Cheap Truth

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In the early 80s SF author Bruce Sterling, under the pseudonym "Vincent Omniaveritas", edited a series of mostly single-sheet newsletters titled Cheap Truth. (It's usually referred to as a samizdat, after the mimeographed newsletters dissidents circulated among themselves in Communist Eastern Europe, but that's just a highfalutin name for a fanzine.) In them, Bruce Sterling, Lewis Shiner (as "Sue Denim"), Rudy Rucker, and other members of a loose-knit group of SF writers (called by themselves "the Movement") attacked what they considered the stagnant state of the time's popular science fiction and hyped their own works. As such, they document the development of the literary consciousness of many of the writers of works later dubbed "cyberpunk".

David Langford's Ansible Editions published The Complete Cheap Truth -- containing all the issues below -- as a 2019 ebook for free download from the TAFF website.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 1983 2
2 1983 2
3 1983 2
4 1983 2
5 1984 2
6 1984 2
7 1984 2
8 1985 2
9 1985 4
10 1985 2
11 1985 2
12 1985 2
13 1985 2
14 1986 2
15 1986 4
16 1986 4
no number November 1986 2 "The Last Cheap Truth"; the only dated issue
no number ?1986 2 Theodore Sturgeon tribute by Brian Aldiss

Cheap Truth online at

Publication Reasonator 19831986
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