As the digital age grows and evolves, and the role of technology in our lives grows, Cyberpunk becomes an increasingly relevant genre. If you want to know where to begin, these classics are a great starting point. Few genres are a stylistically distinct and prescient as Cyberpunk, a genre which almost predicted the digital age, as well as captured the imaginations of many with its emphasis on leftist dystopian critiques of corporations, highly stylised prose and setting descriptions, artificial intelligence, and creative technologies. These classics ultimately came to define this hugely influential genre.
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
More of a proto-cyberpunk work, this masterpiece from one of the titans of science fiction would be the foundation on which cyberpunk was formed. With its harsh dystopian future, nefarious megacorporations and cybernetics it bore all the hallmarks of the traits that would define the genre.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick
Immortalized with one of the greatest cyberpunk films ever made, and one whose visuals would define the genre across both mediums. This was Dick at his metaphysical finest, blending the dystopian aesthetic of the genre with his own uniquely reality warping philosophical lens.
Neuromancer by William Gibson
No name is more synonymous with the genre of cyberpunk than that of William Gibson, and this is arguably his finest work. With its prescient depiction of a global computer network, Gibson managed to craft a highly engrossing thriller with a truly unique experimental prose styles, as well as touching on themes that would remain relevant in the internet era.
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