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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr (Tx) (May 20 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822313405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822313403
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.7 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #605,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Bukatman's book fills an important gap."
--Norman Fischer, "Extrapolation"

"[A] wide-ranging excavation of cyber-culture. . . ."
--Steve Beard, "Arena"

"[I]lluminating. . . insightful in its range of theories and fictions. . . ."
--Erik Davis, "Voice Literary Supplement"

""Terminal Identity" gathers together an extremely impressive . . . array of post-modernist attempts to assess 'the narration of new technological modes of being in the world.'"
--John Clute, "Times Literary Supplement"

"This is 'the book' on science fiction and cyber technology--there is just so much information here it is mind boggling. . . . If you plan on buying any theoretical book this year, make it "Terminal Identity,""
--Terra X

""Terminal Identity" offers a definitive formulation of science fiction within a philosophical framework of techno-culture. . . . Bukatman has designed a kind of map of the technological unconscious which constitutes a surrealist discourse on the fusion of bodies and machines."
--Catherine Russell, "Canadian Journal of Film Studies"

"[G]roundbreaking. . . . "Terminal Identity "has a valuable theoretical contribution to make to the burgeoning para-literature on cyberpunk and its related cultural tropes. Besides that, it's a tremendously well-informed science fiction source-book which covers everyone from Brian Aldiss to Pamela Zoline. Destined to become a seminal text."
--Steve Beard, "I-D"

""Terminal Identity" is a landmark book that should be read by all serious scholars of contemporary SF and postmodern culture. In his wide-ranging study, Bukatman does a much-needed job of synthesizing numerous studies of postmodernism and of SF literature and film to give us a new perspective on changing representations of the human subject in the electronic age. . . . "Terminal Identity" is well worth reading and impressive for its range of reference and synthesis of ideas."
--Andrew Gordon, "Science-Fiction Studies"

"A major addition to the critical study of science fiction. . . . [Bukatman's] analyses of the tropes and metaphors found in recent SF illuminate key areas of concern for postmodernism generally."--Larry McCaffery, editor of "Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Fiction"

"Scott Bukatman is a smart man who has been thinking hard and paying a lot of attention. People should listen to him."--Bruce Sterling, author of "The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier"

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"This book should appeal to . . . anyone in the humanities disciplines working within the discourses of postmodernism. The scholarship is absolutely superior."--Vivian Sobchack, author of "Screening Space: The American Science Fiction Film"

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As dense as it is deep, Bukatman's work is essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in science fiction, postmodern theory, or the relationship between technology and human culture. The glowing reviews by Bruce Sterling and Larry McCaffery were well-deserved, and this book will have a permanent place on my bookshelf (right next to Storming the Reality Studio). I had never heard of Scott Bukatman before finding this book, but I now look forward to reading anything he writes in the future.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa52064c8) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa51867bc) out of 5 stars awsome, brilliant, scott's the man Feb. 15 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
One of _the_ important books for anyone interested in Science Fiction's engagement with cultural issues. I've yet to find someone who had done any important work at the time of the books' publication who isn't in there somewhere. It's been called "interminable identity" by some but that's just because people don't have the patience to wade through the good stuff. an Important Book..
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5186ea0) out of 5 stars Buy this book today... your brain will thank you! Feb. 8 2001
By T. Fang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As dense as it is deep, Bukatman's work is essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in science fiction, postmodern theory, or the relationship between technology and human culture. The glowing reviews by Bruce Sterling and Larry McCaffery were well-deserved, and this book will have a permanent place on my bookshelf (right next to Storming the Reality Studio). I had never heard of Scott Bukatman before finding this book, but I now look forward to reading anything he writes in the future.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5186ec4) out of 5 stars Terminal Identity March 7 2006
By Sarah Sammis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fans of the science fiction genre (whether in film, comic book, or novel form) will enjoy these collected essays on how societal issues and fears have been represented. It includes discussions on authors such as Philip K Dick, William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, Alfred Bester, and many others.
HASH(0xa518a1f8) out of 5 stars Indispensable Jan. 9 2009
By K. Klimt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My interest in this book was piqued by Napier's reference to terminal identity in her article 'When the Machines Stop,' and this work certainly provides a comprehensive and compelling analysis of postmodern (mostly cyberpunk) science fiction. The titular concept of 'terminal identity'--the state in which human subjectivity is defined by the objects of our technology--is both elegant and useful; there is so much that is invaluable here that a short review couldn't do it justice. In particular, I was impressed by his analyses of fractals, the overlapping discourses on computer viruses and biological ones such as AIDS, and his discussion of the attempts to humanize certain technological objects (such as motherboards) by casting them in the guise of art. Additionally, his writing is accessible but never dumbed-down and for a work of analysis this is a remarkably enjoyable read. Overall I would say that anyone serious about studying cyberpunk as a genre or even with a general interest in how postmodernism operates in science fiction would find this book invaluable.


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