"You flip the page. You've been drawn into the future, more vivid in your mind's eye than it ever will be on screen. Deeper and more compelling than the screen because it doesn't have to fit into a time slot. Characters rise from the page clad in cybernetic prosthesis and trench coats as they walk the dystopic neon lit streets."

In this section you will find reviews and analysis of cyberpunk books, graphic novels, short stories, and other written media.

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When you utter the words ‘blade runner’ in any conversation, the average person’s mind immediately jumps to Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, Blade Runner, especially in the wake of the release of Blade Runner 2049. This iconic title originally belonged to a novel that bears almost no resemblance to the film that carries’s its namesake. That novel is Alan […]

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In anticipation of the long-awaited follow-up to the genesis of the cyberpunk genre that nobody is watching for whatever reason, I learned of K.W. Jeter’s three novelized sequels to one of the most un-sequel-able movies ever made and set upon a mission to snag myself a copy of each, which proved to be much more […]

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Cyberpunkdreams is the literary cyberpunk world of Rob Chant, a writer and game designer. This is a cyberpunk project that emphasizes the ‘low-life’ side of the genre, rather than the ‘high-tech’ side. This is refreshing as many modern cyberpunk worlds ditch the ‘low-tech’ elements in favor of the high-concept technology of our rapidly approaching future and […]

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Zombies vs Robots: A Cyberpunk Tale of Terror is a novel that attempts to be quite a few things: a literary tale of families within a community, a narrative about a methodical conspiracy by a mega corporation, and a survival guide for any calamitous situation imaginable. There’s great care given to small details, highlighting the […]

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I recently wrote an article for Neon Dystopia on Mondo 2000, a cyberculture magazine that helped shape the cyberpunk sub-genre. When thinking of Mondo, the first person that comes to mind for most people is Ken Goffman, better known as R.U. Sirius. While he may be best known for his time at Mondo 2000, Sirius […]

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It’s difficult to explain Mondo 2000 to someone who hasn’t experienced it before. That’s really what I would call it at the end of the day: an experience. Like a hallucinogenic trip, or a roller coaster ride, or that tingle that you get after a first kiss — it’s something you just don’t really get […]

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Lots of cyberpunk trailers this week break up the creeping dread that is the erosion of journalistic freedoms and privacy, but it isn’t all bad. Cyberpunk Reality Ron Wyden Stands for Journalists in Vote Against 2017 Intelligence Authorization Bill Ron Wyden singularly voted against the 2017 Intelligence Authorization Bill on Tuesday, August 22nd, continuing his […]

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The Introduction In my professional life, I teach literature. Occasionally, I will force my students to read Neuromancer. The book tends to confuse my students and often draws mixed reviews, both admirers, and detractors. I have known students to become enamored with the cyberpunk genre to the point that by semester’s end they’re making a […]

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Our cyberpunk reality is a kind of uneasy mirror of the hacker crackdown of the 90s, and the cyberpunk fictions of our time seem to be a continuous stream of new iterations of the old. Cyberpunk Reality Bitcoin Operator Arrested in Connection of Money Laundering The operator of BTC-e, one of the oldest Bitcoin exchanges, […]

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