John Shirley papers

Finding aid prepared by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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Fax: 951-827-4673
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Descriptive Summary

Title: John Shirley papers
Date (inclusive): 1975-1989, undated
Collection Number: MS 398
Creator: Shirley, John, 1953-
Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: The John Shirley papers consist of material related to Shirley's 1989 collection of short stories, Heatseeker, and includes galley proofs and annotated typescripts. Also included is the original introduction to the work written and printed out by author William Gibson.
Languages: The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [date if possible]. John Shirley papers (MS 398). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John Shirley, 2016.

Processing History

Processed by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant, 2017.
Processing of the John Shirley papers was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

Biographical Note

John Shirley is an American writer of novels, short stories, television scripts, screenplays and songs. He is considered to be one of the originators of cyperpunk fiction, a subgenre of science fiction characterized by advanced technological societies in a dystopian future, or "high tech low life." He is also known for writing horror fiction, singing in a number of punk bands, and writing songs for the band Blue Öyster Cult.

Collection Scope and Contents

The John Shirley papers consist of material related to Shirley's 1989 collection of short stories, Heatseeker, originally called "Wild Child" by Shirley after the Lou Reed song. Materials in the collection include galley proofs, annotated typescripts and texts, and Shirley's handwritten title and dedication pages. Also included is the original introduction to the work written and printed out by author William Gibson, and an additional short story called "Screens" that did not appear in the final draft.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged topically, with short stories placed in the order they appear in the final work.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Gibson, William, 1948-
Sterling, Bruce
Cyberpunk fiction
Literature publishing
Science fiction
Science fiction -- Authorship

Genres and Forms of Materials

Galley proofs

Box 1, Folders 1-2

Heatseeker - Galley Proof 1989

Box 1, Folder 3

Introduction by William P. Gibson 1988

Box 1, Folder 4

Forward by Stephen P. Brown 1988

Box 1, Folder 5

Wild Child - Title Page and Dedication undated

Box 1, Folder 6

"What Cindy Saw" undated

Box 1, Folder 7

"Under the Generator" undated

Box 1, Folder 8

"Sleepwalkers" undated

Box 1, Folder 9

"Tahiti in Terms of Squares" 1978

Box 1, Folder 10

"Silent Crickets" 1975

Box 1, Folder 11

"The Almost Empty Rooms" 1977

Box 1, Folder 12

"Equilibrium" 1987

Box 1, Folder 13

"Uneasy Chrysalids, Our Memories" 1975

Box 1, Folder 14

"Recurrent Dreams of Nuclear War Lead B.T. Quizenbaum into Moral Dissolution" undated

Box 1, Folder 15

"Six Kinds of Darkness" 1987

Box 1, Folder 16

"The Unfolding" - with Bruce Sterling undated

Box 1, Folder 17

"The Peculiar Happiness of Professor Cort" undated

Box 1, Folder 18

"Ticket to Heaven" Undated

Box 1, Folder 19

"Wolves of the Plateau" undated

Box 1, Folder 20

"Screens" 1987