Cyberpunk and Science Fiction Essay

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Cyberpunk and Science Fiction

Science fiction can be defined as a method of story telling that steps outside of the box of life as we know it and into the realm of the impossible. Science fiction works are often designed to be only truthful in the eyes of the author and the reader. However, there are times when either a science fiction work parallels closely to the future of our world and therefore becomes a possibility or life pursues a science fiction-like ideal making the quest heroic in itself. The latter of the two can describe the viewpoint of our growing cyberpunk culture and its belief that technology is the end no matter what means be.

The stories in the book Cyberpunk seems to focus on the life of a hacker. The book
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The Punks visualize new applications for our latest technology, no matter what the judgment may be for that application (good vs. evil). These envisioned plans are realized in Cyberpunk. Each story starts out with a young person who holds a vision. In each case, the Punk has a desire to find an advantage gained by exploiting the technology. Aspirations were all fulfilled, from cheating telephone companies to hacking into corporate offices and generally wreaking havoc on the cyberworld. To deal with these villains, our government attempts to prevent any misuse of technology through the enactment of laws prohibiting illegal actions. In addition, manufacturers and visionaries continuously develop new products and technologies designed to prevent the hackers from getting the upper hand. Despite these efforts however, as is the case in many science fiction works, it is the villains who set the standard and the establishment fighting these villains is forced to follow. Science fiction villains and hackers alike, seem to always be one step ahead of the law (see the latest and greatest computer virus for a perfect example).

Some science fiction novels are written with our world portrayed as a technological graveyard in the not-too-distant future. However, it seems that we are accelerating our rate of advancement by mimicking the events of these science
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