"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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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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William S. Burroughs, most famous for his novel Naked Lunch, is often cited as a major influence for the original cyberpunk authors such as William Gibson and John Shirley. His works have always had the hard punk mentality that has come to be loved in cyberpunk media. Burroughs even wrote a script for a movie called […]

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When Neuromancer came out in 1984 the word “cyberpunk” had not yet come to be associated with a new literary movement. The gears of the cyberpunk movement began to turn with early cyberpunk novels like Transmanicon (1979) and City Come A-Walkin’ (1980) from John Shirley, The Artificial Kid (1980) by Bruce Sterling, and a slew […]

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In 1984, William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer took the science fiction world by storm. Cyberpunk was here to stay and in 1986, with the illustrious Bruce Sterling at the helm, Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology solidified the cyberpunk ethos. As the cyberpunk movement traveled up the time stream into the ’90s, many believed the cyberpunk moment was […]

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Though published in the mid-nineties, Sterling’s compendium Schismatrix Plus includes the Schismatrix novel itself, along with several shorts and prose pieces that add to his Shaper/Mechanist universe, including Swarm, Spider Rose, Cicada Queen, Sunken Gardens and Twenty Evocations, all of which were written between 1982 to 1988, cementing them within the cyberpunk lexicon. Unlike the […]

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