By Bruce Sterling
Publish yr note: First released in 1999
From the subversive to the antic, the uproarious to the stressful, the tales of Bruce Sterling are stressed, energy-filled trips via a global working on empty--the visionary paintings of 1 of our such a lot imaginitive and insightful smooth writers.
They reside as strangers in unusual lands. In worlds that experience fallen--or must have. They salary battles in wars already misplaced and develop into heroes--and occasionally martyrs--in their last-ditch efforts to maintain the distinction and individuality of humanity.
A hack Indian filmmaker takes the heartbeat of a wounded and declining civilization--21st-century Britain. a couple of swashbuckling Silicon Valley marketers sign up for forces to make a advertisement killing--in natural underground slime and computer-generated jellyfish. a guy in a jap urban takes orders from a speaking cat whereas pursuing a drama of chance and event that has develop into the very essence of his life.
From "The Littlest Jackal", a darkly hilarious mystery of mercs and gunrunners set in Finland, to a stark imaginative and prescient of a post-atomic netherworld in his haunting story "Taklamakan", Bruce Sterling once more breaks barriers, breaks icons, and breaks principles to unharness the main dangerously provocative and clever technological know-how fiction being written today.
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A Good Old-Fashioned Future by Bruce Sterling