Postcyberpunk describes a subgenre of science fiction which some critics suggest has evolved from cyberpunk. Like its predecessor, postcyberpunk focuses on technological developments in near-future societies, typically examining the social effects of a ubiquitous datasphere of computerized information, genetic engineering, modification of the human body, and the continued impact of perpetual technological change. Unlike "pure" cyberpunk, however, the works in this category feature characters who act to improve social conditions or at least protect the status quo from further decay.
Like its predecessor, postcyberpunk depicts realistic near-futures rather than space opera-style deep futures. The focus is on the social effects of Earth-bound technology rather than space travel. Not all readers or critics agree on its precise meaning. Some authors to whom the label has been applied have endorsed and adopted it. However, classification is always difficult.
Person argues that postcyberpunk is distinct from cyberpunk in the following ways:
Postcyberpunk possibly emerged because SF authors and the general population began using computers, the Internet, and PDAs to their benefit, without the extensive social fragmentation of this Digital Revolution predicted in the 1970s and 1980s.
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Sep 22, 2011; Miccoli, Anthony. Posthuman Suffering and the Technological Embrace. Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2010. xi + 142 pp. Hardcover....