Encroaching dust bowl. Environmental degradation. Climate change. Water shortages. Dangerous political polarisation. Class war. Sound familiar?
Mix in ever growing corporate power, isolationism, quantum computing and augmentation technology. Add civil war and a major refugee crisis across half the continental United States. That’ll give you the prescient world of cyberpunkdreams. This is bleak, uncompromising cyberpunk. This is our future
“And that, my friend, is how the great United States of America ended up as a bunch of separate third world countries, and why you’re living in a slum.”
Cyberpunkdreams is a dystopian world conceived by cyberpunk author Rob Chant. Based in Cambridge, UK, cyberpunkdreams is a project by Late Night Games, Chant’s vehicle for releasing his world into ours.
The aliens have not arrived. The singularity has not happened. No big event or technological discovery has shaped our future. It’s a slow hellslide into a world where tales of sleaze, debauchery and hustle are forged. Gangs? Drugs? Sex? Violence? You couldn’t escape them even if you wanted to.
cyberpunkdreams was originally conceived in 2003 as a group writing project, where diverse authors contributed stories all set in the same world. This writing method evokes the exploration of many more themes, settings and characters than any one author can achieve on their own. Although this vision has persisted, cyberpunkdreams has evolved over the years to spawn several different manifestations.
The rich dystopian world of cyberpunkdreams will be unveiled through a series of independent projects starting in 2017:
- Cincinnati Stories, an illustrated collection of short stories, launched on Kickstarter during September 2017.
- City Streets, a board game, launching on Kickstarter on 2018.
- cyberpunkdreams: the game, an RPG and interactive fiction browser game launching in 2018.
About Cincinnati Stories
Cincinnati Stories is the first collection of narratives from the world of cyberpunkdreams, created by author Rob Chant, based in Cambridge UK.
All the tales in Cincinnati Stories are interconnected and feature cameos from characters that live in world of cyberpunkdreams. Here we find sex, violence, sleaze and, of course, corruption, right up to the eyeballs. Folks doing what they can to survive, to get their kicks, all the way from the bottom of society to the top. There aren’t many happy endings.
With an unmistakable atmosphere driven by compelling characters, all the stories in Cincinnati Stories take place simultaneously over the same day and night. The narratives are snapshots into everyday lives, distilling an overriding theme of people caught in the unrelenting crossfire of the city.
Fully illustrated, Cincinatti Stories will be available in hardback, softback and digital, launched on Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/
Gangland, the first tale from the book, is included in this press pack. This piece introduces Sally Stone as she navigates the worst day of her life: triads, snakeheads, corrupt rent-a-cops, fixers, dealers, street gangs and a lot of blood. Is Sally an innocent caught in the crossfire or a willing participant in a world she claims to hate? Read Gangland to find out.
About the author:
“I didn’t have a choice. I had to write. cyberpunkdreams needed to become real.”
The world of cyberpunkdreams was conceived by Rob Chant. A fan of Neuromancer and Blade Runner from an early age, Chant studied Physics with Computing and readily admits he’s never had a proper job. While Cambridge may not be the most cyberpunk city on the planet, Chant’s work is scientifically detailed enough to fit him right in.
Chant’s work is character driven, permeated by a looming atmosphere of survival. Technology forms the backdrop to a dystopia like no other, based on a vision of the future we could already be facing.
”The characters seem so real in my mind that I just have to write them. They have a life of their own.”
“Call me pessimistic, but I believe the only possible future is for the entire system to collapse.”