"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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If you read our recent interview with Ren Warom then you’ll already know that I love Escapology. It is one of those rare books that manages to cram a great deal into far too few pages and not suck for it. Taking classic cyberpunk tropes as a starting point, it swiftly throws a heap of […]

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Josh Finney is the cyberpunk comic book creator who brought us Utopiates, which we recently wrote about here. Together with the co-creator of Utopiates Kat Rocha, they created a publishing company called 01 Publishing. Utopiates was the first title that they released, but many more have followed such as the most recent titles of Case […]

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In June of this year Titan Books published Escapology, the debut novel from British author, Ren Warom. The story of an A Grade hacker crippled by addiction and shit luck, and an assassin trapped in a job she can’t escape, Escapology is a fast-paced cyberpunk thriller that doesn’t pull any punches. It’s a world where everybody has a […]

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I should’ve known what I was in for when I picked up Independent Investigators Inc.  I should’ve known after I read the title. I should’ve known after poring over the cover. I should’ve known after consuming the first sentence. And I should’ve known when I laid my tablet to rest.    Written by the beardly writer, […]

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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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