What are the best cyberpunk books?

The future isn't always sunshine and rainbows. Underneath that shiny chrome and technological innovation lies a world of social disorder and dystopia, and that's the core of cyberpunk. If you want to dive into the darker depiction of the future, check out this list of the best cyberpunk books!

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    #1Snow Crash

    Snow Crash

    Authored by a known writer in the cyberpunk genre, Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash presents a story of a warrior prince name Hiro as he tries to stop the threatening infocalypse.

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    Rose Hoffman
    Written on July 3, 2019
    "I think there's a good side-by-side comparison between the ancient and the future in this book that makes it one of the best cyberpunk books. Yet, I also think Stephenson was really more into manifesting the Sumerian culture throughout the novel."
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    #2Cryptonomicon

    Cryptonomicon

    Written by Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon is a novel that falls under the genre of cyberpunk that was published on November 1, 2002, by Avon. It revolves around conspiracies from WWII.

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    Celia Medina
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a brilliant, engaging blend of science, mathematics, history, and story-telling. I don't often recommend books to friends, but I've recommended this one."
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    #3When Gravity Fails (The Budayeen Cycle)

    When Gravity Fails (The Budayeen Cycle)

    With the fusion of mystery and cyberpunk, When Gravity Fails (The Budayeen Cycle) by George Alec Effinger gives the readers the story of Marid Audrian and the life in the underworld.

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    Amber Tian
    Written on July 3, 2019
    "Honestly, this cyberpunk fiction is really for the open-minded people. Featuring a dangerous slum area in a Muslim country might trigger some people, together with prostitution and several other crimes. Athough I must say it will pass as a top choice for the best cyberpunk novels up to date."

DID YOU KNOW?

Shadowrun is a tabletop role-playing game that mixes the grungy and edgy world of cyberpunk with the fantasy and magic of Dungeons & Dragons. As odd a combination as that sounds, Shadowrun has become one of the most popular tabletop role-playing games in existence. Shadowrun is set in a dystopian America where magic has re-emerged and has shifted the balance. Humans have evolved into various meta-races such as orks, trolls, elves, and other metatypes. Nations have been broken down and reformed, with new nations such as the Elven principality of Tir Tairngire and the Native American Nations, the latter of which was formed as a result of the Native Americans using their command over spirits to take control of western U.S. and Canada. Offsetting this magical emergence was the advancement of technology, as commonly found in cyberpunk fiction. Megacorporations are now equivalent to sovereign states, having complete control over their own employees’ lives, possessing large private armies, and even enjoying boons such as extraterritoriality. To survive in this harsh world of magic and tech, players assume the role of a shadowrunner, a specialist in the arts of data theft and industrial espionage who must fight tooth, nail, and motherboard to gain control over power structures of rival groups.

Shadowrun is an amazing execution of cyberpunk cross-genre but is at its core a tabletop role-playing game. For those who don’t have a penchant for the hobby, they can still experience similar worlds through the cyberpunk books on this list! Slant and Neuromancer feature technology also found in Shadowrun like nanotechnology and neural links; whereas Bone Dance and Monster Motors capture a similar motif of grunge and chaos. If you want in on the cyberpunk fever, shadow-run to your nearest bookstore and grab yourselves a copy!

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    #4Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

    Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

    Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology is a collection of cyberpunk anthologies, by Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, Paul Di FIlippo, Lewis Shiner, and Tom Maddox, published by Ace.

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    Kyle Cook
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Mirrorshades is a great cyberpunk book if you are into that genre. The short stories will make you feel like you are in another world."
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    #5Daemon

    Daemon

    With a touch of cyberpunk, the book Daemon written by Daniel Suarez gives readers some thriller vibes with a society that is run and controlled by advanced technology and computers.

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    Cynthia Stone
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a great solution to the topic. It fits the topic perfectly and has over 900 reviews with the majority of them being good reviews which shows that this book is a good one. "
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    #6Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant)

    Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant)

    Pattern Recognition is a cyberpunk mystery science fiction book written William Gibson. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2005 by Berkley Books, having been first published in 2003.

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    Rebecca Robinson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I've read Pattern Recognition twice, and each time picked up new cues. I was sucked into Gibson's work after I read Automancer, and although it can be one-note in terms of plot, once you get into it, it's really satisfying."
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    #7Ghost In The Shell (Vol. 1)

    Ghost In The Shell (Vol. 1)

    Apart from being a graphic novel, Ghost In The Shell (Vol. 1) authored by Masamune Shirow is a cyberpunk book that follows the story of Major Kusanagi as he tracks down terrorists.

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    Nancy McDonald
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I've always loved this series. The setting is an awesome cyberpunk futuristic vibe, with a dose of crime drama mixed in. They're a classic of the genre of this style of manga, and I highly recommend it for new and old readers alike. It's a good base intro to this type of reading."
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    #8Count Zero

    Count Zero
    Written by William Gibson, Count Zero is a science fiction and cyberpunk book published on March 7, 2006, by Ace Books. It follows the story of a mercenary as he gets sent on a dangerous mission by Hosaka Corporation.
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    #9Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    Ready Player One is a science fiction and dystopian novel by Ernest Cline published in 2011. It is about Wade Watts' search for an Easter egg hidden inside a virtual reality game world. It has a film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg.

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    Ai Long
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Ready Player One is an amazing cyberpunk book. It has recently been turned into a movie because of it's success."
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    #10Altered Carbon

    Altered Carbon
    Published in 2018 by Del Rey, Altered Carbon is a sci-fi book with a touch of the cyberpunk genre, and mystery, written by Richard K. Morgan. Set in a futuristic plot, it follows the story of a convicted man named Takeshi Kovacs.
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    Harry Wheeler
    Written on July 3, 2019
    "This is where sci-fi and mystery and a touch of cyberpunk really meet. Richard Morgan did a good job. Dark themed cyberpunk books are my thing so if you are also into that genre, consider this one."
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    #11The Diamond Age

    The Diamond Age

    The Diamond Age is a standalone postcyberpunk novel written by Neal Stephenson which centers on the life of a young girl named Nell in a world of nanotechnology. 

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    Debra Fisher
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "There was a lot of positive reviews regarding this book so I thought I'd give it a try for myself. While I am new-ish to the cyberpunk genre, I've always been a voracious reader and have enjoyed many other books from the broader science fiction spectrum. I found this book to be a bit lacking. It's inconsistent in the story building and at times confusing. I needed to re-read things to keep things straight in my mind as I finished the book. It's not a bad book per se, but it certainly wouldn't be one I run for. "
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    #12Bone Dance

    Bone Dance
    Bone Dance is a young adult science fiction novel by Emma Bull, first published in 1991. This cyberpunk novel tells the story of Sparrow, an androgynous trader living in a post-apocalyptic world.
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    Sue Kong
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Bone Dane is a pretty cool cyberpunk novel from Emma Bull. I just recently learned of this book and I am so glad I did. Sparrow is a great character and the post-apocalyptic world created by Bull is quite facsinating. "
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    #13The Quantum Thief

    The Quantum Thief

    The Quantum Thief is a Cyberpunk, Fantasy and Science Fiction novel written by Hannu Rajaniemi. It was published August 19, 2014 by Tor Books.

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    Roy Day
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Jean le Flambeur is the main character and he has to kill himself before someone else does, his other self. Sounds confusing? It will all make sense once you start reading this first book in The Quantum Theif series. A true Fantasy/SF thriller that you won't want to put down. "
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    #14The Stars My Destination

    The Stars My Destination

    The Stars My Destination is a science fiction novel by Alfred Bester, originally published in 1957. It tells the story of Gully Foyle and his plan to exact revenge. It is part of the SF Masterwork series.

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    Kenneth Brown
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Reading books is my favorite hobby. I was looking for another book to read and came across The Stars My Destination. It is a good science fiction book about revenge. I really liked the story and the ending was really surprising to me."
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    #15Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a science-fiction novel written by Philip K. Dick. It was originally published in 1968, and it is the first book in the Blade Runner series.

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    Louis Ferguson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I love cyberpunk books. They make me think and make me feel like I'm in a real world. "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" is one of the best cyberpunk books that I've ever read. It's really engaging and really makes you think. Best of all it feels like it could really be true."
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    #16Neuromancer

    Neuromancer

    Neuromancer is science fiction book written by William Gibson. Published on July 1, 1984 by Ace Books, Neuromancer is an award-winning book following the adventures of Case in a dangerous digital world.

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    Johnny Alvarez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Neuromancer is a book by William Gibson. It is available from Amazon for $13.60 for a paperback. It is a sci-fi/cyberpunk book. The story is about Case and his adventures in a digital world. He was once a data thief in the matrix. He crossed the wrong people and got banished from cyberspace. It fits the topic nicely."
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    #17The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

    The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

    The Diamond Age is a Neal Stephenson cyber-punk book. While it is set in the 21st, century it shows a futuristic world where its inhabitants keep a Victorian state of mind and education putting a steampunk mood to the cyberpunk.

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    Danielle Washington
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Neal Stephenson creates a whole new world in The Diamond Age. This is really fun to read because everything is futuristic and there is lots of steampunk and cyberpunk. It's different in a good way."
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    #18Hardwired

    Hardwired
    Authored by Walter Jon Williams, Hardwired is a book that falls under science fiction and cyberpunk. It was published on October 1, 2006, by Night Shade. The story plot revolves around the lives of the heroes from Neuromancer.
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    Megan Turner
    Written on July 3, 2019
    "Indeed a techno punk with a little bit of William Gibson. I have read Neuromancer and let me just say I love how Williams utilized myth and dilemmas to highlight certain aspects of the cyberpunk movement. Recommended reading if you are looking for the best cyberpunk books!"
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    #19Monster Motors: The Curse of Minivan Helsing (Vol. 1)

    Monster Motors: The Curse of Minivan Helsing (Vol. 1)

    Monster Motors: The Curse of Minivan Helsing Volume 1 is the first book in the cyberpunk horror comic series for young adults. It was written by Brian Lynch and was illustrated by Nick Roche. It was released in 2015.

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    Laura Williamson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is a great book for young cyberpunks that features the made up town of Transylvania, Kentucky and how it's being overrun by Monster Motors. These are vampire cars that suck the gas out of their victims. A genius mechanic, Vic Frankenstein comes to save the day against these crazy cars and just for fun, they throw in a few werewolves too!"
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    #20Slant (Queen of Angels)

    Slant (Queen of Angels)

    Slant (Queen of Angels) is a science fiction and a cyberpunk novel written by Greg Bear that was published on June 15, 1998 by Tor Science Fiction. It follows the story of the world where nanotechnology is now existing.

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    Dorothy Nelson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Slant (Queen of Angels) put a unique spin on science fiction with cyberpunk elements encountered throughout. Now a bit outdated, the book is a neat representation of what technology seemed like to those just speculating two short decades ago."
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    #21Crystal Express

    Crystal Express

    Crystal Express is a science fiction short story collection book written by Bruce Sterling. This science fiction short story collection book was published on December 1, 1990 by Ace.

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    Barbara Thomas
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Great book. Great Price. Throw it your cart and see for yourself!"
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    #22Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

    Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

    Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom is a science-fiction novel written by Cory Doctorow. This narrates the story of a young man who dreams of being a resident in Disney World. This was originally published in 2003.

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    #23River of Gods (India 2047)

    River of Gods (India 2047)
    River of Gods (India 2047) is a science fiction book set in the culture of India written by Ian McDonald that was published on March 1, 2006 by Pyr. The book presents the life of the country in the light of peoples and cultures.
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    Amit Gavde
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Not the best book. I did not explain how India was broken up, it just expected us to know why."

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Best What are the best cyberpunk books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Snow CrashBooks 31 Paid
2CryptonomiconBooks 31 Paid
3When Gravity Fails (The Budayeen Cycle)Books 30 Paid
4Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk AnthologyBooks 23 Paid
5DaemonBooks 20 Paid
6Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant)Books 19 Paid
7Ghost In The Shell (Vol. 1)Books 18 Paid
8Count ZeroBooks 14 Paid
9Ready Player OneBooks 12 Paid
10Altered CarbonBooks 10 Paid
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