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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...

‘All dreams come to an end’: A Review of Total Recall (1990)

Re-watching Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall feels like a breath of canned air from the early nineties. A hulking protagonist, copious amounts of violence, snappy one-liners, dramatically evil villains, ...

Denver Moon: Mars in Monochrome

Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars is the first installment in the universe of science fiction noir, cyberpunk series Denver Moon, the brainchild of Josh Viola and Warren Hammond and published by Hex Publ...

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Domain, The Post-Apocalyptic Social Network

There is an outbreak of lethal influenza and people are taking refuge in underground bunkers. We’ve been there before, right? Except for this time, to prevent any form of contagion from the “Sah...

‘Maybe it was software in my head all along’: A Review of Cyberpunk Dreams: Cincinnati Stories

Cyberpunk Dreams: Cincinnati Stories is a collection of short stories, written and compiled by science fiction writer and game designer, Rob Chant. After a successfully backed Kickstarter, Chant’...

Neon Dystopia’s Reaction to Cyberpunk 2077’s Gameplay Reveal

Oh boy, how long have we been waiting for this? It seems like forever, hasn’t it? But here it is in all its glory, the Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay footage. Before you continue, I strongly urge you to watc...

Altered Carbon and the Oversaturation of a Genre

Haven’t you heard? Cyberpunk is cool now! Cyberpunk is what all the edgy, rebellious kids are into these days. All modern science fiction is, or wants to be, cyberpunk, until the mainstream toss...

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Drum Memory Blues: a review of proto-cyberpunk novel Simulacron-3 (1964)

Daniel F. Galouye’s 1964 proto-cyberpunk novel Simulacron-3 takes place in a world where opinion polls are mandatory. As you stroll the sidewalk, someone might come to you with a notepad, flash a badg...

Dispatches from Planet Passion : A Review of Vicious Lips (1986)

In a quixotesque quest to know everything cyberpunk, I have browsed the list of movies tagged “Cyberpunk” in IMDB. Don’t. Most movies in there are not even cyberpunk (Avatar? seriously?). Neon Dystopi...