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Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 The End of the Human : Apocalypse, Cyberpunk, and the Parrish Plessis Novels
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This discussion 'offers a brief summary of cyberpunk globally and in Australia and then, within the framework of Australian apocalypse outlined so far in this book, examines Marianne de Pierres's Parrish Plessis novels to determine one approach to the sense of location and apocalypse in Australian cyber narratives. De Pierres sets her novels in a future Australia but describes a mixed cultural and linguistic environment that appears to constitute a generic global space. Yet her representation of the hostile and harsh landscape indicates specifically Australian themes. De Pierres's use of eschatological motifs as well as the textual anxieties about posthumanism and the end of authenticity also belie cyberpunk's indifference to apocalypse.' (159-160)


  • Epigraph: Judgement Day was getting a fair whipping. Punters had already lined the beach dunes to catch the spectacle. -Marianne de Pierres, Code Noir 11

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    y separately published work icon Apocalypse in Australian Fiction and Film : A Critical Study Roslyn Weaver , Jefferson : McFarland and Company , 2011 Z1820733 2011 single work criticism 'Australia has been a frequent choice of location for narratives about the end of the world in science fiction and speculative works, ranging from pre-colonial apocalyptic maps to key literary works from the last fifty years. This critical work explores the role of Australia in both apocalyptic literature and film. Works and genres covered include Nevil Shute's popular novel On the Beach, Mad Max, children's literature, Indigenous writing, and cyberpunk. The text examines ways in which apocalypse is used to undermine complacency, foretell environmental disasters, critique colonization, and to serve as a means of protest for minority groups. Australian apocalypse imagines Australia at the ends of the world, geographically and psychologically, but also proposes spaces of hope for the future.' (From the publisher's website.) Jefferson : McFarland and Company , 2011 pg. 159-185
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