(1) A literary term used to describe a genre based on science fiction,
but with emphasis on advanced technology.
Cyberpunk was inspired by William Gibson's 1982 novel "Neuromancer".
(2) Slang term used to describe a lifestyle, or subculture based
around technology such as
computer games, online
chatting, surfing, and other
activities pertaining to the Internet and
World Wide Web. It includes
gamers, hackers, crackers,
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Cyberpunk as a Subculture
Cyberpunk escaped from being a literary genre into cultural reality. People started calling themselves cyberpunks, or the media started calling people cyberpunks.
Neuromancer by William Gibson, is the most famous early cyberpunk novel and won the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, and the Hugo Award after being published in 1984.
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