Full record for cyberpunk n.

Definition a subgenre of science fiction typified by a bleak, high-tech setting in which a lawless subculture exists within an oppressive society dominated by computer technology
OED requirements antedating 1983
Earliest cite Bruce Bethke, 'Cyberpunk'
Comment The earliest cite in the OED in the sense of a genre of sf is 1988. The 1983 citation is from the title of a story by Bruce Bethke.

Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a reprint of Michael Swanwick's article "A User's Guide to the Postmoderns"; Elisabeth Riba verified the cite in the original 1986 magazine appearance.

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Citations for cyberpunk n.

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1986 B. Sterling Mirrorshades Pref. p. ix, But of all the labels pasted on and peeled throughout the early Eighties, one has stuck: cyberpunk.
1988 Locus Apr. 15/3 If California gonzo or the reigning punks (cyber and steam) don't satisfy your taste for the unpredictable, try Jo Clayton's Blue Magic.
1990 Omni Aug. 82/1 Welcome to the weird universe of cyberpunk, where all data reside in a vast global matrix.
1990 Omni Aug. 96/2 Cyberpunks, the second generation of computer hackers, subscribe to an arcane code of honor and look upon cracking supposedly impenetrable networks as a challenging rite of passage.
1991 L. Niven et al. Fallen Angels 89 It's the ultimate synthesis between science fiction, cyberpunk, and horror.
1991 Locus Sept. 5/2 ‘This is well written, but—why does it have to be so weird, so pessimistic, philosophical, black?’ As Bruce Sterling was saying with cyberpunk, noir is the color.
1991 Locus Nov. 47/2 Don Keller and Teresa Nielsen Hayden joined Don Keller for a panel to seriously discuss Keller's description of major trend in modern fantasy literature, to lampoon cyberpunk.
1991 Fantasy Spring 37/1 What do you think of the experimental, and often deliberately controversial, fiction of the New Wave, Cyberpunks, etc.?
1991 Locus May 5/2, I write terse, punchy cyberpunk prose.
1991 Locus Sept. 23/1 Far more potent, at least for now, would be such figures as the cyberpunk antihero, the youth in search of his manhood, or even the citizen-soldier whose personal and political values are clear and untarnished by moral ambiguity or complexity.
1992 B. Sterling Hacker Crackdown 146 Cyberpunk, as its label implies, had two general distinguishing features. First, its writers had a compelling interest in information technology, an interest akin to science fiction's earlier fascination with space travel. And second, these writers were ‘punks’ with all the distinguishing features that that implies: Bohemian artiness, youth run wild, an air of deliberate rebellion, funny clothes and hair, odd politics, a fondness for abrasive rock and roll; in a word, trouble.
1992 B. Sterling Hacker Crackdown 56, I exempt the word ‘cyberpunk’, which a few hackers and law enforcement people actually do use. the term is drawn from literary criticism and has some odd and unlikely resonances, but, like hacker, cyberpunk too has become a criminal pejorative today.
1992 Sci. Fiction Age Nov. 70/2 Many of us no longer conceive of‥a world where computers and electronic networks and free exchange of information enhance our lives rather than creating the grisly world of cyberpunk.
1992 SFRA Rev. July–Aug.–Sept. 8 Discuss such topics as: Cyberpunk or bunk?
1992 Locus June 17/3 They're far from the cyberpunk ideal of rakish outlaw.
1992 SFRA Rev. July–Aug.–Sept. 46 McCaffery's Casebook does an admirable job of placing SF (generally) and cyberpunk (specifically) within the larger field of postmodernism, citing such precursors as Mary Shelly's Frankenstein‥and the ‘protopunk’ debut album, Andy Warhol Presents the Velvet Underground and Nico.
1993 Sci. Fiction Stud. Nov. 451 No attempt to locate cyberpunk fiction in the context of postmodernism or of SF.
1993 SFRA Rev. May 49 Either a work from the mainstream‥from cyberpunk writers‥or from pre-1926 science fictional works.
1994 Interzone May 26/1 Sterling also pleads guilty to the charge of writing manifestos that gave definitive form to the idea of “cyberpunk.”
1994 Sci Fi Entertainment Aug. 18/2 Fans were tittilated by plans to film Gibson's Neuromancer , the novel that first defined ‘cyberpunk.’
1995 Sci Fi Entertainment Feb. 22/2 A ‘cyberpunk’ epic entitled Kilobyte.
1996 Linguistics & Sci. Fiction Sept. 13/1 Two‥fall into at least some people's definition of cyberpunk sf.
2000 Interzone Feb. 52/1 If cyberpunk has an enduring characteristic, it is not so much the fusing of information technology and Chandleresque noir , but the rejection of the monolithic futures of traditional science fiction in favour of fragmentation, plurality and a gleeful inversion of the accepted power-structures.
2000 M. Swanwick User's Guide to Postmoderns in Moon Dogs 266 Following The Artificial Kid , a now-rare hardcover in which he broke through into (and possibly invented) cyberpunk, he emerged as the suddenly hot writer.
2000 M. Swanwick User's Guide to Postmoderns in Moon Dogs 266 The Shapers/Mechanists Factions stories‥combined pulp sensibilities and plotting, Stapledonian perspective, and cyberpunk incandescence.