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21C Magazine is back with Apocalypse Noir

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21C is back with new material, plus archival material by or about Hakim Bey, William S. Burroughs, Erik Davis, Philip K. Dick, Ashley Crawford, Mark Dery, Verner Vinge, William Gibson, Rudy Rucker, Jack Parsons, Richard Metzger, Genesis P. Orridge, Kath Acker, JG Ballard, John Shirley, Robert Anton Wilson, Iain Sinclair, Terrence McKenna, Buckminster Fuller, R.U. Sirius, Timothy Leary, Bruce Sterling and more.

Sadly, in 1999, the company went bust, somewhat ironic given that 21•C in that form never made it into the Century after which it was named – the 21st. 21•C stalwart Mark Dery and I made some attempt to resuscitate the title early in the new millennium to no avail.

Yet many of the ideas and issues raised in the original magazine continued to arise, and with them perpetual queries as to how to get copies of the original articles, a nigh impossible task. With the prompting of two other 21•C stalwarts, Darren Tofts and Murray McKeich, it was decided to resurrect a core selection of articles in an archival on-line format. With Mick Stylianou’s wizard like help this was fairly painless. It didn’t take long to decide to add new material and it is hoped that new issues will be posted at semi-regular intervals.

This inaugural on-line issue takes as its theme Apocalypse Noir – the trend toward the apocalyptic, or at the least extremely dark – in contemporary writing. If earlier 21•C’s tended toward the darker aspects of cyberpunk, then the newer crop of writers have given up any pretense of a happy ending. Good luck!

21C Magazine

(via Alex Burns)

Robert Anton Wilson, Terrence McKenna, and Rudy Rucker in Manual of Evasion

Manual of Evasion was a 1994 Portuguese film starring Robert Anton Wilson, Terrence McKenna, and Rudy Rucker. Above are some clips from the film.

More Info: Rudy Rucker’s Blog

(via Posthuman Blues)

Podcast round-up

FrqShow: Will the movie The Number 23 ruin 23 culture?

RU Sirius Show: Cory Doctorow’s OverClocked.

NeoFiles Show: Is the iPod the Perfect Thing?

RU Sirius Show: Yeah, right. Or, Is There Too Much Technohype?

NeoFiles Show: Rudy Rucker on Math, Love & Rock ?n’ Roll.

NeoFiles Show: Rudy Rucker on Flurb & Subdimensional Telepathy.

RU Sirius Show: Dangerous Sex Talk with Susie Bright.

RU Sirius Show: More Sex with Susie Bright.

Narrative magic/hypersigils on Sorceryforge

Nice to see running notes on this particular technique.

A hypersigil is a narrative work which includes the author (and/or other targets of the working). Aspects of the story will tie with elements of the real world targets and their pasts, and also to events and changes that have not yet happened but you want to happen. A hypersigil is intended to be read or otherwise experienced by many people, ideally as a published book.

A hypersigil can also be a work of fiction intended to bring about a change in the mental state of the reader. Beware the Golden Barge by Michael Moorcock. Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott and White Light by Rudy Rucker are both hypersigils in as much as they help open the mind of the reader to the fourth dimension and some of the various infinities.

Maybe all good fiction is a hypersigil at some level.

Link (via Xiombarg)

also via this article: Hypersigil wiki by some of the Barbelith crew.

Excerpt from Rudy Rucker’s Latest Novel Spaceland

Excerpt from Spaceland, Rudy Rucker’s latest novel.

Rudy Rucker’s homepage

If you’ve never been to cyberpunk maestro Rudy Rucker’s website, you’re missing out on his free fractal and alife software, artwork, and writing. It’s quite the nifty site.

Rudy Rucker

Matt Groening Interview from Mother Jones

I remember reading this in Mother Jones a while back… just happened across it today and thought I’d share: Matt Groening talking about Futurama:

I’ve loved science fiction ever since I was a little kid, mainly from looking at the covers of science-fiction magazines and books, and I’ve read quite extensively as an adult. About three or four years ago, I decided to reacquaint myself with literary science-fiction and I went back and read everything from H.G. Wells to the new guys, Neil Stephenson and Rudy Rucker and those guys, and what I was surprised to find was that I’d read so much of it. I’d be reading a novel and think, “Wait a minute, I read this in fourth grade,” but I didn’t remember cause I’d plowed through so much. But a lot of my old favorites I thought really held up, I liked [Robert] Heinlein and [Philip K.] Dick and Cordwainer Smith and Theodore Sturgeon and Robert Sheckley — the funny guys, the guys who have a sense of humor.

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