Mirrormaze A Dreampunk Anthology
From Alice to Don Quixote to Gilgamesh and back into prehistory, dreams have always played a special role in storytelling. In modern times, we find ourselves caught in an explosion of technology whose ramifications confound our understanding of the natural world, the real world. Never before has reality felt so plastic, so unreal.
The crystallization of cyberpunk in the 1980s (heralded by the film Blade Runner, the novel Neuromancer, and the anthology Mirrorshades) led to a variety of “punk” genres with little in common other than a certain ineffable feeling: a sense of wonder at the power of human contrivance mingled with an overwhelming dread of the same.
We now find ourselves in a very strange place. Technology is embedded so deeply in our lives that it no longer feels separate; it’s taken for granted, like breathing. Whatever can be imagined can be experienced, if not in the “real” world then somewhere else. Somewhere better. This is our new reality. We live inside our heads, in our dreams.
Millennia in the making, the time has come for the first-ever dreampunk anthology: Mirrormaze.
|Chapter||Story Title||Author||Word Count|
|1||Pipe Dream||Cliff Jones Jr.||600|
|2||Happy Birthday, Tinkerbell||Elizabeth Roderick||2,000|
|3||Chrome, Reflected||Ragnar Martinson||2,100|
|4||The Future Is Milk||Courtney LoCicero||1,100|
|5||Sleepwalker||Jeb R. Sherrill||1,600|
|6||Angel in the Cave||Cliff Jones Jr.||6,200|
|7||Martian Spirit Quest||Steven R. Brandt||4,000|
|8||The End of Michael Clement||J. R. R. R. Hardison||5,600|
|11||A Bottle of Jinn||Cliff Jones Jr.||4,500|
|12||Hidden Features||Alex Pilalis||4,500|
|13||Kiss of Fire||Anna Tizard||2,900|
|14||Flight of the Universe||Stephen Coghlan||4,100|
|15||Teacup Koi||Courtney LoCicero||1,200|
|16||Two Roads||M. Crane Hana||3,300|
|17||Alice Under Marmalade Skies||Catherine Dufour||3,700|
|18||Dorothy in the Land of Poppies||Cliff Jones Jr.||1,800|
|19||Domestic Animals I Have Known||Charles C. Mitchell||2,100|
|20||The Mirror Cracked||Tessa B. Dick||2,000|
|21||Walking in Dreams||Michael D. Nadeau||2,200|
|22||Drifters||David Michael Williams||5,900|
|24||Thatcher Maugden and the Dream Witch||Dez Schwartz||3,600|
|25||The Dragon’s Nest||Thomas Fortenberry||5,100|
|26||Somnium||Jeb R. Sherrill||7,700|
|27||Visual Snow||L. B. Shimaira||2,400|
|28||Nightmare’s End||Alex Pilalis||2,600|
|29||So Long||Cliff Jones Jr.||2,600|
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