A subgenre of sf which combines elements of punk subculture and high tech to predict a bleak and violent future. The original and still best example is Bill Gibson's Neuromancer, which won every major award in the field.
A literary genre typically emphasising a dark dystopian future with large corporations dominating the political landscape. Themes often include the lawless nature of everyday life outside of the commercial sphere, the changing face of humanity, the omnipresence of computers in daily life, cyborgs, being 'On Line' and artificial intelligence. Primus inter pares being William Gibson's Neuromancer.
1. A subgenre of science fiction inspired by William Gibson's 1982 novel "Neuromancer". 2. A lifestyle characterized by computer games, Internet surfing, and large doses of attitude.