publication date: Monday, April 1, 2013 (part of Spring 2013)

category: Literature

clue: This neuromancer is not just a towering figure in cyberpunk and steampunk, but an accurate predictor of the Internet and our tech-driven culture.

explanation: Gibson's novel Neuromancer and other writings coined phrases like "cyberspace." more…

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