The Cyberpunk Archive is now located at it’s own location at www.cyberpunkonline.net alongside a constantly updated photo and article stream.
Definition : cyberpunk is a postmodern science fiction genre noted for its focus on “high tech and low life.” It features advanced science, such as information technology and cybernetics, coupled with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order. Cyberpunk plots often center on a conflict among hackers, artificial intelligences, and megacorporations, and tend to be set in a near-future Earth, rather than the far-future settings or galactic vistas found in novels such as Isaac Asimov’s Foundation or Frank Herbert’s Dune. The settings are usually post-industrial dystopias but tend to be marked by extraordinary cultural ferment and the use of technology in ways never anticipated by its creators (“the street finds its own uses for things”). Much of the genre’s atmosphere echoes film noir, and written works in the genre often use techniques from detective fiction. As a subculture with it’s heyday in the 1990’s, it is fair to say that Cyberpunk has gradually become post cyberpunk as the scenarios often portrayed within the genre have become closer to reality – to my mind cyberpunk became mainstream. What wikipedia has to say about Cyberpunk.
“‘The Reality is a subset of the Existence set, which also contains the Unreality set and the Nureality set. The three subsets of Existence correspond exactly to the three subsets of Alistence, namely: the Real Alice, the Imagined Alice and the Automated Alice.‘
- Jeff Noon.
Posted on January 20, 2013.