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Subject: cyberpunk recomendations?
Date Posted: 9/22/2011 3:10 PM ET
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I haven't read much cyberpunk. I think Do Anroids Dream of Electric Sheep is considered cyberpunk? I have read that. Anyway, I was in the mood to try some more. I'm looking for what might be the classic cyberpunk, or classy cyberpunk, lol. Trying to avoid explicit sex and violence, however, just to make it trickier. Could someone provide a couple authors or titles?

Thanks.

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 7:52 PM ET
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THE classic cyberpunk novel is William Gibson's Neuromancer. Don't remember how much explicit sex and violence there is, but I'm pretty sure there's a little.

Given that one of the hallmarks of the subgenre is a noir style (at least in my understanding of it), I don't know that you'll be able to find any cyberpunk novel that has neither sex nor violence. . . so good luck!

Date Posted: 9/23/2011 10:38 AM ET
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It's just the really explicit stuff I get tired of. Sex and violence can move the plot along, done right. I'm going to go look into Neuromancer for starters.

Date Posted: 9/23/2011 2:59 PM ET
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Here's a link to the Cyberpunk Project; there are plenty of titles and authors to consider:

http://project.cyberpunk.ru/idb/books.html

 

-RD

Date Posted: 9/27/2011 4:42 AM ET
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Rudy Rucker's Ware series is, from what I understand, an excellent representative of the genre. Looking at the list Rob provided, I have to say I have NO idea how Naked Lunch falls under the cyberpunk category.

Date Posted: 9/27/2011 1:45 PM ET
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James; that had me puzzled too; but I suppose some portions of it could be cyber-punkish especially the interzone stuff.

A number of Cyberpunk authors have listed Burroughs as among those who inspired their craft. 

Also some of Burroughs other stuff does have CP chops like the Nova Trilogy.

-RD

Date Posted: 9/29/2011 1:33 PM ET
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I'd argue that an adventure into cyberpunk literature must include Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, if only because references to it seem to pop up so frequently in popular culture, so consider that one as well.

Interesting list, Rob -- thanks for posting that link. I agree, though -- Naked Lunch as cyberpunk?  Regardless, it has been banned in the past for "obscenity", so it probably doesn't meet your criteria for sex/violence, Lora.

Date Posted: 9/29/2011 7:51 PM ET
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I completely missed that part of the OP. Naked Lunch is rife with sexual references, enough to put me off. I'm not one to be offended by most things, and I definitely don't have a weak stomach, but Naked Lunch ended up being only the second book I've ever put down out of disgust.

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Date Posted: 9/30/2011 8:06 PM ET
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I love cyberpunk - I recommend the Wikopedia to get you started w/lists.

Right now I'm reading True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier.  This is a collection of interesting historical essays on "the other plane" and the classy/classic must read novella "True Names" by Vernor Vinge.  cool