FIve Key Moments in the History of Cyberpunk

  • Web of Angels

    Web of Angels
    Web of Angels, written by John M. Ford, was the first novel to depict cyberspace and the battle within it. The book was an early exploration of some topics that would later be described as cyberpunk.
  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner
    Blade Runner is a 1982 American science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott. It is set in 2019 in a dystopian future in which manufactured beings called replicants are slaves used on space colonies and are legal prey on Earth to various bounty hunters who kill them. Although Blade Runner was largely unsuccessful in its first theatrical release, it found a viewership in the home video market and became a cult film.
  • Neuromancer

    Neuromancer was a novel written by William Gibson in 1984. Gibson is the most famous writer connected with the term cyberpunk. He emphasized style, a fascination with surfaces, and atmosphere over traditional science-fiction tropes. Regarded as ground-breaking and sometimes as "the archetypal cyberpunk work,". Neuromancer was awarded the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards.
  • When Gravity Fails

    When Gravity Fails
    When Gravity Fails is a cyberpunk science fiction novel by George Alec Effinger published in 1986. The book's other main themes are the effects of drug use and alternate personality technologies, as well as the personal interactions and increasing isolation of a flawed protagonist. It was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1987 and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1988.
  • The Matrix

    The Matrix
    The Matrix is a 1999 American science fiction action film written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski. The film contains many references to the cyberpunk and hacker subcultures, and philosophical and religious ideas. The film depicts a future in which reality as perceived by most humans is actually a simulated reality or cyberspace.