I'm wondering about the 'definition' of cyberpunk. In the ones I've read, space travel was only nearby stuff: earth orbit, moon, mars and maybe other solar system areas. Which I appreciate because they don't require FTL technology which might be impossible. So does the cyberpunk genre allow going to other star systems, or has this never happened in cyberpunk?
EDIT: More specifically, I wonder whether dystopia can exist if a society has interstellar travel.
IS travel requires near- or above-light speed (otherwise you spend 80,000 years just to reach Alpha Centauri).
- If that technology is cheap, then anyone can leave the crummy Earth anytime.
- OTOH, if it's expensive, then only rich people, governments, and/or corporations can do it.
So #2 could be consistent with dystopia. But if a society was so advanced that it had IS travel technology, then I suspect they could easily solve problems like pollution, disease, etc. Thus making dystopia (and presumably cyberpunk) inconsistent with IS travel.