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Is Cyberpunk Dead?

A Discussion with Bruce Bethke - the creator of the word cyberpunk and author of its first story, and Dr. Joseph Hurtgen, author and cyberpunk critic...

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Cyberpunk's Impact on Society -
An Interview with Dr. Ben Menadue

How does dystopian / cyberpunk literature impact society? Does disaster fiction help prepare us for the inevitable? Why does Japan write so much of it? We discuss with psychologist Dr. Ben Menadue.

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Citizen Sleeper - Cyberpunk Video Game Review

This game describes itself as roleplaying in the ruins of interplanetary capitalism. Combining aspects of resource management and visual novels, it is quite an immersive, if non-challenging experience. I review it thus...

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Indie Authors: Threatening a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry

It’s unsettling when billion-dollar publishing companies refuse to publish material that casts them in a bad light. To restore freedom of choice in what we read, look to indie authors. Mark Everglade investigates in this report on the big publishing industry.

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Blade Runner: Black Lotus - Review

I review episodes 1 and 2 of the new Blade Runner series, a show produced under the creative direction of the man behind Cowboy Bebop. Is the series still relevant, and how does it hold up over time? Find out...

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The Patriot Act - Unconstitutional Surveillance

In this guest post with Uncaged Magazine, I describe how the Patriot Act is unconstitutional and a violation of the fourth amendement. Due to the way this intersects with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, it should be of interest to any cyberpunk and hacker. Page 42.

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THX - Movie Review

George Lucas' first film was a cyberpunk movie in 1971 that explored totalitarianism, virtual simulations, and human freedom. It combines equals elements of The Matrix, Bladerunner, 1984, and Logan's Run. I review it thus...

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Violence in Cyberpunk Literature - A Study

Is science fiction creating the dystopia it's trying to prevent? Do violent books make violent people? I analyze cyberpunk novels for violent content and provide insights based on sociological research.

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Virtua Verse - Game Review

Virtua Verse is a cyberpunk point-and-click adventure game released in May of 2020 for PC with a killer downbeat chiptune soundtrack and neon-drenched graphics. See our review as to how it plays...

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Technobabylon - Game Review

Technobabylon is a cyberpunk point-and-click adventure game for PC that shows the true creativity of the genre with mindblowing puzzles and adequate world building. See our review as to how it plays...

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Cyberpunk's Take on Hacking

For years, before the internet even went public in 1991, hacking was a central trope to cyberpunk with the core maxim information wants to be free as stated in the Hacker’s Manifesto. I examine 21 cyberpunk authors' takes on the subject...

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Cyberpunk's Take on Corporations

In a time when corporations have become more rich and powerful than most countries, never has the need for a cyberpunk analysis been greater as we contribute to the eternal vigilance that is required to keep tabs on those who are keeping tabs on us.

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Cyberpunk's Take on Advertising

Everything is commodified in cyberpunk fiction. In this article we examine how 20 top cyberpunk books describe the marketing world....

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Cyberpunk's View on Cybernetic Augmentations

Body augmentations are a core theme in cyberpunk lit, prompting the question, What defines humanity? We examine how 20 cyberpunk authors write about the body, part by part.
Mix and match!...


Diversity in Science Fiction

How does sci-fi treat the topic of neuraldiversity, and how does it support minority populations? Find out in my guest post on A.M. Leibowitz's blog.

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Cyberpunk: Gender Roles and Class through a Post-Modern Lens

"The new hacking undertaken by cyberpunks alters the body, alters identity, and so too society. Everything is hackable."
- Dr. Joseph Hurtgen (cyberpunk author and critic)
In this discussion, we examine cyberpunk's relationship to gender and class by examining classic works...

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A qualitative algorithm writes a cyberpunk book intro

How would a machine write a cyberpunk book introduction? I toss my computer dozens of cyberpunk books' first pages and, with some qualitative analysis software, see how it turned out...

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The Top Science Fiction Books list

A list of my favorite books in the cyberpunk, space opera, and other genres that provides a roadmap to new and experienced readers alike.

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How to Write a Query Letter

My advice on how to query a novel or other work to a publisher.

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Top 100 Writer's Resources

A list of mostly free resources for writers from email marketing to literary craft, graphic production to publishing.


Words to Avoid When Writing

A list of words that fail to immerse the reader, creating distancing language and immediacy issues. Removing these words from your writing will strengthen it.

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How do you create a new religion?
I created many religions for Hemispheres, which I based on philosophical concepts to give them credibility. Philosophical assumptions underlie all beliefs. For instance, on Dayburn, Orbis is the chief deity who sustains reality by collecting its worshippers' perspectives on life...

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