Buddhist cyberpunk?

“As a child I’d believed there was an essential person, a sort of core personality around which the surface factors could evolve and change without damaging the integrity of who you were. Later, I started to see that this was an error of perception caused by the metaphors we were used to framing ourselves in. What we thought of as personality was no more than the passing shape of one of the waves in front of me. Or, slowing it down to more human speed, the shape of a sand dune. Form in response to stimulus. Wind, gravity, upbringing. Gene blueprinting. All subject to erosion and change.”

Altered Carbon  


I can’t say I expected to encounter the Buddhist doctrine of anatta (no-self) in a cyberpunk novel! 

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Citizen, librarian, reader with a boundless wonder for the world and a curiosity about all the beings inside it.
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4 Responses to Buddhist cyberpunk?

  1. CyberKitten says:

    One reason why I love reading Cyberpunk so much!

  2. mudpuddle says:

    zen does get around…

  3. Stephen says:

    Especially well considering the amount of sitting involved!

  4. mudpuddle says:

    haha… groan…

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