The lurid glow of neon signs, cutting-edge posthuman technologies, and competing social orders... if these sound familiar, it's because we might already be living in the gritty dystopia of a Cyberpunk landscape.
Between inheriting a post-colonial legacy and vying for space in the modern world, how do new rapidly changing socioeconomic and infrastructural developments in Southeast Asian countries inform and transform these fictions? As we continue to see dystopic elements at play in the real world, these authors tell us how and why Southeast Asia is the dream setting to build a Cyberpunk world.
This programme is co-presented with the Singapore Book Council.
Writers / Presenters
USA Today bestselling author Cassandra Khaw's books include Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a Bram Stoker Award, Shirley Jackson Award, and World Fantasy Award Finalist. Khaw is also an award-winning game writer who has written for companies like Ubisoft and Warner Brothers Montreal, and IPs such as Critical Role, Magic the Gathering, and World of Darkness.
Ario Anindito (b. 1984, Bandung) is an Indonesian comic book artist. He also art-directs television commercials for local and international brands, creates illustrations for novels and magazines, and art-directs for movies.