From the foreword
In the early spring of 1980 I wrote a little story about a bunch of teenage hackers. From the very first draft this story had a name, and lo, the name was--
C Y B E R P U N K
And you can bet any body part you'd care to name that, had I had even the slightest least inkling of a clue that I would still be answering questions about this word nearly 18 years later, I would have bloody well trademarked the damned thing!
-- Bruce Bethke
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Related Wikipedia pages
- Wikipedia:Cyberpunk fashion
- Wikipedia:Cyberpunk music
Jargon File on cyberpunks
Since 1990 or so, popular culture has included a movement or fashion trend that calls itself ‘cyberpunk’, associated especially with the rave/techno subculture. Hackers have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, self-described cyberpunks too often seem to be shallow trendoids in black leather who have substituted enthusiastic blathering about technology for actually learning and doing it. Attitude is no substitute for competence. On the other hand, at least cyberpunks are excited about the right things and properly respectful of hacking talent in those who have it. The general consensus is to tolerate them politely in hopes that they'll attract people who grow into being true hackers.
Eric S. Raymond on cyberpunks
- Don't call yourself a ‘cyberpunk’, and don't waste your time on anybody who does.
- Nenne dich nicht 'Cyber Punker', und verschwende keine Zeit mit irgend jemanden, der sich so nennt.