Everything Is Nice

Beating the nice nice nice thing to death (with fluffy pillows)

‘Rock On’ by Pat Cadigan

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Cadigan was a core part of the cyberpunk movement and is the only woman in the Mirrorshades anthology. She was also the first person to win the Arthur C Clarke Award twice. However, both these novels – Synners (1992) and Fools (1995) – are out of print and, as far as I know, hasn’t published anything in the last ten years apart from novelisations for shit films. I know Cadigan is still active in fandom but did she just decide to stop writing or was it a market imposed decision?

Anyway, ‘Rock On’ is something of a prelude to Synners and that is its downfall. I love the delirous tone but it is just too scant; there is space to evoke a time and a place and a state of mind but nothing further.

Punkosity: ***
Quality: **

Written by Martin

26 March 2011 at 14:53

Posted in sf, short stories

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  1. She’s published a number of short stories in the past few years, scattered across various anthologies. Possibly even enough for a collection soonish.

    Niall

    26 March 2011 at 21:08

  2. [...] by Bruce Sterling ‘The Gernsback Continuum’ by William Gibson ‘Snake-Eyes’ by Tom Maddox ‘Rock On’ by Pat Cadigan ‘Tales Of Houdini’ by Rudy Rucker ’400 Boys’ by Marc Laidlaw ‘Solstice’ by [...]


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