What is it, we ask, that lies ahead?
Is it perhaps a future without the utopian idealism and shiny, happy optimism of Star Trek? Is it perhaps also a future without the hopeless dystopian pessimism of Orwell’s 1984 or Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World? A future that’s not so much idealistic, as realistic?
Cyberpunks.com endeavors to explore the technological future, and we find value in examining the timeline that shaped the cyberpunk genre, understanding the events surrounding the people that envisioned a world full of technological wonders and abundance, and yet also a world with enough individual freedom of expression that the potential horrors that come with these things aren’t completely wiped away clean?
Not Star Trek. But not Orwell.
Instead, Blade Runner, Neuromancer, A.D. Police, Ghost in the Shell, Altered Carbon, The Matrix…works that paint a picture of a future where human limitations have been surpassed. And yet as a result, what it means to be human in the first place may come into question.