The Ironic Transhumanity of William Gibson’s The Peripheral

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The article discusses transhuman futures in William Gibson’s 2014 novel
The Peripheral. Through differing depictions of transhuman characters in two
timelines coming into contact, Gibson presents various characters as metaphorical cyborgs. Some appear as ironic figures struggling with a capitalist system seeking to incorporate them, others follow a schizoid ethos, embracing, and sometimes embodying, the kleptocratic logic of Gibson’s worlds. Further, the novel examines the possibilities of technology to transform both individual experience and oppressive social structures. This interrogation reveals Gibson’s critical attitude toward technology alone as capable of overthrowing dystopian systems. Finally, the article interrogates the idea of mysterium tremendum et fascinans in relation to transformative technologies in the novel, in turn shedding light on Gibson’s criticism of singularity narratives. Through such an approach, the dystopian ironies of Gibson’s futures become clear: despite miraculous advancements, the dystopia remains the same for the characters inhabiting his worlds.
Originalspråkengelska
TidskriftFafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research
Volym3
Utgåva1
Sidor (från-till)7-20
Antal sidor14
ISSN2342-2009
StatusPublicerad - 2016
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad

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