In this collection of essays, contributors consider the continuing cultural relevance of the cyberpunk genre into the new millennium. Cyberpunk is no longer an emergent phenomenon, but in our digital age of CGI-driven entertainment, the information economy, and globalized capital, we have never more been in need of a fiction capable of engaging with a world shaped by information technology. Contributors seek to move beyond the narrow strictures of cyberpunk as defined in the Eighties and contribute to an ongoing discussion of how to negotiate exchanges among information technologies, global capitalism, and human social existence. Essays offer a variety of perspectives on cyberpunk’s diversity and how this sub-genre remains relevant amidst its transformation from a print fiction genre into a more generalized set of cultural practices, tackling the question of what it is that cyberpunk narratives continue to offer us in those intersections of literary, cultural, theoretical, academic, and technocultural environments.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Sea Change(s) of Cyberpunk, Graham J. Murphy and Sherryl Vint 

Part One: Situating Cyberpunk
1. Towards a Poetics of Cyberpunk, Brian McHale 
2. “A Rare State of Ferment”: SF Controversies from the New Wave to Cyberpunk, Rob Latham 
3. Recognizing Patterns: Gibson’s Hermeneutics from the Bridge Trilogy to Pattern Recognition, Neil Easterbrook 
4. Journeys Beyond Being: The Cyberpunk-Flavored Novels of Jeff Noon, Andrew M. Butler 

Part Two: The Political Economy of Cyberpunk
5. Global Economy, Local Texts: Utopian/Dystopian Tension in William Gibson’s Cyberpunk Trilogy, Tom Moylan 
6. “The Mainstream Finds its Own Uses for Things”: Cyberpunk and Commodification, Sherryl Vint 
7. Why Neo Flies, and Why He Shouldn’t: The Critique of Cyberpunk in Gwyneth Jones’s Escape Plans and M. John Harrison’s Signs of Life, Mark Bould 
8. Posthuman Melancholy: Digital Gaming and Cyberpunk, Jonathan Boulter 

Part Three: The Politics of Embodiment in Cyberpunk
9. Feminist Cyberpunk, Karen Cadora 
10. Woken Carbon: The Return of the Human in Richard K. Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs Trilogy, Pawel Frelik 
11. Retrofitting Frankenstein, Veronica Hollinger 
12. Angel(LINK) of Harlem: Techno-Spirituality in the Cyberpunk Tradition, Graham J. Murphy 

Afterword: The World Gibson Made, Sherryl Vint 
Notes on Contributors 

Beyond Cyberpunk suggests that the long-awaited death of cyberpunk may yet have to wait—that what has happened is not death but democratization, that the hacking of our various consensual hallucinations has only just begun.

Gerry Canavan, review of Beyond Cyberpunk (Science Fiction Studies 40.1., 2013)