What is Cyberpunk?

American author Bruce Bethke first coined the term “cyberpunk” in his 1980 short story of the same name, proposing it as a label for a new generation of punk teenagers inspired by the perceptions inherent to the Information Age.

The term was quickly appropriated as a label to be applied to the works of William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, John Shirley, Rudy Rucker, Michael Swanwick, Pat Cadigan, Lewis Shiner, Richard Kadrey, and others. Science fiction author Lawrence Person, in defining postcyberpunk, summarized the characteristics of cyberpunk thus;

“Classic cyberpunk characters were marginalized, alienated loners who lived on the edge of society in generally dystopic futures where daily life was impacted by rapid technological change, an ubiquitous datasphere of computerized information, and invasive modification of the human body.”

Some examples of Cyberpunk


Enhanced boxing by zgfisher

Cyberpunk vagabond

Art by Ptitvinc

Cyberpunk Samurai

Art by Inkertone

Cyberpunk noir

Art by Nathan Twist

Upgrading Alex

Robocop by Tim Doyle

Cyber monster

Cyberman, art by Pungang

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