Something for the Weekend? How about some books – and not just any books but three new (as distinct from classic) cyberpunk novels?
I'm currently reading my way through a torrent of new science fiction novels that have been submitted to a major international book award (I'm one of the judging panel reading my way through them) and among them were three intriguing cyberpunk novels. They are, in no particular order:
Escapology by Ren Warom (Titan Books) which I suppose is the most "conventional" of the three in cyberpunk terms – although totally outré when compared with most genre fiction. It's also a cracking thriller.
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton) features an AI that actually has better characterisation than most of the people I've encountered in many books. Has an element of the late Iain M. Banks Culture novels about it.
United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas (Angry Robot) is an alternative history on a Man in the High Castle theme but with giant mecha and computer games. This is also a gripping thriller.
All three are not just well written but have protagonists you can care about and endings that you don't see coming from page three. All recommended.
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