Cory Doctorow has put his new book, “Little Brother” online. He’s so good I had to add him to my list of Cyberpunk writers (see sidebar).
young adult novel about hacker kids who use technology to reclaim the Bill of Rights from the DHS after a terrorist attack on San Francisco.
Also to be found on the website:
Arcady0 has created a fantastic lifepath generator. Its useable for all kinds of cyberpunk games, so that even those orknosed Shadowrunners can get the benefit of great lifepath, cyberpunk 2020 like. They use the “fantastic punk” setting.
Real cpunks like us use “classic gamer” or “literary C-punk”. The former is a bit munchkin, the latter just right.
Great work, Arcady0
Here is a thread for comments in the “View from the edge” forum to discuss the generator.
Rudy Rucker decided to publish his new novel online, for free. He even uses the CC-Licence! This summary is taken from his own site:
Postsingular and its sequels represent Rucker’s return to the cyperpunk style of his classic Ware tetralogy. But this is 21st Century cyberpunk; Rucker calls it psipunk.
Postsingular takes on the question of what will happen after the Singularity-nanotechnology takes on the power of magic?
A mad scientist decides it might be a good idea to create a giant virtual reality simulation that is running a copy of Earth and of most of the people in it. Fine, but in order to create this simulation, the mad scientist plans to grind our planet into a zillion supercomputing nanomachines called nants.
Ultrageek Ond Lutter and his autistic son Chu find a way to block the nants-but then Ond can’t resist infesting Earth with a congenial breed of quantum-computing nanomachines called orphids.
The orphids coat the planet, one or two per square millimeter, and now everyone is on-line all the time, and everything is visible in the orphidnet. Artificial life forms emerge in the orphidnet, these are helpful agents called beezies, and they pyramid together into a superhuman planetary mind called the Big Pig. People can mentally access the Big Pig and feel like geniuses-with the catch that when they come down they can’t really remember what they saw. Those addicted to this new kind of high are called pigheads.
The lovers Jayjay and Thuy begin as pigheads, but Thuy manages to kick the habit to work on a vast orphidnet-based narrative called a metanovel. Jayjay continues his sessions with the Big Pig in hopes of learning more about science-and this puts a damper on their love affair. But the mad scientist is still machinating to bring back the nants and destroy Earth, and Thuy and Jayjay reunite to save the world.
It helps that Jayjay has figured out how to do teleportation via the orphidnet. And that Thuy has made friends with a giant, ethereal man from a parallel world called the Hibrane. Jayjay helps Thuy teleport to the Hibrane for help. The Hibraners do have a fix for Earth’s problems, but it’s going to be a bigger change than anyone ever imagined. Earth is on the verge of a postdigital age, more postsingular than anyone ever imagined.
Nature will come alive.
Very nicely done: City of Thamesis
From their website:
Once the seat of power for an ancient, all-powerful monarchy, much of Thamesis is now run by the influential Britomart Corporation who use their seductive psychic technology to exert control.
It has become a city of torn loyalties as it’s inhabitants choose between life as a subject of the Crown or a Citizen of the Britomart.
Meanwhile down in the inner city streets, beyond the reach of either power, dangerous outlaws have successfully hacked Britomart’s technology for their own gain, boosting its power exponentially. Some use it only to escape their daily grind while others maliciously spread terror on the streets.
As the city plunges towards civil war, can anyone bring order to the streets of Thamesis?
Discover how an ambitious young king (Jonathan of the Rose), a scarred ex-war hero (The Lion), a beautiful psychic (The Unicorn), and a teenage scoundrel (The K.I.D.) find themselves caught up in the struggle for control of the city.