"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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Imagine a future where brains can be scanned, where personalities and consciousness become simulacra. Let’s take all of the energy and passion of youth and let it loose on a digital playground. Let’s raise it in a world where killscores mean more than lives because lives mean nothing – because you have no attachment to […]

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This last week in cyberpunk we witnessed the watchdogs of net neutrality bow their heads before telecom giants, experienced outages in the cloud (thanks to careless techs), and saw some talented hands capture the majesty of robots in the wild. There’s no time to waste. Let’s see what happened this last week in cyberpunk. Cyberpunk […]

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Absolute Knowledge, written by independent author Drew Cordell, is the product of a successful Kickstarter project, and is a novel that feels reminiscent of elderly SF. The synopsis is as follows: ‘It’s amazing how significantly our lives can change in such a short amount of time. Whether it’s a fateful meeting with an old friend, […]

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The future is feeling desperately close this week. There is news of flying cars and dystopian citizen scoring. It is not surprising in our rapidly approaching dystopia (if it hasn’t already arrived) that there is a rise of interest in cyberpunk and dystopian fiction. Cyberpunk Reality FCC Privacy Protection Under Threat Jeff Flake, the Senator […]

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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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