publication date: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 (part of Spring 2013)

category: Literature

clue: This cryptographer predicted a snowy crash for cyberculture.

explanation: Stephenson's novels include Cryptonomicon and Snow Crash. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Joanna Woods, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, and Steve Dunn

Cyberpunk'd: Cyberpunk fiction depicts futuristic worlds where technology can do anything except free humanity from its nihilistic dystopia. These six visionaries have developed the genre in different mediums. It's up to you to name them all, and that's no April Fools prank.

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