Glenn said: It’s really weird reading a book that coined the term cyberpunk way back in I mean Published by Bruce Bethke (first published ). In the early Spring of , Bruce wrote a little story about a band of teenage hackers. From the very first draft this story. Bruce Bethke is a writer and computer consultant who lives and works in quiet, suburban, Pig’s Eye Landing, Minnesota. He is the author of more than

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Neuromancerthough, was the moment everyone noticed that this was a pattern. The tropes had all come together. This is a short sighted diagnosis, but there is a modicum of validity; so why did we choose cyberpunk? The kids who trashed my computer; their kids were going to be Holy Terrors, combining the ethical vacuity of teenagers with a technical fluency we adults could only guess at. The word then became the very intentional title for his short story, Cyberpunkabout a group of hacker teens bucking the system, exploiting systems for personal gain, and rebelling against their parents.

This is a common trope now, but when Bethke wrote about it, it was a new idea. The story also popularized the vision of the teenage hacker with a mohawk, which was inspired by the visage of Billy Idol; who ironically would go on to adopt the cyberpunk identity with his Cyberpunk album. The word was popularized by Gardner Dozois in his article for the Washington Postcalled Science Fiction in the Eightiesto describe the new wave of science fiction writers.

Bruce Sterling then owned the term in the essential anthology: Mirrorshades — The Cyberpunk Anthology.

Although at this point the cyberpunk aesthetic had been well established, Mirrorshades was the first collection of cyberpunk works and was edited by one of the original cyberpunks, giving it brufe credibility.

This has allowed for a culture to rise around the word. Literature, movies, television, comics, music, these are all things that define a culture. An open source term that can continue to evolve as the culture evolves.


Cyberpunk will never die, because it can change. InBethke sold a completed novel based on the original short bsthke, but it was never published due to conflict over the ending. Bethke has made the novel available for free on his website. Or you can read the original short story here. Some of the links included in this article are Amazon Affiliate links. If you would like to purchase these items, consider using the links provided and vethke support Neon Dystopia. Bethoe Anderson November 13,2: Wheeler Veritas November 13,9: Shockwave Rider is referenced by Bethke as part of the inspiration for his short story, Cyberpunk.

I considered including this part, but decided it was more relevant to a discussion about proto-cyberpunk than the origin of the bwthke. Thanks for pointing it out though! Stephen Anderson November 13,3: Bryan Rumble November 15,6: Wheeler Veritas November 16, I agree, the roots to cyberpunk reach back pretty far.

I think that Gibson is seen by many as the creator of cyberpunk and therefore anything written by him is cyberpunk by default. I see the emergence of cyberpunk as more of a gradient of events bethhke than a moment in time.

As we approach Neuromancer, we see more and more cyberpunk like work, then the 80s and early 90s are full of it, then as interest wanes and post-cyberpunk becomes less focused on the punk elements we see a dip. I think the current part of the gradient is moving back towards purer cyberpunk.

Bruce November 21,3: We need to get us some. Bruce November 20,1: Why is The Shockwave Rider considered proto-cyberpunk and not true cyberpunk? Bruce Not Cyberpknk November 18,5: I really used to look like that? Wheeler Veritas November 20,2: It was seriously my pleasure.

I love your short story and have been meaning to paw my way through the full length novel. You cygerpunk me thinking: John Brunner was a friend, and I was drinking with him the night he died. This thought still creeps me out a little. Sladek was also a very good friend, and I still miss him. I was also going through a Philip K. But the two books that really contributed most strongly to my sense of what the techno future would bethoe like were The Godwhale, by T.


Bass good luck finding a copy of it nowand A Specter is Haunting Texas, by Cyberpuhk Leiber, which I first read when it was serialized in Galaxy in Thank you for sharing the anecdotes, and that is one hell of a weird historical factoid. Also, True Names is an excellent novella that I really should also write about. Bruce November 20,2: Of course, those are just the traceable, citable influences. A lot of the deep concept probably evolved from all those late-night bull sessions with two of my oldest and best friends and former roommatesDr.

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The Early Life of the Word “Cyberpunk”

Cyberpunk author, Bruce Bethke. Written by Isaac L. Veritas is a cyberpunk and writer who enjoys all aspects of the cyberpunk genre and subculture. He also journeys deeply into the recesses of the dissonance exploring his nihilistic existence. You May Also Like.

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