Sep 28

Pat Cadigan FOOLS William GibsonClick for larger image

Max Bathroom comments: What do you mean, photo covers don’t work for cyberpunk novels?

Published 1994

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.58 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “Fools”

  1. A. R. Yngve Says:

    It’s rare that the people responsible for a book cover get such large credits just below the author’s name.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    “You’re not a teenager anymore, mom!”

  3. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Worst. Cyberspace. Ever.

    GSS, @ A.R. Yngve.

  4. THX 1139 Says:

    Was the sequel called “Fools: I Shall Destroy Them All!”?

  5. fred Says:

    The color coded lines got jumbled up at the printers and the title seems to have disappeared.

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    I pity whoever made this cover. (Yeah, I know that’s from the 80s but that’s where this cover is stuck. Not that it would have been acceptable even then, merely excusable.)

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    The return of Bimbo Akimbo.

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Francis Boyle: so you pity the fools?

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Those aren’t the Virtual Reality glasses, mom. That’s the RoboVac and it’s about to suck your eyes out!”

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:


    I am slightly acquainted with Pat and I can hear her cursing and then cackling at this. She has a great cackle. Last time I saw her she greeted me with “(real name) how the hell are ya?”

    She is much better than this. I’m sure she had many interesting things to say about this in 1991.

    @ARY: GSS!!!

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Another reason to love Pat:

    Cory Doctorow blithered breathlessly this week on about cyberpunk then and now, name-dropping madly and pontificating wildly.

    The second comment was:

    “2. Pat Cadigan

    Cyberpunk and technology––it all sounds so interesting. Are there any women?”

    Since of course she was writing while Cory was in short pants.

    No emoji, no “hey what about me”, no “your article is a sausage fest”. Just perfection.

    Comment #4 mentioned one of her novels. Not this one.

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: heh.

    Alas, much of the SF commentariat suffers from a curious form of retrograde amnesia: works by female authors and fans mysteriously vanish from their memories after about 20 years, so women writing fantasy/SF is always a recent phenomenon. (JK Rowling is the first important female fantasy writer, for instance).

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: someone responded, rightly, that the percentage of women in computer sciences has gone down; the boys, especially libertarian techbros, are afraid of girl cooties and put up a NO GURLZ ALLOWED sign on their clubhouse.

  14. Max Bathroom Says:

    That vile “sad puppies” fiasco that was staged to mess up the Hugo nominations at a couple of WorldCons probably didn’t help any either.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    All part and parcel of the same strain. Insecure man-boys having sadfeels that women aren’t always second-class citizens. (see also: Party, Republican)

  16. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Go find some Pat Cadigan books. Read them. She is very good.

    She’s also got terminal cancer so could probably use the royalties.

    And know that women were writing kickass cyberpunk good and early.

    (Obligatory snark: Art directors in the early ’90s had very strange ideas of where computers would take us. The woman on the cover appears to have got her head stuck in a bit of styrofoam packing. Also, watch out for cybergoldfish.)

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