Lewis Shiner is one of the original cyberpunk authors. He's been a
cyberpunk rhetorician since the Movement's beginning.
His voice has been a primary and highly articulate force in cyberpunk's
bullheaded and successful battle for public acceptance without compromise.
Yet, like most (or all but Gibson) cyberpunks , his own fiction is unlike
the others -- excepting, of course, an uncompromising devotion to quality.
Since his first publication in 1977, Lewis Shiner has written a widely
spectrum of short stories: mysteries, fantasies, and horror as well as SF.
1984 appearance of his first novel, Frontera , demonstrated his important
Movement fiction. Frontera combined classic hard-SF structure with a
harrowing portrait of postindustrial society in the early twenty-first
book's gritty realism and deflating treatment of SF icons aroused much
Shiner's work is marked by thorough research and cooly meticulous
construction. His lean, vigorous prose shows his allegiance to hard-boiled
mystery fiction as well as to such quasi-mainstream authors as Elmore
Leonard and Robert Stone.
Lewis Shiner was born in 1950 in Oregon, United States.
He grew up in Arizona, Georgia, New Mexico, and in the Sudan.
Mr Shiner describes himself as a compulsive researcher. He has travelled
throughout the USA and Mexico, and has worked as house painter, rock
musician, computer programmer, draftsman, clerk, and construction worker.
- Frontera (1984)
- Deserted Cities of the Heart (1988)
- The Edges of Things (191)
- Nine Hard Questions About the Universe (1990)
- Slam (1990)
- Glimpses: A Novel (1993)
- Say Goodbye (1999)
- Rock 'n' roll novel.
Lewis Shiner is also the editor of "When the Music's Over"
(1991) anthology, which contains short fiction stories.