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‘400 Boys’ by Marc Laidlaw

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An odd one, this. This is how Sterling fingers Laidlaw too, suggesting he stands out even amongst company (the cyberpunks) know for “bizarre concepts and a general allegiance to the strange”. So the story proves; if the setting of ‘400 Boys’ is cyberpunk, the mode is decidedly not. Its gonzo sensibility reminded me strongly of Steve Aylett’s Beerlight novels but without Aylett’s gift for killer one liners. It is also more cartoonish; this is a story that humps your leg rather than mugging you over.

Punkosity: **
Quality: **

Written by Martin

31 March 2011 at 21:02

Posted in sf, short stories

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  1. […] ‘Snake-Eyes’ by Tom Maddox ‘Rock On’ by Pat Cadigan ‘Tales Of Houdini’ by Rudy Rucker ’400 Boys’ by Marc Laidlaw ‘Solstice’ by James Patrick Kelly ‘Petra’ by Greg Bear ‘Till Human Voices Wake Me’ […]

  2. 400 Boys. Best story in the Mirrorshades anthology.


    24 December 2011 at 12:22

  3. 400 Boys was one of the best short stories in that anthology. It reminded me a bit of The Warriors movie in its feel.


    23 April 2013 at 18:32

  4. Love 400 Boys. Found it in an old Omni magazine in my parents’ attic fifteen years ago and have read it two dozen times since then.


    11 June 2014 at 00:23

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