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APB is the latest in Fox’s crop of tech-thriller shows that attempt to channel cyberpunk concepts while simultaneously discarding what fundamentally makes them cyberpunk. The show, created by David Slack, was based on an article that ran in the New York Times called Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans? by David Amsden that ran on […]

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Valentine’s Day is upon us and I can already feel you scowling as you read. You and I know it’s an empty holiday–most of them are–that give corporations another excuse to get you to buy things no one wants in order to affirm your feelings and commitment for someone you’re likely sick of. And that […]

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This week in the cyberpunk dystopia that is 2017, there is ample cybernetic implants at play, the surveillance state is alive and well, and the foundations of democracy are under threat. Hopefully, Akira, Battle Angel Alita, Judge Dredd are enough to keep ennui at bay. Cyberpunk Reality Implant Used Against Owner In a fascinating case, […]

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Rollerball is one of those special films that needs no introduction. The music. The violence. The macabre and miserable atmosphere. Unlike Death Race 2000, Rollerball contains an ethereality that permeates every second of the viewers’ film watching experience; but akin to Death Race 2000 and SF of the seventies, Rollerball continues this theme of American […]

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The classic Death Race 2000 by acclaimed director Paul Bartel, though dated and about as subtle as brick to the head, paved the way for a new breed of dark comedy (and inadvertently causing the first wave of media ire over violence in media). The series was then rebooted, a stark thirty-three years later, in […]

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There’s no-one but you and the rats in the alleyway. There’s no camera watching the fire door that’s covered in the same sheen of soot as the rest of the brickwork, and more importantly no camera covering the dumpster. The padlock put up a decent struggle, but not enough to stand up to your vintage […]

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Many have made light (or should that be neon-light?) of the fact that modern-day Japan and its neighboring countries actually come close to what was envisioned by cyberpunk cinema and literature all the way back at the beginning of the 1980s. But Japan did not only become that neon blend of technology and the urban […]

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Game devs make us wait a bit for the next installment in a beloved series, machines cross another medical threshold, and the White House looks to close up the internet. Fuck Donald Trump, let’s look at what happened this last week in cyberpunk. Cyberpunk Reality BCI Allows Paralyzed Patients to Communicate for the First Time […]

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After many pointless detours in Ben Larson’s misadventures, Incorporated’s first season finally comes to an end. In “Golden Parachute,” Ben’s sacrifices, his series of lies and and dark deeds committed in the name of Elena, proved pointless. Finally scheming his way into the Spiga’s most exclusive club, Ben learned that his one-time girlfriend wasn’t waiting […]

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