Cyberpunk classics


“I’ve… seen things… you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate… All those… moments… will be lost, in time, like tears… in… rain. Time… to die.

Wester Hailes Library are celebrating all things cyberpunk at the moment, with a special display of books, films and music.

If you’re new to this sci-fi sub-genre, here are some recommendations:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
‘Willy Wonka meets The Matrix’ – USA Today. A jaw-droppingly cinematic, genre-busting debut that’s part virtual space opera, part classic coming-of-age story, part brilliant pop-culture mash-up

Neuromancer by William Gibson
The most influential science fiction novel of our time. Cyberspace and virtual reality were invented in this book.

Hardware (DVD)
Based on the story ‘Shok’ by Steve McManus and Kevin O’Neill. Iggy Pop stars.

Snow crash by Neal Stephenson
If you’re new to the work of Neal Stephenson this is a good place to start.

Ghost in the shell (DVD)
Japanese animation and sequel following a federal agent on the trail of The Puppet Master” who illegally hacks into the minds of cyborg-human hybrids.

The System by  Gemma Malley
The third book in ‘The Killables’ trilogy features a world with no secrets, where the only currency is being interesting and liked. And for those who fail to ‘update’ every 15 minutes, the consequences are deadly.

Do Androids dream of electric sheep? by Philip K Dick
Filmed as Blade Runner. We couldn’t not include this.

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan (downloadable audiobook)
Pacy, violent thriller set in 25th century San Francisco, by an author based in Scotland.

Tracer by Rob Boffard
Recent addition to the genre set on a space station with a population of one million.

The Holy Machine by Chris Beckett
Interesting, and at times violent, take on religious and scientific intolerance.


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