What is Cyberpunk?

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"Cyberpunk is a science fiction genre noted for its focus on "high tech and low life."The name is a portmanteau of cybernetics and punk, and was originally coined by Bruce Bethke as the title of his short story 'Cyberpunk,' published in 1983. It features advanced science, such as information technology and cybernetics, coupled with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.Cyberpunk works are well situated within postmodern literature."


Instances of Cyberpunk culture in our readings

Neuromancer is often considered to be one of the definitive examples of cyberpunk. This is because it delves into the deep end of a world where technology is readably available, and widely used. In this world people do not think twice about other humans having technology increase their abilities, in fact this is embraces in cyberpunk genres.

Examples of Cyberpunk culture

Cyberpunk is story about imaginary events connected with computer science.

Here is the list of cyberpunk movies:

  • World on Wires (1973)
  • The Terminal Man (1974)
  • Death Watch (1980) (French: La Mort en direct)
  • Escape from New York (1981)
  • Escape from L.A. (1996)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • Burst City (1982)
  • Tron (1982)
  • Tron: Legacy (2010)
  • Brainstorm (1983)
  • Overdrawn At the Memory Bank (1983)
  • Videodrome (1983)
  • RoboCop (1987)
  • Gunhed (1989)
  • Tetsuo: *The Iron Man (1989)

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Stories about imaginary events connected with computer science.

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