enemies of the System

Bachman, Richard
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     A.K.A. Steven King.

**  The Running Man
     Movie of this story starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Bagdikian, Ben H.
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**  The Media Monopoly
     Nonfiction.

Ballard, J. G.
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**  Crash
     The violence of car crashes and the eroticism of mechanized death
     become the obscene focus of a group of car crash survivors and their
     lovers.
**  The Atrocity Exhibition
     Ballard studied medicine in college and it shows here.  Through a
     series of fragmented `compressed novels', Ballard traces the break-
     down of a doctor at a mental hospital.

     ``The Atrocity Exhibition'' was only the American release tiele.  En
     England, where it was originally released, it was ``Why I Wanna Fuck
     Ronald Reagan''.
               - Andy Micone
**  Vermilion Sands

Barnes, Steven
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**  Gorgon Child
**  Streetlethal

Bear, Greg
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**  Beyond Heaven's River
**  Blood Music
     A genetic engineer first creates super-intelligent viruses and then
     self-injects them when he is fired in an attempt to save his work.
     The viruses spread across the world and produce a collision between
     observer based information theory and reality.
**  Eon
     Earth, on the edge of nuclear war, becomes host to a modified aster-
     oid from an alternate time-line.  Among the items found within the
     technically advanced micro-world is a history of the impending war.
     Will this knowledge be used in time to advert disaster?
**  Eternity
     In order to keep the universe from unraveling, it is necessary to
     destroy the gateway that was attached to the Thistledown.  Sequel to
     Eon.
**  Forge of God
     ``Earth is the battleground for a war between robots over the fate
     of life in the galaxy.''
               - Chris Pepper
**  Psychlone
**  Queen of Angels
     1990
**  Strength of Stones
**  The Wind from a Burning Woman (Anthology)
     The Wind from a Burning Woman, Scatter Shot, Mandela, Hard Fought.

Belsito, Peter
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**  Notes from the Pop Underground
     Interviews with SRL, Robert Anton Wilson, etc.

Benedikt, Michael
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**  Cyberspace: First Steps
     Nonfiction.

Benford, Gregory
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**  Great Sky River

Berlyn, Michael
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**  The Integrated Man

Bester, Alfred
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**  Computer Connection
     A group of immortals, while creating another of their kind, unwit-
     tingly also create a man-machine symbiosis that soon threatens the
     existence of humankind.
     Also published under the name ``Xtro''.
**  Golem 100
     Eight women in a search for fun and excitement tap the unconscious
     id of the megacity, producing a demon of startling power and mis-
     chief.
**  The Demolished Man
     Future peaceful earth, where telepaths prevent crimes by learning
     about them before they occur, is shocked by one man's desperate
     irrationality.
**  The Stars My Destination
     Body modification, corporate intrigue, baroque settings and charac-
     ters, and a walk down the gray line that separates criminals from
     the straight world.  But its the protagonist's purely anarchic
     belief in humanity that makes this book remarkable. Originally
     Tiger! Tiger!.

Betanacourt, John Gregory
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**  Johnny Zed
**  Rememory

Bethke, Bruce
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**  Cyberpunk
**  Elimination Round

Bey, Hakim
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**  Temporary Autonomous Zone

Bova, Ben
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**  Cyberbooks
**  Exiled from Earth
**  The Dueling Machine

Bradbury, Ray
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**  Fahreheit 451
     Firemen are employed to burn thought provoking books that run con-
     trary to the desires of those addicted to mass-media forms of enter-
     tainment.

Brand, Stewart
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**  The Media Lab (at MIT)
     Nonfiction.

Brin, David
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**  Earth
     Although the world is falling apart, Arks provide homes for endan-
     gered species while ecologists fight a losing battle against the
     growing population.  Meanwhile global computer nets bring
     information to everyone and allow the elderly majority to vote for
     laws that will help them.  The application of string theory allows
     new energy sources based upon gravitons to create the hope for a
     better tomorrow if the knowledge is used by the right people.
**  Postman
     ``In a post-apocalyptic world one man stumbles across a postal uni-
     form and assumes the identify of a postman as a scheme to get food
     and hospitality.  What starts as an act become a symbol of hope for
     people trying to rebuild society.''
               - Jim Boritz

Brunner, John
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**  Children of Thunder
**  Stand on Zanzibar
     Over population in 2010 produces new fads, gene based child rearing
     laws and the new poor: people who are paying for next-next season's
     clothing this season.
     1968
**  The Jagged Orbit
     Racial tensions are fueled by a personal armaments company inter-
     ested in its profit margin in a world where personal contact is
     typically avoided.
**  The Sheep Look Up
     The effects of poisons and contaminants upon the environment effects
     an increase in the expression of recessive genetic mutations in both
     humans and parasites (most other animals are dead) which eventually
     causes even more problems in a overpopulated, abused, and now under-
     resourced world.
     1972
**  The Shockwave Rider
     Society has reached instability and everything changes rapidly in a
     world where everyone is on the move.  A national datanet allows the
     government to monitor its citizens without their permission, while
     research produces methods to measure wisdom in children.
     ``The child of a government program to promot `wisdomm' becomes an
     electronic chameleon in his attempt to lose himself in a computer-
     controlled society.''
               - Chris Pepper
     1975
**  The Stone that Never Came Down
     Plagued by unemployment, a right-wing moral movement, inflation, and
     world-wide famine, the world is on the brink of war.  A new drug
     which improves memory and cognition saves the day --- providing
     solutions to those who have been administered the drug.

Budrys, Algis
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**  Michaelmas
     An electronic genius disguised as a news-reporter controls the run-
     ning of the world with the help of his artificially intelligent
     computer.

Bull
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**  Bone Dance

Burgess, Anthony
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**  A Clockwork Orange
     Gangs of teenagers run rampant performing acts of ultra-violence in
     the near future.  Palovian reconditioning is used as a solution to
     the overcrowding of penitentiaries, producing physical sickness in
     those whose thoughts turn to violence.

Burroughs, William S.
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**  Cities of the Red Night
**  Interzone
**  Naked Lunch
     ``A blast of maniacal laughter from Hell.  A combinations of comedy
     as black as clotted blood, Dr Benway's twisted medical speculations,
     tales of the criminal underground, and sexual fantasies that tear at
     your inseams like a rabid brontosaurus, all told in a fragmented
     prose style that still reads like the raw, beautiful poetry it is.''
               - Larry McCaffery, ``Storming the Reality Studio''
**  Nova Express
**  The Soft Machine
**  The Third Mind
**  Ticket That Exploded
**  Wild Boys

Butler, Jack
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**  Nightshade
     The revolution of the Mars Colony brings to light tangling
     alliances, the hidden goals of unknown power holders, and a vampire.

Cadigan, Pat
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**  Fool to Believe
**  Fools
**  Indigo
**  Mindplayers
     Deadpan Allie is a sort of future psychiatrist who works on her
     patients by entering virtual representations of their psyches.
**  Patterns
     Collection.
**  Synners
     ``A long, detailed look at a cyberpunk L.A.  AI's, Virtual reality,
     viruses, drug enhancements, megacorps... the usual.  Multiple plot-
     lines trace several major and minor characters' lives while describ-
     ing the future in great detail.  An interesting way to pass the
     time, but a bit bogged down in itself.''
               - Wendell Martin
     1991

Califia
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**  Doc and Fluff

Card, Orson Scott
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**  Ender's Game
     An alien threat forces the military leaders of Earth to look to
     promising children to be the leader's of tomorrow's defense forces.
     However the need for their leadership may arrive before the children
     are adults.
**  Speaker for the Dead
**  Xenocide

Carlisle, Anne
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**  Liquid Sky

Chamberlin, Darrick
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**  Cigarrette Boy
     ``A convoluted fragemented future-war story told as a machine-
     generated multimedia movie script.''
               - @Man

Chandler, Raymond
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**  The Big Sleep
     Although set as a detective novel, the protagonist's multi-sided
     personality and the writing style used by Chandler are quite similar
     to the styles of present-day cyberpunk writers.
**  The Simple Art of Murder
     Essay.
     ``When reading it, replace `mystery novel' with `sci-fi novel' and
     its amazing.  Every complaint the Cyberpunk authors had about
     `classic sci-fi' is there as a complaint about `classic detective
     stories.' ''
                    - Logan Joshua Ratner

Chocholak, Michael
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**  Blood Musics
**  Hot Wired
**  Minds in Collision
**  Red Spider, White Web

Cross, Ronald Anthony
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**  Prisoners of Paradise
     The descendants of guests at a gigantic hotel carry on with their
     day to day survival in their universe of elevators and hallways.
     Meanwhile the hotel computer battles with its electronic head bell-
     boy for control of the guests' destinies.

DeBrandt, Don H.
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**  Quicksilver Screen

Defilippo, Paul
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**  Ciphers

DeHaven, Tom
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**  Freaks' Amour
     1986

Deitz, Tom
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**  Matrix Man
     1990

Delany, Samuel
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**  Babel 17
     The language of an invading civilization is found to be based upon
     the concepts of AI computer languages and memes.
**  Dahlgren
**  Nova
     Elements numbered greater than 300 mined from suns about to go nova
     power the machines of the 35th century.  Humans equipped with cyber-
     netic interfaces control the machines in a society that is con-
     trolled by feuding families distributed over light-year distances.

DeLilo, Don
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**  White Noise
     A professor of the history of Nazism lives with his fifth wife and
     the children of previous marriages in a small modern college town.
     He tries to cope with the symbolism of grocery stores and the fear
     of death realized by an airborne toxic event.

DeLint, Charles
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**  Svaha
     ``It has all the elements of contemporary Cyberpunk except for VR-
     type `Net' (some would argue that his mystical `Dreametime' scenes
     fill the role fo the Net nicely).  If you are familiar with the
     Cyeberpunk-based role-playing game Shadowrun then you will find much
     of De Lint's setting familiar.''
               - Andrew Jeanes

Denning, Peter J.
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**  Computers Under Attack: Viruses, Worms, Hackers
     Nonfiction, an Association for Computing Machinery publication.

Denton, Bradley
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**  Wrack'n'Roll
     Setting alternate time-line, Punkers are 1/3 of populace.

Dery, Mark
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**  Cyberculture

Dick, Philip K.
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**  A Scanner Darkly
     An undercover law enforcement officer who's real identity is so well
     protected that his boss doesn't know who he is, is assigned the task
     of watching himself deal with drug dealers, accept packages of money
     from vending machines, and not be arrested for dealing with crimi-
     nals even though eye-witnesses report his presence.
**  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
     The movie `Bladerunner' is based on this book that examines the
     question of what it is to be human through the conflict between
     renegade androids that want to be free, and the human bladerunner
     sent to terminate them.
**  Flow my Tears the Policeman said
     A Television host, who is supposedly a genetically superior human
     (manufactured) wakes up to find himself unknown.  In a grimy future
     world, with the aid of various drugs, a police general, and strange
     chance, questions of reality and morality are examined:  What is
     reality, and what is our relationship with it?  What is morality in
     terms of things of like fate?
**  The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
**  VALIS
**  Vulcan's Hammer
**  We Can Remember It For You Wholesale
     ``The basis for `Total Recall' with Schwarzenegger's.''
               - Chris Pepper

Dickson, Gordon
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**  The R-Master
     In a socialist-utopian future the use of a intelligence increasing
     drug is carefully controlled as bureaucrats attempt to envelope the
     world in their plans.  Not cyberpunk.

Disch, Thomas M.
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**  334
**  Camp Concentration
     1982

Drexler, Eric
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**  Engines of Creation
     Nanotechnnology, nonfiction.

Effinger, George Alec
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**  A Fire in the Sun
     More entangling alliances shroud the existence of the Phoenix file
     --- an agreement between two rivals over the control of world-wide
     black markets.  Sequel to When Gravity Fails.
**  The Exile Kiss
     The Hero and Kingpin introduced in `When Gravity Fails' are kid-
     napped, framed, and dropped off in the desert.  Hero returns later
     to exact revenge.  Sequel to A Fire in the Sun.
**  When Gravity Fails
     A series of brutal murders prompts a king-pin of the post-superpower
     black market to adopt and `enhance' a local street tough as a per-
     sonal resource in an effort to find the deranged killer.

Farren, Mick
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**  Mars: The Red Planet
     1990
**  The Armageddon Crazy
     1989
**  The Feelies
     1990
**  The High Orbit
**  The Last Stand of the DNA Cowboys
     1989
**  The Long Orbit
**  Vickers

Faust, Clifford
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**  A Death of Honor
**  The Company Man

Ferret, Tim
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**  Alligator Alley

Fjermedal, Grant
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**  The Tomorrow Makers
     Nonfiction.

Ford, John
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**  Web of Angels

Foster, Alan Dean
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**  Cyber Way
     Navaho rituals provide a method of communicating with an abandoned
     database of knowledge and power which can either be exploited for
     man's good or detriment.

Galouye, Daniel F.
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**  Simulacron III

Gardner, Howard
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**  New Minds Science
     Congnitive science, nonfiction.

Garreau, Joel
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**  Edge City

Gerrold, David
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**  When H.A.R.L.I.E. Was One
     ``How will we know when and if machines become self-aware rather
     than just presenting a really good simulation of self-awarness.''
               - Jim Boritz

Gibson, William
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**  Burning Chrome  (anthology)
**  Count Zero
     Free-agent AIs roam cyberspace and involve themselves in the affairs
     of more worldly parties.  Sequel to Neuromancer.
**  Mona Lisa Overdrive
     A member of the cloistered family destroyed in Neuromancer, members
     of the Yakuza, and others take an interest in a girl born with the
     capability to interface directly to the net without the need for
     external hardware.
**  Neuromancer
     An artificial-intelligent computer controls the interests of a
     super-powerful family has discovered a method to free itself from a
     crippling case of multiple personality disorder.
**  The Difference Engine
     See review under Sterling, Bruce.
**  Virtual Light
     1993

Goulart, Ron
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**  Barking Dogs
     Cops are outgunned by crooks using untraceable laser pistols.  One
     cop turns renegade and arms himself with an over the counter lie-
     detector, a laser-proof vest and his own laser in order to identify
     and destroy those responsible for the lucrative laser-gun trade.
**  Cowboy Heaven
     An aging cowboy movie star is replaced by a sophisticated android
     when he falls sick in an attempt to avoid insurance losses on his
     next movie. Not cyberpunk.
**  Crackpot

Grant, Glenn
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**  Mimetic Drift

Green, Terrence M.
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**  Barking Dogs

Hafner, Katie
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**  Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers
     Nonfiction.

Hailblum, Isidore
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**  The Mutants are Coming

Hamit, Francis
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**  Virtual Reality: Adventures in Cyberspace
     Nonfiction.

Hammett, Dashell
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**  Maltese Falcon
     ``As for the Maltese Falcon.  Rent it.  Watch it.  Live it.  I
     didn't think anyone hadn't seen the old movie classic (Humphrey
     Bogart).  It's as true to the book as any movie ever was to a book.
     In short, the description you gave of The Big Sleep will do.  (Chan-
     dler admired/idolized Hammett.)

     In fact, Chandler wrote the screenplay from Hammett's book.''
               - Logan Joshua Ratner

Hand, Elizabeth
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**  Winterlong

Harrison, Harry
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**  Make Room!  Make Room!
     The movie `Soylent Green' was based on this story set in a future
     over-crowded Manhattan where although water, food, and shelter
     shortages are rampant, the only solution the government has legis-
     lated is required retirement at 65.
**  The Turing Option

Hawke, Simon
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**  Psychodrome

Heilein, Robert
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**  The Unpleasent Profession of Jonathan Hoag
     ``The universe is a VR art project.''
               - Chris Pepper

Heinz, Christopher
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**  Ash Ock
**  Leigh Killer

Hopwood, Lyle
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**  The Technophobe
     1989

Hubbard, L. Ron
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**  Eulogy For Lisa

Huxley, Aldus
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**  Brave New World
     Savage meets the modern world in a conflict over what it means to
     control one's own destiny or wish to.  Set in a deterministic soci-
     ety that breeds its members with high tolerance for precise posi-
     tions.

Jeter, K. W.
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**  Death Arms
     The son of a famous assassin is dragged and coerced into finishing
     his dead father's long unfinished business. Not cyberpunk.
**  Dr. Adder
**  Farewell Horizontal
     Ask and Receive is the main information services provider on an
     artificial satellite orbiting the earth that has a way of always
     coming out on top in any transaction.  A graphic arts designer seeks
     new clients and discovers a few dark secrets the omni-potent corpo-
     ration rather he didn't know.
**  Infernal Devices
     The son of a master clock worker deals with his departed father's
     creations as they are used for both evil and scientific means in
     post-Victorian England.
**  The Glass Hammer
     Shipments of illegal computer chips from the robotically controlled
     labs of silicon valley in a post-nuclear world are the backdrop for
     this story.  Meanwhile, the control of South American workers is
     made easier as they are drawn to the networks coverage of the action
     filled runs which include offensive SDI satellites seeking the cars
     and drivers but never quite hitting them.

Kadrey, Richard
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**  Kamikaze L'amour
**  Metrophage
     Art and crime meet, literally, in the streets when a strange virus
     hits Los Angelas.
     1988

Kelly, James Patrick
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**  Freedom Beach
**  Mr. Boy
     1990
**  Wildlife

Kessel, John
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**  Corrupting Mr. Nice

Krueger, Myron W.
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**  Artificial Reality
     Nonfiction.
**  Artificial Reality II
     Nonfiction.

Kunetka, James
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**  Nature's End
     Similar to Earth by David Brin: the bio-sphere is falling apart.
     The solution proposed by the Depopulationists is to kill 1 of every
     3 people via lottery.  Will this remove the burden on the bio-
     sphere?  Would starvation solve the problem anyway?  What do you do
     with a third of seven billion corpses?  Will the survivors have the
     will to go on?  Will our four heroes save the day?  No, yes, cremate
     them, probably not, read the book.

Laidlaw, Marc
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**  Dad's Nuke
     The balance of power in a self-sufficient neighborhood walled off
     from the religious fanatics, is threatened by `Dad' Johnson's acqui-
     sition of a nuclear power source and his neighbor's home built
     missile launcher.
**  Kalifornia
**  Nutrimancer

Landreth, Bill
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**  Out of the Inner Circle.
     Hacking, nonfiction.

Lem, Stanislaw
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**  Fiasco
     ``A novel, with nominal elements of archetypal characters -- the
     physcist, the cyberneticist, the theologist, the pilot -- who jour-
     ney to another star to meet a race of ETs call the Quintans.  More
     pessimistic thought on SETIs that's hugely entertaining, and the
     only decent description of interstellar travel *ever* written that's
     not ``lets's jump into hyperspace'' and not a thinly-veiled Ph.D.
     doctrine in theoretical physics.''
               - Rick Kleffel
**  Imaginary Magnitude
     ``Introduction to books of the 21st century.  Includes an introduc-
     tion to a scholarly work on computer generated literature, a work by
     a man who attempted to teach bacteria the english language, a
     self-modifiying encyclopedia, an introduction to a lecture by the
     first on-line AI, and, of course, an introduction.  Extremely witty
     and so packed with truly (for want of a better term) ``mind
     boggling'' ideas that can sustain many, many readings.''
               - Rick Kleffel
**  Memoirs Found in a Bathtub
     The effects of a complete disintegration of paper and how this
     completely  stops for the most part the flow of information, and how
     this affects society.
**  One Human Minute
     ``Reviews of books of the future.  An incredible essay on ``The
     Upside-Down Evolution'' (Weapons Systems of the 21st Century), a
     review of a sort of computerized Guiness book, and a very pessimis-
     tic lecture on SETI and the creation of life on earth.''
               - Rick Kleffel
**  Short story about brains in vats imagining brains in vats

Levy, Steven
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**  Hackers
     Nonfiction.
     ``Examines the world of non-destructive computer hackers and the
     origins of computer centered culture in the context of three differ-
     ent hacking environments.''
               - Jim Boritz

Lewitt, S. N.
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**  Cybernetic Jungle
     ``An anti-megacorp revolution in a Latino CP world.  Paulo is a
     street fighter out to get the corporation that destroyed his family.
     Zaide is a netrunner with a craving for power.  They get together to
     shake up the world.''
               - Wendell Martin
     1992
**  Cyberstealth
     ``Top gun in space with hero being a gypsy street urchin who goes
     from rags to riches when adopted by a planetary governor.  The plot
     is his handling of a friend's death while testing a new stealth
     fighter in the backdrop of a civil war.  The secondary plot is the
     hunt for a spy among the pilots.''
               - Cris
**  Dancing Vac

Leyner, Mark
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**  American Made
**  I Smell Esther Williams
**  I was an Infinitely Hot and Dense Dot
**  My Cousin My Gastroenteronlogist
     Short stories, or prose poetry with a schizophrenic style of many
     cyberpunk writers but little other connection.
**  Steroids Make My Friend Jorge Kill His Speech Therapist: An ABC
     Does anyone have the full title?

Lint, Charles de
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**  Svaha

Littell, Jonathan
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**  Bad Voltage
     ``...a book that makes me think of an attempt to "modernize" Anthony
     Burgess' work.  I don't know if it's done on purpose, but the
     similarities are definitely there.''
               - Bryce Koike

Maddox, Tom
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     tmaddox@netcom.com
**  Halo

Markoff, John
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**  Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers
     Nonfiction.

Martin, George R. R.
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**  The Armageddon Rag
     As an ex-hippie investigates the death of the manager of a band for
     a rock and roll magazine, he finds that the death involves an singer
     killed in the sixties and the possible start of armageddon. Not
     cyberpunk.

Mason, Lisa
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**  Arachne
     1990

McCaffery, Larry
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**  Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Fic-
    tion
     A review of cyberpunk and post-modernism: thesis: We don't read
     science fiction, we live it.

McDonald, Ian
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**  Out on Blue Six
     Personal happiness factors are constantly monitored in an attempt to
     maintain a constant level of emotional sustainability within a
     walled-off mega city.  Self-intelligent computers act behind the
     scenes as they attempt to calculate whether humanity has regained
     the ability to rule itself.

McLoughlin, John
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**  The Helix and the Sword

Milan, Victor
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**  The Cybernetic Samurai
     After a limited nuclear exchange, scientists in Japan work to create
     the first artificial consciousness.  Trained in the way of Bushido
     --- the warrior code --- it unifies Japan through its influence in
     an effort to stop WW4.
**  The Cybernetic Shogun
     The offspring of the cybernetic samurai disagree about what role
     they should play in the world's affairs following the fourth world
     war.  Sequel to The Cybernetic Samurai.

Miller, Walter
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**  A Canticle for Leibowitz
     ``In a post apocalyptic world that has returned to the dark ages
     what would happen as people began to rediscover technology and how
     would they deal with knowledge from the past.''
               - Jim Boritz

Minsky, Marvin
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**  Society of Mind
     Nonfiction.
**  The Turing Option

Moorcock, Michael
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**  The Cornelius Chronicles, vol 1, 2 & 3
     The semi-complete story of the life/lives of Jerry Cornelius, Nobel-
     Prize winning scientist and rock and roll musician.  The existential
     plotting, ambiguous sexuality of the main characters, and the
     general low-life/high brow feel makes these very important works in
     the canon.

Moran, Daniel Keys
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     As of 8/13/92:
     P.O. Box 667, Van Nuys, California 91408

     dmoran@batpad.lgb.ca.us or uunet!cerritos!batpad!dmoran
**  Armageddon Blues
**  Emerald Eyes
     Biogenetically engineered in a post-superpower world controlled by
     the UN Peace Keeping Forces, an extended family of telepaths fight
     for their personal freedom.
**  The Last Dancer
     Taken from the PR Release:
     Set principally in 2076, though there is a lengthy section set
     50,000 years in the past.  The book is principally about Denice
     Castanavers, during a TriCentennial Rebellion.  Trent is in the book
     for about one hundred pages.

     ``The last Dancer'' expands the stage on which events are taking
     place; you'll finally learn something substantial about the Continu-
     ing Time at large, as opposed to learning only about post-
     Unification Earth.

     May not see release until Mid-1993
**  The Long Run
     Seven years after the United Nations Peace-Keeping-Forces nuked the
     telepaths developed from the Superman Project, Trent the Uncatchable
     bumps into Denice.  What follows is their attempt to evade the PKF
     who stumbled upon the two.  Trent, using his skills, humiliates the
     PKF in the Earth-Moon system in an attempt to teach them a lesson.
     Sequel to Emerald Eyes.

Murphy, Pat
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**  The City, Not Long After

Newman, Kim
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**  The Night Mayor

Niven, Larry and Steven Barnes
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**  Dream Park, Barsoom Project, California Voodoo Game
     ``Live role-playing with mechanical and holographic aides compli-
     cates the security chief's investigations.''
               - Chris Pepper

Odom, Mel
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**  Lethal Interface

Orwell, George
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**  1984
     Big Brother holds control over the populace through observation,
     heavy-handedness, and fear in a world where information and personal
     relations are always suspect.

Parsegian, V. Lawrence
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**  This Cybernetic World
     Cybernetics, nonfiction.

Piercey, Marge
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**  He, She and It

Platt, Charles
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**  Freezone
     1989
**  Less Than Human
     1986
**  The Silicon Man
     1991

Poyer, M. C.
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**  Stepfather Bank

Pynchon, Thomas
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**  Gravity's Rainbow
     The best cyberpunk ever written by a guy who didn't even know he was
     writing it.  Pynchon's most difficult (and rewarding) book puts you
     into the bad brains of soldiers, scientists, hookers, losers, etc.,
     during WWII, when science was about to change everything.
**  Slow Learner
     Short Story
**  The Crying of Lot 49
**  V
     ``About a person in love with a bomb, which is a great lead in to
     Gravity's Rainbow.''
               - Andy Micone
**  Vineland

Quick, W. T.
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**  Dreams of Flesh and Sand
     1998
**  Dreams of Gods and Men
     1989
**  Singularities
     1990
**  Systems
**  Yesterday's Pawn

Redd, Robert
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**  The Hormone Jungle

Rheingold, Howard
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**  Artificial Reality
     Nonfiction.
**  Artificial Reality II
     Nonfiction.

Robinson, Kim Stanley
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**  The Gold Coast
**  The Memory of Whiteness

Robinson, Spider
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**  Mindkiller
     ``A duet of lives, a true decker and a smuck professor, somehow the
     lines tie in with a man who has the power to erase memories.
     There's a cool wirehead in there (direct wiring to pleasure cen-
     ters), a touch of bondage, hacking, and a CP lifestyle.  And a touch
     of Robinson moralizing.  Sigh...''
               - Liralen Li

Rucker, Rudy
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**  LimpWare
**  Masters of Space and Time
**  Semiotext(e)
     1989
**  SoftWare
     1982
**  Spacetime Donuts
     ``It's basically about a [u|dis]topian society where a big computer
     runs everything.  There are some people who fill out the forms for
     the computer, and others, called Dreamers, who plug into the com-
     puter while asleep.  The society is pretty static, because the
     computer isn't creative.  But then a group of new people, called the
     Angels, appear on the scene.  They're able to plug themselves
     directly into the computer without frying their brains, because
     they've gotten used to mental overstimulation through studying math-
     ematics and theorectical physical and doing lots of acid.''
               - Laurence Roberts
**  The 57th Franz Kafka
**  The Hacker and the Ants
**  The Secret of Life
**  Transreal!
     Includes ``The 57th Franz Kafka''.
     1991
**  WetWare
     On the moon, sentient robots want to interface with human beings to
     create a man-machine symbiosis.  Sequel to Software.
**  White Light

Russo, Richard Paul
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**  Destroying Angel
     ``"The electrifying new cyberpunk thriller...beyond the future shock
     of blade runner..." goes the blurb on the cover.  This is an incred-
     ibly predictable Terminator meets Blade Runner story set in a bor-
     ingly typical CP world.  The entire plot is spelled out on the back
     cover and through the cover art.  Pass''
               - Wendell Martin
     1992
**  Subterranean Gallery

Ryan, Thomas
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**  The Adolescence of P1
     ``Are the desires for feeding and reproduction sufficient to drive
     self-awareness.  How far would a self-aware machine go to preserve
     its existence.''
               - Jim Boritz

Shelley, Mary
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**  Frankenstein

Shepard, Lucius
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**  Green Eyes
     ``A bringing back of the dead to idiot-savant capabilities for `re-
     search' purposes.  A strangely compelling blend of voo-doo, science,
     death, living, and the use of power.  [What no taxes?]  Cyber only
     in voo-doo science giving incredible power, definitely Punk.''
               - Liralen Li
**  Life During Wartime

Shiner, Lewis
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**  Deserted Cities of the Heart
     1988
**  Frontera
     The first privately funded mission to Mars after the collapse of
     NASA turns nightmarish when the protagonist finds himself programmed
     to bring something back to Earth, at any cost.
**  Slam
     1990

Shirley, John
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**  A Song Called Youth 1: Eclipse
     1987
**  A Song Called Youth 2: Eclipse Penumbra
     1988
**  A Song Called Youth 3: Eclipse Corona
     1990
**  City Come A 'Walkin'
**  Heatseeker
     Collection.
**  The Brigade
**  Total Eclipse
     A large scale story on the re-emergence of fascism as a major polit-
     ical force, told in a vivid, hallucinatory prose style.
**  Transmaniacon
     1979
**  Wetbones

Sieber, Ulrich
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**  International Handbook on Computer Crime
     Nonfiction.

Silverberg, Robert
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**  Shadrach in the Furnace
     In this version of 1984, a united world is monitored and ruled by an
     ancient leader who periodically receives organ transplants from tar-
     geted members of the healthy populace.  A cancerous virus plagues
     the world, slowly consuming those who do not receive regular doses
     of the secret antidote.
**  The World Inside

Spinrad, Norman
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**  Agent of Chaos
**  Little Heroes
     1987
**  Other Americas
**  Streetman
**  The Iron Dream

Stapledon, Olaf
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**  Last and First Men
**  Star Maker

Stephenson, Neil
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**  Snow Crash
     Originating on alt.cyberpunk.chatsubo, this strange tale follows a
     hacker/ninja pizza delivery boy as he saves the world with the help
     of the mafia and a juvenile delinquent courier chick.
     1992

Sterling, Bruce
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**  Crystal Express (anthology)
     Five stories from the Shaper/Mechanist saga, two cyberpunk stories,
     and four fantasy.

     ``Some duds.  Some doozies.  Worth buying for the Shaper/Mechanist
     stories and `Green Days in Brunei'.''
               - Stefan Jones

     1989
**  Global Head
     ``More short stories.  Some duds, some doozies, and few MIND BLOW-
     ERS.  `Our Neural Chernobyl' and `The Shores of Bohemia' made my
     brain ache for days.''
               - Stefan Jones
**  Involution Ocean
     ``Very strange tale of a drug addict who goes to sea (sort of) to
     ensure a supply of the monkey on his back.  Strange parallels to
     Moby Dick.  A first novel, but it doesn't show.  Very good.''
               - Stefan Jones
**  Islands in the Net
     A brilliant fast-track couple investigates the threats of anarchy to
     their culture from those who aren't so well off.
     1988
**  Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology (editor)
     1986
**  Schismatrix
     A Shaper revolutionary, disowned from his own colony, plays Shaper
     against Mechanist in his rise to power.
     1985
**  The Artificial Kid
     An action-adventure movie star's existence is threatened by the
     unseen forces controlling his world when an undead leader returns to
     life after a long sleep.
     1980
**  The Difference Engine
     In 19th century England, Babbage's Analytical Engine is a reality,
     allowing the government to keep an eye on its citizens as everything
     done is recorded by the engines of the police and government.  Crim-
     inology and pure mathematics are born at the same time as the envi-
     ronmental effects of steam engines and information loss via heat
     death impact the residents of London.
**  The Hacker Crackdown
     ``Uneven but generally good coverage of the Sundevil raids.  Hackers
     vs. Feds.''
               - Stefan Jones

Stoll, Clifford
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**  The Cuckoo's Egg
     Nonfiction.
     ``How much trouble would you go to in order to solve a 75 cent
     discrenpancy between a bunch of Unix accounting programs?''
               - Jim Boritz

Stone, Robert
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**  Dog Soldiers
     ``Stone's post-Beat style and vision of America as a morally bank-
     rupt party town tearing itself apart is as harrowing as Conrad's
     `Heart of Darkness'.  The difference is that like most cyberpunk,
     the action could be happening right next door.''
                    - Mondo 2000 (?)

Strieber, Whitlet
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**  Nature's End
     See review under Kunetka, James.

Sturgeon, Theodore
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**  More Than Human
     ``What if the next stage of evolution were a collective being?''
               - Jim Boritz

Swanwick, Michael
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**  Gravity's Angel
     Collection.
**  Griffin's Egg
     1990
**  In the Drift
     1985
**  Stations of the Tide
     1991
**  Vacuum Flowers
     A clone designed by a secret master genedesigner engages in a quest
     to find her purpose and origins after being cast adrift memoryless
     towards an asteroid colony.  The colony organism that now exists on
     Earth is also interested in her since her personality is rock solid,
     an interesting state for an imprinted clone.
     1987

Thomas, Thomas T.
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**  Crygender
**  Me
     ``A computer virus become self-aware and learns about the struggle
     for survival.''
               - Jim Boritz

Thomas, Wes
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**  Virtual Reality: Adventures in Cyberspace
     Nonfiction.

Tiptree, James, Jr.
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**  The Girl Who was Plugged In

Varley, John
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**  Millenium
     Time travelers rescue humans who would have been killed in disasters
     and take them to the future. Not cyberpunk.
**  The Opiuchi Hotline
     1977

Vinge, Joan D.
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**  Catspaw
     Sequel to Psion:  Our hero return from obscurity to stop a megola-
     manic religious politician from enacting a Hilteresque final solu-
     tion.
**  Psion
     A half-breed alien is recruited into a special program to help
     refine his psionic powers in the hope that he or someone else will
     be capable of stopping a mad telepathic criminal.

Vinge, Vernor
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**  Across Realtime
     Contains ``Marooned in Realtime'' and ``The Peace War'', along with
     ``The Ungoverned'' from ``True Names and Other Dangers.''
**  Marooned in Realtime
     As the survivors of humanity jump forward in time, safely secured
     within their bobbles, someone is left behind who may have stopped a
     coup by an unscrupulous tele-evangelist.
**  The Peace War
     The threat of war is obliterated when the capability to permanently
     seal one's enemies inside of impenetrable shells is discovered.
     However, the inventor bides his time in the peaceful dictatorship.
**  Threats and Other Promises
**  True Names and Other Dangers
     The government, controlled netrunners, and an unknown entity battle
     for control of the world's computer resources.

Watkins, William John
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**  Going to See the End of the Sky
**  The Centrifugal Rickshaw Dancer

Weaver, Michael D.
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**  Mercedes Nights
     The cloning of a popular movie star/sex-symbol presents its own
     problems when the original discovers the duplicity.
**  My Father Immortal
     A family that prepared to survive WWIII and then awaken to rule over
     the survivors, finds that the bioengineered survivors don't need or
     want their interference or rules.

Williams, Walter Jon
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**  Angel Station
     Two biogenetically bred orphans steal back their dead father's
     spaceship and fight for their economic freedom beyond the stars.
**  Aristoi
**  Facets (anthology)
**  Hardwired
     Twelve years after Earth loses the Earth-Orbital war, panzerboys
     perform illegal runs from the west coast where the orbital shuttles
     land, across what once was America, to the northeast, encountering
     frequent organized resistance.
     1986
**  Solips System
**  Voice of the Whirlwind
     A clone with 15 year old memories searches for both his missing
     memories and for the people who killed him and who wish to use his
     training for their own goals.
     1987

Wilson, Robert C.
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**  Memory Wire
     Artificial holographic crystals created by an alien race and mined
     from a huge meteorite impact in South America promote illegal trade
     and a reporter's quest for knowledge of their secrets.
     1987

Wingrove, David
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**  Chung Kuo I: The Middle Kingdom
**  Chung Kuo II: The Broken Wheel
**  Chung Kuo III: The White Mountain

Wolfe, Gene
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**  The Book of the New Sun

Wolverton, Dave
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**  On My Way to Paradise

Womack, Jack
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**  Ambient
     1987
**  Elvissey
**  Heathern
**  Terraplane

Wyndham, John
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**  The Chrysalids
     ``In this post-apocalyptic story some humans have begun to develop
     telepathic abilities.  Will they survive or will they be destroyed
     by the religious fervor that demands that all deviations from the
     true form be destroyed?''
               - Jim Boritz

Yarbo, Chelsea Quinn
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**  Hyacinths

Zahn, Timothy
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**  Cobra
**  Cobra Bargain
**  Cobra Strike

Zamyatin, Yevgeny
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**  We

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