Cyberpunk, Pre-, Classic-, and Post-

Our primary focus this week is on the science fiction subgenre known as cyberpunk. It’s neither quite right to say that cyberpunk “emerged” in the early 1980s or to say that it “died off” or “ended” by the mid-1990s.1 We see many of the elements of cyberpunk – the outsider as protagonist; a near-future setting in a media-saturated […]

Introduction to Week 10: Imagined Futures

“Science fiction is the branch of literature that deals with the effects of change on people in the real world as it can be projected into the past, the future, or to distant places. It often concerns itself with scientific or technological change, and it usually involves matters whose importance is greater than the individual […]