By John Shirley
In a near-future dystopia, a restricted nuclear strike has destroyed parts of Europe, bringing the rest nation-cities less than keep watch over of the second one Alliance, a frighteningly fundamentalist overseas safeguard company with designs on global domination. the one protection opposed to the Alliance's creeping totalitarianism is the hot Resistance, a polyglot crew of rebels that incorporates Rick Rickenharp, a retro-rocker whose creative and political sensibilities intertwine, and John Swenson, a mole who has infiltrated the Alliance. because the struggle maintains and years growth, so does the expertise and brutality of the Alliance... yet usual humans just like the broken visionary Smoke, Claire Rimpler on FirStep, and Dance Torrence and his fellow city warriors on the earth are certain jointly by means of the reality and a unmarried function: to maintain the darkness from turning into humankind's overall Eclipse - or die making an attempt! John Shirley was once cyberpunk's sufferer 0, first locus of the virus, certifiably virulent."-William Gibson. An omnibus of all 3 novels-revised by way of the author-of the prophetic, nonetheless frighteningly suitable cyberpunk masterpieces: Eclipse, Eclipse Penumbra, and Eclipse Corona. With an creation through Richard Kadrey and biographical word via Bruce Sterling.
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But what about those situations, now of such frequent occurrence, in which good means have end results which turn out to be bad? For example, we go to a tropical island and with the aid of DDT we stamp out malaria and, in two or three years, save hundreds of thousands of lives. This is obviously good. But the hundreds of thousands of human beings thus saved, and the millions whom they beget and bring to birth, cannot be adequately clothed, housed, educated or even fed out of the island’s available resources.
Recent developments in Russia and recent advances in science and technology have robbed Orwell’s book of some of its gruesome verisimilitude. A nuclear war will, of course, make nonsense of everybody’s predictions. But, assuming for the moment that the Great Powers can somehow refrain from destroying us, we can say that it now looks as though the odds were more in favor of something like Brave New World than of something like 1984. In the light of what we have recently learned about animal behavior in general, and human behavior in particular, it has become clear that control through the punishment of undesirable behavior is less effective, in the long run, than control through the reinforcement of desirable behavior by rewards, and that government through terror works on the whole less well than government through the non-violent manipulation of the environment and of the thoughts and feelings of individual men, women and children.
Brave New World was written before the rise of Hitler to supreme power in Germany and when the Russian tyrant had not yet got into his stride. In 1931 systematic terrorism was not the obsessive contemporary fact which it had become in 1948, and the future dictatorship of my imaginary world was a good deal less brutal than the future dictatorship so brilliantly portrayed by Orwell. In the context of 1948, 1984 seemed dreadfully convincing. But tyrants, after all, are mortal and circumstances change.