What are the best cyberpunk novels ever written?

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    #1Neuromancer

    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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    Julia Jensen
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Im not very familiar with this subject but this book seems to fit the criteria very well."
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    #2The 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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    Roger Butler
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Having to kill yourself before your other self can kill you is a heck of a premise, and Rajaniemi (say that five times fast!) pulls it off brilliantly. I almost detect shades of Japanese manga here, such as Fullmetal Alchemist, even though it's quite a genre swap. I was entertained throughout, as I read this in between customers at my local Subway restaurant."
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    #3The Meat Market (Jonathan Harkon Adventures)

    The Meat Market (Jonathan Harkon Adventures)
    The Meat Market is a dystopian science fiction and the first book in Jonathan Harkon Adventures series written by James Chalk. It was published in 2013 by JRH Publishing. 
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    Louis Fields
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "" The Meat Market (Jonathan Harkon Adventures)" is cyberpunk but that's it. Nothing about this book is good, let alone the best in any particular way. Writing is so atrocious that you'd be regretting wasting every single minute on this book. Also, the concept is weak and far from exciting."
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    #4Hardwired

    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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    #5Pattern 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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    Shana Wang
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Gibson is kind of short on ideas here: like Gardener's James Bond books, Gibson lingers over scene-setting details and ridiculously-long essays on individual items, trying to build credibility into a narrative that by itself is a little thin. It becomes almost a parody of a Hammacher Schlemmer or Brookstone catalog narrative, that had a sci fi story concept trapped in it somewhere. I love Gibson's work but this one feels like it was padded-out to fill about twice as many pages as the story warranted. All mood and little meat."
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    #6Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

    Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

    Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology is a cyberpunk anthology of science fiction short stories by Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, Paul Di Filippo, Lewis Shiner, etc. Published in 1988 by Ace.

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    Nathan Rodriguez
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology is a collection of short science fiction stories. It has cyberpunk elements and plots that are interesting and fun to read. The stories were written by different authors. "
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    #7Cryptonomicon

    Cryptonomicon

    Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson is a speculative fiction novel published in 1999. This book won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, Mir Fantastiki Award for Best Foreign Sci-Fi Novel, and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award.

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    Peter Delgado
    Written on May 13, 2018
    ""Cryptonomicon" represents a well above-average pick for this particular category. This work is considered engaging, imaginative, interesting and very well written by a wide variety of readers. It is very readable, and offers a glimpse into the historical issues of economics, computing and the nature and strategy of war. "
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    #8The 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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    Kenneth Morgan
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my 9 year old twin sons. I was looking for something exciting and magical to share with them while I read to them at night. I found this amazing sci-fi novel called "The Diamond Age," by Neal Stephenson, which is a fantastic inspiration for adults to use their imagination and visualize a dystopian future society where the world is controlled through technological and scientific achievements that creates a class structure. My sons absolutely love the storyline and they keep begging me to acquire more books by this author. Thank you !"
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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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    Donald Nichols
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Ready Player One is set in the future and is a perfect book for gamers and those into virtual reality. Are you read to face a world in which nothing is what it seems to be? An amazing fairy tale that will leave you thinking and wanting for more. "
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    #10Snow Crash

    Snow Crash

    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson is a cyberpunk, science fiction novel originally published in 1992. This book was nominated for British Science Fiction Award in 1993 and the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1994.

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    Shirley Hill
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I just finished reading Snow Crash and I think it's one of the best cyberpunk novels ever written. No wonder it was nominated for a couple awards. I loved the pace of the writing and the story kept me entertained the whole way through. "
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    #11A Scanner Darkly

    A Scanner Darkly

    An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result. A Scanner Darkly is a 2006 American animated science-fiction thriller film directed by Richard Linklater, based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick.

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    Samantha Garza
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I found this to be a ridiculous, off-beat movie, close to being a cult classic but not quite there. It seemed too disjointed and weird for me to enjoy."
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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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    Rodrigo Huerta
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Great book that has character development that actually matters to the story, a huge narrative view point that makes things interesting since this writing style is normally not written in such a positive way. Very good book. Read this!"
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    #13Ubik

    Ubik

    This is the Spanish version of the popular science fiction novel written by Phillip K. Dick. The book is set in the Moon, which has been already colonized by humanity, and where a product named 'Ubik' has miraculous powers. This product is nothing but a metaphor of God, as it is everywhere and has supernatural powers. 

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    Diane Simmons
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "If you liked the movies Total Recall, Blade Runner and Minority Report, they are based on this author's short stories. Here is a chance to read one of his other science fiction novels."
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    #14Daemon

    Daemon

    Daemon is the first book in the science fiction series Daemon written by Daniel Suarez which centers on the world following the death of legendary computer gamer designer Matthew Sobol.  

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    #15Ghost In The Shell (Vol. 1)

    Ghost In The Shell (Vol. 1)

    Ghost In The Shell, Vol. 1, 2nd Edition (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) is a book written by Masamune Shirow. The book was published on June 20, 2006 by Dark House Comics.

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    Tammy Anderson
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Ghost In The Shell is a well written book about mechanical implants and robots. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg super-agent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including "ghost hackers," capable of exploiting the human/machine interface by re-programming human minds to become puppets to carry out their criminal ends. It is well written and interesting to read."
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    #16Slant (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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    Lawrence Ellis
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The best cyberpunk novel ever written is Slant (Queen of Angels) by Greg Bear. In a world where nanotechnology has been perfected and used to improve everything on a molecular level, everything seems perfect. But there are still people looking for more knowledge that will make them immortal, Jack Giffey wants to steal data from the elite of society."

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Best What are the best cyberpunk novels ever written
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1NeuromancerBooks 43 Paid
2The Quantum ThiefBooks 40 Paid
3The Meat Market (Jonathan Harkon Adventures)Books 37 Paid
4HardwiredBooks 28 Paid
5Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant)Books 26 Paid
6Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk AnthologyBooks 21 Paid
7CryptonomiconBooks 21 Paid
8The Diamond AgeBooks 18 Paid
9Ready Player OneBooks 15 Paid
10Snow CrashBooks 9 Paid
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