Post Modern Cyberpunk



I have spent the last few weeks looking into the end of the cyberpunk genre and examining modern texts to find any evidence of cyberpunk exiting today. This week I began researching what scholars have said about the post- cyberpunk era. I wanted to discover what themes, aesthetics and other key differences set the post- cyberpunk era apart from traditional (authentic) cyberpunk. What I found is that most scholars come to agree that a key point of differentiation is the concept of hope and positivity.

Lawrence Person argues that post- cyberpunk works use the same immersive world-building techniques as classic cyberpunk but features different characters, settings, and, most importantly, make fundamentally different assumptions about the future.

“Far from being alienated loners, post-cyberpunk characters are frequently integral members of society”… “They live in futures that are not necessarily dystopic but their everyday lives are still impacted by rapid technological change and…

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3 thoughts on “Post Modern Cyberpunk”

  1. The word Post Modern wants me to take a big shit on all my old technology (disc-man, Nokia phone, PS1, N64, radio), because it’s just a shit word. I mean, some philosopher thought he was too smart to admit that the world was modern so he went and created another type of modern, a modernity that was unachievable. But cyberpunk is another case, despite that people philosophise about it; I mean, what is post modern cyberpunk? Is it BioShock, or is it something like Crysis? Personally I’m pretty content with the world I live in now, but there are few games that make me fear the future more than BioShock man. That shit scares me, a town called “rapture”, underwater? Really? So really post modern cyberpunk is just a shittier, more dystopian future, filled with consumerism and a world run by corporations. No thanks, I’ll be a loved hero, who achieves happiness preferably.


  2. I am really interested in your research here, although I just wanted to clarify: are you looking at evidence of cyberpunk today in a fictional sense (as in examples of modern texts) or evidence that the cyberpunk future imagined 30 odd years ago has arrived and we’re living it? Naturally, both are compelling lines of inquiry. I am of the belief that the cyberpunk future is already here, but as William Gibson points out, it evenly distributed:

    You’ll be happy to know I took your survey, I was just interested in whether or not your drew these questions from any particular sources?

    I’d be interested in seeing what context outside of fiction caused us to re-frame our near future in a dystopian/utopian binary.

    Here is a link to a video that helps contextualise ‘cyberpunk’ within science fiction and across a broader spectrum of literature. It is part of a rather thorough series about science fiction that I think could be really interesting, and will be nicely grounded in literature academia:

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    1. Hey, thanks for sources. Basically, I am of the opinion that we are living with the technologies described in Cyberpunk novels, and so I want to know if because of this we are more accepting to technological change and if this is a reasoning behind the end of the cyberpunk genre.

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