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.
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.
#3When 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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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!
#4Mirrorshades: 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.
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.
#6Pattern 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.
#7Ghost 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.
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.
#9Ready 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.
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.
#11The 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.
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.
#13The 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.
#14The 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.
#15Do 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.
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.
#17The 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.
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.
#19Monster 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.
#20Slant (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.
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.
#22Down 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.
#23River 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.