Fiction, Cyberpunk, and Writing

Virtual Reality Heroes of Cyberpunk
The Various Fiction Topics
Library
Authors
Cyberpunk
Matrix
Writing
The Rest
 

Fiction has the ability to transport us into other worlds. My favourite worlds are the esoteric vistas of Science Fiction - but I've always appreciated the way that different types of books have given me a new perspective on myself and the world. Particularly precious is that feeling that someone else has gone through the same sort of things as you, and that you are not the only person to have felt 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 eempathise, to see the world through someone elses eyes. Anyway, my favourite type of fiction is cyberpunk.

I first stumbled into cyberpunk when I came across the book Neuromancer by William Gibson. He is the man who first coined the term cyber-space 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.

Enough of my waffle. 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.

Visit the Library

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 PDA or other handheld computer - this will save an awful lot of wear and tear on your printer. You will need a recent version of winzip or winrar to get at some of them.

Author's Pages

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

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.

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.

Other Stuff

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

The World On My Back

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