Category Archives: Cyberpunk @ P2PU

These essays were assignments for the P2PU course ‘Introduction to Cyberpunk Literature’. The course was never graded, but in response to ‘Atemporaneous Continuality’ Bruce Sterling tweeted: “Sjef here is so keenly knowledgeable that he oughta be Chancellor of P2PU.org”, which is the greatest endorsement I’ve ever had and I’m pretty sure means I passed that shit. This was of course before I posted the final assignment story which features the Veridian movement as a death cult and is accompanied by the pretty grim review my proof reader wrote me. Sorry about that Bruce!

New Old Treachery

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treach2012

This is the final assignment for ‘Introduction to Cyberpunk Literature’ at P2PU.org (yes, it’s late), writing a short work of fiction based on what we’ve, uh, learned. So here is the first story I’ve written in about 18 years, presented for your reading pleasure in […]

Atemporaneous Continuality

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atempcont2012

This is the fourth assignment for ‘Introduction to Cyberpunk Literature’ at P2PU.org. This penultimate assignment asks where we are going, and whether or not we have a choice. We will look at the developments since the days of Cyberpunk and some of the trends currently […]

Bidirectional Penetration

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bidirpene2012

This is the third assignment for ‘Introduction to Cyberpunk Literature’ at P2PU.org. An essay on where the line should be drawn between humans and machines, and whether or not such a distinction is necessary. Androids will be discussed briefly, with more deserved attention going largely […]

Gigantesque Caricature

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bladerunner-metropolis

This is the second assignment for ‘Introduction to Cyberpunk Literature’ at P2PU.org. An essay on the depiction of the environment of ‘Bladerunner’ and ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric sheep’. We will take a look at some of the core visual influences of the film, the […]

Bohemian Dyspepsia

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bohemian-dyspepsia

This is the first assignment for ‘Introduction to Cyberpunk Literature’ at P2PU.org, writing a short essay on what makes Cyberpunk stand apart from the rest of Science Fiction. To this end I will recount an horrifically incomplete history of the genre, attempting to describe the […]

Introduction to Cyberpunk Literature

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intro-to-cyberpunk-lit

I’m currently enrolled in this course at P2PU.org, an Open Education Resource exploring the future of higher education in a peer to peer world where technology is constantly accelerating the changing ways in which we use knowledge and are forced to learn. The stated aims […]