Most science fiction is more concerned with using futuristic conceits to comment on the present, although if it did, few subgroups of the genre would be as successful as cyberpunk.

Before email, texting, and smartphones, cyberpunk envisioned a world of “high tech and low life,” in which humans were all connected, for better or worse.

Cyberpunk has erupted into movies and video games, but it began in novels, before we had the option of reading them on tablets.

As a result, there are plenty excellent cyberpunk novels available. We’ve omitted a few classics from this list, like William Gibson’s Neuromancer, Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which inspired Blade Runner, Masamune Shirow’s iconic manga Ghost in the Shell, and others.

Instead, we’re presenting several lesser-known but no less significant cyberpunk books that will transport you to futures that are both blindingly high-tech and strangely familiar…

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