Cyberpunk is a subgenre of SF which features a mash-up of high technology and underground culture. The “cyber” is derived from cybernetics, nominally the study of control and communications in machines. The “punk” refers to cultural attitudes typical of the characters (if not the authors themselves).
Cyberpunk proper exploded and died in the mid-1980s with a handful of loosely associated authors. William Gibson’s Neuromancer, the Mirrorshades anthology, and the Cheap Truth fanzine were the cornerstones of the scene. Never before had a SF genre movement attracted as much media attention or ultimately have as much cultural influence (no cyberpunk = no Matrix films).
This list includes edgy SF works that cyberpunk authors drew inspiration from, classic cyberpunk texts, and books by some of today’s best SF writers whose work evolved from the cyberpunk meme.