Cyberpunk 2077 will be released only next year, but this very cyberpunk art is already climbing from all cracks. It woke up from his sleep, rips off the shutters, and breaks into our homes. In general, this requires preparation. Let’s start with the books: we have collected for you works with which it is best to start your acquaintance with cyberpunk.
William Gibson “Neuromancer”
Neuromancer is just a ready-made cyberpunk museum. Crystal classics and this is both a plus and a minus. To an untrained person who has heard about cyberpunk. But did not go deep, it may seem that Gibson is just a lazy and disorderly author who has collected all the most hackneyed clichés about the genre in one book.
But, look, we have evil corporations-zaibatsu here, and here, pay attention, hackers and artificial intelligence. And over there, at that stand, there are cyber-prostheses, a hero-virtuoso hacker and a dystopian world of the future. In fact, Gibson did not overuse clichés, he created those clichés – a genius worse than Kojima. He is generally a key author in the genre – which is why you will find more than one of his books in this top.
The problem is that now this 1984 novel is in places a martial fantasy. The whole story is such a “Tebatasasula” in the light of neon, where everyone is running somewhere, shooting at someone and yelling. Explosions, teenage cynical heroes and textbook-like cyberpunk elements. If you were expecting a deep philosophical epic that reveals the ins and outs of the genre, you may be disappointed.
William Gibson. “Virtual light”
“Virtual Light”, like “Neuromancer”, opens a whole trilogy. Everything is not so canonical here (read – less cliché) and the action time has been moved closer to us. Less fiction, the clearer the world, but cyberpunk is still in place.
Now this book can be ridiculous and embarrassing. The time of action is a cyberpunk dystopia of 2006, and the stumbling block of the whole story is stupid virtual reality glasses (they are called “virtual light”), for which everyone is hunting. Gloomy, wild California, attacks by hackers and terrorists, as well as crowds of homeless people and drug cartels are attached. It reads briskly and easier than “Neuromancer” – there is not so dense action, you can breathe.
William Gibson “Pattern Recognition”
“Image Recognition” is not cyberpunk at all and at the same time one of the most cyberpunk-prophetic books by Gibson. Here the emphasis has been shifted from fiction-cyber-samurai hackers to socialism, which clearly benefited the novel. The main character has a rare gift: she senses advertising trends and hype images before they are formed.
This is perhaps the most useful skill one can imagine in the information world. This idea seems not too original in the era of Instagram and YouTube, but not in 2003, when there were no HYIPs or trends, and we all lived in dugouts and ate turnips. A funny nuance of the novel, though slightly interfering with its adequate perception, is hellish cranberry. The Russians here do not wear earflaps, handing out Wi-Fi.