In working on this history of cyberpunk series, I’ve been reading and watching a ton of content related to cyberpunk fiction, past, present, and forthcoming, and the ongoing cultural response to the genre. Here’s an interesting piece, on Modern Mythology, about how cyberpunk has caught up with itself and needs to be reinvented. Again.
Cyberpunk broke science fiction. Creeping in alongside the commercialization of the internet, it extrapolated the corruption and dysfunction of its present into a brutal and interconnected future that remained just a heartbeat away. Cyberpunk had an attitude that refused to be tamed, dressed in a style without comparison. Its resurgence shows that little has changed since its inception, and that’s left cyberpunk incapable of discussing our future.
In a world that increasingly feels like science fiction it’s important to remind ourselves that writing about the future is writing about the present. Artists worthy of an audience should be unable to look at the embarrassment of inspiration around them and refuse the chance to say something new.
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