writes hard sci-fi set in the near future
, inspired in part by the stories from his science journalist friends and the imminent future of cyberpunk
. Some of his works have been classified as "biopunk
," due to his focus on bio-engineered products that run rampant, with involvement for battling mega-corporations that (try to) run everything in a world where oil is expensive and human labor is cheap. His first published novel, The Windup Girl
(Google books preview), won both the Hugo and Nebula awards in 2010
. He has published three novels since then, all categorized as Young Adult fiction, but Bacigalupi sees his only adaptations for a younger audience to be to shift the focus to pacing, and less sexuality, but otherwise similar to his "adult" works
. He has also written a number of short stories (plus a few non-fiction pieces) over the years, many of which can be found online. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 1, 2013 -
is an animated cyberpunk comic-presented-as-visual-novel/adventure-game by artist Cryoclaire
(potentially NSFW; artistic nudity) about networked psychedelics, consciousness expansion through underground social networks and gorgeous trippy neon GUIs. Like most cyberpunk fiction, the characters are all sunny, cheerful personalities, everyone has a good time and absolutely no one winds up crippled, dead or insane by the end.
posted by byanyothername
on Sep 17, 2013 -
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is an anime TV series from 2002. The series takes place in 2030 in Japan after World Wars 2 & 3. The story centers on the activities of Section 9
, an anti-cyber cribe and anti-terrorist group. The continuing bad guy of the series is the cyber terrorist known as the Laughing Man
. Here is Season 1 on YouTube: [more inside]
posted by RussHy
on Jul 3, 2013 -
"The apartment block behind my shop wasn't there when I moved in either. That was just shanty houses stacked one on top of the other. It's tough these days for a developer to legally purchase a patch of land and everything above it, but 'connected' guys can be pretty persuasive. They kept the boat dock at water level, but demolished the rest. I know some of the folks who live in the lower levels of that building, but the guys up top keep to themselves. One thing I've learned living here for so long is not to ask too many questions." - Henry Li, On the Neighborhood
is an incredible build featured at Brickworld 2013. Shuppiluliumas has been describing different bits of it in this photoset
More pictures can be found in the creator's photostreams, linked inside [more inside]
posted by rebent
on Jun 28, 2013 -
carbon smart-sensory Legba urban receding rifle refrigerator. Bomb boy saturation point j-pop rebar knife San Francisco car. Dome drone Shibuya computer plastic katana rain kanji. Tank-traps courier beef noodles plastic rain motion papier-mache.
posted by ob1quixote
on Jun 24, 2013 -
Dynamo ep1 It’s an experiment. It’s a story. It’s a series of shorts. It’s a sci-fi/fantasy/’cute cyberpunk’ webseries. It’s the result of four years of late night discussions between friends. It’s a convoluted puzzle about the nature of reality (and monsters! and horrible romance!) It’s a narrative with layers of interlocking pieces. It’s the best thing we know how to make- and it’s pretty wacky!
posted by P.o.B.
on Nov 26, 2012 -
I EXPLAIN CYBERPUNK TO THE MASSES by writer/film critic Anne Billson
"Believe it or not, there was a time when people didn't know what "cyberpunk" was, and indeed had probably never even heard the word before this three-minute clip, in which I explain it to them. Sort of. Don't blame me if I got it wrong - you're looking at this with the benefit of hindsight, while I was making it up as I went along..." [Via: Multiglom - The Anne Billson Blog]
posted by Fizz
on Oct 5, 2012 -
In 1993, in the era of television reinvention following the earthquake of Twin Peaks, ABC aired a 6-hour miniseries executive produced by Oliver Stone and Bruce Wagner -- Wild Palms
. Featuring a monster cast (James Belushi, Dana Delaney, Robert Loggia, Angie Dickenson, Kim Cattrall, Ernie Hudson, Nick Mancuso, Bebe Neuwirth and Brad Dourif, just to name a few) and with episodes directed by the likes of Kathryn Bigelow and Phil Joanou, it was a near-future cyberpunkish surreal Television Event that the New York Times described as "nothing so much as an acid freak's fantasy, drenched in paranoia and more pop-culture allusions than a Dennis Miller monologue.
" [more inside]
posted by hippybear
on Jan 25, 2012 -
Statsis: A short film by Christian Swegal
In the future, an Ex-Soldier is placed in virtual exercises to cure his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the simulations, he sees glimpses of a mysterious girl, presumably someone from his past. When a Stranger appears in his facility offering answers, the Soldier finds himself once again asked to kill, this time for her... [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe
on Sep 15, 2010 -
Editor Marty Halpern looks back at the career of George Alec Effinger (part 1
, part 2
, part 3
), a prolific author best known for his work set in the Budayeen
, a walled city in a future Islamic state, teeming with gangsters, hustlers and transsexual prostitutes, many of them habitual users of plug in personality modules. The noirish tone and exotic technology of the Marîd Audran
books (When Gravity Fails, A Fire In The Sun, The Exile Kiss) made Effinger one of the leading lights in the cyberpunk movie, and spawned a videogame
- a rare attempt at a graphical adventure from Infocom - and an RPG setting
. Sadly Effinger faded from prominence
after that, and he suffered from a number of health and financial setbacks before passing away
in 2002. His work has had somewhat of a resurgence in popularity of late, with the Marîd Audran books coming back into print in 2007, a long with a collection
containing The Wolves of Memory, Effinger's personal favourite amongst his novels.
posted by Artw
on Jun 9, 2009 -
"The streets of 2030's New York remain the only venues not under the thumb of the monolithic corporations. Manhattan’s three major hacker gangs have developed black-market technology that enables them to jack into the phone network though the payphone nodes, and redirect the payment deposited into that phone into their own coffers." The premise of a new cyberpunk novel? Nope. A new street game
you can play with your friends
posted by maniactown
on Sep 24, 2006 -
Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe
is a funny and inventive science-fiction series that originally aired in three-minute segments on NPR back in the 1980s. I remember listening to my dad's tapes of it when I was a kid. It's a great combination of absurdist humor and classic cyberpunk, and eminently enjoyable for anyone who likes radio drama.
I was delighted recently discover that not only is it available to buy on CD, but the entire thing
is online in streaming quicktime to listen to!
posted by GriffX
on Dec 10, 2002 -