Black Mirror Season 4 Releases Tomorrow

The fourth season of Black Mirror will be released tomorrow on Netflix. This is the show’s second season as a Netflix Original.

This season will again have six episodes and the trailer appears to show the series branching out in the kind of stories it tells. You can watch the full season trailer below. 

Have you seen the other seasons of Black Mirror? Do you like the series? What catches your attention in the trailer? Let us know in the comments or on social media.

30 Years Ago Today: Max Headroom Television Hack

An event which has come to be known as the Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion occured on November 22, 1987 on two separate Chicago television stations.

The first hack took place during the local news on WGN-TV. It did not last long and showed little more than a person in a Max Headroom mask and glasses standing in front of a metal background.

The second hack came later that night, at 11:15PM local time. It was during a broadcast of Doctor Who on WTTW. This second intrusion lasted longer and included some difficult to understand speaking and strange actions. It’s probably best just to see it for yourself (keep in mind it’s NSFW):

This incident is famous today and has grown even moreso, thanks to the internet. Also, unless you believe one redditor, it remains unsolved to this day.

You can read more here and here.

Director Found For Neuromancer Film

A few hours ago, Deadline broke the news that Tim Miller has been named director for a film adaptation of Neuromancer currently in development. Tim Miller is possibly best known as director of 2016’s Deadpool.

This is potentially exciting news but some are quick to point out some version of a Neuromancer film has been in development off and on for nearly the past 30 years. It’s also worth noting this project does not yet even have a writer involved, so there isn’t even a script. 

Do you think Tim Miller is the correct choice for the job? Do you think the movie will even be made, or is the property cursed? Let us know in the comments or on social media.

Neuromancer is, of course, William Gibson’s 1984 debut novel and is considered by many to be the genre-defining cyberpunk novel. It was the first novel to ever win the Nebula AwardPhillip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award.

More On Detroit: Become Human


It was brought to my attention that the first trailer for Detroit: Become Human actually appeared at E3 in 2015. Somehow this game flew under my radar until now.

This trailer seems to have more in common with the 2017 trailer than the one from 2016 but still seems to be telling a somewhat different story. It has been suggested the game may have three different intertwining stories to choose from or you may play as each of these three characters at some point to tell the same story. What do you think? What would you prefer?

Looking Back At Last Year’s Detroit: Become Human Trailer

Yesterday, we wrote about a newly-released trailer for an upcoming game from Sony called Detroit: Become Human. You can find that here.

As it turns out, this game has been in development for a long time. It even had a trailer released during last year’s E3. The strange thing is the two trailers look like they could almost be for two entirely different games within the same setting. The protagonists of these trailers also appear to be on opposite sides of the same conflict. The one thing the two trailers seem to have in common is the possibly elaborate decision making system.

This could mean they were planning to make the game one way and changed it drastically during the course of production. It could also mean you will have a truly impressive number of options in the game. All we can do for now is wait and see.

2016’s E3 trailer is included below if you, like myself, had not yet seen it.

Cyberpunk 2077 Design Documents Stolen

CD Projekt Red, a video game studio best known for the game franchise The Witcher, reported yesterday design documents for their upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 have been stolen. It’s unclear if this means they no longer have the documents or just that copies, perhaps even digital, have been acquired by a party outside the company.

The company claims a ransom demand has been made but they will not pay it. The theives claim they will release the design documents to the public if the ransom is not paid. The documents have not been released anywhere online at this time.

According to CD Projekt Red, the documents that were stolen our old and will likely indicate what the final game will be like, should they be leaked to the public.

For more information, see this tweet from the company:

Welcome to our Neon Dystopia

by Isaac L. Wheeler (Veritas), Co-Founder and Editor of Neon Dystopia

Note From The Editor: Isaac is also a Submissions Editor for Phase 2 Magazine, beginning with our recently-released 5th issue.

Neon Dystopia was created to fill a void. That void was created when the great site, The Cyberpunk Review and it’s blog went offline. The Cyberpunk Review had been the birthplace of the cyberpunkforums which was, and is, the go to place for good in-depth discussions about all things cyberpunk. The site also held an amazing database of movies with great commentary. The blog itself would look at modern events and compare them to the fiction we all love so much.

Now, cyberpunkforums is still a great place to go for conversations but it is just a forum. Forums are outdated and are alienating, especially to a new audience. There is quite a bit of good social media out there on the subject, but again you have to find these communities. In-depth essays and articles about cyberpunk media, philosophy, and subculture show up from time to time on popular sites like Motherboard, Boing Boing, or io9, but only occasionally.

Neon Dystopia’s goal is to create a website, internet space, and community that fills all of these areas. We are working on databases of all forms of cyberpunk media from movies, to music, to comics. We are working to populate those databases with reviews of all of those works so people can get a fairly in-depth idea of what they are getting into before they go in search of any particular piece of cyberpunk media. We want to really explore some of the deep philosophical ideas that are brought up in cyberpunk on a regular basis. And finally, and most certainly not least, we are working to support the burgeoning cyberpunk community and its subculture.

Our goals are ambitious but it is worth doing. The interest in cyberpunk has been increasing significantly in recent time because of the increasing discontent with existing power structures and our changing relationship with technology. Anonymous and the Occupy protests are fantastic examples of this in the political realm, and the rise of the surveillance state is something cyberpunk warned us was coming. Cyberpunk is now, but there is a post-cyberpunk future in the works. The genre will continue to evolve, but cyberpunk is anything but dead. We welcome all to join Neon Dystopia and become immersed in cyberpunk with us.

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Carol Gyzander NaNoWriMo Interview

First of all, tell us a little about yourself.

A prolific reader as a kid, I devoured classic sci-fi and Agatha Christy with equal voracity. I left my job as a computer consultant/analyst with IBM when the kids came along – now the first is working at IBM himself, and the second is in college. I spend my days taking care of my dad, who has Alzheimer’s, and my nights trying to keep my own brain engaged. Writing is one of those engagements.

How many times have you attempted NaNoWriMo? Have you succeeded in the past?

I signed up for NaNoWriMo three times before this year. However, I live in New Jersey and hurricane Sandy hit on October 29, 2012, leaving me sitting in the dark for nine days. Let’s just say that I opted not to start the novel that year. But, I did go on to “win” the next two years, with two wildly different stories.
First in 2013 was a cozy mystery (remember my love of Agatha Christy?) about a scrapbook sleuth. By 2014 I had joined a punk writing group, and wrote a cyberpunk version of Macbeth for an anthology of punk stories inspired by Shakespeare for Writerpunk Press (titled Sound & Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk). I also did Camp NaNoWriMo in April 2015 and wrote another Shakespeare inspired story (a cyberpunk Henry V) for our second charity volume which will be released on December 1!

What can you tell us about your current work in progress for this year’s NaNoWriMo?

I am being a bit of a rebel and mixing in TWO stories. One is the sequel to the cozy mystery (which has yet to be published, cough, cough), and the other is a punk version of a Poe story for the third Writerpunk Press anthology. As soon as I figure out which Poe story I’m doing, I’ll let you know (smile).

How are you keeping yourself focused and on track for NaNoWriMo? What advice would you offer to someone else who wanted to attempt it?

The best way I’ve found to stay focused and on track is to have a few writer buddies who are also doing the same thing… it even carries over after November is over. My local region has some folks that sponsor write-ins and I’ve been going to the same hipster coffee house every Tuesday night for years. We give each other moral support, read each other’s work, and offer an opportunity to talk through a plot problem.
And advice for anyone wanting to try NaNo? Do it. Some people are “pantsers” and write by the seat-of-their-pants while others are “plotsers” and work out a plot in advance. I prefer to write up a story synopsis of about 1200-1500 words, then split that up into a document with a paragraph blurb for each chapter. When I sit down to write during NaNo, I just open up the chapter and write the action that is described by the blurb. Takes a LOT of pressure off of thinking, “WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?”

If our readers wanted to follow you and your work, what would be the best way to do that?

Check out my punk work at for details about our series of punk anthologies where the profits go to support PAWS, a non-profit animal shelter and rescue that has helped over 200,000 animals since 1967.  Our second anthology, Once More Unto the Breach: Shakespeare Goes Punk 2 (for which I was also the Managing Editor), comes out on December 1!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Did I mention the anthology comes out on December 1? Oh yes, I think I did. But as for NaNo, don’t get hung up on the whole “win” or “lose” thing – I really hate that terminology, because in my book anyone who makes the attempt and writes anything more than they would have otherwise is a winner.