Cyberpunk Quotes

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Jess C. Scott
“Friends are the family you choose (~ Nin/Ithilnin, Elven rogue).”
Jess C Scott, The Other Side of Life

Jess C. Scott
“That’s sad. How plastic and artificial life has become. It gets harder and harder to find something…real.” Nin interlocked his fingers, and stretched out his arms. “Real love, real friends, real body parts…”
Jess C Scott, The Other Side of Life

William Gibson
“Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts... A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding...”
William Gibson, Neuromancer

Neal Stephenson
“To condense fact from the vapor of nuance.”
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

Jess C. Scott
“The brightest light casts the darkest shadow.”
Jess C. Scott, The Darker Side of Life

Jess C. Scott
“Nin knew how much humans loved money, riches, and material things—though he never really could understand why. The more technologically advanced the human species got, the more isolated they seemed to become, at the same time. It was alarming, how humans could spend entire lifetimes engaged in all kinds of activities, without getting any closer to knowing who they really were, inside.”
Jess C Scott, The Other Side of Life

Richard K. Morgan
“The personal, as everyone’s so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, take it personally. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here – it is slow and cold, and it is theirs, hardware and soft-. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide from under it with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. Get your message across. That way, you stand a better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous marks the difference - the only difference in their eyes - between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it’s just business, it’s politics, it’s the way of the world, it’s a tough life and that it’s nothing personal. Well, fuck them. Make it personal.

Quellcrist Falconer
Things I Should Have Learned by Now, Volume II”
Richard K. Morgan

Neal Stephenson
“He turns off the techno-shit in his goggles. All it does is confuse him; he stands there reading statistics about his own death even as it's happening to him. Very post-modern.”
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

William Gibson
“I took Punk to be the detonation of some slow-fused projectile buried deep in society's flank a decade earlier, and I took it to be, somehow, a sign.”
William Gibson

Bruce Sterling
“The future is unwritten. there are best case scenarios. There are worst-case scenarios. both of them are great fun to write about if you' re a science fiction novelist, but neither of them ever happens in the real world. What happens in the real world is always a sideways-case scenario. World-changing marvels to us, are only wallpaper to our children.”
Bruce Sterling

Rudy Rucker
“For me, the best thing about Cyberpunk is that it taught me how to enjoy shopping malls, which used to terrify me. Now I just imagine the whole thing is two miles below the moon’s surface, and that half the people’s right-brains have been eaten by roboticized steel rats. And suddenly it’s interesting again.”
Rudy Rucker

Clyde DeSouza
“What use was time to those who'd soon achieve Digital Immortality?”
Clyde Dsouza, Memories With Maya

Nick Land
“Machinic desire can seem a little inhuman, as it rips up political cultures, deletes traditions, dissolves subjectivities, and hacks through security apparatuses, tracking a soulless tropism to zero control. This is because what appears to humanity as the history of capitalism is an invasion from the future by an artificial intelligent space that must assemble itself entirely from its enemy's resources.”
Nick Land, Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings, 1987-2007

Thomas Pynchon
“Only the framing material," Lucas demurely, "obvious influences, Neo-Tokyo from Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Metal Gear Solid by Hideo Kojima, or as he's known in my crib, God.”
Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge

Neal Stephenson
“Southern California doesn't know whether to bustle or just strangle itself on the spot.”
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

Nick Land
“Level-1 or world space is an anthropomorphically scaled, predominantly vision-configured, massively multi-slotted reality system that is obsolescing very rapidly.

Garbage time is running out.

Can what is playing you make it to level-2?”
Nick Land

“Life seemed ideal to him right then, and he was happy for the first time in a long time, and it felt like the sun was shining from his heart." - from the novel Brainjob by David Sloma.”
David Sloma, Brainjob

Neal Stephenson
“Never been here before. It's like something on the top floor of a luxury high-rise casino in Atlantic City, where they put semi-retarded adults from South Philly after they've blundered into the mega jackpot" Hiro Protagonist - Snow Crash”
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

“Ever wonder why big car companies pay two percent tax while the guys on the assembly line pay forty?

Corporations are so big you don't even know who you're working for. That's terror. Terror built into the system.”
Sheldon Pacotti, Chris Todd , and Austin Grossman

Klotz Van Ziegelstein
“Jimmy versuchte, die Sonnenstreifen wegzudenken, sich in die Haut eines Menschen der Bildschirmjahrhunderte zu versetzen. Seiner Vorversion, die durch Strassen wie diese gehetzt war, um KI-Routinen auszuführen. Geknechtet vom brennenden Auge des Tagesgestirns und ausserplanmässigen Unwettern. Allein die Hauswürfel hätten Zuflucht vor dem Chaos geboten. Ein jämmerliches Dasein.”
Klotz Van Ziegelstein, Plünderer - Neobarbaren

Andrea Bindella
“«Odio questo posto, questa prigione senza sbarre, questo pianeta infetto!»”
Andrea Bindella, Inganno Imperfetto

“Number one: In 1945, corporations paid 50percent of federal taxes. Now they pay about 5 percent.
Number two: in 1900, 90 percent of Americans were self-employed; now it's about two percent”
Sheldon Pacotti, Chris Todd , and Austin Grossman

Khira Allen
“The most important and unpredictable side of technology will always be ... human.”
Khira Allen, Songbird Ascension

Dekka Nye
“A haze of neon illuminates the network of streets far below, and the sound of the traffic is quieter this high up. Even so, I can just make out the fine-tuned engines of several ModBikes in the distance –electrons circling Descada’s corrupted nucleus.
It’s an impressive view for a dorm, one of the best I’ve seen. It’s really no small wonder why most kids don’t discuss anything existing beyond the city. You could almost believe the buildings and lights here go on forever. This is our sanctuary. All we’ve ever known.”
Dekka Nye, The Dying of the Day

William Gibson
“When Lowbeer wished a conversation in public to be private, which she invariably did, London emptied itself around her.”
William Gibson, Agency

William Gibson
“I like it. A Silicon Valley ghost story.”
William Gibson, Agency

William Gibson
“Money launderers, in Netherton’s experience of Flynne’s stub, were the sort of people least destabilized by discovering that their world was a branch of someone else’s. They immediately looked for advantage in the knowledge.”
William Gibson, Agency

William Gibson
“The City, Netherton had heard Lowbeer say, explaining the "klept" to Flynne, had long been, and well prior to the jackpot, a unique species of semi-autonomous crypto-state, the single least democratic element of elected British government. It was this singular status, according to Lowbeer, that had allowed it to ride out the eventual collapse of democracy. That, and its core expertise in laundering money, had brought it into a mutually beneficial synergy with the émigré oligarch community, dominated by Russians, who had themselves first been attracted to London by the City’s meta-criminal financial arcana, plus the lavish culture of personal amenities for those requiring same.”
William Gibson, Agency

William Gibson
“Guys, I’m gonna pretend like all of you are incapacitated or unconscious. And if none of you makes a move, I’ll be leaving you to your own resources. Otherwise, this drone’s detonating its onboard explosives. As the only one of us who’s not physically present, I’ve got zero fucks to give about how that goes. Your call. [Conner]”
William Gibson, Agency

William Gibson
“As the jackpot got seriously going, after the first wave of pandemics, without EU membership to buffer anything, England started looking a lot like a competitive control area. Lowbeer did what she knew how to do, which by then was run a CCA. But as she kept building it back up, every time another change driver impacted, she found herself using Russians. They knew how to work a CCA. They’d been there before the jackpot hit the fan.”
William Gibson, Agency

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