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Best Cyberpunk Books

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Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson - Jan 01, 2011 (first published in 1992)
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After the Internet, what came next?Enter the Metaverse - cyberspace home to avatars and software daemons, where anything and just about everything goes. Newly available on the Street - the Metaverse's main drag - is Snow Crash, a cyberdrug. Trouble is Snow Crash is also a computer virus - and something more. Because once taken it infects the person...
Neuromancer
William Gibson - Oct 25, 2016 (first published in 1984)
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Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, Neuromancer is a cyberpunk, science fiction masterpiece—a classic that ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the twentieth century’s most potent visions of the future.The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus-hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cybe...
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049
Philip K. Dick - May 28, 1996 (first published in 1968)
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It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill.Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there, lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment--find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!...
Altered Carbon
Netflix Altered Carbon book 1 (Gollancz S.F.) [Jan 30, 2018] Morgan, Richard
Richard Morgan - Jan 01, 2018 (first published in 2002)
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Coming to Netflix in 2018, this must-read story is a confident, action-and-violence packed thriller, and future classic noir SF novel from a multi-award-winning author. It's the twenty-fifth century, and advances in technology have redefined life itself. Human consciousness can now be stored in the brain and downloaded into a new body (or 'sleeve')...
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Nancy Pearl
Accelerando
Charles Stross - Jun 27, 2006 (first published in 2005)
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The Singularity. It is the era of the posthuman. Artificial intelligences have surpassed the limits of human intellect. Biotechnological beings have rendered people all but extinct. Molecular nanotechnology runs rampant, replicating and reprogramming at will. Contact with extraterrestrial life grows more imminent with each new day.Struggling to sur...
The Ghost in the Shell
Shirow Masamune - Feb 21, 2017 (first published in 1989)
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Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cy...
Synners
Pat Cadigan - Nov 13, 2012 (first published in 1991)
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Winner of the ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD, and shortlisted for the NEBULA, SYNNERS is a classic of cyberpunk fiction.Synners are synthesizers - not machines, but people. They take images from the brains of performers, and turn them into a form which can be packaged, sold and consumed. This book is set in a world where new technology spawns new crime bef...
Ready Player One
A Novel
Ernest Cline - Jun 05, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that...
The Stars My Destination
Alfred Bester - Jun 30, 2011 (first published in 1955)
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In this pulse-quickening novel, Alfred Bester imagines a future in which people "jaunte" a thousand miles with a single thought, where the rich barricade themselves in labyrinths and protect themselves with radioactive hit men — and where an inarticulate outcast is the most valuable and dangerous man alive. The Stars My Destination is a classic of ...
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Alan Cooper
Mirrorshades
The Cyberpunk Anthology
Bruce Sterling - Dec 01, 1986
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With their hard-edged, street-wise prose, they created frighteningly probable futures of high-tech societies and low-life hustlers. Fans and critics call their world cyberpunk. Here is the definitive "cyberpunk" short fiction collection. HC: Arbor House....
Schismatrix Plus
Bruce Sterling - Jan 01, 2006 (first published in 1995)
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Bruce Sterling has called his Shaper/Mechanist novel Schismatrix "my favorite among my books." It is a detailed history of a spacefaring humanity divided into two camps: The Shapers, who prefer genetic enhancements, and the Mechanists, who rely on prosthetics. Sterling also published five Shaper/Mechanist stories between 1982-84, which have been co...
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Vurt by Jeff Noon
Count Zero by William Gibson
Eclipse by John Shirley
Hardwired by Walter Jon Williams
Akira, Vol. 1 by Katsuhiro Otomo
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Daemon by Daniel Suarez
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis
Diaspora by Greg Egan
The Ware Tetralogy by Rudy Rucker
Want by Cindy Pon
Distraction by Bruce Sterling
Infomocracy by Malka Older
The Glass Hammer by K. W. Jeter
Moxyland by Lauren Beukes
Company Town by Madeline Ashby
Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds
Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson
Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
Psion by Joan D. Vinge
Screwtop / The Girl Who Was Plugged In by James Tiptree Jr.
Otherland by Tad Williams
When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger
The Fortunate Fall by Raphael Carter
Blood Music by Greg Bear
Night Sky Mine by Melissa Scott
Mindplayers by Pat Cadigan
The Electric Church by Jeff Somers
Crashcourse by Wilhelmina Baird