Cyberpunk and Sci-Fi

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Cyberpunk and Sci-Fi

* William Gibson'sNeuromancer (1984),Count Zero (1986),Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988)* Phillips Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep* Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash (1992)* Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982)

* During the late 1970s and early 1980s* Established but newer field of Computer science.* The design of first personal computers * The “father” of cyberpunk--William Gibson

Main Characteristics

* Capitalism/global corporations* Distrust of the government* Rebellion* The Internet and cyberpace* Erased borders between virtual and actual realities* Technology is integrated into humans* Narrative: Hardboiled detective stories, film noir * Often, video-gaming stylistics* “High tech + low life”* Breakdown of the social order* Dystopian * Alternate realities as a reality as a result of computers and technology.* Protagonist is an Anti-Hero* Cyborgs as a fusion of humans and robots

Definition

Cyber: not the big, open world of outer space, rather the new realities of computer-generated and manipulated information.Punk: an alienated and often cynical attitude towards authority and establishments of all kinds.Cyberpunk is a sub-genre of Sci-fi with an emphasis on advanced technology, particularly information and computer techs, in a post modern setting.

Additional Resources

* Clynes Manfred E. and Nathan S. Kline. "Cyborg and Space." Retrieved from http://partners.nytimes.com/library/cyber/surf/022697surf-cyborg.html* "William Gibson on Cyberspace" (Video). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae3z7Oe3XF4* Goicoechea, Maria. (2008). "The Posthuman Ethos in Cyberpunk Society."CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 10/4. Retrieved from http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1398&context=clcweb

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