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Cyberpunk needs a reboot

Cyberpunk once stood out as a vital genre of anti-capitalist fiction. Today, it’s been reduced to a cool retro aesthetic easily appropriated by the world’s second-richest man to market ugly Blade Runner–inspired trucks to nostalgia-driven Gen Xers, writes Ryan Zickgraf.

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“There’s no place for racism in Metal”

Mikael Stanne, the lead singer from the pioneering Swedish Melodic Death Metal band, Dark Tranquillity, denounces racism and extends his solidarity to refugees. DT has been one of my most favorite metal bands since the 1990s. Please support their music.

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Rock in a Hard Place

Reading “Rock in a Hard Place” by Orlando Crowcroft triggered many personal memories, as an Egyptian teenage metalhead in Cairo in the 1990s. Bartering and trading metal cassettes. Seeking friends who have relatives abroad whom we could give a long list of albums they would look up in music stores in Western capitals, in the

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