Cyberpunk, Hopepunk, and the Future
Is science fiction trapped in a rut from which it can’t escape? Lee Konstantinou over at Slate sure thinks so. In his recent piece, he chronicles a brief history of the cyberpunk subgenre and the struggles of science fiction to find a new, forward-looking niche that packs the same punch. Many options are on offer: solarpunk, mannerpunk, sharkpunk, and a variety of others. Konstantinou argues that none of these are poised to dislodge cyberpunk as the premier science fiction subgenre–which sucks, because cyberpunk is tired.