Politics & Philosophy

Classics, Class, and Code: The unlikely presence of the ancient world in cyberpunk literature

Classical antiquity, or classics – the study of the ancient Mediterranean, its history, culture, art, literature – is just about the fanciest thing in the history of the western world. It was, and to ...

Last Week in Cyberpunk: The Black Lives Matter edition

WARNING: We are going to be talking about and showing images and videos of police brutality that may not be suitable for everyone. There is violence. There is blood. We at Neon Dystopia feel it would ...

Street Level: May 29th, 10:58 PM Grand Rapids, MI

I arrive in downtown near Rosa Parks Square with fire pulsing through my veins, having never been part of an active protest before. Following a throng of civilians, I soon realize that I’ve arri...

Matrix - Suspension

Matrix, or the Death of Cyberpunk.

There is no denying that the Matrix franchise holds an important position in the history of cyberpunk. At the time of its released in 1999, it was the first convincing rendition of the genre in any me...

Panopticon Pending

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – Rahm Emanuel This quote and the sent...

The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Philip K Dick

Philip K Dick, The Prolific Science-Fiction Writer Philip K Dick published a whopping 44 novels and 121 short stories before he died at the early age of 53. That’s about 44 novels more than most...

Dystopia as a State of Mind

Somehow, human society has limped its way into 2020. Last year was a particularly prophetic one as far as cyberpunk goes– both Blade Runner and Akira, both staples of the genre, take place in 20...

“We’ve Got a City to Burn” – The Best of E3 2019

While in recent years the E3 conference may have devolved from a beautiful smorgasbord showcasing dozens of new, innovative games worth getting excited over to a deflating hype machine populated large...

Last Week in Cyberpunk 4/24/19

We stumble out of yet another sleepless night on the tail of end of a night shift, eyes aching and brain buzzing. How long has it been? Months? Years? We boot up the vid screen either way, craving swe...