Cyberpunk Key Moments

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    Cyberpunk 1980 to now

  • Blade Runner - 1982

    Blade Runner - 1982
    Released in 1982, Blade Runner is a widespread popular science fiction film for its cyberpunk characteristics in the future realm of 2019 in an era of humans versus machines.
    Dempsey, M 1983, ‘Review: Blade Runner By Ridley Scott, Michael Deeley’, Film Quart, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 33-38
  • The Term 'Cyberpunk' is born

    The Term 'Cyberpunk' is born
    Science fiction editor Gardner Dozois is known to be the individual who began the use of the term ‘cyberpunk’. Gibson is known to have coined the word ‘cyberspace’ in his short story ‘Burning Chrome’ and the terms were later popularized with the concept. NeonDystopia: What is Cyberpunk, 2016, viewed August 16 2016, <ttps://>
  • Neuromancer - 1984

    Neuromancer - 1984
    A novel written by William Gibson in 1984, made popular with its links to the idea of cyberspace as a ‘consensual hallucination’ made possible by the connection of millions of computers.
    Cumming, E 2014, Neuromancer, 30 years old this month, leapt into cyberspace almost before it existed’, The Guardian, 28 July 2014, viewed August 17 2016, <>
  • CyberPunk 2020 -1988

    CyberPunk 2020 -1988
    A cyberpunk role-playing game written by Mike Pondsmith and published by R. Talsorian Games is released in 1988, a popular second release of the first title Cyberpunk.
  • The Matrix - 1999

    The Matrix - 1999
    An American-Australian science fiction action thriller written and directed by the Wachowshi Brothers starring Keanu Reeves is released. A film with the idea that the ‘world we inhabit is an illusion or projection’ and a futuristic spin.

    Woodward, S, & Gillis, S 2008, ‘The Matrix Trilogy: Cyberpunk Reloaded’, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 442-44, viewed August 16 2016, <>
  • Her - 2013

    Her - 2013
    A 2013 American Romantic comedy-drama written by Spike Jonze is a story of a man who falls in love with a computer operating system with a female voice.