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  • It's Scott's lone instance of technoporn here, unless you also count the flashy aerial photography that captures some rather arresting views of Manhattan and the overhead whip pans that appear to speed a camera from midtown Manhattan to Brooklyn, as if Scott scouted locations using Google maps.

    Baltimore City Paper

  • I read plenty of non-technoporn SF CJ Cherry, Connie Willis, Maureen McHugh… hmm trying to think of another dude, but if it’s going to have a technoporn plot, it had better deliver on the promises.

    In Other News, Spin Won The Best Novel Hugo This Year « Whatever

  • Spin was well written, as much of RCW’s work has been, and the story is well structured, good characters… but it’s like the soft-core version of technoporn: there’s all the trappings of science fiction, all the strange and bizarre happenings, but the how and why — the money shot, if you will — is when the camera turns away and all you get is elbows and gasping faces.

    In Other News, Spin Won The Best Novel Hugo This Year « Whatever

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  • I first saw the word "technoporn" in Greg Egan's novel Distress. The protagonist used it as a pejorative and insult to his kidnappers. I use it in the context of pornography. Anything that glamorizes technology without merit, esp. in a prurient manner, counts as technoporn.

    The best examples of technoporn appear on American television channels such as the Discovery Channel, in particular, the shows involving current or potential military hardware. If you don't work in the defense industry or military, then watching such video counts as indulging in technoporn.

    July 12, 2007