Cyberpunk is a science fiction genre. Most cyberpunk is set in the not-too-distant future and focuses on information technology and computers.

Cyberpunk often features a dystopian near future, with oppressive governments and protagonists who rebel against these societies. The main characters are often computer hackers, and the mood of cyberpunk feels very similar to film noir or classic detective stories. The term cyberpunk was first used in the 1980s — the original cyberpunk novel was "Web of Angels" by John M. Ford, though William Gibson and Bruce Sterling are the authors most well known for writing cyberpunk.

Definitions of cyberpunk
  1. noun
    a genre of fast-paced science fiction involving oppressive futuristic computerized societies
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    type of:
    science fiction
    literary fantasy involving the imagined impact of science on society
  2. noun
    a writer of science fiction set in a lawless subculture of an oppressive society dominated by computer technology
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    type of:
    author, writer
    a person who writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
  3. noun
    a programmer who breaks into computer systems in order to steal or change or destroy information as a form of cyber-terrorism
    synonyms: cyber-terrorist, hacker
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    type of:
    coder, computer programmer, programmer, software engineer
    a person who designs and writes and tests computer programs
    a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities
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