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What is cyberpunk and why should I care?

Cyberpunk (a portmanteau of cyberspace and punk) is a science fiction genre notable for its focus on “high tech and low life”. It features advanced science, such as information technology and cybernetics, coupled with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.

[1] Cyberpunk plots often center on a conflict among hackers, artificial intelligences and megacorporations,

[2] and tend to be set in a near-future Earth, rather than the far-future settings or galactic vistas found in novels such as Isaac Asimov’s Foundation or Frank Herbert’s Dune.

[3] The settings are usually post-industrial dystopias but tend to feature extraordinary cultural ferment and the use of technology in ways never anticipated by its original inventors (“the street finds its own uses for things”).

[4] Much of the genre’s atmosphere echoes film noir, and written works in the genre often use techniques from detective fiction. (wikipedia)

Origins of cyberpunk and its early influences

In the late 1970s, early examples of the genre were beginning to appear – notably “Nam June Paik’s Video Arcade” (1976), a compilation of early video art which featured Isaac Asimov as a guest speaker. In 1982, author Harlan Ellison published an anthology called “DANGEROUS VISIONS”, notable for including the short story “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream”, which went on to win several awards.

The short story “Johnny Mnemonic” by William Gibson was published in Omni (1981) and later adapted into a full-length motion picture starring Keanu Reeves. This story, along with his previous work “Burning Chrome” set the tone for Gibson’s seminal Sprawl trilogy and the many cyberpunk writers that followed. The 1984 novel Neuromancer (which won the triple crown of science fiction awards: Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick Awards) by William Gibson further helped popularise the word “cyberspace”

Cyberpunk in the modern era – books, movies, and TV shows

Cyberpunk is a genre that shows how our online personas are becoming ever more integrated into our everyday lives. It’s about the way technology alters humanity in both exciting and terrifying ways. Cyberpunk isn’t just robots, explosions, big guns and badass heroes (although it can be). Its stories contemplate what happens when we let technology become an extension of our selves.

Frequently, the genre is more about telling an interesting story than it is exploring profound concepts; there are some cyberpunk works out there that lack depth but can still be fun to watch or read. And when they do tackle deeper issues, the results tend to be thought-provoking and insightful.


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