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Best Cyberpunk Book Reviews, Top Author Interviews

K. W. Jeter first cyberpunk book written in 1972, Dr. Adder

The Future of Science Fiction - An Interview with K. W. Jeter

K.W. Jeter has written almost 40 books including BladeRunner 2: The Edge of Human. He invented the term “steampunk,” and wrote the first cyberpunk novel Dr Adder in 1972. I interviewed him about the future of science fiction, optimism, and the value of dystopian literature...

Lewis shiner's cyberpunk book Frontera cover from 1984

Social Media Usage and the Future of Sci-Fi
- A Discussion with Lewis Shiner

Cyberpunk legend Lewis Shiner worked with Sterling and others to define cyberpunk in the 80's. I discussed the future of science fiction with him, and the impacts of social media usage, while also examining his classic book, Frontera...

cover of vacuum flowers the classic cyberpunk book by michael swanwick

Vacuum Flowers - Review / Interview with Michael Swanwick

This Cyberpunk classic from 1987 holds up well to time and continues to delight. It was also one of the first books to use the term wetware. Join me in this exclusive interview where Michael Swanwick and I discuss the past and future of cyberpunk...

Cyberpunk novella by Bruce Bethke cover

Interview with Bruce Bethke - Creator of Cyberpunk

Bruce came up with the word "cyberpunk" in 1980. In this exclusive interview he discusses the history of cyberpunk and whether or not cyberpunk is "dead." Commentary by myself and Dr. Joseph Hurtgen...

Interview with Jeff VanderMeer (Annihilation Movie/Book)

Multiple tornadoes churned through Tallahassee on the night of April 23rd, but I wasn’t running; I was interviewing Jeff VanderMeer, author of Annihilation, the book and movie starring Natalie Portman, to discuss current and upcoming projects...

The demon cyberpunk book cover by tanweer dar

Review of The Demon and an Interview with Tanweer Dar

Join me as I review the new cyberpunk-themed thriller The Demon, interviewing Tan about his book, his morally ambiguous characters, and the indie publishing industry...

Cover of Cyberpunk City by D. L. Young

The Cyber Punk: Ready-2-Play? - Review

"My network, mightier, taps into the apocalyptic demise of the
---horizon's edge---"
- Davene Le Grange

Perhaps the only cyberpunk poetry book ever written, I interpret its themes of A.I., technology, nature, and whether there's a ghost in the shell...

Cover of Cyberpunk City by D. L. Young

Cyberpunk City Book I - Review

“Humankind is…long overdue for an upgrade.”
- D. L. Young (stated by his character)

Cyberpunk City is a new series by D. L. Young told in five parts. I cover the first book, The Machine Killer, in this review...

Cover of Upload

Upload - Review

A review of Mark McClelland's book about uploading the mind and the implications it would have for both one man, and humanity as a whole... (Interview forthcoming).

Maldene II cover by Mark Anthony Tierno

Trouble and her Friends- Review

Melissa Scott's book is one of the top three cyberpunk books I've read. Her descriptions of cyberspace are incomparable. No book in the sub-genre has inspired me more, and without it, I would have never written hardly any short stories. I review it thus...

Maldene II cover by Mark Anthony Tierno

Maldene II - Review

Switching gears again to Fantasy this week, Mark Anthony Tierno continues to astonish with his Maldene series, which will delight fans of numerous genres. I review it thus...

Parasites cover of the solarpunk book by Matthew Samuels

Parasites - Review

Parasites is a solid hard sci-fi solarpunk book that reminds us that natural resources, foundational for our survival, are easy to take for granted, a lesson just as relevant in today's world as the end of the universe. I review it here...

Europa Cyberpunk Chronicle by Hurst Cover Showing City at night

Europa - Review

"With enough money, (corporations) become the government in all things but name." -- Elias J. Hurst

This cyberpunk book offers the lone journey of a man trying to make it in a world that's turned on him, hunting him down with every step. See the review...

Hemispheres cyberpunk book cover by Mark Everglade

Hemispheres - Author Athina Paris Reviews Everglade's Work

Athina Paris, a gifted author in and of herself, has reviewed my debut novel. See her thoughts on the planet and the conflict...

Auxiliary Cyberpunk Review by Jon

Liquid Cool - A Discussion with Austin Dragon

I had the honor of having Austin Dragon and Matthew Goodwin join me for the launch of Hemispheres as special guests. Here's a brief rundown of the conversation I had with Austin about his work...

Auxiliary Cyberpunk Review by Jon

Auxiliary - London 2039 - Review

"…Emotions swirling like oil poured into water." -Jon Richter

Jon writes a wicked cyberpunk mystery with great suspense and a grim tone that carries the plot into a twisted and satisfying ending. It's the reason why I'll never view 3D printers the same way again, as he explores the ramifications of technology.

Book cover of Dominion about artificial intelligence A.I.

Dominion - Brief Review

"But the dust cleared and there they were, hovering. It was drones! Four of them...They weren’t responding to input commands. So we tried a short bandwidth EMP. Didn’t work." --John Ford

Join me in this review of a book about A.I. and physics...

Book cover of Sherman

Sherman - Review

"Everybody’s so busy saluting the flag, they don’t notice all the people dead underneath it.” -Dr. Joseph Hurtgen (character quote)

Join me in this review of a post-modern masterpiece through the eyes of both the powerful, and the powerless, in this sci-fi meets historical fiction satire like none other...

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Arc City Stories - Scarlet - Review

"Scarlet brought the bike into a nosedive. The missile followed...but maybe she could shake it." -Todd Cinani

Todd contributes an awesome story to this collection of cyberpunk tales from new and emerging authors. I review it here...

Book cover of Neon Cortex, a cyberpunk novella

Neon Cortex - Novella Review

"A small square of the ocean was playing a loop, the waves weren't in line with the rest of the water…"
-Nik Whittaker

Nik has written a cyberpunk novella involving a missing girl, mind jacking, and tense situations surrounding problems that could only exist in a cyberpunk universe. I review the novella...

Book cover of Arc City

Arc City Stories - Neo(n) Bushido - Review

"Raven hair against the neon light. Cold steel warmed by fresh blood."
-Patrick Tillett

Check out this collection of cyberpunk stories including Neo(n) Bushido, one of those rare masterpieces in story short writing that combines action with emotionally-charged moments as he tackles the sensitive topic of human trafficking.

Book cover of The Man with No Name

The Man With No Name - Review

"The corporation had eyes and ears...everywhere."
-Tanweer Dar

Tan has written novels and short stories in the cyberpunk and horror genres. His new release is a cyberpunk novella written from multiple characters’ viewpoints that explores artificial intelligence, family ties, and what it means to be free. See the full review...

Book cover of Ego Trip

Ego Trip - Review

"(People)…like drones working for their queen bee."
-Eric Malikyte (Ego Trip quote)

What happens when a virtual reality game has real world consequences? A sheltered man is thrown into the underground in this new cyberpunk series by an emerging author to watch.

Book cover of Code Flicker

Code Flicker - Review

"A culture expressed and consumed in small bites of disconnected information..."
-Marlin Seigman (Code Flicker quote)

This cyberpunk technothriller has turned into a new series where Jacob is drawn into the corporate underworld to make runs against his former employer as part of a larger scheme...

Book cover of Behind Blue Eyes by Anna Mocikat showing cyborg-humans with glowing blue eyes

Behind Blue Eyes - Review

"Only a human mind can fully understand human behavior,"
-Anna Mocikat (Behind Blue Eyes quote)

This new cyberpunk thriller will delight fans of the genre, providing a strong and complex female protagonist to drive the action...

Book cover of Maldene by Mark Tierno showing castle fortifications and warrior

Maldene - Review / Interview
Cross-Genre Epic Fantasy at its Best

This week we're shifting gears to a top fantasy novel set to delight fans as we look at Maldene by Mark Anthony Tierno. And who better to build a fantastical world than a physicist? Discussing the book with the author, he's as passionate about the book as his characters are...

Cyberpunk Book cover of Into Neon showing man in front of city

Into Neon - Review and Interview with Matthew A. Goodwin

"The rise of social media has left people feeling both more connected than ever, and more isolated..." -- Matthew A. Goodwin

Our relationship with technology is a core focus of Into Neon, and it fulfills this theme with great writing that keeps true to the genre's conventions, without being limited by them. Matthew expands on his new series in this exclusive interview...

Cyberpunk Book cover of Hoshi and the Red City Circuit by Dora Raymaker

Hoshi and the Red City Circuit - Review
A Cyberpunk Murder Mystery

This is one of those rare books that makes a substantial literary contribution to cyberpunk literature, pushing authors' abilities to use cyberspace as a literary device to allow for the extension of third-person limited into new realms. Also an awesome story!...

cyberpunk Book cover of Welcome to the Machine

Welcome to the Machine - Review / Interview
Exploring the Impact of Augmentation on a Young Woman

An exclusive interview with Benjamin Fisher-Merritt, who sheds light on his approach to writing cyberpunk, his background, and the Machine Girl series. What happens when an A.I. is waging a war for control inside your head? Do you befriend it?...

cyberpunk Book cover of The Blind Spot

The Blind Spot - First Impressions

My early impressions of a neat cyberpunk book about a young girl and an area of the city where there's no surveillance...

cyberpunk Book cover of The paradise factory

The Paradise Factory - First Impressions

Wonderful new cyberpunk novel from a series Jim Keen has developed following a cop looking for her lost partner. Keen invigorates all the senses and writes quite well.

cyberpunk Book cover of The paradise factory

Datapocalypse - First Impressions

An interesting social science fiction novel by Christopher Keast about our relationship to social media and technology, keeping within the spirit of cyberpunk's themes...

solarpunk cover of night sky mine

Night Sky Mine - First Impressions

My initial thoughts on this cyberpunk / solarpunk book from 1996 set in space and in a virtual world where programs evolve and replicate, and malicious code spreads like weeds...

alleyway with neon lighting saying nothin' to see here

Operation Grammar - Review

This cyberpunk novella penned by David Samuel Neuer in 2017 deconstructs language in a style similar to Flatland and 1984. The evil corporation Ellipses launches project Verb, while Dr. Syntax and his cyborg Noun must protect free speech against forced silence. I review it thus...

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Gods from the Machine - Review / Interview
Cross-Genre Fantasy in a Future World

Andrew Ly, author of Gods from the Machine, believes "Personal history can either empower, or destroy you." This isn't just a wise anecdote, it is a central theme to his novel which will delight fans of multiple genres. He expounds on it in this exclusive interview...

Nantais book cover showing planet and spaceship

On Distant Shores - Earth Exiles I by Mark Harritt - Review

Before Mark wrote cyberpunk he wrote general science fiction, full of bands of military brothers put into suspenseful otherworldly experiences armed with the latest mech armor. Check out my review...

Redemption and Revenge cyberpunk cover by Nicholas Catron

Redemption and Revenge - Review

This is an action-packed book that people who enjoy Tomb Raider will adore, coupled with some more subtle elements involving a child in a lab that I found truly suspenseful...

Nantais book cover showing planet and spaceship

Nantais - Review / Interview with Verity Reynolds
A Communication Crisis in Space

“I’ve never stopped trying to understand how we construct ourselves.” --Verity Reynolds.

Check out this interview with the author as she discusses her latest book and the psychology behind it.

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Last Tango in Cyberspace - Review

I was going to write a review of this after reading it, but I think cyberpunk critic Dr. Joseph Hurtgen has already captured everything I want to say, so this links to his excellent analysis of the book on his blog instead. Suffice to say the book lacks philosophical convictions and is uninspired...

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