Flashback to 1993 and a page from Mondo 2000 founded by R.U.Sirius
This is a nice little snapshot of the state of technology 22 years ago. Mondo 2000 was the definitive magazine for futurists back in the early 1990s. I can recall seeing this page in a copy of the magazine I had with me the day I met a guy who was to become my soul brother through this journey we call life: HIAB-X. He followed the cultural roots of Cyberpunk rather than the pure technology aspect of the genre – and he still does today.
Here’s a glimpse of HIAB-X’s man cave, a shed he built in his back garden. No ordinary interior. Fans of old science fiction may enjoy what they see.
Interesting to note that Cyberpunk 2077 still has no official release date. The long anticipated console based role-playing game is set in the “dark future” of the Night City metropolis, and carries on the flavour and passion of the original tabletop Cyberpunk RPG. With advanced technology playing a double-edged sword within the plot and character development arcs.
Michal Platkow-Gilewski, the developer’s head of marketing and public relations, is remaining tight-lipped on Cyberpunk 2077. The Polish dev company Projekt Red has been focused on the recent launch of open-world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Here’s the trailer video for Cyberpunk 2077. Eye-candy for my mind.
I’ve been writing science fiction / Cyberpunk novels since 1996, launching with God Seed, but I’ve tended to shy away from classic hallmarks of big visible cybernetics. Iron Man Project and EDGE focus on the corporate culture that sits behind the Cyberpunk genre, an extension of Alfred Bester’s beautiful and punchy The Demolished Man (1953).
EDGE shows the evolution of HTMD technology (tangible light) also introduces a new Great Old One into the pantheon of cosmic horrors first written about by American author H.P.Lovecraft in the 1920s.
Skip a decade and more into the future from these novels and Earth has been devastated by the apocalyptic event known as Yellow Dawn. In the first Yellow Dawn novel, Dog Eat Dog, Carlos Revira has certain bioware and cybernetic implants, but all of these are fairly subtle.
In the last two years I’ve been introducing more visible cybernetics into my work. In the unfinished novel Rise of the Iconoclast, a bunch of full cyborg conversions buzz around the Mediterranean coast as mercenaries – some of these characters make a cameo appearance in The Social Club, an Orwellian detective thriller set in London after the apocalypse (Yellow Dawn).
I’ve created the concept of Simicrants as an extension of the full cyborg, an example of this can be read in the meaty short story Kalinka, which you can download and read for free here. I am also bringing the overwhelming combination of firepower and technology into the upcoming novel: Shadows of the Quantinex, which reveals the truth behind what caused Yellow Dawn. A rough edit of the first chapter of Shadows of the Quantinex is available here.
So what’s your flavour of Cyberpunk?
If you like hard-edged thrillers, then you’ll love the novel Iron Man Project.
No supernatural horror. Just men and women with tough agendas and hard decisions to follow or make. Success is based on the strength of the brave and the foolish decisions of the weak. This is a fast-paced and brutal novel that takes you into the heart of corporate power within the near future. Shop now and make your best discovery today.
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