an author of, or protagonist in, cyberpunk n. 1
Now chiefly historical.
About the closest thing here to a self-willed esthetic ‘school’ would be the purveyors of bizarre hard-edged, high-tech stuff, who have on occasion been referred to as ‘cyberpunks’—Sterling, Gibson, Shiner, Cadigan, Bear.
If California gonzo or the reigning punks (cyber and steam) don’t satisfy your taste for the unpredictable, try Jo Clayton’s Blue Magic.
Cyberpunks, the second generation of computer hackers, subscribe to an arcane code of honor and look upon cracking supposedly impenetrable networks as a challenging rite of passage.
What do you think of the experimental, and often deliberately controversial, fiction of the New Wave, Cyberpunks, etc.?
Far more potent, at least for now, would be such figures as the cyberpunk antihero, the youth in search of his manhood, or even the citizen-soldier whose personal and political values are clear and untarnished by moral ambiguity or complexity.
Either a work from the mainstream…from cyberpunk writers…or from pre-1926 science fictional works.
He centered his narrative on the alleged literary wars between the cyberpunks and the humanists, which was actually more like contretemps than combat, but let that go.
Gardner Dozois, in the Washington Post
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