Key Moments in Cyberpunk

  • Cybernetics developed

    Norbert Weiner, along with other mathematicians, developed Cybernetics towards the end of World War Two as a study of communication and code breaking. Please note: the day and month of this event is approximate as this development was ongoing. Lister, M. Dovey, J., Giddings, S., Grant, I & Kelly, Kieran 2008 New Media: a critical introduction, Routledge, USA, p. 381.
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  • William S. Burroughs

    William S. Burroughs
    William S. Burroughs explored different communication strategies with the release of Naked Lunch in 1959. It used a cut and paste method of organising chapters as a response to cybernetics. His follow up novels which took the form of The Nova Trilogy, further explored technology's control on the human body. These books could be seen as a starting point for cyberpunk. Please note: the day and month of this event is approximate. 1501HUM lecture notes, week 4, Griffith University, Brisbane.
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
    Philip K. Dick wrote Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? which was published in 1968. This book was the inspiration for Bladerunner, released 14 years later. Please note: the day and month of this event is approximate. Senior, W 1996 ‘Blade Runner and Cyberpunk Visions of Humanity’, Film Criticism, vol. 21, no.1, pp. 1-12. Retrieved September 2 2014 from Proquest.
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  • Bladerunner

    Bladerunner
    Director Ridley Scott adapted Bladerunner from "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" to create the first Cyberpunk film. The film explored the boudaries of humanity, the merging of humans with machines and artificial intelligence.
    Please note: the day and month of this event is approximate. Senior, W 1996 ‘Blade Runner and Cyberpunk Visions of Humanity’, Film Criticism, vol. 21, no.1, pp. 1-12. Retrieved September 2 2014 from Proquest.
    *titles of journals are not able to be italicised
  • Neuromancer

    Neuromancer
    Neuromancer is an influential work in cyberpunk and science fiction. It is the first novel written by William Gibson who also wrote important short stories such as Burning Chrom, released in 1982. Please note: the day and month of this event is approximate. Senior, W 1996 ‘Blade Runner and Cyberpunk Visions of Humanity’, Film Criticism, vol. 21, no.1, pp. 1-12. Retrieved September 2 2014 from Proquest.
    *titles of journals can not be italicised within the editing of the timeline event.