"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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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex provides a framework for examining the rise of “fake news” in America as a stand-alone complex. The show starts off with the case of The Laughing Man. This Salinger-obsessed terrorist hacker makes Major Kusanagi go undercover, both in person and on the net, to catch him. The Major […]

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Genetic abominations, creation of biometric databases, and a real fight against draconian copyright law line our dystopian reality this week. Big cyberpunk names like BLAME!, Terminator, and Judge Dredd are prominent in the news this week but don’t miss the other tidbits either, there is great stuff coming down the pipe. Cyberpunk Reality Australia to […]

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As the name suggests, Altered States II transmutes the human race and their surroundings through technology and ambition, leaving behind inhuman creatures looking to survive in their ruins or forge new worlds for them to pollute. Self-aware machines, people as hosts for foreign objects, mundane ritual with no one to appreciate it–the glimpses into the […]

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I was excited for this one. Very excited. And it’s hard to not be excited when peering into the beautiful cover of the second issue of L0WL1F3, with Luke Molver’s stunning artwork luring the reader in, hook, line, and sinker. A stunning depiction of a digitized native woman embedded with cords, jacks, and matrices. It […]

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Cyberpunk is a genre that is dominated by white male writers. Due to this situation, despite being true of all science fiction, I am always on the look out for cyberpunk that is written by women, non-white authors, or stories told from non-western perspectives. Tade Thompson’s Rosewater from Apex Publishing, which is set in 2066 […]

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Written by independent SF writer, Pedro Iniguez, Control Theory is, unlike the novel I previously reviewed, a serious hard-boiled detective fiction piece trapped within the confines of a P.K. Dickian dystopia. There are elite. There are street workers. There are foul-mouthed degenerates. And, there are hackers (of course there are). The synopsis is, as follows: […]

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William Gibson is heralded as the creator of the genre of cyberpunk through his novel, Neuromancer from 1984. Being the “Father” of cyberpunk, then, it is no surprise that Gibson wrote the most cyberpunk short story of all time, back in 1991, called Cyber Claus. The story was printed originally in the Washington Post and […]

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Trista is a new comic from one of the creators of Metal Made Flesh, Jeremy Biggs of Subversive Comics. Metal Made Flesh has been a high point in the cyberpunk resurgence, and it nice to see Subversive Comics adding another cyberpunk title to their properties. So far, all that has been released is a zero […]

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The Past Inside the Present is twelve minutes of intense Phillip K. Dick-esque imagery. The first time I watched the film, I wasn’t prepared for the unabashed surreality of it. Upon subsequent viewings, however, PITP evokes feelings of loneliness, withdrawal, and depression along with a kind of disconnectedness. Like many surreal films, PITP is not meant […]

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