Abstract: This series of podcasts will compose a reading of the Zine "Cheap Truth."
Welcome to "Talk Geek To Me." Today, the start of a series of bonus episodes. While I have demonstrated a certain "staying power" with my first and mid-month schedule, I do hunger for more frequency, while humbly confessing that I simply cannot generate enough new material for a more aggressive schedule. Enter the concept of a "bonus episode."
The hardest thing is making the original material, and "bonus episodes" like this will enable me to bring you more, without consigning myself to a cyber-serf status chained to my computer. When possible, I will bring you something in addition to my twice a month schedule. If anybody is listening who would like to have a guest spot on my show, contact me at dg at-you-know-why deepgeek.us.invalid. No, I am not looking to pass any kind of torch, nor am I looking for a vacation. I merely want to have more to offer you, dear listeners. I will keep to my twice monthly schedule for my own geeky content. Today, we start an extended visit to the roots of "Cyberpunk Science Fiction." I know some don't like the genre, but science fiction is always geeky, and I think even though this series is about Cyberpunk, it is not Cyberpunk itself.
Back in the Eighties, before the term "Cyberpunk" was coined, Bruce Sterling, then a proto-cyberpunk, edited a series of Science Fiction reviews pseudonymously. It was called "Cheap Truth." The were xeroxed sheets offered used book stores, some like the famous "wetware," that offered a selection of used Science Fiction with used computers. I value the prose as a thing unto itself, but the beginnings were there, where the people who would compose the core of the original Cyberpunk movement wrote under alias what they thought was bad, and how the new was good. If that does not whet your whistle, don't unsubscribe from "Talk Geek To Me," merely skip this series of extras.
At the end of the day, this mini series will form an audio book. Cheap Truth was public domain, my reading of it, and my opening and closing music, are creative commons non-commercial sharealike attribution.
I hope you folks enjoy this, without further ado, I offer you some "Cheap Truth."