Saturday, March 16, 2013

William Gibson, cyberpunk and the X-Files

Dr Bronwen Calvert (NECLL) has published 'William Gibson's 'cyberpunk' X-Files' in the journal Science Fiction Film & Television. Bronwen argues that central to the two episodes of the X-Files written by William Gibson is the dramatisation of embodied connections with technology and virtuality. These episodes may be seen as a simple transfer of elements of cyberpunk fiction to a television format. However, the emphasis on virtual realities and on explorations of gender destabilisation allows Gibson’s use of cyberpunk tropes to resonate with the X-Files’ narrative space and invigorate some of its overarching themes.

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