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1st Edition

Fifty Key Figures in Cyberpunk Culture

ISBN 9780367549138
Published May 13, 2022 by Routledge
306 Pages

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Book Description

A collection of engaging essays on some of the most significant figures in cyberpunk culture, this outstanding guide charts the rich and varied landscape of cyberpunk from the 1970s to present day.

The collection features key figures from a variety of disciplines, from novelists, critical and cultural theorists, philosophers, and scholars, to filmmakers, comic book artists, game creators, and television writers. Important and influential names discussed include: J. G. Ballard, Jean Baudrillard, Rosi Braidotti, Charlie Brooker, Pat Cadigan, William Gibson, Donna J. Haraway, Nalo Hopkinson, Janelle Monáe, Annalee Newitz, Katsuhiro Ōtomo, Sadie Plant, Mike Pondsmith, Ridley Scott, Bruce Sterling, and the Wachowskis. The editors also include an afterword of ‘Honorable Mentions’ to highlight additional figures and groups of note that have played a role in shaping cyberpunk.

This accessible guide will be of interest to students and scholars of cultural studies, film studies, literature, media studies, as well as anyone with an interest in cyberpunk culture and science fiction.

Table of Contents


Anna Mcfarlane, Graham J. Murphy, and Lars Schmeink

1. J. G. Ballard

Jaak Tomberg

2. Steven Barnes

Isiah Lavender Iii

3. Jean Baudrillard

Michał Kłosiński

4. Lauren Beukes

Lars Schmeink

5. Rosi Braidotti

Agnieszka Kotwasińska

6. Charlton ‘Charlie’ Brooker

Filip Boratyn

7. Pat Cadigan

Ritch Calvin

8. David Cronenberg

Matthew Flisfeder

9. Samuel R. Delany

Jędrzej Burszta

10. Philip K. Dick

Francis Gene-Rowe

11. Cory Doctorow

Benjamin Franz

12. Warren Ellis

David. M. Higgins And Matthew Iung

13. William Gibson

Keren Omry

14. Donna J. Haraway

Julia Grillmayr

15. N. Katherine Hayles

María Goicoechea

16. Nalo Hopkinson

Rebecca J. Holden

17. Sogo Ishii

Sasha Myerson

18. Ray Kurzweil

Nicholas Laudadio

19. Jaron Lanier

Leighton Evans

20. Marshall Mcluhan

D. Harlan Wilson

21. Syd Mead

Pawel Frelik

22. Misha

Stina Attebery

23. Moebius

Nicolas Labarre

24.Janelle Monáe

Lidia Kniaź- Hunek

25. Richard K. Morgan

Adam Edwards         

26. Annalee Newitz

Wendy Gay Pearson

27. Mamoru Oshii

Brian Ruh

28. Katsuhiro Ōtomo

Shige ‘CJ’ Suzuki

29. Marge Piercy

Christopher D. Kilgore

30. Sadie Plant

Ania Malinowska

31. Mike Pondsmith

Evan Torner

32. Thomas Pynchon

Rob Latham

33. Rudy Rucker

Jonathan Thornton

34. Joanna Russ

Jeanne Cortiel

35. Melissa Scott

Robin Anne Reid

36. Ridley Scott

Simon Spiegel

37. Lewis Shiner

Graham J. Murphy

38. Masumune Shirow

Mark Player

39. Warren Spector

Christophe Duret

40. Stelarc

Agnieszka Kiejziewicz

41. Neal Stephenson

Anna Mcfarlane

42. Bruce Sterling

Paul Raven

43. Allucquére Rosanne ‘Sandy’ Stone

Anna Kurowicka

44. James Tiptree, Jr.

Anya Heise-Von Der Lippe

45. Alvin and Wendy Toffler

Doug Davis

46. Shinya Tsukamoto

Mark Bould

47. Vernor Vinge

Sébastien Doubinsky

48. Lana and Lilly Wachwoski

Dan Hassler-Forest

49. Norbert Wiener

Willian Perpétuo Busch

50. Shoshana Zuboff

Jo Lindsay Walton

Honourable Mentions

Anna Mcfarlane, Graham J. Murphy, and Lars Schmeink

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Anna McFarlane is Lecturer in Medical Humanities at the University of Leeds, working on traumatic pregnancy and its expression in science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She is the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture (2020) and is co-editing The Edinburgh Companion to Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities. Her first monograph is a study of William Gibson’s novels, Cyberpunk Culture and Psychology: Seeing Through the Mirrorshades (2021).

Graham J. Murphy is Professor with the School of English and Liberal Studies, Faculty of Arts, Seneca College. He is co-editor of Beyond Cyberpunk: New Critical Perspectives (2010), Cyberpunk and Visual Culture (2018), and The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture (2020). In addition to numerous book chapters and journal articles, he authored "Cyberpunk and Post-Cyberpunk" for The Cambridge History of Science Fiction (2019) and a chapter on feminist cyberpunk for The Routledge Companion to Gender and Science Fiction (2022).

Lars Schmeink is Research Fellow at the Europa-Universität Flensburg and Lead Researcher of the "Science Fiction" subproject of "Future Work," a federally funded research project on labor in the 22nd century. He is also the author of Biopunk Dystopias: Genetic Engineering, Society, and Science Fiction (2016), and the co-editor of Cyberpunk and Visual Culture (2018), The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture (2020), and New Perspectives on Contemporary German Science Fiction (2022).


"Fifty Key Figures in Cyberpunk Culture is an excellent introduction to some of the writers, artists, theorists, and scientists whose influence has helped to shape today’s technocultural imaginary. Readers will (re)discover cyberpunk culture’s makers, from J.G. Ballard to Rosi Braidotti, from Marshall McLuhan to Richard K. Morgan, from Rudy Rucker to Joanna Russ, from Vernor Vinge to Norbert Wiener. Fifty Key Figures is both an exciting supplement to MacFarlane, Murphy, and Schmeink’s recently published Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture and an important contribution to cyberculture studies in general."

Veronica Hollinger, Editor of Science Fiction Studies and Professor Emerita of Cultural Studies at Trent University, Canada

"Fifty Key Figures in Cyberpunk Culture brings together a truly diverse and global array of entries that explodes the limits of cyberpunk’s perceived "monocromatism," and heteronormative, masculine biases. The entries gathered here reveal cyberpunk to be a key cultural formation for investigating the racial, class, gender, and sexual intersections of our increasingly techno-saturated late capitalist present. Your favorite "deep-cut" author might be missing, but you’ll discover far more than you’ll miss."

Hugh Charles O’Connell, Assistant Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA

"From classic Movement sf writers like William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and Pat Cadigan to key precursors like Samuel R. Delany, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree, Jr., and Philip K. Dick and contemporary practitioners like Charlie Brooker, Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Lauren Beukes, and Janelle Monáe -- with a truly global collection of writers, filmmakers, scientists, and philosophers spanning every field of art and innovation over more than a century -- McFarlane, Murphy, and Schmeink's Fifty Figures lays any possible doubt to rest: cyberpunk still rules our world."

Gerry Canavan, President of the Science Fiction Research Association and Associate Professor of English, Marquette University, USA