cyberpunk…in the beginning

What is cyberpunk?  Answers.com defines it as “fast-paced science fiction involving futuristic computer-based societies.”  The term was coined by Bruce Bethke in his short story of the same name.  Here is an excerpt:

“Lisa is Rayno’s girl, or at least she hopes she is. I can see why: Rayno’s seventeen–two years older than the rest of us–he wears flash plastic and his hair in The Wedge (Dad blew a chip when I said I wanted my hair cut like that) and he’s so cool he won’t even touch her, even when she’s begging for it. She plunked down in her seat next to Rayno and he didn’t blink.”

Read the whole story and find out more about the cyberpunk genre from Bruce Bethke himself, here.

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