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The Technomancer series is a Cyberpunk Urban Fantasy series by Michael Gibson. It is one hundred and seventy-five years after humans accidentally caused God to abandon the world and demons to take over the planet. Rather than simply destroy or enslave humanity, they've instead established a decadent technologically advanced civilization where humans sit at the bottom of the social order serving their wired infernal masters.

Salem is a Lightrunner, specialized couriers who do jobs for the demonic nobility or anyone else who can afford it. Recruited by a mysterious client named Grimm, he soon finds himself part of what little resistance remains against the new order. Whether he wants to be or not. Oh and The Man Behind the Man may be the devil.

The novel series consists of:

  • To Beat the Devil
  • Flotsam Prison Blues

No relationship to GURPS Technomancer or The Technomancer, the Martian RPG from Spiders.

This series contains the following tropes:

  • The Alcatraz: Flotsam Prison in the second novel is the worst prison in a world full of them.
  • Almighty Janitor: Ricky, the guy who runs Salem's favorite bar is the Devil.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The Deep Ones are this. Demons are more Always Lawful Evil
  • Angels, Devils and Squid: Lovecraftian abominations called Deep Ones (but not THOSE Deep Ones) from before the Big Bang are part of the universe.
  • Apocalypse How: The Earth was devastated in the demonic invasion but has now been rebuilt as a cyberpunk setting.
  • Arms Dealer: Reynolds, the worst human alive. A.K.A Salem's past self
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Abraxes thinks he's the Evil Overlord but he's really just a Starter Villain.
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  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Salem is capable of showing up demon lords much-much smarter and more powerful than himself. Because the Devil is helping him.
  • The Chessmaster: Satan is behind most of the events in the series.
  • City of Adventure: New Golgotha is a center of the demonic empire.
  • Classical Antihero: Salem really doesn't want to be The Hero.
  • Cool Old Guy: Grimm, who serves as The Obi-Wan.
  • Crapsack World: The world is ruled by demons, humans are the underclass, and nothing new has been on the television for a century.
  • Creative Sterility: Since the demonic invasion, no new media has been created or art. This is because no human souls have been created and inspiration is absent without God's light.
  • Crossover Cosmology Despite its Judeo-Christian premise, this appears to be the case. Other gods are descendants of exiled but not damned angels.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Averted when humanity was conquered by demons. It turns out technology was able to hold the infernal hordes at bay for a time. Eventually, the fact their enemies were immortal caught up with them, though.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Not uncommon in the series with Gha'aliss suffering a particularly nasty dismemberment.
  • Cyborg: A very common sort of technology in the future but Reynolds is the only one with nanotechnological enhancements—even if they are centuries old.
  • Cyberpunk: A bunch of antiheroes versus the demon-ruled technological dystopia of Earth.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Salem acts like a teenager despite the fact he's over a hundred years old. This is because he has created his current persona to escape his past as an Arms Dealer and The Quisling.
  • Decadent Court: Demonkind has one of these with the Princes at the top and humanity at the bottom.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just about everyone in the book, making it a World of Snark.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: The way the world is presently ruled is an elaborate heirarchy of these.
  • The Devil: Was overthrown by his own archdemons and demon lords after God left. He has been plotting his return ever since.
  • Devil, but No God: Because God left.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: The Deep Ones are enemies of demons and vice versa. The Deep Ones want to eradicate the universe while demons just want to rule it.
  • Femme Fatale: Gha'aliss is the only woman to get the better of Salem. He also got the better of her as Reynolds.
  • Feudal Future: Demons haven't really adjusted to the times except technologically and have divided up the Earth underneath the Archdemons.
  • First-Person Smartass: Salem spends 90% of his time making wisecracks.
  • Have You Seen My God?: God has left reality in anger over humans cloning Jesus.
  • Hell on Earth: Demons have evacuated Hell and now rule Earth.
  • Horny Devils: All Lust Demons qualify for this by their very nature.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Salem isn't as stupid as he appears. Just close. Except, this is a cover.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Deep Ones are all this by default since the physical universe pains them.
  • Our Angels Are Different: They're vicious human hating things which blame humanity for sending God away.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Demons are a variety of races which exist in a feudal structure over humanity but suffer from Creative Sterility.
  • Physical God: The gods of Norse mythology qualify and some show up. All of the supernatural beings are like this, though.
  • The Quisling: Almost all of humanity is now collaborating with the demons. It was this or extinction. Salem was one of the worst as Reynolds the arms dealer.
  • Urban Fantasy: Demons, technology, crime, and sorcery.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Salem is permanently tied to the holographic recreations of his parents.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The Devil arranged for the death of Abraxes as part of his long-running plan to avenge his overthrow. Salem and company were just his tools for it.
  • Yakuza: Have managed to survive to the 23rd century by becoming the Techkuza. They're basically magical samurai cyborg gangsters.


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