Cyber shorts


Cyber Shorts

http://needleinthehay.net/synth-209/

That’s the link. If you’re at all inclined to read a good cyberpunk short story, you’ll find this one pretty on point. It’s a nice piece of flash. I chuckle as I say that – an interesting turn of phrase.
When I first heard of the term Cyberpunk, I’m not sure where I was, but it was a handful of years ago. I wondered how it differed from Steampunk. As I understand it, the differences lie in the characteristics of the worlds that these two genres portray.
Steampunk has to do with a quasi-fantasy world in which there exist airships, weapons, fashionable items which all pay some degree of homage to steam as a driving power. Steam is the main focus for all engines, machines, and technology. You may have done a Google search on a Steampunk watch. All the gears clicking and ticking and switching back and forth. Steam is the main point of all technological working in this world and all of the stories all sort of come back to this.
Cyberpunk, on the other hand, takes place in a world (also fantastical) which is very dystopian in what we may think of as scientifically horrific. The world is dark, and there is a lot of moroseness, seemingly. Oftentimes the world is overpopulated and the god here that we all pay homage to is technology, science, robotics, artificial intelligence.
I bring this up because I was searching for some good cyberpunk short stories, and found this one (above) as my first.
Wow. What a beauty.
When I think of synths, I think of Fallout 4 – one of my favorite games. Synths are robots which are very strong and anthropomorphic, it turns out (always helpful in dealing with creatures that look a bit more like you – makes it easier to relate, I guess).
It’s been a long time since I posted, I know. But that’s what’s been going on with me. Writing’s going well. Reading also going well.
Check out some cyber shorts.

-lp

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