"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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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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The Long Tomorrow by Dan O’Bannon and Jean “Mobius” Giraud is a 16-page comic from 1975 that changed science fiction forever. It became a visual reference for some of the most famous science fiction films ever, which themselves perpetuated the influence forward inspiring other films. It is a story that fused the hard-boiled detective stories […]

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Rick and Morty is a very dark and existential multiverse-spanning science fiction comedy created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, for those who don’t know. The comic, however, is the brainchild of Zac Gorman and CJ Cannon, and the stories within the comic are approved by Roiland and Harmon but are not necessarily connected to […]

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According to Tor.com, it’s cyberpunk week, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a review of the latest issue of cyberpunk anthology Machete Girl. For those not in the know, Machete Girl  has been around for a long time, and though this was my first time reading an issue, I […]

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