Key films and literature in Cyberpunk history

  • Pink Floyd

    Pink Floyd
    One of the most influential and succesfull bands in modern pop culture. Originating from the London underground scene the band can be catagorised as progressive and psychedelic sporting a space rock twist. The band is known for its large influence in the genre of cyberpunk.
    Reference: Unknown. "Pink Floyd." Pink Floyd. N.p., 2012. Web. 20 Aug. 2012.
  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner
    Based on Phillip K. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" (1968), the film directed by Ridley Scott depicts a dytopic future where machine reigns over man. Blade runner is named as one of the forefathers of cyberpunk for its dystopic, raw and technological themes.
    Reference: Unknown. "Blade Runner." Cyberpunk Review. N.p., Jan. 2006. Web. Aug. 2012.
  • "1984" By George Orwell

    "1984" By George Orwell
    George Orwell's novel is one of the most well known and succesful cyberpunk themed novels to date. Orwell predicts a future of an opressed land where the government (big brother) watches the every move of every individual. The influence of power and technology over the people is one of the main themes in the story that in many ways opens a window to the possible future.
    Reference: Unknown. "1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four: Theme Analysis." Novel Guide. N.p., 2011. Web. 20 Aug. 2012.
  • "Neuromancer" by William Gibson

    "Neuromancer" by William Gibson
    This novel is considered another large player in the origins of science fiction. Gibson's novel dips into dark themes such as technology, youth, pop culture and philosophy and transports this combination into a genre of its own: Cyberpunk. Reference: Evans, Josh. "Why Neuromancer Is One of the Greatest Cyberpunk Novels." Science Fiction .com. N.p., Aug. 2011. Web. 20 Aug. 2012.
  • "The Matrix" by Andy & Larry Wachowski

    "The Matrix" by Andy & Larry Wachowski
    One of the newer additions to the cyberpunk genre being released in 1999, the film holds similar themes in comparison to 1984 and Blade Runner. The futuristic film depicts a dangerous world controlled by the government and where technology is used for evil. Such characteristics place this film as one of the pivotal moments in cyberpunk history. Reference: Unknown. "The Matrix and Cyberpunk." Cyberpunk Review. N.p., 26 Feb. 2006. Web. 20 Aug. 2012. <