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Pynchon's Prophecies of Cyberspace

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Brian Stonehill

Pomona College
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On the face of things, it would seem paradoxical if not plainly contradictory to claim Thomas Pynchon for the pantheon of cyberspace prophets. For one thing, the most challenging and most rewarding novelist of our period would seem to have a pronounced aversion to anything binary. How can cybernauts and cyberpunks have the nerve to claim Pynchon as a literary ancestor, when the implied author of Gravity's Rainbow so clearly thinks of the digital domain as fodder for fascism and as hospitable only to the forces of dehumanization?
How to Cite: Stonehill, B., (1994). Pynchon's Prophecies of Cyberspace. Pynchon Notes. (34-35), pp.11–19. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.195
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Published on 22 Sep 1994.
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