Total Nerd The Best Cyberpunk Novels  

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Artificial intelligence. Computer hacking. Dystopian worlds. You'll find all of these – and more – in the pages of these top cyberpunk novels. But what makes for a good cyberpunk read? Some great cyberpunk books feature social unrest in a distant, high-tech future, while other sci-fi novels are about characters who exist solely in a cyber world. Many of the best cyberpunk novels have even been adapted into award-winning films.

What books will you find on this list of the best cyberpunk novels? Maybe you'll rank Neuromancer by William Gibson towards the top. This Hugo Award-winning work features the story of a computer hacker who is recruited to a mysterious job. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov also draws on cyberpunk themes of morphing technology, while Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? served as the inspiration for the 1982 film Blade Runner. Other good books featured on this must-read list include Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, and The Stars My Destination.

It's up to you to decide the best read of them all. Give your favorite cyberpunk novel a thumbs up to move it towards the number-one spot on the list, and add any great books that are missing.

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Neuromancer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Neuromancer William Gibson

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Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels

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Count Zero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Count Zero William Gibson

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Snow Crash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson

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Mona Lisa Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Mona Lisa Overdrive William Gibson

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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Altered Carbon Richard K. Morgan

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The Diamond Age is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
The Diamond Age Neal Stephenson

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Virtual Light is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Virtual Light William Gibson

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The Windup Girl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
The Windup Girl Paolo Bacigalupi

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Islands in the Net is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Islands in the Net Bruce Sterling

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Hardwired is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Hardwired Walter Jon Williams

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Accelerando is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Accelerando Charles Stross

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Schismatrix is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Schismatrix Bruce Sterling

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The Anubis Gates is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers

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Blood Music is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Blood Music Greg Bear

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Crashcourse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Crashcourse Wilhelmina Baird

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Otherland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Otherland Tad Williams

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Tea from an Empty Cup is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Tea from an Empty Cup Pat Cadigan

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Mindplayers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Mindplayers Pat Cadigan

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Fairyland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Fairyland Paul J. McAuley

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Boneshaker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
Boneshaker Cherie Priest

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The Fortunate Fall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cyberpunk Novels
The Fortunate Fall Raphael Carter