So, I had some time to spare and I had this old book lying around, Neuromancer, by William Gibson. Neat book. I enjoyed it. So after the book, I looked around to see if anything had come out since then. Nada. There hasn’t been any significant work in the genre since the 1980’s or very early 1990’s.
I did a search out on the internet. Again… access denied. Most of the references are to old Usenet FAQs or to old role-playing games. If you don’t count the MATRIX, I think the literary genre is dying. Even if you look at the MATRIX, you will find it lacking the diversity of the 80’s CyberPunk.
If you look around further, a lot of the stuff related to CyberPunk is also not so popular anymore. Where did Virtual Reality go? Where are the goggles and the gloves? I guess it takes a long time for things like this to materialize. Also, I doubt you will see some of this stuff materialize out of the existing computer standards and infrastructure ( HTML & CSS, C/C++, etc. 🙂 , c’mon)
It will be interesting to see if any new books come out that really reinvigorate the genre and entertain us.