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What is Cyberpunk?

Cyberpunk is a science-fiction sub-genre dealing with the integration of society and technology in dystopian settings. Often referred to as “low-life and high tech,” Cyberpunk stories deal with outsiders (punks) who fight against the oppressors in society (usually mega corporations that control everything) via technological means (cyber). If the punks aren’t actively fighting against a megacorp, they’re still dealing with living in a world completely dependent on high technology.

The name “Cyberpunk” was coined by author Bruce Bethke, who used it as the title for one of his short stories. The author has said he didn’t intend the name to represent this new category, and that the name itself came about “through synthesis” as he tried to combine different words together. The idea of the name — a punk or troublemaker with insane computer skills — remains.

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