Top 10 Books on Cyberpunk

 

Cyberpunk is science fiction. The genre of science fiction in which the future world is portrayed as all things seems to be controlled by computers. Basically, it shows the transformative effects of advanced science, computers and networks which is attached to a radical change in the social order or breakdowns. It mainly focuses on a combination of high low life which featuring scientific achievements and advancement in technology. For this, you can take an example of cybernetics and artificial intelligence. Several cyberpunk books are adopted in films. Films on cyberpunk made a good business. Adoption of cyberpunk genres in films is increasing day by day.

Mirrorshades

This book is a collection of Science fiction short stories from early times and influential cyberpunk authors. This book defines cyberpunk short story collection. This book is known as a collection of tales by the best science fiction writers in eighties.

Read it For:
To know about the concerns, influences, history, the tropes of the cyberpunk movement. Some of the stories considered best are “Red star”, “The Gernsback Continuum” etc.
Don't Read it For:
Mostly stories in the book are 1980’s flavoured. So, if you are not interested in ancient stories don’t go for it
What makes this book stand out?:
Ancient world stories in today’s era. Enjoyable and worthwhile read.

Neuromancer

This book is a collection of science fiction stories. It was also the winner of the science fiction triple crown. In this, a person has hacking skills who want to steal something from his employer computer

Read it For:
The story starts with hacking involving sentiment machine life and the first novel to win Triple Crown.
Don't Read it For:
The whole story of the book revolves around stealing, hacking data from employer database.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is must read for those people who love the genre. The story has a strong gripping line, detailed explanation of characters etc.

Akira

This book is a collection of the hugely influential manga which set in post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, where you will find terrorists attack the government, gangs fight for power and some people has psychic abilities. It was said that cyberpunk not completed without the story more Japanese author

Read it For:
It involves turf wars, effects of World War III by ESP based action and epic characterization.
Don't Read it For:
Story seems boring sometimes as only war effects etc. were portrayed.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is from Japanese author which is much beloved animated film version and also adapted into a cyberpunky.

Snow Crash

This hugely influential and delightful 1992 novel manages to combine Sumerian mythology with cyberpunk elements to create something new and incredibly fun. Set in the near future, where pizza delivery is under Mafia Control. This book is named after Stephenson when he saw Macintosh machine crashed.

Read it For:
The story uncovers reasons for Cyber-adventure, telling alternative histories.
Don't Read it For:
Snow Crash is a futuristic drug which has detrimental effects in both the real and virtual worlds.
What makes this book stand out?:
In this, you will find that a protagonist hero decides to uncover the reasons for various cyber effects
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The story shows that the earth has been devastated by the nuclear World War Terminus to the extent that radiation has wiped out most animals. This book is author’s trademark work. You will find that this book features bounty hunters and intelligent androids.

Read it For:
To know the effects and how radiation becomes death player for all
Don't Read it For:
Story contains the matter of fact in the book is very harsh. Not suitable for normal cyberpunk fictions
What makes this book stand out?:
The first thing about the book is its highlighting title, i.e. Do android dreams of electric sheep which shows how radiation poisoning has ravaged the planet.

Daemon

The book tells the story of a persistent virus named the eponymous Daemon, this virus causes huge and massive real-world repercussions after its’s programmer death. The building of the second Internet said as the darknet.

Read it For:
The stories presented in the book are series of Interwoven tales featuring viruses, drug dealers etc.
Don't Read it For:
Doesn’t contain many facts related to cyberpunk.
What makes this book stand out?:
Story of persistent viruses and their effect on world cyberspace, assassinating targets, other things like dying of brain cancer which is scared for Humanity’s future.

The Stars My Destination

This book was originally published in 1956. It is science fiction novel which has specialization in four parts infamous Galaxy magazine which led the cyberpunk movement by almost more than twenty years and when this book has set up various themes which later became later cyberpunk words.

Read it For:
To know the bleak future containing details of evil megacorporations and cybernetic body modification.
Don't Read it For:
Does not detail too much on cyberpunk only a few segments related to cyberpunk.
What makes this book stand out?:
The interesting and motivating fact the novel tells a burning desire for revenge.

Trouble and Her Friends

This book is award winner of Lambda Literary Award for Gay & Lesbian Science fiction and fantasy. This book shows the handling of criminal hackers. Discovering that somebody is seeking access in a virtual world of the shadows of cyberspace in order to commit a crime.

Read it For:
Showing scenarios of hackers, troubles in their life’s as criminal hackers and their chances to enter into cyberspace to commit a crime and making things worse. This novel is a solid example of cyberpunk.
Don't Read it For:
The whole novel is based on the life of hackers on the criminal part.
What makes this book stand out?:
The novel tells the story of India carless and near future in the United States of America, shows the power of forces of law and order to crack down on the computer nets of the world.

Eclipse

Eclipse is the series of three science fiction English language cyberpunk novels which depicts a dystopian future which was set in a mid-21st century of hypothetical times. Showcase of a nuclear weapon, armies for battle etc

Read it For:
To know the dystopian future, battle strategies and how cyberpunk to be used for this.
Don't Read it For:
Most of the part of the novel showcase the battle scenarios and the other things related to battlefields, using of cyberspaces etc.
What makes this book stand out?:
The series of Eclipse by John Shirley shows the epic and noticeable growth, use of drones for spying and other gadgets.

Altered Carbon

This story is very hard-boiled asset 500 years in the future, the possibility of storing human personalities electronically. This is an award winner story. Purpose of storing human personalities to restore their memories to bodies called as sleeves.

Read it For:
To know the most brutal extreme situations of cyberpunk’s noir tendencies. Uploading died person’s brain to cyberspaces.
Don't Read it For:
Novel has a single storylining which leads story towards are a boring point but for a short period of time.
What makes this book stand out?:
The level of future forecasting and adaption of the story for TV series from many cyberpunk books.

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