Questions tagged [cyberpunk]

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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Help identifying 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 '91-'94 Note: it's not the Time ...
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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. ...
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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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Help identifying a cyberpunk novel from the early 90s?

I'd really REALLY like to dig up a book I read years back when I was getting through a lot of cyberpunk in the early 90s. What I can remember: The main character was a japanese guy, I think called ...
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Cyberpunk/Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi series from the 90s or 00s based in Manhattan

A friend and I are trying to find an old book series, probably by a Christian author, that we read in the late 90s or early 2000s. It takes place after the "Water Wars," and fresh water is super ...
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What is a good one-sentence explanation for the difference between Steampunk and Cyberpunk?

I'm vaguely aware of the difference of these genres but I haven't been able to come up with a short, concise and precise, definitive one-liner to explain the difference to people who don't know the ...
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Story Identification - sci fi novel with nanotech [closed]

It takes place in a desert city (Mojave, I think) - there is nanotech, a fair amount of dystopia, genetic modification, and I think someone sprouts wings in the end...kind of cyberpunk-ish.
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Looking for the name and author of a vaguely remembered sci-fi/cyberpunk-ish book from the 80's

I'm trying to find an old sci-fi book. The trouble is, I read it a long time ago, and read many books in the mean time, so my recollection is a little hazy, but here goes… It's sci-fi, set in the (...
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What is the meaning of wasps nest symbolism from Neuromancer?

What is the meaning of wasps nest symbolism from Neuromancer ? When Case had some mental problems he recalled a memory of a broken wasps nest a few times.
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What is the password at the end of Neuromancer?

I just finished William Gibson's Neuromancer and I'm still puzzled by the famous password that Lady 3Jane is the only one to know, the password needed to remove the restraining bolt on Wintermute. ...
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Capturing the essence of Cyberpunk

I'm looking to make a social and alternate reality game that will be heavily cyberpunk themed. Like a significant portion of computer programmers my age, I was influenced heavily by "The Matrix" when ...
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Who is the inventor of cyberpunk?

Is there one person or creator cited as the inventor of cyberpunk?