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.



Mark Frauenfelder

publication date: Friday, April 5, 2013

category: Internet

clue: When Billy Idol wanted to go cyberpunk, he consulted this editor of Wired and Boing Boing.

explanation: Frauenfelder is a blogger and editor primarily interested in cyberculture. He was a consultant on Billy Idol's concept album Cyberpunk. more…

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


Jordan Weisman

publication date: Thursday, April 4, 2013

category: Games

clue: His games have concerned running from shadows, dawn on Earth, and war between mechs.

explanation: Weisman's popular video games, tabletop RPGs, and tabletop miniature games have included Shadowrun, Earthdawn, and MechWarrior. more…

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


Neal Stephenson

publication date: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

category: Literature

clue: This cryptographer predicted a snowy crash for cyberculture.

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

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


Andy and Lana Wachowski

publication date: Tuesday, April 2, 2013

category: Movies

clue: This brother and sister (formerly brother and brother) brought cyberpunk to massive mainstream success with The Matrix. [Both names must be guessed to be correct.]

explanation: The Wachowskis (formerly Andy and Larry) wrote and directed The Matrix and its sequels. more…

multiple: This goo was of multiple famous people. Players were required to guess all names for their answers to be correct.

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


William Gibson

publication date: Monday, April 1, 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: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, and Steve Dunn


Other Themes in Spring 2013

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