10 Cyberpunk Books: Exploring the Neon-Lit Frontiers of Tomorrow

Here are 10 of the best Cyberpunk books to sink your teeth into if you’re a cyberpunk fan!

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“Alita: Battle Angel” by Yukito Kishiro

In a dystopian future, the cyborg Alita is discovered in a scrapyard and rebuilt by a cybernetics doctor. With no memory of her past, Alita becomes a skilled warrior, navigating the gritty and dangerous streets of Iron City. The manga explores themes of identity, morality, and the impact of advanced technology on both individuals and society. The story has been adapted into various formats, including an anime and a live-action film.

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“Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson

In a near-future America, Hiro Protagonist, a computer hacker and pizza delivery driver, stumbles upon a drug called Snow Crash that has the ability to affect both the virtual and physical worlds. The novel delves into the consequences of corporate control and the fusion of technology and linguistics.

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“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick

Set in a post-apocalyptic future, bounty hunter Rick Deckard is tasked with “retiring” rogue androids. As he questions the nature of humanity and artificial intelligence, the novel explores themes of empathy, identity, and the blurred line between man and machine.

“Altered Carbon” by Richard K. Morgan

In a future where consciousness can be transferred between bodies, former soldier Takeshi Kovacs is hired to solve a wealthy man’s murder. The novel explores themes of identity, mortality, and the societal impact of technology that allows for the indefinite extension of life.

“The Sprawl Trilogy” by William Gibson

Comprising “Neuromancer,” “Count Zero,” and “Mona Lisa Overdrive,” this trilogy explores a dystopian future where mega-corporations control the world. The narrative weaves together characters and storylines, examining the intersection of technology, artificial intelligence, and human nature.

“Ghost in the Shell” by Masamune Shirow

In a cyberpunk future, Major Motoko Kusanagi leads an elite government cybercrime unit. The manga and subsequent anime adaptations delve into the philosophical implications of artificial intelligence, consciousness, and the merging of humanity with technology.

“Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline

In a future where most of society escapes their grim reality through a virtual world called the OASIS, teenager Wade Watts embarks on a quest for an Easter egg hidden within the virtual space. The novel explores themes of virtual reality, nostalgia, and the consequences of a society overly dependent on technology.

“Synners” by Pat Cadigan

Set in a future where direct neural interface technology is widespread, the novel follows a group of individuals involved in creating and distributing a new form of media that directly plugs into the brain. As they navigate the consequences of this technology, the story delves into the merging of human consciousness with the digital realm.

“Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World” by Haruki Murakami

Murakami’s novel combines elements of cyberpunk with his unique style. The story follows a Calcutec, a data encryptor, as he becomes embroiled in a surreal and mysterious narrative that involves parallel worlds, dreams, and a shadowy organization.

“Rainbows End” by Vernor Vinge

In the near future where technology has advanced exponentially, an elderly poet suffering from Alzheimer’s is cured and finds himself in a world of augmented reality, ubiquitous computing, and digital networks. The novel explores the impact of technology on society and the challenges of adapting to a rapidly changing world.

How about you? What’s your favourite Cyberpunk Book? We’d love to hear from you.

Other things you might want to know:

Are there any books on Cyberpunk 2077?

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Are the cyberpunk books good?

Cyberpunk is a very popular and engaging subgenre depicting a future we could come to see.

What book is cyberpunk based off of?

“The Sprawl Trilogy” by William Gibson

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