I was raised by readers.
My grandparents had a prodigious collection of classics, but it was my father’s science fiction library that captivated my interest. The first novel I read cover to cover was a Crichton.
Then something wonderful happened.
I mutated into a angsty teenager and between sneaking cigarettes and tattoos, I discovered this perfectly obscure niche of sci-fi called cyberpunk.
To this day, cyberpunk is the most important concept in my lexicon. It encompasses all my greatest literary and aesthetic passions. It is the foundation of everything I love. It defines me.
If you’re a novice to the genre, a cursory search will reveal the most accessible titles.
These six titles are… different.
They are some of the most important novels I have ever read because they eschew convention in a genre that is radical by definition.
They are punker than the punks that punked the world of science fiction.
See the list here: