Cyberpunk is a subgenre of Science Fiction in which hackers and other computer elites
are pitted against dystopian societies usually ruled by large corporations and corrupt
governments. Many of the main characters are down-and-outs who experience their
redemption through the course of the book.
The Cyberpunk tradition can be traced back to the short story True Names by Vernor
Vinge in 1981. This highly prescient work of Cyberpunk foresaw a networked world of
offline and online personalities, where those with the most skills in the online world
hold much power, much akin to the current incarnation of the Internet. The next and
perhaps the most significant entry into the world of Cyberpunk was William Gibson’s
1984 Neuromancer, a book which defined the genre for many to follow.
Cyberpunk is often written with an extrapolator’s eye, taking many of the modern
technological institutions we take for granted and expanding on them to science
fictional proportions, though their depictions are not implausible. While not always of
the highest literary value, Cyberpunk novels utilize a great deal of imagination and
science combined with a page-turning style that hardly ever fails to satisfy.
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Neo was an average man working a dead-end job during the day and performing online crimes at night, looking for the answer to the question that had plagued him all his life: What is the Matrix?
When one of the best friends of Hiro Protagonist, hacker, samurai swordsman and pizza deliveryman, overdoses on a new designer drug called Snow Crash, he begins to investigate in a postmodern world where our Internet is known as the Metaverse and where every institution is privately controlled, even the government and the police.
Case was the best out there – a hacker no one could beat, until his talent was
literally fried out of his brain. Working deals in the dark computer underground, he
has been offered his skills back – for a price.
"In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or 'sleeve') making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats “existence” as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning. . . ."