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A genre of science-fiction which commonly combines aspects of film-noir and dystopia and focuses on the technology of the future: specifically dealing with human/computer interaction and 'cyberspace'. Neuromancer, by William Gibson, is considered to be the archetype for the genre.

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Where a father, who is being brainwashed by terrorists, is searching for his missing daughter who is working at growing replacement body parts

Looking for the title of a sci-fi novel I read, where a father is looking for his presumed missing daughter, he later has a realisation about the real circumstances in her leaving. In the plot a ...
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Cyberpunk short story : Two hackers empty all the bank accounts of a female criminal

I read this short story at least 20 years ago, probably in a collection. But it might well be older than that. Two hackers, using a pirate program that one of them had obtained (I'm not sure how, but ...
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SF story about sharing tools and other possesions with RFID tags

I'm thinking of a story I read probably in Asimov's in the 1990s or early 2000s. There wasn't much plot, just an extended "what if" about being able to tag all your possessions with RFID ...
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Origin of spider tanks

Spider shaped tanks appear regularly in near-future/cyberpunk settings. The earliest examples I'm aware of are from Masamune Shirows 1989 manga series Ghost in the Shell. While the idea of walking ...
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Circa late 70s - early 80s kids (television?) movie with hacking plot [closed]

This memory has been bugging me since I re-watched "Explorers" (1985) a few months ago: I realized that I had transferred memories from another movie onto the characters, and now I want to ...
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Tech thriller novel with brain-linking, set in circa-2000 Boston area

I’m trying to track down the title of a book I bought in about 2000. The plot followed the “hacker-adjacent technology worker stumbles into someone’s plan to transform humanity” archetype, with the ...
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Series of novels from the '90s, set in a dystopian future, where a young rebel engages in acts of terrorism to fight the system

I'm trying to find a series of novels from the '90s that I read as a teenager back then. Here's what I remember (sorry, it's more than a bit vague, but it was a long time ago and my memory fails me): ...
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Live-Action Dystopian Cyberpunk(?) Sci-fi movie/show

There's really only one scene I remember clearly, but I have no idea where or when I watched it. It might have been several years ago. Many people seem to have bionic parts of some kind. One woman is ...
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Cyberpunk novel by female author which took place on a boat

I read this novel by a woman author in the 1990's. It had elements of cyberpunk/ genetic modification/ nanotech. My most vivid recollection is that at the end one of the characters was attacked by her ...
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What does Cyberpunk mean "in universe"

Within the universe of the 1988 role-play game "Cyberpunk" and, its canonical extended material, what does it mean when one character describes another character as being "a cyberpunk&...
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Looking for an 80s Korean or Japanese movie [closed]

The cover is a girl riding a motorcycle with a guy on it and it is like a perspective thing. It had a blueish-green filter on top. I think it might have been a sci-fi, cyberpunk movie. I remember it ...
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A science fiction story where a recent murder victim is briefly revived in an attempt to identify the killer

I'm not certain if this was a novel or just a short story/novella, but it was a near-future cyberpunk sort of setting. At a guess I would have read this sometime between 2005-2015, but I'm not ...
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SF cyberpunk graphic novel from 80s involving a habitat called the hoop and its occupants hoopers

A habitat called the hoop was supposed to solve housing problems in a futuristic city. Something doesn't work and the hoop becomes a dumping ground for undesirables. There is a curfew for hoopers to ...
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90s Cyberpunk TV Series or Video Game ID: Hooks for surviving subway passage

I recall, as a kid in the late 90s, seeing a clip on TV showcasing either a live action TV series, or a video game with full-motion video elements, involving a gritty cyberpunk setting. The scene took ...
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Cyberpunk short story where Soviet brain-in-bottle pilots fly aircrafts

In a piece from his non-fiction collection Distrust That Particular Flavor (2012), William Gibson writes: A friend of mine wrote a short story, a decade ago, in which the protagonists were Soviet ...
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Where did I see characters sitting in window openings, behind (decrepit) Jumbotrons?

In answering a related question on the English Language Stack, I had vivid memories of seeing movie scenes that pictured noir or cyberpunkesque* characters, lounging in window openings (open or ...
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A cyberpunk novel where hackers take companies hostages, each for a moderate amount, but there are problems

This story is not very old, definitely less than 20 years, so it is not the same as 1970s novel about computer hackers extorting a city though the theme is the same. But it is not just a city. I think ...
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Cyberpunk book which had a minor side character with a cybernetic implant to give him a perfect broadcaster's voice

I think I read this in the early 1990s, as part of a paperback in the English language. One scene recently popped into my head and I'm trying to pin it down. The main protagonists had some important ...
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Which Author Should Receive Earliest Credit for Cyberpunk Literary Genre? [duplicate]

Author William Gibson is often credited with creating the cyberpunk genre characterized by a dystopian future and a technology heavy society. He receives this distinction primarily due to popularity ...
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Tech noir/cyber noir detective novel from 80s/90s [duplicate]

I remember that the detective had an apartment that could change interior colors. I also remember one character, who was a boss of some sort that had bodyguards that were, maybe, genetically modified ...
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Cyber punk film (80-90's) where a girl escapes under a fence by removing a disc from her spine

When she tries to escape, someone is helping her, but finally if I remember correctly she is caught. I think she was in some kind of prison city or she was a slave to the system, and that spinal disc ...
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Does cyberpunk exclude interstellar space travel?

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 ...
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Is there an in-universe reason why so many people in Altered Carbon are following late 20th/early 21st century fashion?

Given that Altered Carbon happens several centuries in the future, why do so many people wear clothes that look very close to, or identical to, late 20th century/early 21st century styles? Out-of-...
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Cyberpunk alternative worlds through television

What i remember of the book shows a cover with a young man wearing a visor and a metal mohawk. The story describes the main character as someone who watches TV for the government and he's able to ...
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Post-apocalypse animated movie involving cyborg and enhanced humans

I watched this movie 5-6 years back, I remember the story but not the title. This movie starts in a train with an AI heavyweight cyborg and a girl, both return after completing a mission. This is an ...
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Cyberpunk novel, main character is gene-spliced cat person

This has been bothering me for years. The first cyberpunk I ever read. Main character was genetically modified with cat attributes, and ran with a small crew of other cat people (one was his surrogate ...
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Cyber punk(?) detective novel with a cat thing as a "pet"?

I read this a couple years ago and it’s driving me crazy trying to remember. Futuristic detective novel where he has a semi pet called a cat thing(?) she is attracted to shiny things and he is always ...
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Classic cyberpunk magazine article - not from "Time"

I'm in need of help identifying or locating a classic magazine article dealing with cyberpunk (the literature + the aesthetic) and emerging tech - probably circa 1991-1994. It's not the Time Magazine ...
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Scifi novel with Voltaire and Joan of Arc as virtual characters. Focus on philosophy

This was a novel set in the far-future. Definitely written in the last 20 years. I remember that the author had an exceptional understanding of philosophy and literature and a really strong vocabulary....
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Stephen King and steam/diesel/cyber-punk

Has Stephen King written anything that either is or approaches the steampunk genre? Same question goes for diesel-punk and cyberpunk genres. I tried looking for something along those lines but didn't ...
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Was "Pale Blue Eyes" an inspiration for "Burning Chrome"?

Neil Gaiman, in a piece for Lou Reed written for The Guardian in 2013 and reprinted in his non-fiction collection The View from the Cheap Seats, writes: I would see Lou's songs surface in the ...
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Radio Adaptation of Neuromancer

In 2003, I heard part of a radio adaptation of William Gibson's Neuromancer on XM Radio, shortly after I had finished reading the book for the first time. Unfortunately, I had a flight to catch and ...
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Cyberpunk story where a hidden container is shipped around the world for years

...and the title above is pretty much all I remember about it. I assume it's a cyberpunk novel or short story, because I read a lot of Sterling and Gibson and the idea of something hidden around ...
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Computer simulation of a battle of the Crusades. In perhaps the first cyberpunk anthology

I'm looking for a short story that describes a battle of the Crusades. After the description of the battle (perhaps Battle of Ascalon? Crusaders on the march defeat an Islamic army in the open?) it is ...
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What trilogy of books is about a family of genetically altered children who grow up to take over the government?

Here is what I can recall about the books: Published in the early-mid 1990s Main character was leader of group of physically superior children some of whom were family, if not all. Early Cyberpunk ...
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Cyborg detective story, hunting biohackers

From a group on Facebook, thought I'd try and help out as it sounds like a good read. I need help finding a novel I once read when I was a kid. It was about this detective that was a cyborg. The ...
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Looking for name of William Gibson-like book of person who is virtual-world shaper

Looking for virtual-world based book. 10-15 years old? Key scenes: Gorilla-like creature at war with an Amazon-like woman. He finally breaks in and slowly breaks her neck. He searches his memory if ...
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Post-apocalyptic novel with group of teenagers who would fight in virtual war simulations

Alright, I'm looking for a sci-fi post-apocalyptic novel I read in Middle School, not sure if it was written for young adults. It probably had a year for its title. The plot revolved around three ...
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An internet series - Heroine caught up with hackers and paramilitary organizations

I remember so many details about this series except for the name. It was made about 10 years ago, I was really young don't remember, but it was about a woman who lived in The Federation which was ...
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Cyberpunk story: Black samurai, skateboarding courier, Mafia selling pizza and Sumerian goddess as a computer virus

Please help me to identify this book that I've read in early 00s (but might be bit older): While there are no cyborgizations, big portion of the book takes place in the Virtual Reality, hence you can ...
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A SF Book set in a Cyberpunk universe

The book is about a guy (I think he is a young adult) who makes a living by giving ideas away in exchange for services. There is a scene about him and a few other guys and 1 girl about them talking ...
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What separates a cyberpunk setting from a futuristic setting?

I understand this is a commonly used style in science-fiction. However, I can never determine the difference between what some call a "futuristic" setting and a "cyberpunk" setting....
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Trying to remember the name of a sci-fi actioner from around the late 80s-early 90s

Here's what I recall about it: Notorious criminals have their consciousness pulled out of their bodies, after which the body is frozen and the mind is locked up in a super secure cyber-prison. Big ...
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Cyberpunk Web Series

I'm looking for a cyberpunk video webseries that I believe was made around the late 1990s. It had a woman hacker fighting against a totalitarian government. She had a video camera that helped hide her ...
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Cyberpunk scifi book from the early 90's

I am looking for the title of a cyberpunk novel from the early 90's. The cover of my copy was red with a silver circular saw disk logo. The story revolved around three characters; a female cat ...
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Paris, the catacombs, anti-gravity skate punks

There was a book I read in the 90's, I guess. Set in Paris, it followed a bunch of punks who spent their time having firework fights in the catacombs under Paris, skating the streets on their anti-...
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Help me identify a book - possibly cyberpunk - morse code in raindrops

Someone on a forum I frequent once posted an excerpt from what I presume was a book, I don't remember whether they ever quoted the title, but if they did, it's long passed from my memory. I was hoping ...
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Looking for a trio of cyberpunkish books about a character named swordfish

Looking for a trio of cyberpunkish books about a character named swordfish that were written in the 70's or 80's....there was a main female character and some kind of hologram suit.
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Trying to find an old offbeat scifi/fantasy book title

This is a long shot, but I'm trying to find a book I read a decade ago. It was science fiction/fantasy, had a review mentioning how it would make a good gift for a unix sysadmin on the front, had a ...
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Looking for the title to a cyberpunk book from 80-90's that mentioned Jesus was a terrorist

I have been trying to find the title of the book, the main guy was a bodyguard and it was set during a US-Russian land war. It mentioned the Dead Sea Scrolls and they found out Jesus was a terrorist. ...
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