May 8, 2015

Cyberpunk Lives

Starting in the 1980s speculative-fiction writers created a subgenre—cyberpunk—that not only predicted but also helped shape the future.

On April 24th the School of Cinematic Arts hosted the USC Visions and Voices event Cyberpunk: Past and Future that feature some of the genre’s most interesting voices including Bruce Sterling, Rudy Rucker, Nalo Hopkinson and Mark Pauline.

The day also included world building exercises, a revisit of essential Cyberpunk characters like Max Headroom and that quintessential mode of Cyberpunk communication—the rant.

Check out these videos of some of the day’s highlights.

Panel 1: The Origins of Cyberpunk Culture:

 Featuring Bruce Sterling, Rudy Rucker, Roger Trilling and Mark Pauline
Moderated by Henry Jenkins

Panel 2:  The Legacy of Cyberpunk Culture: 

Featuring John Jennings, Jordan Mechner, Claire L. Evans, Alex Rivera and Nalo Hopkinson
Moderated by Howard Rodman

The Closing Rant:

Delivered by Bruce Sterling