Monday, November 26, 2012

Let's Make Bio Punk A Thing

TRANSPARENT has been put in almost every genre it could possibly slip into, and I find this rather entertaining. It's been called paranormal, dystopian, sci-fi, etc. I've even heard alternate history. But if I were to categorize my own book, I'd call it Bio Punk. Why?

1. Mostly because it sounds cool. 

2. It makes the most sense. 

What is Bio Punk? It's a genre that relies on biotechnology for world building (I'm taking that term looser than some). AKA: Superhero-esque stuff, dealing with genetic alterations, mutations, evolution, DNA hacking, and whatnot. 

Problem is, you don't hear Bio Punk often. There's Cyber Punk (fiction based on computer tech world) and there's the currently very popular Steam Punk (fiction based on steam tech), but rarely any mention of Bio Punk though it is an actual term. I can think of a lot of YA books that are basically Bio Punk, not just mine. So I'm thinking we should just start making it an actual thing. Especially since 2013 is like the year of YA Bio Punk. 

So next time anyone asks me what genre TRANSPARENT is, I'm gonna say Bio Punk, no matter how many weird looks I get.


  1. Ooh, I love this. My last two books I've been calling sci-fi, but I think it could be Bio Punk too, and it sounds so much cooler. :)

  2. Maybe I should call my currently-being-beta'd novel "Agri-Punk", since it involves farming.

  3. I've been calling my WiP sci-fi also, but I think it's a cross between Bio Punk and Cyber Punk. Or maybe both, just separately. Gah, naming genres is so hard!

  4. I've been working on one that could fit into bio-punk. Mine started with skin integrated circuits

  5. Hey, we've just released an anthology of short stories (and scientific afterwords) written by literary authors collaborating closely with bio-medical researchers. And guess what it's called: That's right...
    Hopefully this will just be the first in a series...

  6. I've heard of steampunk and cyberpunk, but this is a new one...