In the following pages I am going to deal with Pat CadiganÂ´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 CadiganÂ´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 80Â´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 â€œprogrammeâ€. Like his friend Bobby, â€œtheyâ€ want to transform Pretty Boy from what they call a â€œless efficient formâ€ (human being) to a â€œS-A-Dâ€, a self-aware data. In a way .
PETTY BOY CROSSOVER Term Paper for â€œAesthetics Of Techno-Culture in American Literature and Filmâ€.
Pretty Boy feels flattered by â€œtheirâ€ interest in him, but on the other hand he is very sceptical about the whole development. â€œTheyâ€ try to convince him but in the end he decides for himself that the only way for him to remain in demand ( and thatÂ´s what he wants ) is to turn down â€œtheirâ€ 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 :â€The club is Noise.