PRINT Summer 1993



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 Future of War,” a headline proclaims. The premier issue of Wired promises to tell us whether we’re really building a better tomorrow.

Does it deliver? “There are a lot of magazines about technology,” declares Louis Rossetto, in an editorial that seems to cross a Pepsi commercial and the Discovery channel,

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