"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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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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For the past four weeks, I’ve taken you on an exciting robotic adventure. From defining what the robot is, to understanding the anxiety that comes from facing one’s creation. For my penultimate article in the series, I’ll be examining the role of robot as female; a small glimpse into how Fritz Lang understood technology through the […]

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And so here we are, the dreaded Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus week. For the purpose of this article, I am referring to Mary Shelley’s opus, and to a lesser extent Kenneth Branagh’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, as the two are closely linked, and my preferred interpretations of the Modern Prometheus. Frankenstein is the root of […]

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Blade Runner has become an iconic title not only in cyberpunk circles but in circles of all kinds. Even if someone hasn’t seen the movie, they’ve heard of it. For those of us more familiar with the film, we know that it is based on Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. If […]

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