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The Last Bomb: Historicizing History in Terry Bisson's Fire on the Mountain and Gibson and Sterling's The Difference Engine

The Last Bomb: Historicizing History in Terry Bisson's Fire on the Mountain and Gibson and... The Last Bomb: Historicizing History in Terry Bisson's Fire on the Mountain and Gibson and Sterling's The Difference Engine Phillip E. Wegner The Comparatist, Volume 23, May 1999, pp. 141-151 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.1999.0000 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/415143/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 11:15 GMT from JHU Libraries ??? COMVAKATIST THE LAST BOMB: HISTORICIZING HISTORY IN TERRY BISSON'S FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN AND GIBSON AND STERLING'S THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE Phillip E. Wegner The last bomb, the one no one speaks about, is the bomb that is not content to strew things in space but would strew them in time. The temporal bomb. Where it explodes, everything is suddenly blown into the past; and the greater the bomb's capacity, thefurther into the past they go. Look around: this explosion has already occurred. In an amnesic world like ours, everything living is projected into the past as though things Md been over-hastily plunged into a dimension in which the only meaning they acquire is that wrestedfrom time by afinal revolution. That is the real bomb, the bomb that immobilizes things in eerie retrogression. Baudrillard, "The Anorexic Ruins" (34-35) In his http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

The Last Bomb: Historicizing History in Terry Bisson's Fire on the Mountain and Gibson and Sterling's The Difference Engine

The Comparatist , Volume 23 – Oct 3, 2012

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The Last Bomb: Historicizing History in Terry Bisson's Fire on the Mountain and Gibson and Sterling's The Difference Engine Phillip E. Wegner The Comparatist, Volume 23, May 1999, pp. 141-151 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.1999.0000 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/415143/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 11:15 GMT from JHU Libraries ??? COMVAKATIST THE LAST BOMB: HISTORICIZING HISTORY IN TERRY BISSON'S FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN AND GIBSON AND STERLING'S THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE Phillip E. Wegner The last bomb, the one no one speaks about, is the bomb that is not content to strew things in space but would strew them in time. The temporal bomb. Where it explodes, everything is suddenly blown into the past; and the greater the bomb's capacity, thefurther into the past they go. Look around: this explosion has already occurred. In an amnesic world like ours, everything living is projected into the past as though things Md been over-hastily plunged into a dimension in which the only meaning they acquire is that wrestedfrom time by afinal revolution. That is the real bomb, the bomb that immobilizes things in eerie retrogression. Baudrillard, "The Anorexic Ruins" (34-35) In his

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