Cyberpunk and the Dilemmas of Postmodern Narrative: The Example of William Gibson

@article{Sponsler1992CyberpunkAT,
  title={Cyberpunk and the Dilemmas of Postmodern Narrative: The Example of William Gibson},
  author={Claire Sponsler},
  journal={Contemporary Literature},
  year={1992},
  volume={33},
  pages={625}
}
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