Space and Nonspace: The Future of Mobility in Global Capitalism


  • Chad Andrews Trent University



Space, Economy, Globalization


Today, after over twenty years since the publication of Neuromancer, it is impossible to ignore the fact that Gibson’s description of cyberspace has become disappointingly banal. Network technologies have accelerated to a level of unprecedented sophistication, and have over the last two decades bridged the gap between cyberpunk’s central extrapolation – called “cyberspace,” or “the matrix,” or “the metaverse,” depending on taste – and our contemporary technological landscape. In this case, science fiction has lost one of its defining characteristics, its focus on futurity and difference, and betrayed its inability to imagine anything other than the here and now... [Read full article].


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How to Cite

Andrews, C. (2010). Space and Nonspace: The Future of Mobility in Global Capitalism. Strategies of Critique, 1(2).