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The Vehicles of Cyberpunk #cyberpunk

In our exploration of the cultural history of cyberpunk, we’re launching a little sub-theme today: The vehicles of cyberpunk.

As you know, a lot of cyberpunk is about design and style, posturing, brand fetishism, and amazing (often scary) tech. From the very beginning, with Blade Runner in 1982, one of the cool techno-toys introduced was the spinner, the flying cars in the film. The very first scene is from the driver’s seat of a police spinner.

So, I thought it might be a good idea to kick the series off with Syn Mead, the conceptual futurist responsible for those flying cars in Blade Runner and dozens of other futuristic vehicle designs, like the LightCycles in Tron.

Here is a two-part interview with Mead that Joel Johnson conducted for Boing Boing TV in 2008.

And here is Joel nerding out over Syd’s one-of-a-kind LEGO Spinner, presented to him by LEGO at a design conference.


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