What is ‘cyberpunk’? What is the definition and meaning of ‘cyberpunk’?

I was initially asking those questions myself, before mentioning my urban fantasy series contains “cyberpunk elves” (I didn’t want to just use the term as a marketing label).

Here’s some information on the term, ‘cyberpunk’ (to have a better idea of what influenced the themes and characters in The Other Side of Life).

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A single sentence definition of ‘cyberpunk’:

Cyberpunk is about expressing (often dark) ideas about human nature, technology and their respective combination in the near future. — Cyberpunk Review

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Cyberpunk: a science-fiction subgenre characterized by countercultural antiheroes trapped in a dehumanized, high-tech future. — Britannica

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Common Themes in Cyberpunk

1. Negative impact of technology on humanity
2. Blurred divisions between man and machine
3. Rigidly divided social order
4. Corporate control over society
5. Emphasis on subcultures and underground movements
6. Widespread access to information (e.g. hacking)
7. Cluttered, super-urban settings with a strong dystopian feel

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Cyberpunk themes include virtual reality, pervasive computing, cyborging and biosculpture, corporate feudalism. — A Political History of SF

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More reading (possibly the two best articles out there on ‘cyberpunk’:

What is Cyberpunk? @ CYBERPUNKED: Journal of Science, Technology, & Society

What is Cyberpunk? @ Cyberpunk Review

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And here are some cyberpunk visuals ;)

cyberpunk1. Photo by Steve Pike

cyberpunk2. Image by mercikos

Cyberpunk_MagicSoul3. Image by MagicSoul


7 responses

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  3. Interesting post! The first time i’ve come across the term cyberpunk! Sounds pretty cool, love the pictures!:D

    June 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

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  7. Quillian

    One can definitely see your skills in the work you write (from here and about page). The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say what they believe. Always go after your heart.

    May 1, 2012 at 10:48 am

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