"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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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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Moving on from last week, we’ll be delving deep into one of my favourite roboty texts, and analysing specific themes and motifs about the representation of the robot. I mentioned that I’d be using the Czech writer, Karel Čapek’s, use of the word; and, in essence, the term that I’ve derived from his works sums up […]

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This week I took a break from my diet of Moby Dick and compulsively refreshing the JOC (journal of organic chemistry) ASAPs to indulge in the taco bell of literature: the short romance. Don’t hate, a girl can’t live on the chicken, broccoli and rice of literature all year long, sometimes you just really want […]

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Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Like a little weirdness in your books? How about a touch of cosmic horror in amongst the hacking and double crossing? Do you like thrills that leave a scar? You should check out Ren Warom’s Escapology.  After the world broke, Foon Gung was the only piece of […]

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To ask the question, what is a robot, may, to some people, indeed sound overly simplistic, or even pointless. We all know what a robot is; it is a mechanical tool used to alleviate the human from banal, menial tasks. In SF text, it may or may not take on the guise of the human […]

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It bewilders me that people see a strict separation between the subgenres of biopunk and cyberpunk. Cyberpunk fiction has always had a healthy dose of biological technology. For visual media, sound examples are Blade Runner (Ridley Scott) and Videodrome (David Cronenberg). For written media, good examples are Dr. Adder (K. W. Jeter), Wetware (Rudy Rucker), […]

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The term sprawl is more commonly associated with Gibson’s Sprawl series, and his imaginings of a highly technological cityscape that swathes the populous, still hyper-Orientalised; a mixing pot of a multitude of different races dwarfed by the tall, and immense buildings, drawn straight from myth and legend. The word implies a state of messiness, an […]

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