Transference.org
read / discuss / question

Links / Related: Bibliophil / Cool: Sluggy Freelance

Login:    Password:      Don't have a username? Register!

Discussion > Science-Fiction > I need some good cyberpunk.

I need some good cyberpunk.

spinning-plates (January 25th, 2003, 9:15 pm)

I've read most of Gibson's novels and Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, and Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, and I love the genre to death. I've been looking for Slaughtermatic by Steve Aylett and Zodiac, another Stephenson novel, but I can't find them anywhere. I'll probably order them online, but other than those two, does anybody have any other recomendations?

I need some good cyberpunk.

Wanderer (January 26th, 2003, 1:41 am)

jeff noon (not really the usual - technical - cyberpunk, but it's damn cool), bruce sterling, pat cadigan are some authors that come to mind.

edit: you might want to check out this book list from the cyberpunkproject ;)

I need some good cyberpunk.

spinning-plates (January 26th, 2003, 2:07 am)

Thanks alot, I will look into all of them.

There's a really good anthology,

Semirrahge (January 27th, 2003, 4:27 am)

Called Mirrorshades. Check it out. I forget the editor, but it encompasses the whole scope of the genre, including stuff that you might not think was cyberpunk.

There's a really good anthology,

spinning-plates (January 28th, 2003, 5:40 am)

That list has now increased my list of authors to check out to two typed pages ;p

There's a really good anthology,

kromekoran (May 20th, 2003, 12:12 pm)

Mirrorshades was edited by Bruce Sterling.

spinning,

If you enjoyed Snow Crash and Neuromancer, check out The Star Fraction by Ken Macleod, you'll love it. Also, I agree with Wanderer that you should check out Jeff Noon, especially Vurt, a very surreal trip of a read. If you just stick to that list that Wanderer linked to, you'll have most of the bases covered.

Yes

cruise (May 20th, 2003, 2:47 pm)

ow could I forget The Star Fraction :P

Awesome book...has he written anything else yet?

Yes he has

kromekoran (May 20th, 2003, 10:45 pm)

The Stone Canal, The Cassini Division, and The Sky Road are all sequals in one form or the other to The Star Fraction. Then he has his Ships of LIght Trilogy: Cosmonaut Keep, Dark Light, and the new Engine City, these are space opera and not c-punk (although Cosmonaut Keep starts out a little c-punk), but are very good. Haven't read Engine City yet, but I'll be picking it up soon.

Oh, yes...

Semirrahge (May 21st, 2003, 12:26 am)

And Alistair Reynolds' "Revelation Space". He's got a sequel, "Chasm City" that should be good too, but I've not read it yet.

These books are slightly different from normal Cyberpunk, blending in more far-future tech and space opera elements... I consider it to be the future of the Cyberpunk movement. It's got all the elements; fallen dystopian world, radical counterculture movements, integrated tech; plus new stuff like nanotechnology and genetic engineering.

Um. Suddenly I realise that NORMAL C-Punk HAS those last two elements. So how is this different? Well... The one example that sticks out pretty good are these rat-things that work on the ship that the story revolves around. They are organic, genetically tweaked creatures that are extensions of the ships computer, capable of following direct commands, and sending information back to the computer for analysis. Also (and this was perhaps the most fascinating part to me), ages and ages ago there was a Plague. This plague fit the ecological niche generated by the supreme level of mechano/organic integration on the nanoscale level. We are talking about buildings that grow, that can change shape at command, doors that form out of blank walls, etc. But the Plague caused random cancerous growth to take place, and the infected buildings/computers/people now look like something out of Akira or Spriggan.

If you've never seen those animes, then... Well. Read the book. :)

Wow...

cruise (May 21st, 2003, 11:06 am)

Looks like I have a lot to catch up on :D

The thing I like about these newer types of c-punk, like Snow Crash and the Star Fraction is the humour. William Gibson is so damn depressing, but I regularly laughed out loud reading the first two...the world they live in is just as awful, but it doesn't /feel/ so bad...

mandatory list

Gyroscope (June 3rd, 2003, 2:21 am)

my top three fav cyberpunk novels are:

1) noir by kw jeter

2) distraction by bruce sterling

3) all tomorrow's parties by william gibson

mandatory list

Wanderer (June 3rd, 2003, 7:13 am)

All tomorrow's parties is indeed a very good book. It was the last gibson book i've read, while i'm still waiting for my copy of pattern recognition to arrive.

PR

kromekoran (June 3rd, 2003, 1:36 pm)

I'm rather surprised you haven't picked up PR yet. Great read btw, did it in 2 sittings, and that's only because I needed some sleep inbetween.

PR

Wanderer (June 3rd, 2003, 6:38 pm)

I ordered it a few weeks back, it's taking rather long till it gets deliverd. I'm belgian, and usually i'd wait for books to get released here till i pick them up, but since PR might not be out here for quite some time, i decided to go ahead and order an english version. So yeah, i'm quite looking forward to getting it ;)

Neuromancer

TheMythod (January 20th, 2004, 7:38 pm)

I always thought Neuro was WG's best. Bruce is very good, I would recommend their joint work, the great endeavor into steampunk known as, The Difference Engine(it's a little dry, just a warning). Islands in the Net and Of Tangible Ghosts is good. As a matter of fact anything by L.E. Modessit is good.

No Way...

cyn004 (January 21st, 2004, 8:17 pm)

MythodMan?

Yes?

TheMythod (January 21st, 2004, 10:39 pm)

I'm thinking of submiting some of my work any suggestions?

I thought your stories were very good. Still up for a game of chess?

Discussion > Science-Fiction > I need some good cyberpunk.

Register to post.