Thursday, 14 August 2008
It started with Johnny Mnemonic, Monalisa Overdrive, Graf Zero, Neuromancer and other books by William Gibson.
Cyberpunk plots often center on a conflict amonghackers, artificial intelligence, and megacorporations. They tend to be set in a near-future Earth, rather than the far-future settings or galactic vistas found in novels such as Frank Herbert's Dune. The settings are usually post-industrial dystopias but tend to be marked by extraordinary cultural ferment and the use of technology in ways never anticipated by its creators . Much of the genre's atmosphere echoes film noir, and written works in the genre often use techniques fromdetective stories.