Soon to be a TV series, Cyberpink is a twist on the “cyberpunk” sci-fi genre sub-genre, featuring strong female protagonists and quippy humor.
The original sub-genre of “Cyberpunk” — of which Cyberpink is obviously a play — dates back to the 1980s. The term was coined by writer Bruce Bethke and made famous by authors such as William Gibson, widely known as the “father of cyberpunk.” The genre was further popularized in films such as Bladerunner, based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by legendary author Philip K. Dick.
Cyberpink turns the genre on its head, keeping the 1980s vibe and gritty elements intact while adding lighthearted humor and a predominantly female cast.
However, in spite of the humor, Cyberpink deals with some heavy issues, including the integration of robots into society and some of the attendant challenges.
For example, in contrast to Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics,” Cyberpink introduces the concept of the “Three Freedoms for Sentients”:
- Right to Life
- Right to Voluntary Work (no forced labor); and
- Right to Payment for Work
The latest book in the series, released on Amazon this week, Cyberpink #3: Outlands (Lunar Luxe Edition), includes extras such as a comprehensive history of the 23rd century, plus maps of the terraformed moon.
It also includes books 1 and 2.
A comprehensive history of the 23rd century can also be seen at Cyberpink.net.