The Term Cyberpunk


The term was originally coined in 1980 by Minnesota writer Bruce Bethke for his short story, “Cyberpunk,” which was first published in Amazing Science Fiction Stories, Volume 57, Number 4, November 1983, although it was quickly appropriated as a label to be applied to the works of Gibson, Rucker, and others. (via Wikipedia)

I had always heard that Bruce Sterling coined the term cyberpunk and William Gibson refined the genre. I wonder who really used it first. Credit in the literary history books can be such a dicey thing.

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