Search Results: "Bruce Sterling"


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DISTRACTION by Bruce Sterling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 15, 1998

"After his ponderous Holy Fire (1996), Sterling, our former cyberpunk Svengali, is back with a bang with this uproarious, provocative, thoughtful, often hilarious, sometimes inspired medium-future deconstruction of politics, science, economics, and the American Dream."
In 2044, following the collapse of the information economy, America is run by permanent "Emergency committees": the government is so broke it can't afford to pay people in the Armed Forces, who put up road blocks in order to shake down travelers; a new Cold War is under way (against the Dutch); Anglos are a distrusted minority; privacy no longer exists (even banknotes are bugged); and cities are privately owned, outside of which nomad nation-gangs roam, building laptops out of grass. Read full book review >

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HEAVY WEATHER by Bruce Sterling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"A cyberpunk winner."
Everybody talks about the weather; but Jane Unger and her band of Storm Troupers hack the weather. Read full book review >

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PIRATE UTOPIA by Bruce Sterling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A kind of Ragtime for our time: provocative, exotic, and very entertaining."
Noted sci-fi maven and futurologist Sterling (Love Is Strange, 2012, etc.) takes a side turn in the slipstream in this offbeat, sometimes-puzzling work of dieselpunk-y alternative history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"An enjoyable, informative, and (as the first mainstream treatment of the subject) potentially important book; though occasionally obtrusive, Sterling is a fine and knowledgeable guide to this strange new world."
Thoroughly researched, this account of the government's crackdown on the nebulous but growing computer-underground provides a thoughtful report on the laws and rights being defined on the virtual frontier of cyberspace. Read full book review >

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ZEITGEIST by Bruce Sterling
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 7, 2000

"An inspired and brilliant paean to the old millennium and harbinger of the new, brimming with wit, flair, and insight: Y2K's Catch-22."
Turn-of-the-millennium spectacular, from the estimable Sterling (Distraction, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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HOLY FIRE by Bruce Sterling
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Some flashes of wit and some good ideas here and there, though nothing that Sterling hasn't touched on before, but the overall mood's difficult to evaluate: Intended maybe as a sly, wry joke, it's turned out merely earnest, ponderous, and elaborate."
Cyberpunk guru Sterling's latest (Heavy Weather, 1994, etc.) is set in a 2095 whose pervasive but light-handed government allows everyone to do mostly as he or she pleases—food, shelter, education, health, and transportation are free—although we're given no indication of how this situation came to be, or how it all works. ``Post-humans''—ancient people rejuvenated by advanced techniques—pretty much run things; religious inspiration has been reduced to the effects of specific drugs; and it's illegal to feed vegetables to kids—in California anyway. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Well above ephemeral trend-spotting, Sterling's high-IQ futurism is sure to be devoured by hackers and the remaining Silicon Valley CEOs."
Transforming hype into epigrams and forebodings into witty deconstructions of today's moral panics in a look at the near future. Read full book review >

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THE ZENITH ANGLE by Bruce Sterling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2004

"Despite Sterling's usual darkly illuminating undercurrents, this one meanders fitfully and uncomfortably: too much happens offstage, and the geeks don't come alive."
Geeks got muscles: Mainstream yarn about computer security and surveillance, from the leading SF writer and futurologist (Zeitgeist, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE by William Gibson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 4, 1990

In their first major collaboration, sf heavyweights Gibson and Sterling spin an exquisitely clever filigree of Victorian alternate history, sparkling densely with ideas, moored by a challenging subtext of chaos theory and the lessons of recent paleontology. Read full book review >

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HICCUPS! by Holly Sterling
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2016

"No one ever enjoys this particular affliction, and it's certainly not a new literary device, but young listeners will still gleefully 'Hic! Hic!' hiccup along. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little girl is determined to cure her dog's hiccups. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 25, 1991

"A serviceable biography adding to the lore of a difficult period of growth in US history. (Photographs—not seen.)"
From Sterling (ed., We Are Your Sisters, 1983), a full-scale biography that reveals the pioneering spirit of an early feminist and abolitionist. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Meticulous and well researched: a solid tribute to black culture in America that might well ignite sparks of interest in a new generation of historians and artists."
An impressive array of 14 essays (most reprinted from scholarly journals) on aspects of African-Americanism, ranging in theme from black nationalism to the writings of Herman Melville— and spanning a quarter-century of the author's impressive career (History and Religious Studies/UC Riverside; Slave Culture, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >