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Wordplay Podcast | For readers and writers of all ages. Litopia Writers' Colony. Writing Excuses. Writing Excuses 6.6: Cyberpunk. Cyberpunk: What is it? Why is it? We’ve mentioned it before, but we’ve never attempted to tackle it. We begin with an attempt to define cyberpunk (the literary genre), which is typically near-future SF, anti-establishment, early dystopian fiction featuring connectivity, body modification, and culture shifts. We argue a bit over the finer points, which fits the topic perfectly. We move on to discuss how you might set about writing cyberpunk, which is, as Dan points out, the SF genre we’re catching up to. Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson, narrated by Jennifer Wiltsie. Writing Prompt: A cyberpunk setting in which tattoos are the equivalent of implanted tech… and somebody has hacked your tattoo.

This episode of Writing Excuses has been brought to you by Audible. Audible® Free Trial Details Get your first 14 days of the AudibleListener® Gold membership plan free, which includes one audiobook credit. Writing Excuses 6.7: Brainstorming a Cyberpunk Story. Here’s a brainstorming episode in which Brandon throws random concepts from a textbook of his on gods and goddesses, and we attempt to brainstorm a cyberpunk story from these elements.

The elements thrown at us include clay, Sanskrit, fire god, and Buddhism. If you’ve ever wanted to watch professionals wrestle with story genesis, this is the episode for you. Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: A Scanner Darkly, by Phillip K. Dick, narrated by Paul Giamatti. Writing Prompt: Come up with a cyberpunk world using the seed “penguins.” This episode of Writing Excuses has been brought to you by Audible. Audible® Free Trial Details Get your first 14 days of the AudibleListener® Gold membership plan free, which includes one audiobook credit. This entry was posted on Sunday, July 17th, 2011 at 5:07 pm and is filed under Collaboration, Demonstration, Genre, Ideas, Setting.