Stage 32 Glossary


Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction, derived from combining the terms cybernetics and punk, and related to the digital or information technology society (referring to the proliferation of computers, the online world, cyberspace, and "hacking"). This subgenre also incorporates classic film-noirish characteristics into its style. Cyberpunk traits include alienation, dehumanization, the presence of counter-cultural anti-heroes, darkness, dystopia, and corruption; heavily influenced by the novels of Raymond Chandler. Also associated with the work of writer William Gibson and his 1984 novel "Neuromancer."