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Blade Runner, Altered Carbon, and the Relevancy of Cyberpunk

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The cyberpunk genre has a rich history of influences. In this video, I examine what led to the most important works of cyberpunk, and why those works still cast a shadow over the genre.

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Lessons from the Screenplay. “Blade Runner — Constructing a Future Noir.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tbvMzqk3F4

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Whalen, Terence. “The Future of a Commodity: Notes toward a Critique of Cyberpunk and the Information Age (L’Avenir D’une Marchandise: Notes Sur Cyberpunk Et L’Ere De L’Information).” Science Fiction Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, 1992, pp. 75–88. JSTOR, JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/4240123

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The United Federation of Charles. “What is Cyberpunk?” http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2014/08/what-is-cyberpunk.html

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