25 of the Best Scifi Cyberpunk Books

In this list of the best cyberpunk books I have hand picked the best ones on the market. The books that are included were chosen because of their stories and how their stories capture the true nature of a cyberpunk novel. If you would like to listen to any one of these books go and check out Audible's one month free trial and then receive any two books for free. 


Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

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In the year 2045 the world is an ugly place. The only place Wade Watts feels like a real human is in the virtual utopia, also known as the OASIS. Devoting his life to hidden puzzles inside of the OASIS, he finds himself accomplishing challenges no one has ever done before. 



By William Gibson

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At one moment he was the best data-thief in all of the matrix, the next moment he found himself being banished from the cyberspace and had a destroyed nervous system. Cases new employer has asked for his to do a last-chance mission and run at an extremely powerful artificial intelligence. 



By John Shirley

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Being the first book in this cyberpunk novel trilogy, Eclipse takes us to a future America were the economy has crashed and the Soviet Union is invading Western Europe. 

With NATO having been collapsed the government is stopping their work with the antiterrorist and security firm, the Second Alliance. 


Count Zero

By William Gibson

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After waking up in a different body the corporate mercenary is very confused as to why their was a beautiful woman by his side. the Hosaka Corporation has reactivated him for a mission much more dangerous than the one he had previously been recovering from. 

However he runs into the problem of being the prime target for other interested parties, some who are not even human.


Altered Carbon

By Richard K. Morgan

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It's in the twenty-fifth century and humankind is spreading throughout the galaxy. However they are being carefully watched by the U.N. As the advancements in technology continue to grown divisions in race, class and religion still exist. 

Assuming that one has enough money to afford the procedure, one's consciousness can be completely restored and downloaded into a new body.



By Charles Stross

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It's the era of the posthuman where artificial intelligences have exceeded human intellect. The biotechnological beings that made all people but extinct. Molecular nanotechnollgy runs rampant, copying and redesigning at will. 

Coming in contact with extraterrestrial life continues to grow more and more close at the start of each new day.



By Bruce Sterling

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In the election year of 2044 the state of the Union is in disarray. Cities are no longer public, the government is bankrupt and the military is turning against the citizens. Being right in the midst of it all is Oscar Valparaiso, a spin doctor always trying to make things look good. Now he is trying to make a difference in the world. 

But Oscar has a secret and his only ally is Dr. Greta Penninger, a neurologist of the bleeding edge of the neural revolution. Together they are not out to make the world a better place in the eyes of most people. Instead they have a very dangerous idea and the time has now come to put it in place. 


The Stars My Destination

By Alfred Bester

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Alfred Bester imagined a future where people "jaunte" thousands of miles away and barricade themselves in labyrinths and their protection is radioactive hit men. 

The Stars My Destination is a classic cyberpunk novel with a timeless narrative enchantment by an acknowledged master of science fiction.


Snow Crash

By Neal Stephenson

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Snow Crash reveals to us a new world that gives us a different take on society. Brining in virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and everything in between. Neal Stephenson brings up a hip new cyberpunk story of the information age. 



By Bruce Sterling

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Fans and critics call their world cyberpunk. Full hard-edged, street-wise prose of high-tech communities. 



By Walter Jon Williams

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As Earth lies prostrate beneath the last of the Orbital powers it has no choice but to allow the Orbitals to plunder their remaining wealth. Deep below the Orbital control hustlers, dirtgirls, and buttonheads search for their way out of the gravity well. 

A join between the two forces, the criminal underworld and the guerilla underground, has a chance to balance the power. 


The Glass Hammer

By K.W. Jeter

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A sprinter, Schuyler, outruns the government's particle beam satellites in order to deliver computer chips to the European black market. In his attempts Schuyler become a media celebrity and the icon of a religious cult. 

Vurt is an innovative and highly entertaining story from a literary pioneer. 

Take an adventurous trip into a complete stranger's head. Travel along rain-shot street with a hip malcontents gang all hooked on drugs. But don't be fooled, Vurt feathers are not for the weak. 



By Jeff Noon

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Vurt is an innovative and highly entertaining story from a literary pioneer. 

Take an adventurous trip into a complete stranger's head. Travel along rain-shot street with a hip malcontents gang all hooked on drugs. But don't be fooled, Vurt feathers are not for the weak. 


Burning Chrome

By William Gibson

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Burning Chrome takes you through a story of two freelance hackers. Automatic Jack, who is the narrator and is a hardware specialist. Bobby Quine is a software expert and falls in love with a girl named Rikki. In his hopes to impress her Bobby is determine that all he needs to do is become wealthy. 

Jack acquires a Russian "icebreaker" program that is capable of penetrating any corporate security system. Bobby then suggest that they use it to break into a vicious criminal called Chrome. Reluctantly Jack agrees. 

Based in 1942 Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse, a mathematical genius and Captain in the U.S. Navy, is assigned to detachment 2702. A mission so secret only a few know that it even exists. The mission, commanded by Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe, is to keep Nazis unaware that the Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's Enigma code. 



By Neal Stephenson

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Based in 1942 Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse, a mathematical genius and Captain in the U.S. Navy, is assigned to detachment 2702. A mission so secret only a few know that it even exists. The mission, commanded by Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe, is to keep Nazis unaware that the Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's Enigma code. 



By Bruce Sterling

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The Mechanists, ancient aristocrats, have their lives prosthetically expanded with the use of advance technology. The Shapers are genetically altered revolutionaries and their one skill is psychotechnic trainings and artificial conditioning. 

Both fighting in hopes to gain complete control of the Schismatrix of humankind. 


Ghost in the Shell

By Masamune Shirow

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Late in the twenty-first century,  there is a blurred line between man and machine. In all of this mess cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is commanded to hunt down that most craftiest and dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals out there. These include "ghost hackers" who are enhanced with technology capable of reprograming humans to become their puppets. 


Trouble and Her Friends

By Melissa Scott

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Being set in the United States of America Melissa Scott tells us a story of India Carless and her ex-lover Cerise. India goes by the name of "Trouble" and has a second life as a criminal. Three years earlier they discovered a double, someone impersonating Trouble online. With the extensive use of virtual reality they set out in order to reunite and confront him. 



By Daniel Suarez

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Upon the publishing of Matthew A. Sobol's obituary a computer programmer and CTO of Cyberstorm Entertainment, a Daemon has been activated. Sobol, who was dying of brain cancer, was afraid of humanity becoming envisioned in a new world order. With the help of the Daemon that world become acquirable. The Daemon's first mission is to kill two former workers of CyberStorm Entertainment Joseph Pavlos and Chopra Singh. 



By K.W. Jeter

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As the rest of the planet sinks farther into an economic and social disaster the Pacific Rim stands firm. The cities on the coasts have become these high-tech paradises. The chief among them all is Los Angeles, a metropolis attracting lost souls from across the continent that have no where to go. 


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 

By Philip K. Dick

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Set in a post-apocalyptic scene in San Francisco Earth has been damaged by a nuclear global war. Human kind and most species are endangered and are going extinct from the extreme radiation poisoning. 

This story follow a bounty hunter by the name of Rick Deckard. Rick is tasked with "retiring" six escaped Nexus-6 model androids. While another plot follows a man with a sub-par IQ, John Isidore, that aids fugitive androids. 



By Cherie Priest

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In the early days of the Civil War talk about the frozen Klondike brought numerous newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. In hopes to compete Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to invent a machine that was capable of mining through Alaska's ice. Thus giving birth the Dr. Blue's Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine. 


The Windup Girl

By Paolo Bacigalupi

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A company man that goes by the name of Anderson Lake lives in Thailand. Lake is an undercover factory manager searching for foodstuffs that were once thought to be extinct. In his searchings he encounters Emiko. Emiko is by no means human but is instead a Windup Girl, a strange yet beautiful creature. 



By Tad Williams

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Set on Earth in the twenty-first century a world exists where advancements in technology is far beyond what is currently present. The most popular advancement is the public ability to immerse into virtual reality. Which allows people worldwide to communicate and interact in what is known as the Net. 


Chasm City

By Alastair Renolds

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A city overrun by a deadly virus is attacking both man and machines. As an agent attempts to pursues a lowlife he is ambushed by a centuries-old atrocity that history would feel better if forgotten. 

What is Cyberpunk? What makes a great Cyberpunk SciFi Book?

Cyberpunk is an offshoot of the major Science Fiction genre. But it's more than just a book genre. Many cyberpunk enthusiasts view it as a culture as well. You see, as a genre cyberpunk tends to lean towards a higher end of technological advancement such like micro processing and advanced computing capabilities. This is very much different than say... Steampunk--which relies heavily on steam powered devices and Victorian England. BUT... that's a different article for a different time.

The setting and environment for these books also tend to gravitate towards a central theme. The more urban and dystopia, the better. In many cases, the corporations and conglomerates responsible for the decaying metropolises run rampant with corruption and vice. Sewn throughout are themes of politics and authoritarianism. 

Normally the protagonists fights the powers that be. Instead of heroes, in Cyberpunk you find rebels, hackers, outsiders, and anti-heroes. Often times, characters in the realm of cyberpunk are equipped with Cybernetic enhancements as well. These being technological and biological enhancements to the human body. Cyborgs are relatively commonplace in the Cyberpunk genre.

Cyberpunk is not without its own sub-genres as well. Most notably are Biopunk and Post-Cyberpunk. Biopunk is geared more towards biological tech such as genetic manipulation and gene splicing. A prime example of this is Gattaca. Although biopunk tends to lack some of the cybernetic aspects of the Main Cyberpunk, it holds very true to the level of tech/quality of life inverse relationship standard of the genre. Thus... Cyberpunk. Post-Cyberpunk, on the other hand, is a modern interpretation of previous Cyberpunk works that focused on envisioned qualities of 80's inspired Cyberpunk. Post Cyberpunk follows more along the lines of trans-humanism and space travel.

The Origins of Cyberpunk 

Ask Cyberpunk fans who the creator of Cyberpunk is and many will answer: William Gibson. And while Gibson is the author most associated with the Cyberpunk genre (Book #2 on our list-Neuromancer), the phrase "Cyberpunk" was coined many years earlier by Bruce Bethke. Bruce actually published a short story titled Cyberpunk in Amazing Stories in 1983. One whole year prior to Gibson's breakout debut novel.

But to get down to it... The premise for Cyberpunk goes back much further than that. One could argue that it has its roots in the New Wave science fiction era of the 1960s and 70s. Authors such as Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, and J.G. Ballard are said to have help establish the foundation that Cyberpunk rests upon today. 

Popular Cyberpunk Film and TV Adaptations

One thing that is certain about Cyberpunk is its versatility for the silver screen. Most recently, Ready Player One was adapted into a major motion picture under the guiding hand of the great Steven Spielberg. But that's just one example. Ripley Scott's Blade Runner in 1982 has become a cult classic. And let's not forget The Matrix Trilogy... But the theater is not the only place Cyberpunk has seen success. Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan has become a smash hit on Netflix premiering on February 2, 2018. Netflix has since renewed Altered Carbon's for a second season.

Get These Best SciFi Cyberpunk Books for Free!

If you are interested in getting some of these science fiction cyberpunk books for free, here are two ways in which you can do that: 

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