Cyberpunk Timeline

  • Early use of the word "punk" to signify a criminal.

  • The Naked Lunch published

  • The word "cyborg" coined by Manfred Clyne

  • The Ramones release first album; punk begins

  • 1973"The Girl Who Was Plugged In" published in New Dimensions 3Gravity's Rainbow published

  • City Come A-Walkin' publishedThe Artificial Kid published

  • 1982Software published (Jan.)Gibson attends ArmadiloCon and reads the opening chapter of his work-in-progress, Neuromancer. "Behind the Mirrorshade: A Look at Punk SF" panel held. (Oct.)Blade Runner released

  • The short story "Cyberpunk" by Bruce Bethke published in Amazing Science Fiction Stories; this is, allegedly, the first use of the term 'cyberpunk' anywhere (Nov.)The word "transrealism" coined by Rudy Rucker who issues "A Transreal Manifesto" in The Bull

  • 1984Neuromancer published; "cyberspace" coinedDr. Adder publishedDecoder, a film by Klaus Maeck, releasedFrontera publishedHackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution publishedIn Japan, robots kill four humans in separate incidents

  • 20 Minutes into the Future (aka Max Headroom) releasedEclipse publishedDonna Haraway's "Manifesto for Cyborgs" published in Socialist Review (Apr.)Japanese translation of Neuromancer published (July)"Cyberpunks" panel convenes at the National SF Conventio

  • Rudy Rucker's "What is Cyberpunk?" appears in REM #3 (Feb.)Count Zero published (Mar.)Kim Stanley Robinson's parody "Down and Out in the year 2000" appears in IASF (Apr.)Norman Spinrad's "The Neuromantics" published in IASF (May)John Shirley confounds the

  • 1987First German translation of Neuromancer published by HeyneScience Fiction Eye premiers with all cyberpunk issueRobocop releasedAkira releasedBubble Gum Crisis begins in Japan

  • 1988In England, Max Dowhham's "Cyberpunk: the Final Solution" published in VagueIslands in the Net publishedMississippi Review entire issue published devoted to cyberpunk; academic colonization of the Movement begins in earnest

  • 1989"Fiction 2000" conference held in Leeds (June)Mondo 2000 begins publicationNeuromancer: The Graphic Novel publishedThe Cuckoo's Egg publishedSemiotext(e):SF publishedCherry comix special cyberpunk issue published

  • 1990The Difference Engine publishedHardware releasedEFF foundedSecret Service raids Steven Jackson Games in Austin (Mar. 1)Harper's Magazine publishes "Is Computer Hacking a Crime?", a transcript of a WELL conference during which Phiber Optik hacks the TR

  • 1992EFF moves to Washington D.C. and is immediately compromisedThe Hacker Crackdown publishedSnow Crash publishedMondo 2000: A User's Guide to the New Edge publishedThe Lawnmower Man released"Michelangelo" doomsday; nothing happens (Mar. 6)

  • 1993Wired begins publicationVirtual Light publishedFringe Ware Review begins publicationNemisis released. Gibson will later praise the film as "sort of early Gibson meets Terminator 2 ... it has a few bits that are just brilliant Cyberpunk."Bubble Gum Cri

  • he Cyberpunk Handbook published; cynical opportunism reaches new lowWired UK edition begins (March)Synthetic Pleasures releasedThe Net releasedHackers releasedFrom Australia, Geekgirl debuts on the Net (Jan.)Kevin Metnick arrested by the FBI for numerous

  • 1996Escape Velocity; Cyberculture at the End of the Century publishedFutureSex goes onlineRamones break up

  • 1997A Cyberpunk Manifesto published by Christian As. Kirtchev (Feb 14 1997)Freeware published (April)Wired UK edition folds (Feb)US Supreme Court rules Communications Decency Act unconstitutional (Jun 26)Blade Runner computer game released by Westwood (No

  • 1998The Cyberpunk Project and Cyberpunk Information Database opened (November)William Gibson's and Tom Maddox's episode, "Kill Switch" premiers on The X-Files (Feb 15)Burning Chrome stage adaptation opens in Chicago (Feb 6)