"You sit in a coffee shop and watch as passerby's walk across to the Starbucks. Your fingers rattle across your laptop keys as you code for some new encryption software. How did the world come to this? Why do people pick 4 dollar coffees from Starbuck, when the local coffee across the street is a fraction of the price? Why do we have to hide, even in the net, from the powers that be? You glance down into your backpack, which is nestled at your feet, and see a crumpled copy of Neuromancer that you've read a million times. We saw this coming, and it is happening anyway."

In this section you will find news, essays, and critical analysis of our times from a cyberpunk frame of reference.

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I’ve always been partial to the megacorporations in cyberpunk fiction. They are ominous, brooding, reptilian, unwavering in their ethics (or lack thereof) and almost omniscient. They pervade the broken-down countries that require aid only to then profit off the back of poverty and cheap labour whilst enforcing a near militant stance. They are the big […]

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In the final push towards season 3 of Mr. Robot, the New York times published “Rami Malek of Mr. Robot Doesn’t Want to be Alone Anymore.” There’s not much in the way of spoilers, but one thing Malek points out is a change for Elliot’s character, that the most isolated man in New York now […]

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Blade Runner 2049 is breathtaking. It has already been said, but there’s no harm in reiterating: it is an amazing film in so many ways. It works very well alone, and even better when side by side with the other occupants of the Blade Runner cinematic universe. Maybe it’s just a thing a fan would say, […]

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This last week in cyberpunk we saw Google put academics on the defensive, got our contacts stolen, and were reminded that the revolution is still going. Let’s get to the news. Cyberpunk Reality Google Silences Think Tank Criticism It’s pretty common for big tech companies to reach out to think tanks in search of new […]

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I recently wrote an article for Neon Dystopia on Mondo 2000, a cyberculture magazine that helped shape the cyberpunk sub-genre. When thinking of Mondo, the first person that comes to mind for most people is Ken Goffman, better known as R.U. Sirius. While he may be best known for his time at Mondo 2000, Sirius […]

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Lots of cyberpunk trailers this week break up the creeping dread that is the erosion of journalistic freedoms and privacy, but it isn’t all bad. Cyberpunk Reality Ron Wyden Stands for Journalists in Vote Against 2017 Intelligence Authorization Bill Ron Wyden singularly voted against the 2017 Intelligence Authorization Bill on Tuesday, August 22nd, continuing his […]

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Last week in cyberpunk, civil unrest went viral, took a dive into an inventor’s brain, and were told to wait before we’re able to leap a building in a single bound. Cyberpunk Reality White Nationalists Rally in Virginia Rightist groups like alt-right Republicans, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and an assortment of White supremacists from […]

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This week in cyberpunk, we see the continued erosion of ethics in the US echelons of power, and we Tim Miller, of Deadpool fame, take on multiple classic cyberpunk properties, among a selection of exciting developments in the cyberpunk media landscape. The Return of Blackwater Erik Prince, the head of the notorious mercenary company Blackwater, […]

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This last week in cyberpunk, cable networks find themselves at the mercy of hackers, experts show just how insecure people should be about election integrity, and there might be a little trouble with LA’s iconic sound. Cyberpunk Reality HBO Hack Worse Than First Disclosed Looks like HBO knows nothing. Or maybe the network’s feeling a […]

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