"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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In Cyberpunk we’re usually experiencing a world where high technology is more than a way of life. It’s everything. The world spins, and spins, and spins, because technology allows it. The history of how the world got to this place of all consuming, ever present, can’t live without it technology– is many times left out […]

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Think about an artistic movement that praised the machine, technology, and speculated about the future: that saw in those the beginning of a new era, so to speak, the aesthetics of which would be colorful and neon. It sounds a lot like cyberpunk — doesn’t it? And it’s not entirely unusual to put both side by side, […]

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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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It’s been a rough decade for video game developer and publisher Nintendo. Despite defining the medium over 40 years ago, Nintendo has been overshadowed by corporate giants Sony and Microsoft for the last couple of console life cycles. Even their popularity with mobile gamers in Japan, the last corner of the gaming market they’ve remained […]

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‘We are all chimeras, theorised and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are cyborgs.’ Donna Haraway, pp. 158 As the Automaton Sequence comes to an end, I wish to end on a bang; to write about one of my favourite texts (well, two of my favourite texts), writing about how the human […]

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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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No More Heroes: The End of History and the Death of the Idealist Intro: Elections in the US and the UK have dominated international news for months, feeding pundit speculation over the future of either country and entertaining viewers with the more colorful characters in this media circus. In either country, there have been a […]

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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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