Nerdfrens: how have the big 90s "cyberpunk" books aged over the years? Like William Gibson, etc?
It's pretty popular on the Internet to laugh at how the future was depicted in movies and TV from that era; I'm just curious how well the lit comes across now — without the instant burden of the visual arts' costume & FX factors.
@n8 I read Neuromancer for the first time in the last couple of years. I enjoyed it a greal deal, and I think it stood up. It's always hard to tell with a work that so much has derived from, because it can seem very derivative when the inverse is actually the truth!
@n8 By the late 1990s cyberpunk was a tired genre. The movie The Matrix was its last stand, and after watching that my immediate thought was "ok, this genre is done".
But I think cyberpunk aged quite well. The one thing which William Gibson didn't predict was mobile phones. We don't have brain-to-computer implants yet and we don't exactly have Wintermute, but if anything in 2019 we have something creepier and more sinister than Wintermute. YouTube seems to be constantly promoting nazi videos no matter what I do and this is similar to the scary scifi future of totalistic corporatism which cyberpunk usually depicted.
@n8 I think the main thing we learned is that dystopia will be a lot more boring
@n8 read Neuromancer last year and loved it.
@n8 it's fascinating how consistently relevant they are about things that change slow (corporations, money, power, influence, society, personal workflows centered on particular technologies) and how inconsistently relevant they are about things that change fast (specific individual bits of tech)
@n8 Paul Di Filippo's Ribofunk remains entertaining fiction (as universal instant personal DNA hacking isn't quite here yet) but the ending is pure 2019.
I think I've lent out 4 copies and never got a single one back.
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