Scifi Sunday: Cyberpunk

A sub-genre of science fiction, Cyberpunk is slowly entering mainstream media through movies and books. Cyberpunk is near-future setting where the majority of the world is controlled with computers or other cybernetic instruments.  The genre’s vision of a troubled future is often the opposite of a utopian world, with dark undertone of population control by a larger entity, either corporate or government. You’ve probably been exposed to cyber punk as both The Matrix and Blade Runner are considered to be Cyberpunk movies.

The word ‘Cyberpunk’ was coined in the early 80’s by Bruce Bethke in the title of his novel of the same name, and was combined to reflect the elements of his novel, which were both cybernetic and ‘punk’. Since then, Cyberpunk has developed its own sub-genre which have come to include Post-Cyberpunk, Decopunk, Clockpunk and the relevantly new one of Nanopunk.

Cyberpunk could be considered the future setting of the Steampunk world as both are technology-heavy where the darker part of science and technology is allowed to flourish. With the rise in popularity of Steampunk, it’s safe to bet that the popularity of Cyberpunk won’t be that far behind.


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

3 Responses to Scifi Sunday: Cyberpunk

  1. DRC says:

    I find all these ‘punk’ genres interesting. I like SteamPunk – and seeing as I loved both Blade Runner and The Matrix, I’m guessing I like CyberPunk too 🙂 Have you heard of CarniePunk? I have a friend who’s writing in this genre too.

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