Cyberpunk as a genre arguably hit its heyday during the Eighties as a cultural force with Neuromancer and reached its zentih in social acceptance in the Nineties with The Matrix movies. After that, it slowly tapered off and ceased to be something fans got hyped over barring a few high profile video games. This is due to my suspicion that cyberpunk slowly became reality, or at least so similar to our current era of big corporations and hacker criminals that it stopped becoming genre fiction.
There have been a few major successes since then, literature-speaking, though as well as some genuine artistic achievements. Altered Carbon is one fo the strongest entries into this series due to Richard K. Morgan reinventing the darkness and anger of the original works for the Twenty FIrst Century. However, there’s not nearly as many peers to it as there should be and the big corporate produced cyberpunk novels are not what I’m here to discuss.
No, I’m here to discuss indie produced cyberpunk novels that have caught my eye over the past decade and ones that I think are worth reccommending. As a cyberpunk author myself with the Agent G and Cyber Dragons trilogies, I thought I’d share ten novels that I really enjoyed set in the cyberpunk genre.
What is cyberpunk? For the purposes of this list, I’m going to define it as gritty near-future science fiction with an anti-authoritarian bent. For me, you can’t claim the title of “punk” unless you have the latter, which is why The Matrix qualifies even if it’s in the far future. You’re welcome to disagree with the definition but that should let you know what I’m recommending down here.