Cyber Punk

Some of the things I like. No links here. If you’re interested, just use your favourite shop.

Books

William Gibson

Peripheral
Hist most recent (part two is due soon, called Agency). Rather different from his other books, and all the better for it.

Sprawl Trilogy
> Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa OVerdrive
Neuromancer and beyond. This is the trilogy that pretty much started it all.

Bridge Trilogy
> Virtual Light, Idoru, All tomorrow’s parties
ANother great trilogy. Pure punk, and just enough Cyber.

Blueant
> Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History

Present, not future, very interesting characters and quite a few good ideas (not all of them obvious)

Short Stories
Burning Chrome, Johnny Mnemonic, and lots more. Where it really all began

David Brim

Existence
A bit long-winded at times, but lots and lots of funny little ideas. Just one little thing: when you think encrypted communication device, what comes to mind? Would that be a real live parrot?

Neil Stevenson

Snow Crash
Pure punk. And a brilliant, dystopic satire on where we might actually be heading.

Movies

Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Afaik the only real William Gibson based movie so far, even if it has relatively little to do with the short story. Charmingly imperfect. But they did catch it pretty well,

The Fith Element (1997)
With all its quaint little imperfections, I absolutely lov this movie. Even have a poster of it on my living room wall.

Minority Report (2002)
A great movie, and quite a lot of fun looking for all the little references in there (caught several ones to W.G.)

Anon (2018)
“It’s not that I have something to hide. I have nothing I want you to see.”
Not much pun. But lots of style and pure Cyber. Great stuff.

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Season 1) (2017)
Some really good stuff in here (Amazon Prime).

Matrix
Nuff said about this one. Watch it.

Perhaps not Cyberpunk, but still…

Books

Peter Clines: 14 + The Fold
Brilliant. Both present day, with 14 stdeped in Steam Punk, and The Fold featuring a truly interesting heroes – Not because of what he can do (which is magical enough), but because Clines actually thought it through. There’s another book Audible claims is the third part, Dead Moon, which seems to have nothing to do with this and is far less interesting (though entertaining enough).

Larry Niven: The Ringworld Saga
Perfect Sci-Fi space opera, with lots of little twists. PErhaps a little out of date, but still fascinating today.

Movies

Wargames (1983)
The movie that changed a generation – or at least made nerds all of a sudden look pretty cool.

Soilent Green(1973)
It’s dark. It’s damp. But it’s still brilliant. The ultimate retro kick.

Logan’s run (1976)
Another classic, Pure retro style.