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Nanopunk

Two teenagers in a perilous chase across a devastated, Icebound Earth. Alister, a nano-infected teen with the ability to hack any system is searching for his kidnapped sister. When Suzie, a feisty cyber-militant curious about the secret behind Alister's exceptional skills, gets involved in his search, the wrong kind of people start to notice. It's not long before MI6, the Russians, and a ruthless Private Military Corporation want them dead or alive. What readers have said: "Sit back and enjoy the rip-roaring plot" "Pacey and compelling." "smart and sharp."
Nanopunk

A Gritty, Dystopian, Urban Adventure. Two hackers hunted across a devastated, Icebound Earth. Alister, a nano-infected teen with the ability to hack any system, is searching for his kidnapped sister. When Suzie, a feisty cyber-militant curious about the secret behind Alister’s exceptional skills, gets involved in his search, the wrong kind of people start to…

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Tough, challenging, scifi

In a devastated, icebound future, an army of extremists have a plan to fix the weather and save the world. It’s a plan that could wipe out Earth’s last survivors. The only person able stop them has been tortured into amnesia and it’s down to a war-weary veteran to keep them both alive as they are hunted…

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Create an Avatar for Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’

Calling all artists and creators! Have you ever dreamt of seeing your work brought to life within a movie? Here is your chance to make that a reality. Ready Player One is a tale of two worlds: the real one and the virtual one, a hyper-realistic utopia known as the OASIS. Based off the best-selling…

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Patent filing gives first look at Magic Leap

A filing with the US Patent Office by Magic Leap has given the public the first potential look at how the mysterious AR headset might look once it reaches the market, although there’s likely to be plenty of fine tuning between now and commercial availability. Interestingly, the design is a chunky visor rather than a…

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Nanopunk

A Gritty, Dystopian, Urban Adventure. Two hackers hunted across a devastated, Icebound Earth. Alister, a nano-infected teen with the ability to hack any system, is searching for his kidnapped sister. When Suzie, a feisty cyber-militant curious about the secret behind Alister’s exceptional skills, gets involved in his search, the wrong kind of people start to notice. It’s not long before MI6, the Russians, and a ruthless Private Military Corporation want…

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Tough, challenging, scifi

In a devastated, icebound future, an army of extremists have a plan to fix the weather and save the world. It’s a plan that could wipe out Earth’s last survivors. The only person able stop them has been tortured into amnesia and it’s down to a war-weary veteran to keep them both alive as they are hunted across a haunted, lawless America in a relentless race to save the planet. Lightning seed…

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Create an Avatar for Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’

Calling all artists and creators! Have you ever dreamt of seeing your work brought to life within a movie? Here is your chance to make that a reality. Ready Player One is a tale of two worlds: the real one and the virtual one, a hyper-realistic utopia known as the OASIS. Based off the best-selling novel from Ernest Cline, the film adaptation will be directed by Steven Spielberg and is…

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Patent filing gives first look at Magic Leap

A filing with the US Patent Office by Magic Leap has given the public the first potential look at how the mysterious AR headset might look once it reaches the market, although there’s likely to be plenty of fine tuning between now and commercial availability. Interestingly, the design is a chunky visor rather than a set of glasses or other floating lens design. Instead, it obscures much of the user’s…

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Bodyhack: Metal Gear Man

Bodyhack: Metal Gear Man James Young lost an arm and leg in a train accident. His life is transformed when the gaming company behind Metal Gear Solid make him an arm like their most famous character ‘Snake’. Advertisements

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Top 10 LGBT Characters in Video Games

Yeah, it’s pretty obvious where the inspiration for this came from. The media in general, but especially gaming, has been marketed and portrayed as a testosterone-fueled, male-dominated entity with little room for diversity. However, there are many characters within gaming that fall under the “LGBT” banner, so I thought it’d be cool to give that side of gaming some attention and show that everyone can find someone relatable in a…

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Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him

Exclusive The “Big Brother” comprehensive national database system feared by many MPs has been built behind their backs over the last decade, and even has a name for its most intrusive component: a central London national phone and internet tapping centre called PRESTON. PRESTON, which collects about four million intercepted phone calls a year, has also recently been used to plant malware on iPhones, according to disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The phones were then targetted for MI5 “implants” (malware), authorised by a ministerial warrant. The location and role of the PRESTON tapping centre has never previously been publicly identified, although published Crown Prosecution Service guidance to senior prosecutors refers to secret “Preston briefings” which they can be given if tapping evidence in a case they are prosecuting…

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What Is The Dark Web?

The “dark web” is a part of the world wide web that requires special software to access. Once inside, web sites and other services can be accessed through a browser in much the same way as the normal web. However, some sites are effectively “hidden”, in that they have not been indexed by a search engine and can only be accessed if you know the address of the site. Special markets also operate within the dark web called, “darknet markets”, which mainly sell illegal products like drugs and firearms, paid for in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. There is even a crowdfunded “Assassination Market”, where users can pay towards having someone assassinated. Because of the the dark web’s almost total anonymity, it has been the place of choice for groups wanting to…

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Virtual Revolution

Virtual Revolution from Guy-Roger Duvert on Vimeo. Join the adventure: indiegogo.com/projects/virtual-revolution-the-movie/x/10806695#/story Virtual Revolution is a sci-fi feature, which could be described as cyberpunk. An interesting definition of cyberpunk is: ‘High Tech, Low Life’. Most cyberpunk stories are dystopias set in our future, and they tend to raise questions that our societies will have to deal with in several years, decades, or centuries. Virtual Revolution is also a bit of tech noir, with some of the typical codes from noir films (the investigator, the Femme Fatale…etc), but in a European environment. Advertisements

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Cyberpunk 2077. Bigger, Badder, Stranger

Man am I looking forward to this. Published on 17 Jan 2013 City lights, fog, strangers passing by… Watch Mike Pondsmith the creator of the pen-and-paper RPG Cyberpunk 2020® and learn about his inspirations for creating a dystopian metropolis of Night City. CD Projekt RED is proud to collaborate with Mike and bring this city to life in its upcoming RPG — Cyberpunk 2077. The game will be set in the near future in which advanced technologies have become both the salvation and the curse of humanity. A multi-thread, nonlinear story designed for mature players (a CD Projekt RED trademark) will give players a chance to freely roam the open-world and visit places well known from the pen-and-paper RPG “Cyberpunk 2020®”, including a combat zone completely taken over by gangs,…

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Adrenalized Sci-Fi

In an icebound, devastated future, an army of religious extremists have a plan, and an ancient alien weapon, they believe will fix the weather and save the world. It’s a plan that could finally destroy Earth’s fragile climate. An amnesiac teenager with uncanny abilities, and a war-weary veteran set out on a deadly race to stop them. “The action takes your breath away” “Relentless” The dystopian futurism reminded me of Half-Life 2, Bio-Shock and the Fallout series” Lightning Seed for Kindle. or get it from your preferred eBook store Advertisements

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Nathan McGrath on Nanopunk

Nathan, would you care to tell our readers a little bit about yourself? I’m a Londoner, born and bred. I left school with few qualification and moved from job to job: factories, warehouses, shops, roadie, waitering, all manual unskilled work. Encouraged by friends who noticed I read a lot, I went to college as a ‘mature student’ and really got into it. I studied psychology, anthropology, psychoanalysis, film, Literature and have a bunch of qualifications including a Masters in Information systems. Most of my working life has been spent working with troubled kids and teens. I’m a gamer; Marvel fan, sci-fi fan (natch’) the main cook in the family. I live with my partner and teenage daughter in Finchley. As an avid gamer, I loved the technology in your world.…

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Nano-Steampunk

Softmachine.Net interviews Nathan McGrath on his latest novel, Lightning Seed, a sci-fi thriller. In this section he discusses the convergence of Nanotechnology and Steampunk. SM: Nathan, Lightning Seed is a non-stop action novel fuelled by some pretty radical ideas. It’s a real thriller and I loved reading it. Was it a difficult story to put together? Nathan: Not really. I’d already created my version of the Future in the first novel Nanopunk. The nanotechnology is already there. SM: But not the steampunk, well, your version of steampunk, or all the other things going on. But let’s start with the nano steampunk thing. That wasn’t around at all in Nanopunk. Nathan: True. But Nanopunk is based mostly in the UK and Europe whereas Lightning Seed takes place in the USA where…

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GamerPunk: The New Rock & Roll

There are claims and counter claims about the psychological dangers of playing violent computer games. They said the same things about Rock and Roll. Bottom line is most people, gamers included, can tell the difference between reality and fantasy. Putting aside the delusions about games dangerously warping the minds of young people,  I think there is a more mundane change happening. For some boys and young men, games may be taking over from reading. The stories in console games are more immediate, engaging and appealing than the written word. Console games give gamers an opportunity to be part of the adventure, and in most cases play the part with friends in co-op or multi-player games. Steampunk, cyberpunk and its off-shoot nanopunk, portray particular ‘worlds’ through which the normal story conventions are played…

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