The 16 Most Beautiful Dystopian Landscapes on r/CyberPunkHigh tech. Low life.By Kevin Litman-Navarro on February 16, 2018Filed Under Reddit, Art, Blade Runner, Cities, Design, Ghost in the Shell, Hackers, Internet Culture & SurveillanceCyberpunk is many things: a genre, a culture, an ethos, an aesthetic. Eighties sci-fi works like the William S. Gibson novel Neuromancer and films like Blade Runner set the standard for the genre; where stories unfold in near-future urban dystopias dominated by massive wealth inequality and an oligarchy of corporations.In the cyberpunk future, private security forces armed to the teeth with military-grade weapons quash dissent with force. But the underclass is crafty. They deploy roguish technical skills to build tools of resistance against the totalitarian ruling class.There are some quintessential aesthetic characteristics that seem to bleed into most cyberpunk landscapes. Drawing heavily on film noire, dark, gray buildings are often juxtaposed with pink neon signs while a rich upper-class resides literally above a dilapidated underclass. Everything has under-glow in the future, and somehow it’s always raining.A genre rife with visual potential, fans are often inspired to create art that expounds upon the dystopias conjured up in the writing of Gibson and other sci-fi authors. One space that’s become a major hub for fans is r/Cyberpunk, a subreddit where photographers, artists, and general cyberpunk enthusiasts share picturesque theories of possible futures. At time of writing, the subreddit had more than 210,000 subscribers.Here are some of the most beautiful takes on the cyberpunk landscape posted to r/Cyberpunk:16. “Cyber Tower” by Leon TukkerIn this image, it appears that crafty hackers have colonized the base of the Eiffel Tower. You can’t see the top, but that’s probably where the rich people live.15. “Digital Watercolor Cyberpunk” by Paweł LatkowskiThe cyberpunk aesthetic hints at the deification of tall buildings; skyscrapers take on obelisk qualities, and emphasize the diminutive status of the underclass.14. “RoofTops” by Mohammed SaadIn the cyberpunk future, advertising is ubiquitous; this image shows the neon glow that envelopes a city built by and for corporations.12. “Red” by Nie HuizhengThe futuristic flaneur is a mainstay of Cyberpunk fiction. Here, in what could be an ode to Blade Runner 2049, we see a hard-boiled detective type wander through the city, maybe on his way to the local cantina to interrogate a crime boss.13. “High Tech, Low Life” by Richard DorranThis picture perfectly captures the social hierarchy of the cyberpunk world, where the wealth trickles up.11. “Ghost In The Shell” by Jan UrschelThis concept art for the 2016 film version of Ghost In The Shell shows the seedy underbelly of an urban center.10. “f o r g o t t e n s o u l” by Blunt ActionThis alley looks sketchy, and it’s even got the hint of misogyny that runs through mainstream cyberpunk works like Blade Runner.9. “Toronto at Night” by Giulio CalisseTurns out Toronto is already in the cyberpunk future.8. “Blade Runner Paris” by Darek ZabrockiImpoverished communities are vulnerable to spying from above, likely perpetrated by a private police force that sniffs out resistance.7. “Purple” by jaceartEven an escape from the city is glowing purple.6. “6088 AD” by Cornelius DammrichThis image really emphasizes the cyber in cyberpunk, as a creepy robot who’s clearly up to no good lurks in the shadows next to a graffiti-laden building.5. “Bangkok at Night” by Xaiver PortelaCities like Bangkok and Tokyo exemplify the neon advertising qualities of the Cyberpunk aesthetic. 3. “Snowstorm in Toronto” by hi-im-that-guyNothing says cyberpunk like a hooded person, a giant advertisement, and unrelenting precipitation.4. “Miami Dome” by Emmanuel FavelaThe flying cars we were promised still aren’t here, but they are thriving in cyberpunk worlds. (This image comes from the video game Brawlhalla.)2. “Surveillance” by jrdscttSurveillance and restricted movement are key means of social control.1. “Cyberpunk” by Alexander DudarBright lights, shadowed man, tall buildings, you get the idea.