Fiction, Cyberpunk, and all That

Flights of Fantasy and Other Pastimes

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Fiction has the ability to literally transport us into other worlds. It awakens the ability of the soul to experience the feelings of others, and visit lands that it has never seen. Fiction explores not just who we are, but what we could be.

Particularly precious is that feeling that someone else has gone through the same sort of things as you, and you are not the only person to feel that way. It can be very freeing - at times we all feel like the 'outsider', worn down by worlds cares - and the best fiction touches on this or other aspects of our humanity and our ability to empathise, to see the world through someone else's eyes.

My favourite type of fiction is cyberpunk. I first stumbled into this when I read the book Neuromancer by William Gibson. He is the man who first coined the term cyberspace, and is often called the father of cyberpunk. For those of you who may not have come across the term, this genre of science fiction covers the near future and is usually set, at least partially, in the virtual-realms of cyberspace.

Below are some of the seminal works of cyberpunk (including Bruce Bethkes short story where the word cyberpunk itself was first used) as well as looks at other authors and the subject of writing.

If you're interested in Cyberpunk, you can search the web using Cyber Search. This is a search engine that only returns results relevant to Cyberpunk.

You will also want to read my Review of Wired for Chaos, an exciting new Cyberpunk novel by Brett Renwick.

Visit the Library

Books to Browse

A collection of classic sci-fi, beat generation books, some lovecraft horor and a few others thrown in for good measure. All available for download. Best read on a handheld computer (PDA) - this will save an awful lot of wear and tear on your printer. You will need a recent version of winzip or winrar to extract some of them.

Author's Pages

A set of pages dedicated to some of my favourite authors.

  • Neil Gaiman - Articles, Intro, and Other Stuff

    A biography and index page on Neil Gaiman. Includes a several of his short stories and an interview. He is the creator of the 'Sandman' comics - breathtaking mythaeopic fiction...

  • William Gibson - the Father of Cyberpunk

    A page dedicated to the progenitor of cyberpunk, and a celebration of his writing.

    There are several articles here, written by Gibson; as well as commentaries on his work.

  • The Terry Pratchett Pages - Wizards and Wonders

    Terry Pratchett is, amongst other things, the creator of the bizarre fantasy land known as discworld. Populated with wizards, trolls, dwarves, assassins and even a talking dog.

    This index page gives you access to articles, guides, and more - all related to Mr. Pratchett or his fantastical world.

Cyberpunk Classics

These are a few of the classic works of cyberpunk. Cyberpunk portrays a future when global politics are rife with the corruption of mega-corporations. The increasing rise of technology and the cities has led to environmental damage and the increasing isolation of the powerless individual. It often pits the individual against the forces of politics and greed. It is a dark prophetic vision of how the future might be. Not only that but Gibsons portrayal of cyberspace - the consensual hallucination, is a wonderful metaphor for the human spirit. Freed from the constraints of body, time and space the spirit is freed.

  • Cyberpunk - By Bruce Bethke

    This is a great short story. It is particularly of note, because it is the first known use of the term Cyberpunk.

  • Douglas Rushkoff - Cyberia

    This isn't fiction, but it's still punk. It's an electronic book by one of the great surfers of the digital wave. This is about hackers, the net, and the way society is changing.

  • Tom Maddox - Halo

    This is a cyberpunk classic, by Tom Maddox.

  • Richard Kadrey - Metrophage

    Yet another cyberpunk classic, from the golden age. This one is written by Richard Kadrey.

Matrix Resources

This is one of the finest films of recent history. Very Cyberpunk and very Spiritual ! [and very good...] The articles sort of speak for themselves.

On the Subject of Writing

A few articles about writing fiction.

  • Aphorisms of Science Writing

    A useful little piece for those trying to write (or thinking of writing) science fiction. Good sensible stuff.

  • Guide to Good Writing

    A little guide to writing by Holy Mother Grammatica. Full of great advice and very inspirational for all writing.

  • Orwell on Writing

    George Orwell was a great and expressive writer and also a man with a strong political and social conscience. In these two articles he looks first at the political nature of language - how it will direct your thinking unless you take a firm decision to be a good writer. The second part is about why he wrote at all.

Other Stuff

The rest of the best... or should that be the other way round ?

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