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Top 3 Cyberpunk Science Fiction Books… Ready, Go!

I love Cyberpunk and can’t get enough. I’ve tried all manner of other science fiction and just can’t get engaged. From the harsh, sandy environments in Frank Herbet’s DUNE to making sense of Isaac Isimov’s 3 Laws of Robotics, I have read and loved these novels like no other, but they don’t hold a candle to my beloved Cyberpunk.

Okay, you got me! The real goal of this post is to see what other good Cyberpunk science fiction books others are reading. I hunger so much for this genre, I’m now starting to have trouble finding good material. I’ll go first, then in the comments below, give me a few cyberpunk novels that you would recommend?

So what are my top 3 favorites? Without putting them in any particular order, my favorite top 3 cyberpunk science fiction books are:

Neuromancer By William Gibson

Cyberpunk science fiction bookCase was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway–jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills. Then he double-crossed the wrong people, who caught up with him in a big way–and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld. Until a shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance–and a cure, for a price….

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Cyberpunk science fiction bookIt is a world where the Mafia controls pizza delivery, the United States exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and the Internet–incarnate as the Metaverse–looks something like last year’s hype would lead you to believe it should. Enter Hiro Protagonist–hacker, samurai swordsman, and pizza-delivery driver. When his best friend fries his brain on a new designer drug called Snow Crash and his beautiful, brainy ex-girlfriend asks for his help, what’s a guy with a name like that to do? He rushes to the rescue. A breakneck-paced 21st-century novel, Snow Crash interweaves everything from Sumerian myth to visions of a postmodern civilization on the brink of collapse.

Otherland by Tad Williams

Cyberpunk science fiction bookA far-reaching cyberpunk saga with Renie Sulaweyo, a teacher in the South Africa of tomorrow, realizing something is wrong on the network. Some of the younger kids, including her brother Stephen, have logged into the net, but they can’t get back out. The clues point to a mysterious golden city called Otherland, but everyone who tries to find out what’s going on ends up dead.

For me, these 3 books kicked off a fanaticism with Cyberpunk that has only strengthened (and become worse than CRACK addiction) over the years and now more than ever I hunger for more. Any suggestions anyone has, please share!

4 Comments

  1. JoeBourgeois
    November 20, 2013 - Reply

    Zanesville by Kris Saknussemm.

    • dlawyer
      November 20, 2013

      Zanesville? Never heard of it. Just popped out to Amazon to read up on it. Definitely worth looking into. Thank you for the suggestion!

  2. November 20, 2013 - Reply

    I instantly thought of Neuromancer and Snow Crash when I saw your email even before I read the article. I wouldn’t have picked Tad Williams, though. Having read the Dragonbone Chair series I didn’t pick him for the genre; I will give it a look.
    I also love Bruce Sterling’s stuff; particularly Holy Fire.
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    • dlawyer
      November 20, 2013

      Yea…I started my Tad Williams exploration with Otherland and I absolutely loved it. Haven’t read any of his other stuff though. Bruce Sterling is definitely good and I have heard good things about Holy Fire. Thanks Adam!

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