Eric Swenson

  • Wired

    IS THIS WHAT CYBERPUNKS would look like if they took off their mirror shades? Would they have four eyes, like Bruce Sterling on the cover of Wired? The polyocular gaze of the cyberpunk author and electronic freedom-fighter fixes us with an intensity unmatched by anyone save, perhaps, the Marquise Casati in Man Ray’s famous photograph. But this is not surrealism. It is not concerned with dreams, hypnotism, or other psychic weirdnesses, but with a vision of a consensus reality accelerated by technology. The correct prefix is not “sur” but “hyper,” or maybe “cyber.” “Bruce Sterling Has Seen the