In the following pages I am going to deal with Pat Cadigan’s short story Pretty Boy Crossover. The story was first published in 1986 and is included in her short-fiction collection Patterns.
By analyzing the various aspects of the text I will try to give my own interpretation of Cadigan’s essay and her views on society and human behaviour influenced by computers and new technologies. .
As the introduction of Pretty Boy Crossover already gives away, Cadigan got her ideas for the story from her own observations and experiences of the mid 80’s club scene. Her main character is Pretty Boy, a sixteen year old kid, who is struggling with a decision that would influence his life. He has attracted the attention of influential people, who want to recruit him for their “programme-. Like his friend Bobby, “they- want to transform Pretty Boy from what they call a “less efficient form- (human being) to a “S-A-D-, a self-aware data. In a way .
PETTY BOY CROSSOVER Term Paper for “Aesthetics Of Techno-Culture in American Literature and Film-.
Pretty Boy feels flattered by “their- interest in him, but on the other hand he is very sceptical about the whole development. “They- try to convince him but in the end he decides for himself that the only way for him to remain in demand ( and that’s what he wants ) is to turn down “their- offer. .
The story is set in a night-club. The atmosphere Cadigan creates is rather dreary and bleak. Everything seems to be too perfect and sterile. As a reader I feel constricted in this place, senses are getting overflown by noise, or as Cadigan puts it :-The club is Noise. Can’t sneak into the bathroom for quiet, the Noise is piped in there, too. Want to get away from Noise? Why?- (Pat Cadigan.