[SFRA-L] Credit for "Biopunk?"
pawel.frelik at gmail.com
Tue Sep 27 14:04:45 EDT 2011
> I first saw the term "biopunk" in relation to Paolo Bacigalupi's THE
> WINDUP GIRL Like cyberpunk and steampunk, it has since been applied
> retroactively to a number of other works, including the TV series
> DARK ANGEL from more than a decade ago. But I was wondering when the
> term had actually been coined, and by whom. I think I have the
> answer: the Jan. 3, 1999 New York Times Book Review sf column by
> Gerald Jonas:
that is actually a pretty late use. McHale uses it in his _Constructing postmodernism_ (page 257) - the book originally came out in 1992, but the chapter "Towards a poetics of cyberpunk," in which the term appears, is a revision of the article "Elements of a Poetics in Cyberpunk" from the Spring 1992 issue of _Critique_. It also was used a number of times with reference to Di Filippo's writing - definitely before 1999 although I don't have citations at hand at the moment.
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