Date: 2012-06-12 10:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mundens
I think most of science fiction & fantasy has become "mainstream" now, and many contemporary thrillers do read like earlier cyberpunk. Tom Clancy's "Ops Centre" franchise is an obvious example, and Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" & the like.

I think the modern equivalent is probably post-singularity stories, though some of Paolo Bacigalupi's & China Mielville's work goes into the more sociological aspects of what was cyberpunk.

I've always considered John Brunner's work to be the beginnings of cyber-punk, Brunner even inventing the concept of computer viruses (though he used the more biologically correct term phage) before they occurred in real life, even though they pre-date the group of writers who coined the term, as they address the same themes. Brunner's more sociological novels like "Stand On Zanzibar" & "The Sheep Look Up" are removed enough from the tech involved to still work, and while when they were written people found the events in them fantastic, now when we look at them they reflect what we're actually seeing everyday in the news. I feel Bacigalupi & Doctorow fall into that camp, with Charles Stross, Greg Egan,& others being the current equivalent of the more hard tech cyberpunk (Gibson, Cadigan, etc.)
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