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Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
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Mirrorshades first paperback edition cover
Author Bruce Sterling (editor)
Genre Cyberpunk
Publisher Arbor House
Publication date
ISBN 978-0-87795-868-0
OCLC 13945407
813/.0876/08 19
LC Class PS648.S3 M57 1986

Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology (1986) is a cyberpunk short story collection, edited by American writer Bruce Sterling.


Cultural references[edit]

In a talk at Michael Bauwens & The Promise of the Blockchain,[1] Vinay Gupta spoke about cyberpunk in general and Mirrorshades in particular as being the best way to understand the current status of civilisation. Alluding to the conversation initiated in Britain by C. P. Snow's Two Cultures lecture, Gupta described a clash between two groups who are capable of governance: the technologists, and the lawyers. He said that cyberpunk, though often badly written, consists of the stories these people had in their mind when they created such technologies and protocols as bitcoin, Ethereum, and the blockchain in general. He recommended Mirrorshades as an ideal introduction to these stories. Gupta further argued that such stories have attained the power of myth within the social classes which are reshaping the world but that, since science fiction has been marginalised in the wider culture as genre fiction, these myths are poorly understood.