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Burning Chrome Social Concerns

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Burning Chrome is a collection of William Gibson's science-fiction short stories.

He wrote this collection in the 1980s as the computer revolution was becoming part of popular culture, and most of the stories deal with man's relationship to technology.

Literary texts exploring this relationship have been common since the Industrial Revolution, but the sub-genre of cyberpunk to which theses stories belong arose in the 1980s. The word comes from cybernetics, which is the study of the relationship between human control systems, such as the brain and nervous system, and complex electronic systems like computers. Characters in cyberpunk stories cross the boundaries between man and machine. W. A. Senior defines cyberpunk novels as having "a rigorous intellectual base that permits hard extrapolative questions about the future of technology and its effect on man; a society/ culture permeated by various technologies so that humanity has begun to fragment as a...

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