Alien. Robo-Cop. Just a couple of the science-fiction movies where dastardly mega-corporations rule. But that rule is never benevolent–always for profit and power. There is never a concern for the average Joe or Jane on the street. Cyberpunk fiction amplified the portrayal of the corporation (maybe, even capitalism) as the bad guy.
Well, I have never been anti-capitalist. I knew people who escaped from Communist countries and I lived for a year in a socialist one, which I enjoyed but would never live there permanently. Capitalism will never be perfect, but it’s superior to any other form of government. As is always the case, the problem is bad people, not that the system is bad. That is also the case with corporations–most good, some bad, and many in-between, just like people.
But with my new cyberpunk detective series, I want to put a new spin on things. What will my re-imagining of mega-corporations in a cyberpunk universe be? What do you think it will be?
Austin Dragon is the author of over 20 books in science fiction, fantasy, and classic horror. His works include the cyberpunk detective LIQUID COOL series, the epic fantasy FABLED QUEST CHRONICLES, the international epic AFTER EDEN Series, the classic SLEEPY HOLLOW HORRORS, and new military sci-fi PLANET TAMERS series. He is a native New Yorker but has called Los Angeles, California home for more than twenty years. Words to describe him, in no particular order: U.S. Army, English teacher, one-time resident of Paris, ex-political junkie, movie buff, Fortune 500 corporate recruiter, renaissance man, futurist, and dreamer.