The Girl Who Was Plugged In

The Girl Who Was Plugged In[Read] ➱ The Girl Who Was Plugged In By James Tiptree Jr. – James Tiptree Jr aka Alice Sheldon is primarily renowned for her short fiction but this piece which won the Hugo for best novella in 1974 is also top notch It imagines a future completely ruled by cor James Tiptree Jr aka Who Was MOBI ô Alice Sheldon is primarily renowned for her short fiction but this piece which won the Hugo for best novella in is also top notch It imagines a future completely ruled by corporations where advertising is illegal because life is advertising—companies use celebrities and product placement to sell their wares Philadelphia “P” Burke is a seventeen year old girl with The Girl ePUB ✓ severe deformities who after a suicide attempt is chosen to be one of those celebrities—she controls a new perfect body grown brainless for this very purpose and becomes a new famous person whose job is to publicly buy things But then she falls in love.

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  • 35 pages
  • The Girl Who Was Plugged In
  • James Tiptree Jr.
  • English
  • 13 September 2016

10 thoughts on “The Girl Who Was Plugged In

  1. Duane says:

    Alice Bradley Sheldon was an American science fiction writer who wrote under the pen name of James Tiptree Jr She kept her gender secret for most of her career This novella The Girl Who Was Plugged In won the Hugo Award for best science fiction in 1974

  2. Jamie says:

    Yikes Hard to believe this won a Hugo for best novella 1974 Conceptually compelling but the storytelling is a disaster Fragmented awkward and uninteresting Starts with a kind of cyberpunk anti corporate theme but takes a wrong turn at Albuuerue and becomes something else entirely less compellingGod knows what's happening to the people or the earth or the other planets maybe One great big vortex of lies and garbage pouring round and round getting bigger and bigger and nothing can ever change

  3. Fraser Simons says:

    “It’s a lucky girl who can have all the fun she wants while doing good for others isn’t it?”Published in 1973 James Tiptree Jr may not have created cyberpunk but pretty much wrote cyberpunk The only major thing missing is the injection of The New Frontier trope Full on cyberspace found in Neuromancer isn’t present When people discuss proto cyberpunk fiction this short fiction piece should be a major component especially when looking for non masculine works within the subgenre that don’t get put on must read lists as much as they ought to I’m working on mine presently by the way In just 36 pages it tells the story of 17 year old P Burke in the near future who makes a suicide attempt that is denied by a bureaucracy Instead she is offered a job presented as the opportunity of a lifetime She is to be a remote broadcasting her consciousness into a 15 year old clone with receivers built into it but otherwise completely devoid of sentience This body is crafted into the ideal image for the consumers who will be watching her on a feed The job? Simply live her life entertaining the consumers glued to their feeds what are explicitly drawn to her as a desirable commodity even though we know as the reader her job is essentially Sex Sells Her actual objective is to use selected products she’s supposed to like so that others may see them and buy them After all they are the best products if she likes them “And here is our girl looking—If possible worse than before You thought this was Cinderella transistorized?”It’s capitalism as we know it with one major difference there are no ads They’ve been banned Kind of The neon tinged fever dream like streets we’ve come to associate with cyberpunk focuses on the way in which people living in capitalism become consumers in unsuspecting ways Although there are no ads exactly this only means companies have adapted creating new ways of getting people to buy Most predominantly product placement I imagine this might just be starting as a thing in 1973 but I couldn’t speak intelligently on that Turns out it was reasonable anxiety to have back then; go figure These new gods of society as they are called often are fickle; moving from new fad to new fad so uickly that companies cannot cash in well enough And so they need their own god controlled by themThe Girl Who Was Plugged In is both explicit and stark in its condemnation of the ways in which society dictates every acceptable action a woman may take to accrue some modicum of power Even when Delphi—the persona which was created for the real live P Burke described as being an ugly woman and is kept in a basement somewhere—accrues said power temporarily becoming indispensable because she is a tastemaker—her power is only a loan and as fleeting as the masses interest; never truly accrued and earned and kept like the puppeteers behind the scenes truly benefiting from societal structures And it also has very real limits as we find out“Don’t worry about a thing You’ll have people behind you whose job it is to select the most worthy products for you to use Your job is just to do as they say They’ll show you what outfits to wear at parties what suncars and viewers to buy and so on That’s all you have to do”When she meets a young man who falls in love with her his desire is linked to her body only Even though he is the son of the man who owns the company and described as essentially woke and awake of the ways in which the system preys upon the weak He does not know that a remote exists He never actually sees the woman behind Delphi even though everything beyond her presentation is present as well He doesn’t want to know her mind His rage is tied to his ability to own his notion of what a free Delphi is never asking her what she wants or needs The comfortable feeling that what he wants to consume is in front of him parallels the damage well meaning allies that are actually just a part of the same system of control visit on people tied up in systemic oppression is disturbingly articulate A biting critiue throughout and a through line for non masculine cyberpunk works it’s a formative piece of literature for the sub genre One that does not feature some of the problematic aspects first wave cyberpunk often is critiued for “Every noon beside the yacht’s hydrofoils darling Delphi clips along in the blue sea they’ve warned her not to drink And every night around the shoulder of the world an ill shaped thing in a dark burrow beasts its way across the sterile pool”While the world is brutal to the protagonist like pretty much all cyberpunk the marginalization of and fetishization of P Burke as she is referred to in the text is the entire point of the story serving to critiue societal structures Even with this critiue present there is also no feeling of the male gaze perforating the short fiction It some ways it is as large contrast between some of the typical first wave cyberpunk and the non masculine works found in the sub genre Certainly nothing could surpass it in this condensed a demonstration of the contrast anyway It becomes even unsettling in its presentation which feels very much as though you’re a viewer of a program yourself being taken for a ride that is exciting and supposed to be acceptable Watching P Burke’s rise and fall written like a program written you’re going to enjoy when you ought to feel sick “showbiz has something TV and Hollywood never had—automated inbuilt viewer feedback Samples ratings critics polls? Forget it With that carrier field you can get real time response sensor readouts from every receiver in the world served up at your console That started as a thingie to give the public influence on contentYesTry it man You’re at the console Slice to the sex age educ econ ethno cetera audience of your choice and start You can’t miss Where the feedback warms up give ‘em of that Warm—warmer—hot You’ve hit it—the secret itch under those hides the dream in those hearts You don’t need to know its name With your hand controlling all input and your eye reading all the response you can make them a godand somebody’ll do the same for you”

  4. Margaret says:

    I think this might be the first cyberpunk novel Tiptree's style is gripping and so contemporary feeling Tiptree was also remarkably prescient about future technology Reading this in 2017 I am stunned it was written way back in 1973 The world in the story is so close to our digital surrogate dominated society It's easy to see why William Gibson loved it I can't recommend this work highly enough It's exciting and mind bending and dark and so true

  5. Joy says:

    This is the feminist anticapitalist cyberpunk I've always wanted An extraordinary voice an incredible imagination and I only wish it were longer

  6. Kellie says:

    On the plus side this is a critiue of influencer culture several decades before it came into existence Sadly however the disabled protagonist of the story is viewed with disgust and contempt by the narrator throughout I realize that the narrator does not necessarily represent The authors viewpoint; the narrative voice feels like a random stoner from the cyberpunk universe But that doesn't make it much easier to tolerate

  7. Daniel Eastman says:

    Reads like beat poetry meets Philip K Dick sci fi and loss of selfhood so it’s extremely up my alley

  8. Bbrown says:

    An interesting novella most notable because it manages to pack such a complete story into a small number of pages Tiptree Jr does so however by writing in a highly stylized fashion skipping all but the highlights and referencing clichés as a shortcut for plot progression Certainly better than forcing us to actually read clichés but that's not nearly as impressive as writing something that is good despite being a cliché let alone deconstructing or subverting or reinventing such formulas The writing is my least favorite part of the work though the nature of the story being told gives me hope that the affectations on display here don't permeate through all of the author's work Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the story is the parallel between the main character and Tiptree herself who also worked through an invented identity but though it's interesting the story is too short to engage with that idea substantively Also somewhat impressive is Tiptree Jr's prediction of the Instagram advertisers and guerilla marketers of today though celebrity endorsements were a thing long before this story There were enough interesting things going on in this story that I want to read something longer by Tiptree Jr but this particular story's virtues were counterbalanced by its flaws 35

  9. James says:

    What a fantastic novella Published in 1974 this is definitely the harbinger of cyberpunk that would dominate the 80s There is a lot to unpack here The dystopian world where the corporations rule advertisement industry using celebrities who are created on demand by projecting disabled people's brains onto android like bodies and the ultimate control through these Remote bodies that populate the world It's insane in its scope and ambition The style is not my cup of tea but it's a minor point The meta aspect of the story is also inescapable given that James Tiptree is the pen name of Alice SheldonAh Delphi Ah P Burke

  10. Palimpsest says:

    A caricature of a woman burning melting obsessed with true loveThe trying first And the shame The SHAME I am not what thou lovest And the fiercer trying And the realization that there is no no way none Never NeverWhen she finally understands that the fierceness is tenderness she thinks it's a miracle

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