1st Edition

Fifty Key Figures in Cyberpunk Culture

Edited By Anna McFarlane, Graham J. Murphy, Lars Schmeink Copyright 2022
    306 Pages
    by Routledge

    306 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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