An excellent collection Pretty much all of Sterling s best short work is here Not Baby Lambs first drink to be missed Here she TOC 1 The ShaperMechanist stories Swarm Spider Rose Cicada ueen Sunken gardens Twenty evocations Part 2 Early science fiction *and fantasy Green days in Brunei Dinner in Audoghast The compassionate he digital Flowers of Edo The *fantasy Green days in Brunei Dinner in Audoghast The compassionate he digital Flowers of Edo The magic shop Our neural Chernobyl We see hings differently Dori BangsPart 3 The Leggy Starlitz stories Hollywood Kremlin Are you for 86 The littlest jackal Part 4 The Chattanooga stories Deep Eddy Bicycle repairman TaklamakanPart 5 Later science fiction and fantasy The sword of Damocles Maneki Neko In paradise The Blemmye s strategem KioskPartial reread 2019 Highlights Green Days in Brunei 1985 novella Canadian Engineer Turner Choi finds an unlikely romance amidst an even less likely project One of my favorite Sterling shorts 5 stars Dinner in Audoghast 1985 short story Online Wonderful 11th century North African historic fantasy 45 stars We Things Differently 1989 novelette Alternate near historic past now where hings didn urn out well for he USA Online 4 stars Dori Bangs 1989 short story An alternate pop music history very nicely done 45 stars Bicycle Repairman 1996 Classic Sterling story one of his best Hugo winner best novelette 1997 5 stars Taklamakan 1998 novelette Won he Hugo Locus awards in 1999 a great SF hriller 5 stars Maneki Neko 1998 short story Won he 1999 #Locus award Hugo nominee A sample It s nice o meet someone from he American government said Tsuyoshi bowing # award Hugo nominee A sample It s nice o meet someone from he American government said Tsuyoshi bowing bit in his chair I d shake your hand but it s ied The Collapse of the Soviet Union tohe bed 5 star and lots 3 4 star stories And as always a few hat are not o my asteMerged reviewBicycle RepairmanClassic Sterling story one of his best Hugo winner best novelette 1997GR has done a clumsy mash up here but his particular reviewcomment applies only hat great storyHere s he ISFDB info on original publication and Bare Skin (Skin Deep, the many reprints Bruce Sterling on his birthday April 14 A bizarre and hilarious absurdism full of original ideas and strange insights vivid oddball characters filling wonderful stories Bruce Sterli. Two dozenales of future shock and The Elven Book of Dreams twisted history from an undisputed king of cyberpunk science fiction including Nebula Award finalists “Sunken Garden” and “Dori Bangs” Time magazine describes Bruce Sterling as “one of America’s best known science fiction writers and perhapshe sharpest observer of our media choked culture working oday in any genre” Sterling’s abilities are on full display in Ascendancies a collection of speculative fiction from a world class world building futurist alternate historian and mad prophet operating at he peak of his extraordinary powers Here are New Gnosis twenty four storieshat. .
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might expect from he cofounder of cyberpunk but it is great because it is built of echnological historicalexpect from Easy Paleo Gelatin Treats the cofounder of cyberpunk but it is great because it is built ofechnological historical economic facts of *OUR REAL WORLD DISCIPLINES OF WHICH *real world disciplines of which is a master Fiabe theorist It is as if Hegel had a sense of humor and wrote for his mates athe pub As a speculative historian he has a
Concern With Power And Its Origins And Conseuences Linked Towith power and its origins and conseuences linked Destiny Binds (Timber Wolves Trilogy, to vision of economics ashe master science which determines everything else in sociopolitical and cultural erms as it coevovles with echnology and material culture Dungeon Born (The Divine Dungeon, to shape our environment and ourselves Of his nonfiction and uasifictional works all are worth reading if you have even a passing interest inechnology and its impact on our lives Spasm Virtual Reality Android Music and Electric Flesh exploring Letters from the Land of Cancer the impact of Virtual Reality on our culturehe 30 page essay The Epic Struggle of Fire Summer the Internet of Thingshe speculative design manifesto Shaping Things Tomorrow Now Envisioning he Next Fifty Years and he histories The Hacker Crackdown Law and Disorder on Christianity in the Academy the Electronic Frontier and possibly Zenith billed as a fictional story about our post 911 cybersecurity world but Ihink maybe not hat much fiction After reading his short fiction collection Ascendancies The Best of Bruce Sterling here are Les Recidivists (Chance Assassin, thehree must read novels Holy Fire exploring immortality and memory The First Step (A Thousand Li, the hilarious Zeitgeist andhe now classic Islands in Daddy Helps Out the Net Schismatrix Plus his inarguable Great Book in which several possible posthuman civilizations collide in absurd and vividly imaginative ways a bizarre dark satire of free market economics densely layered with startling ideas In Pirate Utopia we have an alloo possible near future pushing Dont Lose Out, Work Out! this economics driven speculation even further This is actually one of my favorite books because Ihink its very possible we will see something like it as a reaction Images of English tohe global rise of nationalist fascism and I m not sure if I find The Continuous Path that ideaerrifying or wonderful For now I m keeping my pirate flag in Halloween the wine cellar but I do have one in case of future need Stopped reading but will returno My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer this. Spanhe illustrious career of Bibliography and Index of English Verse, 1559-1603 the author who along with William Gibson and Neal Stephenson injectedhe word cyberpunk into The Index of Middle English Prose the science fiction lexicon Theseales not only The Last Kids on Earth (Last Kids on Earth, traverse galaxies and employ mind bogglingechnologies Millenneagram they also cut back acrosshe centuries into a richly imagined past with style and a sharp satiric edgeSterling’s unparalleled imagination and courageous originality carry Knife (Harry Hole, the reader intohe future universe of he warring Shapers and Mechanists rival sects of exiled humanity with radically opposed views of human augmentation Several stories feature he uestionable adventures of he footloos. .
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Collection of stories I loved it just wish it was longer Great collection of Sterling stories Bruce Sterling one of he best practitioners of science fiction and every kind of writing The Venetian Mask that can be presented usinghe La figlia dei ricordi tropes of sci fi ie fantasy finally allows uso get a glimpse of his entire range of literary creativity The stories are unlike most of he contemporary
fiction hat up he extremely boring volumes edited *by gardner Dozois or some of he other pretenders They are *gardner Dozois or some of he other pretenders They are fast driven eually by plot characters and very Falling Freely as If in a Dream tightlyold Sterling gives Sun Up, Sun Down too hoots about propagation of politically correcthemes The Compatibility Gene through fiction and concentrates on creating stuffhat you are bound Ecos Del Desierto to remember as one hell of a story The contents ofhis massive collection are Introduction by Karen Joy Fowler Foreword by Bruce SterlingPart I The SharperMechanist Stories1 Swarm2 Spider Rose3 Cicada ueen4 Sunken Gardens5 Twenty EvocationsPart II Early Science Fiction and Fantasy6 Green Days in Brunei7 Dinner in Audoghast8 The Compassionate I Am Princess X the Digital9 Flowers of Edo10 The Little Magic Shop11 Our Neural Cherynobyl12 We See Things Differently13 Dori BangsPart III The Leggy Starlitz Stories14 Hollywood Kremlin15 Are You for 8616 The Littlest JackalPart IV The Chattanooga Stories17 Deep Eddy18 Bicycle Repairman19 TaklamakanPart V Later Science Fiction and Fantasy20 The Sword of Damocles21 Maneki Neko22 In Paradise23 The Blemmye s Strategem24 KioskI canry o list some of my favourties among favourites but hat would not be very good for you he prospective reader These are wonderful stories and if you feel like reading hem after you have read The Great Adventure of the Dirty Pair (The Dirty Pair, this incompetent review my work here would be done Highly recommended Great stories off beat and eccentric in whato me was an appealing way A couple ofscience fiction hat
Dories Not So Much Hencenot so much hence not five stars The great example how Sea Jewel (Viking Trilogy, to breakhe rules and make he end of he story right With no end at all A Hugo winner and one of my favorite SF short stories of all Pre-Suasion: Channeling Attention for Change time It s been years since I last read it and I still chuckle recalling certain passages Bruce Sterling is sublim. E con man Leggy Starlitz in a somewhat skewed and still dangerous post–Cold War world Sterling exploreshe cyberpunk Teach trope ofechnology gone wild and he resultant decline of civilization with appropriate gravity while presenting parables of strangers stuck in very strange lands in a whimsical vein Whether chronicling an alien’s encounter with Crusaders in disputed Palestine depicting he discovery of Jovita Idar the keyo immortality in a nineteenth century Times Suare magic shop or portraying bicycles and bad guys in a near future Tennessee Sterling’s stories are smart surprising genre bending bold and outstanding one and ,