from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Fast-paced science fiction involving futuristic computer-based societies.

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  • n. A subgenre of science fiction which focuses on computer or information technology and virtual reality.
  • n. A cyberpunk character, a hacker punk, a high-tech low life.
  • n. A writer of cyberpunk fiction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a programmer who breaks into computer systems in order to steal or change or destroy information as a form of cyber-terrorism
  • n. a writer of science fiction set in a lawless subculture of an oppressive society dominated by computer technology
  • n. a genre of fast-paced science fiction involving oppressive futuristic computerized societies


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cyber- +‎ punk, coined by Bruce Bethke as the title of a 1983 short story.



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    March 30, 2009

  • "Term used to describe a school of SF writing that developed and became popular during the 1980s. The word was almost certainly coined by Bruce Bethke in his story 'Cyberpunk' (1983, AMZ)...

    The 'cyber' part of the word relates to cybernetics: to a future where industrial and political blocs may be global (or centred in space habitats) rather than national, and controlled through information netowrks." --Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 288.

    March 30, 2009