Re: RARA-AVIS: Cyberpunk Recomendation?

From: Neddal Ayad (
Date: 07 Oct 2005

I haven't caught all the responses, but I don't think anyone has mentioned Philip K. Dick? "A Scanner Darkly" and "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep."

I don't think anyone has mentioned Richard K. Morgan's "Takeshi Kovacs" novels. "Altered Carbon " is the most noir of the three I think (I've not read "Broken Angels", but I gather that is has more of a military SF bent.) The new one, "Woken Furies", has a more urban, noir kinda feel.

I'm not sure if I'd call it "cyberpunk" exactly, but George Alec Effinger's "Budayeen Nights" might also be work checking out.

Jeff VanderMeer's "Veniss Underground" has a strong noir streak, but again, I wouldn't call it "cyberpunk" in the Gibson sense.

I've also seen the word "cyberpunk" tossed around in reference to some of John Shirley's stuff, but the only thing I've read is the "New Noir" and I'm not sure that's representative of his work, certainly any SF elements have been played down.

Also, to go a bit sideways - M. John Harrison's "Viriconium" books, at least "Viriconium Nights" have a bleak, noirish vibe. Fantasy noir, I guess.

And following from Harrison, somone mentioned China Mieville - I liked
"The Scar" much better than "Perdido St. Station."


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