"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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Altered Carbon hit the shelves in 2002, the first published work by Richard K. Morgan. Making a solid impression as it did so, the book won the 2003 Philip K. Dick award for its US edition. Shortly after this, it was optioned by film producer Joel Silver, of ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Predator’ fame, for $1m. […]

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Cyberpunk news for the week brings us an encroaching police state that falsifies evidence, removes privacy protections, and robs you. On the bright side, we’re giving a front seat to the future of Los Angeles and we’ll have plenty of music along the way. Cyberpunk Reality Attorney General Jeff Sessions Reinstates Asset Forfeiture In an […]

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First, I’d like to apologize for the late arrival of Last Week in Cyberpunk this week. Technical issues in the form of a tumultuous transition to a new computer setup left me running far behind, and the arrival of life to the face, delayed me further. That being said, life was far from boring last […]

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Reality can be harsh, and the reality is that cyber-freedoms are in more danger than ever, but there is still light at the end of the tunnel as long as we continue to fight. The media that we enjoy, itself, can be a great bastion of the necessary resistance to oppressive moves by governments all […]

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Cybernetic Punk is an original cyberpunk comic undergoing crowdfunding by artist and writer Scott Austin. Although Austin’s work is heavily inspired by many classic cyberpunk tales from Blade Runner to Akira, many of his strongest influences are from the inspirations of the original cyberpunk writers themselves, such as hard-boiled detective novels, film noir, and the […]

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The first time I read anything out of Omni, I probably had a completely different experience than you did. The original run of Omni, the iconic science and science fiction magazine, ran in print from 1978 to 1995, ending when I was just four years old. The first time I eyed the pages was maybe […]

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‘If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.’ – George Orwell, 1949. I’ve been wanting to write this for a long, long time now. Ever since I’d written my review on George Lucas’ THX 1138, Michael Radford’s interpretation of 1984 has been on my mind (especially after […]

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Crowdfunding is a distributed fundraising system that closely mimics the ethos of the open source movement and that of the hacker mindset. It then comes as no surprise that many cyberpunk projects would take this approach to funding, and there are a lot this month! Meanwhile in the dystopian now, crackdowns on encrypted communications and […]

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One of the many singular delights of new Netflix movie Okja, the first new film from visionary auteur Bong Joon-ho since his cyberpunk classic Snowpiercer, is that it’s nice to finally see a mainstream sci-fi depiction of Seoul from a South Korean. The last time we saw a cinematic chase scene set in Seoul was in Avengers […]

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