Snow Crash is a very good novel, I agree. Stephenson's work in general is intelligent and enjoyable.Snow Crash,
I can see the argument for calling SAO post-cyberpunk, as the world is somewhat functional and the punk elements are largely in the background, but it is still a setting with extreme social division, bottomless government corruption and totalitarian media manipulation. Well and truly cynical. I'll compromise and say that it's somewhere in-between.Ghost in the Shell,
What are you on about? Society is well and truly made dysfunctional by extreme technological advance. Extreme mass media caricatures are played straight. The government is a bottomless pit of moral malaise that will actively kill people trying to reform things in broad daylight because they know they can get away with it. Every single "I hate it here" issue shows aspects of how the technological singularity, despite making material conditions technically easier, has left people vastly more alienated. The protagonist is a rebellious counter-culture journalist, for Christ's sake. Transmetropolitan has all the elements of traditional cyberpunk with a bit of cynical futurism and a lot of humour.Transmetropolitan,
What did I say, all aesthetics.Transistor
Okay, I can get GitS, but are you sure you aren't spraying "post" in the examples of cyberpunk you like?even Deus Ex is more of a fringe case.