Converted for Cyberpunk 2020 by Deric Bernier
( droc@mc2k.com )


 
"IT WAS IN THE YEAR THAT THE FLAMES OF WAR BROKE OUT SIMULTANEOUSLY IN EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE. TO THE VAST MOVEMENT OF ARMIES, CONFLICT SPREAD, MERGED, GREW, ESCALATING INTO WORLD WAR."

"KNOWLEDGE WAS LOST. CONFUSION REIGNED. NEW POWERS ROSE TO DISPLACE THE OLD NATIONS."

 "NUCLEAR WEAPONS THEMSELVES WERE NEVER USED. BUT EVEN WITHOUT THEM THE EARTH BECAME A QUIETER PLANET."

"THE WAR ENDED AND NO ONE CAME OUT ON TOP. BUT OUT OF THE RUINS ONE CITY SURVIVED - OLYMPUS, A "UTOPIAN CITY RUN BY PERFECT PEOPLE." OUT OF OLYMPUS THE CENTRAL MANAGEMENT BUREAU (CMB) ALSO KNOWN AS "AEGIS," UNIFIED THE WORLD, ENFORCING THE IDEALS OF TOTAL DIARMAMENT, TRADE, AND ECONOMIC STABILITY."

-Introduction to Appleseed, Masamune Shirow 

 

MY SINCEREST THANKS AND GRATITUDE GO OUT TO THE FOLLOWING:

TO EVERYONE WHO HAS RESPONDED TO MY ARTICLES
Jeeze, since Paul started posting my articles the responses have come pouring in. It's always nice to know that your work is appreciated. Oddly enough and to my surprise the number of complaints has been very low, so I guess I'm doin a good job. Please continue to e-mail me and I will try to respond as soon as possible.

PAUL MINOR
Possibly the best editor I have ever worked with and owner of the best Cyberpunk 2020 site on the web (especially now that my articles are there:). Paul has been posting my stuff on his page for 3 months now and hopefully will continue doing so for quite a while. Paul has an unnatural ability to figure out exactly where I want the images that go along with my articles placed. He is very patient and has a lot of great ideas. And while our GM'ing styles might clash he is certainly someone who is welcome in my gaming group.

D. DENTON
Denton is the owner of the FLUFFY APPLESEED web-page. The article on Appleseed terminology was written by him and I must say he has one hell of a page. His site also includes plot synopsis for the 4 published volumes of Appleseed to date, a plethora of images and even character descriptions. And even though he doesn't play Cyberpunk 2020 we will forgive him because its such a cool site. Check it out yourself.

DARK HORSE COMICS/STUDIO PROTEUS
These are the wonderful people who brought Appleseed to America and one of the best comic companies in the business, I'm hoping to work for them writing a comic based off Cyberpunk 2020. (hint hint)

R. TALSORIAN GAMES
If your at this site then I'm pretty sure you know who these folks are. They make the world's greatest role-playing game, you know the one I'm trying to base a comic after. (nudge nudge wink wink) While I personally am not at all fond of their new Fuzion system (oops) they still remain the only gaming company worth my money. Thank you folks for putting out the best game I have ever played and the one that inspires almost all of my fiction. And it is my sincerest hopes that someday I will be working for you (are guys getting the hint:). Let my articles here be considered my resume and please keep putting out new material for the greatest game in the world. And if you guys decide to do a source book for Appleseed I want in and i want money....*greedy chortle.*

 And finally

MASAMUNE SHIROW
What can I say, the man is a God in my eyes. He has written the best science fiction/ cop drama/ comedy stories iIhave ever read. Shirow is my idol, his work has inspired me, and given me direction. Masamune Shirow was 24 when he wrote the first volume of Appleseed, that same year he was awarded the coveted Sieun-Sho award (Japanese equivalent to the Hugo) for science fiction excellence, the highest award given in Japan for this genre. I could go on forever singing words of praise about him but instead i will simply say "thank you." I hope that if he ever sees this, that he doesn't think me a complete moron and that maybe...just maybe he would find it in his heart to respond with approval. Once again my thanks, for the best books I have ever read.

I eagerly await the release of volume 5 in 1998.


Appleseed is the sole property of Masamune Shirow, all images and ideas are by Shirow. Conversions by Deric Bernier.