"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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Neuromancer was a work of incredible imagination and creativity. The novel has become iconic of the cyberpunk genre and has a serious series of accolades to accompany its street cred. I’m quite disillusioned with the cyberpunk fashion that is currently commercially available. Most of it seems closer to high fashion for people who are lucky […]

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Eliot Peper is a novelist and start-up strategist living in Oakland. Oakland then, unsurprisingly, is the setting for his excellent cyberpunk novel Cumulus (which we reviewed). Before Cumulus, Peper wrote the Uncommon Series which are classified as financial thrillers and more recently he has written Neon Fever Dream, which is about mystery and conspiracy at […]

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Bluescreen is one of those novels that I picked up based on the cover. The title, Bluescreen, immediately tells you there is going to some kind of computer crash, in this case, it is a brain implant. You crash to get high. Drugs, a cyberpunk staple. The cover’s imagery tells us so much. This is […]

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Sean Nolan is the author of a short story collection called Shades of Grey. It was released in 2011 as Occupy Wall Street was rising to its heights. Shades of Grey’s themes were inspired by the anxieties that led to Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street taken into a cyberpunk future. Nolan has also been published […]

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We all know the text. We all know about William Gibson, the supposed Elvis of cyberpunk. But for those punkers who don’t, Neuromancer was an underground success, depicting the story of a burnt out hacker hired by a mysterious employer to pull off one last job. Debut novel for Gibson, and first part of his […]

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Tsutomu Nihei returns with his newest manga since Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia No Kishi), a one-shot manga called Country of Dolls (Ningyou no Kuni). Nihei is best known for his manga BLAME! and the well-received anime adaptation of his manga, Knights of Sidonia, produced by Polygon Pictures but syndicated through Netflix exclusively abroad. Country of […]

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L0wl1f3 is the brainchild-zine of editor Steven J. Matos; an unsleeping punker born in what he calls, the bowels of New Jersey. It is a brand new zine, and something I was very excited for, especially as I came across the cover page illustrated by Edwin Urena; a pinky, neon-lit page reminiscent of the eighties, […]

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Josh Finney and Kat Rocha’s Utopiates by title alone tells you what this comic is about. One of the reasons that opiates are so addicting is that they instill a feeling of well-being in the user, so combining the word opiates with utopia seems to be a good fit. As any cyberpunk can tell you, […]

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Cumulus is a book that is firmly rooted in our coming future, just as Gibson’s vision was. According to Eliot Peper, the author of the independently published Cumulus, within 24 hours of release, Cumulus hit the front page of Reddit, became the #1 cyberpunk bestseller on Amazon, raised thousands of dollars for charity (for the […]

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