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Blade Runner is a special movie for all of us cyberpunks. It was the film that popularised the dank and dark cities of a future that fetishised technology. It was the film that made us question our humanity. And it was the film that has inspired countless writers and critics over thirty years(and still is). […]

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It’s not uncommon for science fiction to venture into the realm of the quasi-mythological. Tales like Zardoz and The Sword of Shannara take place in distant post-apocalyptic futures in which forgotten science is regarded with fear and superstition. In others, the depicted universe is simply so much different from our own that the only way […]

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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 1978 to 1995, ending when I was just four years old. The first time I eyed the pages was maybe […]

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‘If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.’ – George Orwell, 1949. I’ve been wanting to write this for a long, long time now. Ever since I’d written my review on George Lucas’ THX 1138, Michael Radford’s interpretation of 1984 has been on my mind (especially after […]

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One of the many singular delights of new Netflix movie Okja, the first new film from visionary auteur Bong Joon-ho since his cyberpunk classic Snowpiercer, is that it’s nice to finally see a mainstream sci-fi depiction of Seoul from a South Korean. The last time we saw a cinematic chase scene set in Seoul was in Avengers […]

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In the mid-1990’s, we saw cinema saturated with cyberpunk movies. Some became staples of the genre, while others simply faded into obscurity. Brainscan (1995) combines elements of cyberpunk and horror, to create a unique story about a video game gone wrong. While not a particularly successful film, Brainscan turns out to be an interesting extension […]

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Sipping a cup o’ joe with my eyes glued to the neon lattices of the matrix. I sink in dream and I, myself, am empowered by the electricity in my veins. I am your saviour. I am your new god. Hardwired Created by Polish filmmakers, Katarzyna Widmańska and Amadeusz Wróbel of REDЯUM Image, Hardwired is […]

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When I discuss my writing, I speak about the writings of Orwell, specifically his novel 1984. I’ve always been partial to dreary texts coated with misery. I’ve always enjoyed the non-ending, or the lack of a well-rounded and/or happy ending. I’ve always yearned for texts to treat me like an adult and allow me to […]

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It has been a long week. After the disappointment that was Ghost in the Shell, I had to perk myself up with a classic—The Running Man. Directed by Paul Michael Glaser, The Running Man rounds off my reviews for previous sports-themed cyberpunk films (Rollerball and Death Race 2000). Ostensibly, it doesn’t appear too cyberpunky, but […]

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