A-lister John Shirley’s short story MEERGA has been accepted for Altered States.

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A-lister John Shirley’s short story MEERGA has been accepted for Altered States. John Shirley is an American author of science-fiction, fantasy & noir fiction.

“John Shirley was cyberpunk’s patient zero, first locus of the virus, certifiably virulent. A Carrier. City Come A-Walkin’ is evidence of that and more.” – William Gibson (forward to City Come A-walking)

Avant-slipstream critic Larry McCaffery called him “a postmodern Edgar Allen Poe.” Bruce Sterling has cited Shirley’s early story collection Heatseeker as being a seminal cyberpunk work in itself. Several stories in Heatseeker were particularly seminal, including Sleepwalkers, which, in just one example, probably provided the inspiration for William Gibson’s “meat puppets” in Neuromancer.

Shirley is a prolific writer of novels and short stories, TV scripts and screenplays who has published over 30 books and 10 collections. Shirley is known for his cyberpunk science fiction novels, such as the A Song Called Youth trilogy, City Come A-Walkin’ and Black Glass, as well as his suspense (as in his novels Spider Moon and The Brigade), horror novels and stories (e.g., Demons and Crawlers and the story collectino Black Butterflies) and horror film work. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Shirley

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