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“Audible even over the gunfire”: A Review of A Song Called Youth Trilogy

There has been some debate about the nature of politics in cyberpunk. The punk suffix should give it away, but then again, the politics of punk do not form a consensus. Just as listening to any The Cl...

What is NowPunk?

“Exciting times in the world right now. Exciting times.” -Mr. Robot By day, I live the glamorous life of a clerk in a public library. This fine institution I work at classifies William Gibson’s Blue A...

The Brain Mutator For Higher Primates — A bOING bOING Retrospective

In 1988, Mark Frauenfelder and his wife Carla Sinclair started a small zine out of their apartment in Sherman Oaks, California. This wasn’t a full-time job for Frauenfelder, who studied mechanic...

Hallucinations For Accelerated Mutants — A Mondo 2000 Retrospective

It’s difficult to explain Mondo 2000 to someone who hasn’t experienced it before. That’s really what I would call it at the end of the day: an experience. Like a hallucinogenic trip, or a roller coast...

Recollecting The Future— An Omni Retrospective

The first time I read anything out of Omni, I probably had a completely different experience than you did. The original run of Omni, the iconic science and science fiction magazine, ran in print from ...

Virtual Reality: Captive Users and the Responsibility of Developers

Imagine sitting in a seat and looking down at hands that are not your own. You’re wearing clothes that are not your own, and you’ve  invaded someone’s personal space. Next to you sta...

Last Week in Cyberpunk 3/24/2017

This week in cyberpunk is full of familiar titles such as Terminator, The Matrix, the dreaded Ghost in the Shell, BLAME!, Orphan Black, and a few you may not have heard of. Meanwhile, back in our...

The Early Life of the Word “Cyberpunk”

When Neuromancer came out in 1984 the word “cyberpunk” had not yet come to be associated with a new literary movement. The gears of the cyberpunk movement began to turn with early cyberpun...

Last Week in Cyberpunk 11/4/16

This week in cyberpunk we see moves toward great automation of transit and war. We also see cyber attacks on infrastructure, threats of cyber attacks on US elections, and an inside story about Anonymo...