The Biopunk Reader


Statement of Intent

This blog will be about biopunk--squishy, breathing, breeding, bleeding biopunk. Like cyberpunk that came before it, biopunk tackles themes of dehumanization, non-human intelligence, post-humanism, and human exploitation. But instead of wrapping its dystopian future in computer chips, high tech prosthetics, and virtual reality, biopunk literally gets gutsier. Biopunk sees a future in which humans are changed not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out. Forget cyberspace and cybernetics; "bioengineering" is biopunk's buzzword. Gene-hacking, splicing, wetware.

This blog is a travel log. Ten years ago, I discovered the word "biopunk" and fell in love--but never made it past the first kiss. Now, I'm going on a journey to map this little-explored subgenre, and I am dragging the Internet with me. Here there be dragons. Also, gen-engineered flying snakes, mutant winged frogs, and scaled dogs that breathe fire.

This blog will be open-minded. Biopunk is a broader subgenre than its cousin 'punks. It can take place in the near future or the improbable past. It can come clothed as cyberpunk or steampunk, horror or general fiction. If lines exist, they are hazy and vague at best; feel free to color outside of them.

This blog will encourage community. A genre is only as real and immediate as the people who define it--and we define it through play, coversation, debate, and discovery. Speak up, speak out. Ask questions. Leave comments. Guest blog, share art, tell stories--interested? Email me at

Thank you for climbing on board. Welcome, and enjoy the trip!


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