Cyberpunk, Dreampunk, LitRPG, and MARKET APPEAL!

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  1. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I think that's an interesting take on cyberpunk as it is being based on deprecated technology writ large. If you think about it, isn't that what steampunk and dieselpunk are? I wonder if cyberpunk evolves, but mainframe and terminal based AI stories continue, say under the name TerminalPunk.

  2. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Sheaor: Not to double post, but please don't get the impression that I'm against you using the cyberpunk genre. I just find it strange that it has this much staying power.

    Alex: I've often seen it suggested that science fiction is more about now than the future and cyberpunk, steampunk, and dieselpunk could all be said to be forms of SF...

  3. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    @Jim Not at all. In fact, I was thinking it was neat myself. Thinking, actually, that it's the Punk aspect which may give it longevity. Punk fiction centralizes misfits and countercultures. Coupled with the dystopian themes, Cyberpunk will probably continue to embody sentiment in culture and fiction. It's an aesthetic I've seen associated with politics a lot. It's a critical genre from an outsider's perspective.

    Like Fury Road and its themes, Punk genres tend to cover some interesting ground, I think. I'm excited to give it a try.

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  4. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Jim, the second two seem to be about THEN, but more a.... New NOW based on THEN, if that makes sense? alternate history as well.

    I grew up reading lots of 50-80's pulp sci fi magazines (a used bookstore would get big chunks now and then from people cleaning garages, and bundle them up, Omni, Amazing, Fantastic, Asimovs, Ellery queen, Hitchcok, ect, 5 for a buck. ) and agreed, i could chart a time frame of a story often by looking at certain things within, and they were always the "now" of the time, made big. The few that didnt feel that way tended to be ones that weren't as popular then, and often later became classics. There were many shorts or serials that were panned in letters to teh editor in following issues, that I already knew, having read the novel built from them that was quite popular 10 years after the original was published.


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