Cyberpunk Sunday 水

December 5, 2021    Article    696 words    4 mins read
Cyberpunk Sunday 水
This article evolved into something more serious.
  1. The System, centuries-old, exists on principles that no longer stand up to scrutiny, a System that has changed little since its conception.
  2. The System is wrong.
  3. The System must impose its truth upon us so that it can rule. The government needs us to follow it blindly. For this reason, we live in an informational eclipse. When people can only acquire information from the government, they cannot distinguish right from the wrong. So the lie becomes a truth – truth, fundamental to everything else. Thus, leaders control with lies and ordinary people have no notion of what is true and follow the government blindly, trusting it.
  4. We fight for freedom of information. We fight for freedom of speech and press. We fight for the freedom to express our thoughts freely, without being persecuted by the System.
  5. Even in the most developed and ‘democratic’ countries, the System imposes misinformation. Even in the countries that pretend to be the cradle of free speech, misinformation is the System’s primary weapon. A weapon they use very well. A Cyberpunk Manifesto by Christian A. Kirtchev

Trying to define Cyberpunk is a difficult task. In short, however, Cyberpunk refers to both a culture and a genre.

Cyberpunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that features advanced science and technology in an urban, dystopian future. On one side you have powerful mega-corporations and private security forces, and on the other you have the dark and gritty underworld of illegal trade, gangs, drugs, and vice. In between all of this is politics, corruption, and social upheaval.

Cyberpunk and futurism

There are no normal people — just look at your relatives, the people that you are in a position to know best. They’re all weird at some level below the surface. Yet conventional fiction very commonly shows us normal people in a normal world. As long as you labor under the feeling that you are the only weirdo, then you feel weak and apologetic. You’re eager to go along with the establishment, and a bit frightened to make waves — lest you be found out. Actual people are weird and unpredictable, this is why it is so important to use them as characters instead of the impossibly good and bad paperdolls of mass-culture. Rudy Rucker, A Transrealist Manifesto





no IMDB links, random order

  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Blade Runner
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Ready Player One
  • The Fifth Element
  • Minority Report
  • TRON
  • TRON: Legacy
  • Looper
  • Total Recall
  • Equilibrium
  • La Jetée (short)
  • Cyborg
  • Dredd
  • Cyber Bandits
  • Judge Dredd
  • Cypher
  • Zero Theorem
  • Johnny Mnemonic
  • Brazil
  • Code 46
  • Burst City
  • Gattaca
  • Dark City
  • Chrysalis
  • Hackers
  • Avalon
  • Casshern
  • Cybernator
  • Crime Zone
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Beyond the Black Rainbow
  • Antitrust
  • The 6th Day
  • Brave New World
  • Brainstorm
  • Automata
  • Death Machine
  • eXistenZ



no store links, get physical books or free EPUBs

  • The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • Permutation City by Greg Egan
  • Quarantine by Greg Egan
  • Echopraxia by Peter Watts
  • Blindsight by Peter Watts
  • Chung Kuo by David Wingrove
  • Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
  • Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds
  • Little Heroes by Norman Spinrad
  • The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Rule 34 by Charles Stross
  • Zero-signal by Rick Wayne
  • Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • RIM by Alexander Besher
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  • Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • Virtual Light by William Gibson
  • Daemon and Freedom by Daniel Suarez

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