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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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).
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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...
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 - 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.
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
Arc City Stories - Neo(n) Bushido - Review
"Raven hair against the neon light. Cold steel warmed by fresh blood."
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.
The Man With No Name - Review
"The corporation had eyes and ears...everywhere."
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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!...
Chawlgirl Rising - Review / Interview
A Sci-fi Novel as Poetic as it is Prophetic
"The best writers...are those who can break your heart
with a single line." -- T. K. Young
Chawlgirl Rising is a phenomenal debut! Check out this interview as T. K. Young discusses the book, its themes, and his influences.
They’d given their lives to death, and death sustained them...
Entropy Angels - Review / Interview
Fast-Paced Cyberpunk Thriller
"...People are starving around the world
with cellphones clutched in hand." -- Mark Harritt
Entropy Angels is pure cyberpunk, a no-nonsense thriller that'll leave you gasping for air. Mark give us insights in this interview...
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?...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 - 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 - 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.
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...