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Cyberpunk cities: science fiction meets urban theory
Journal of Planning Education and Research
  • Carl Abbott, Portland State University
Document Type
Post-Print
Publication Date
1-1-2007
Subjects
  • Cyberpunk fiction -- History and criticism,
  • Science fiction -- History and criticism,
  • City and town life in literature,
  • City planning
Abstract
The science fiction subgenre of cyberpunk developed in the 1980s and 1990s with a strong interest in urban settings. A reading of important cyberpunk novels shows the way in which the ideas of formal urban theory, such as the idea of global cities, cities as communication systems, and the Los Angeles school of urban studies, have been incorporated into this facet of popular culture. The analysis suggests that science fiction can help planners to understand the influence of a range of social theories on public understanding of planning issues.
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This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, has been published in Journal of Planning Education and Research 2007 and is copyright by Sage Publications, available online at: http://jpe.sagepub.com/content/27/2/122.abstract

DOI
10.1177/0739456X07305795
Persistent Identifier
http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/8588
Citation Information
Carl Abbott. "Cyberpunk cities: science fiction meets urban theory" Journal of Planning Education and Research (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/carl_abbott/15/