Speculative fiction, alternative worlds, futuristic, supernatural, horror
May 18th, 2020, 11:04 pm
11 Novels and Collections by Bruce Sterling
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Overview: Bruce Sterling is an American author and one of the founders of the cyberpunk science fiction movement. He began writing in the 1970s; his first novel, Involution Ocean, about a whaling ship in an ocean of dust, is a science fictional pastiche of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. His other works, including his series of stories and a novel, Schismatrix, set in the Shaper/Mechanist universe, often deal with computer-based technologies and genetic engineering. His five short story collections and ten novels have earned several honors: a John W. Campbell Award, two Hugo Awards, a Hayakawa’s SF Magazine Reader’s Award, and an Arthur C. Clarke Award. Sterling has also worked as a critic and journalist, writing for Metropolis, Artforum, Icon, MIT Technology Review, Time, and Newsweek, as well as Interzone, Science Fiction Eye, Cheap Truth, and Cool Tools. He edits Beyond the Beyond, a blog hosted by Wired.
Genre: Fiction > Science Fiction

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Ascendancies (edition: Open Road 2014)
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Two dozen tales of future shock and 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 perhaps the sharpest observer of our media-choked culture working today 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 the peak of his extraordinary powers. Here are twenty-four stories that span the illustrious career of the author who, along with William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, injected the word cyberpunk into the science fiction lexicon. These tales not only traverse galaxies and employ mind-boggling technologies, they also cut back across the centuries into a richly imagined past with style and a sharp satiric edge.
Sterling’s unparalleled imagination and courageous originality carry the reader into the future universe of the warring Shapers and Mechanists, rival sects of exiled humanity with radically opposed views of human augmentation. Several stories feature the questionable adventures of the footloose con man Leggy Starlitz in a somewhat-skewed and still-dangerous post–Cold War world.
Sterling explores the cyberpunk trope of technology gone wild and the resultant decline of civilization with appropriate gravity, while presenting parables of strangers stuck in very strange lands in a more whimsical vein. Whether chronicling an alien’s encounter with Crusaders in disputed Palestine, depicting the discovery of the key to immortality in a nineteenth-century Times Square 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 all.

Collection of stories:
Part 1, Shaper/Mechanist stories: "Swarm" (1982), "Spider Rose" (1982), "Cicada Queen" (1983), "Sunken Gardens" (1984), "Twenty Evocations" (1984)
Part 2, Early Scifi/Fantasy: "Green Days in Brunei" (1985), "Dinner in Audoghast" (1985), "The Compassionate, the Digital" (1985), "Flowers of Edo" (1987), "The Little Magic Shop" (1987), "Our Neural Chernobyl" (1988), "We See Things Differently" (1989), "Dori Bangs" (1989)
Part 3, Leggy Starlitz stories: "Hollywood Kremlin" (1990), "Are You For 86?" (1992), "The Littlest Jackal" (1996)
Part 4, Chattanooga stories: "Deep Eddy" (1993), "Bicycle Repairman" (1996), "Taklamakan" (1998)
Part 5, Later Scifi/Fantasy: "The Sword of Damocles" (1990), "Maneki Neko" (1998), "In Paradise" (2002), "The Blemmye's Strategem" (2005), "Kiosk" (2007)

The Caryatids (edition: Del Rey v3.0_r2)
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The world of 2060 is divided into three spheres of influence, each fighting with the others over the resources of fallen nations and an environment degraded almost to the point of no return. There is the Dispensation, centered in Los Angeles, where entertainment and capitalism have fused with the highest of high-tech. There is the Acquis, a Green-centered collective that uses invasive neurological technology to create a networked utopia. And there is China, the sole surviving nation-state, a dinosaur that has prospered only by pitilessly pruning its own population. Products of this monstrous world, the daughters of a monstrous mother, and–according to some–monsters themselves, are the Caryatids: the four surviving female clones of a mad Balkan genius and wanted war criminal now ensconced, safely beyond extradition, on an orbiting space station. Radmila is a Dispensation star determined to forget her past by building a glittering, impregnable future. Vera is an Acquis functionary dedicated to reclaiming their home, the Croatian island of Mljet, from catastrophic pollution. Sonja is a medical specialist in China renowned for selflessly risking herself to help others. And Biserka is a one-woman terrorist network. The four “sisters” are united only by their hatred for their “mother”–and for one another.
When evidence surfaces of a coming environmental cataclysm, the Dispensation sends its greatest statesman–or salesman–John Montgomery Montalban, husband of Radmila, and lover of Vera and Sonja, to gather the Caryatids together in an audacious plan to save the world.

Crystal Express (edition: retail may not exist, but near retail quality)
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Short stories which depict worlds full of scientific advancement, genetic and surgical modifications of people, colonization of the solar system and alien contact. But they also show concern for the future of real people.

Collection of stories:
Shaper/Mechanist stories: Swarm (1982), Spider Rose (1982), Cicada Queen (1983), Sunken Gardens (1984), Twenty Evocations (1984)
Science Fiction: Green Days in Brunei (1985), Spook (1983), The Beautiful and the Sublime (1986)
Fantasy: Telliamed (1984), The Little Magic Shop (1987), Flowers of Edo (1987), Dinner in Audoghast (1985)

Distraction (edition: Bantam Spectra v3.1)
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It's November 2044, an election year, and the state of the Union is a farce. The government is broke, the cities are privately owned, and the military is shaking down citizens in the streets. Washington has become a circus and no one knows that better than Oscar Valparaiso. A political spin doctor, Oscar has always made things look good. Now he wants to make a difference.
But Oscar has a skeleton in his closet. His only ally: Dr. Greta Penninger, a gifted neurologist at the bleeding edge of the neural revolution. Together they're out to spread a very dangerous idea whose time has come. And so have their enemies: every technofanatic, government goon, and laptop assassin in America. Oscar and Greta might not survive to change the world, but they'll put a new spin on it.

Globalhead (edition: Bantam Spectra v3.1)
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This second collection of short fiction by Bruce Sterling, set in such disparate environments as ancient Assyria and posthuman France, provides a stimulating and entertaining glimpse inside the global head of one of imaginative fiction's most exciting talents.
Featuring thirteen satirical short stories, a unique collection includes scientific superstars, a rock singer who is the voice of the people, and two lost souls who drive off the edge of the world and find each other.

Collection of stories: "Our Neural Chernobyl" (1988), "Storming the Cosmos" (1985), "The Compassionate, the Digital" (1985), "Jim and Irene" (1991), "The Sword of Damocles" (1990), "The Gulf Wars" (1987), "The Shores of Bohemia" (1990), "The Moral Bullet" (1991), "The Unthinkable" (1991), "We See Things Differently" (1989), "Hollywood Kremlin" (1990), "Are You for 86?" (1992), "Dori Bangs" (1989)

A Good Old-Fashioned Future (edition: Bantam Spectra v3.1)
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From the subversive to the antic, the uproarious to the disturbing, the stories of Bruce Sterling are restless, energy-filled journeys through a world running on empty--the visionary work of one of our most imaginative and insightful modern writers.
They live as strangers in strange lands. In worlds that have fallen--or should have. They wage battles in wars already lost and become heroes--and sometimes martyrs--in their last-ditch efforts to preserve the dignity and individuality of humanity.
A hack Indian filmmaker takes the pulse of a wounded and declining civilization--21st-century Britain. A pair of swashbuckling Silicon Valley entrepreneurs join forces to make a commercial killing--in organic underground slime and computer-generated jellyfish. A man in a Japanese city takes orders from a talking cat while pursuing a drama of danger and adventure that has become the very essence of his life.
From " The Littlest Jackal" , a darkly hilarious thriller of mercs and gunrunners set in Finland, to a stark vision of a post-atomic netherworld in his haunting tale " Taklamakan" , Bruce Sterling once again breaks boundaries, breaks icons, and breaks rules to unleash the most dangerously provocative and intelligent science fiction being written today.

Collection of stories: "Maneki Neko" (1998), "Big Jelly" (with Rudy Rucker) (1994), "The Littlest Jackal" (1996), "Sacred Cow" (1993), "Deep Eddy" (1993), "Bicycle Repairman" (1996), "Taklamakan" (1998)

Heavy Weather (edition: Bantam Spectra v3.1)
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Forty years from now, Earth's climate has been drastically changed by the greenhouse effect. Tornadoes of almost unimaginable force roam the open spaces of Texas. And on their trail are the Storm Troupers: a ragtag band of computer experts and atmospheric scientists who live to hack heavy weather -- to document it and spread the information as far as the digital networks will stretch, using virtual reality to explore the eye of the storm. Although it's incredibly addictive, this is no game. The Troupers' computer models suggest that soon an "F-6" will strike -- a tornado of an intensity that exceeds any existing scale; a storm so devastating that it may never stop. And they're going to be there when all hell breaks loose.

Islands in the Net (edition: Open Road 2014)
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In a near-future new age of corporate control, hacker mercenaries, and electronic terrorism, a public relations executive on the rise finds herself caught in the violent epicenter of a data war
Two decades into the twenty-first century, the world’s nations are becoming irrelevant. Corporations are the true global powers, with information the most valuable currency, while the smaller island nations have become sanctuaries for data pirates and terrorists. A globe-trotting PR executive for the large corporate economic democracy Rizome Industries Group, Laura Webster is present when a foreign representative is assassinated on Rizome soil during a conference for offshore data havens. Dispatched immediately on an international mission of diplomacy, Laura hopes she can make a difference in a volatile, unsteady world, but instead finds herself trapped on the front lines of rapidly escalating third-world hostilities and caught up in an inescapable net of conspiracy, terrorism, post-millennial voodoo, and electronic warfare.

Love Is Strange (edition: Digitpub srl 2012)
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They're futurists in love. They don't believe in romantic happy endings.
Farfalla Corrado is a globetrotting Italian witch, trained in Brazilian voodoo. Farfalla can tell real fortunes, see real ghosts and speak real curses. Farfalla doesn't just know the future – she can feel in in the dark, twisted depths of her heart.
Gavin Tremaine is a high-tech Seattle venture capitalist. He can forecast the future, spot its trends, and invest in its business models. Gavin has a big future ahead of him – unfortunately, Gavin knows what that big future holds for the little people.
When their worlds collide, history itself begins to crumble. They already know how this love story is bound to end – and it's not what the other expects.

Schismatrix Plus (edition: Open Road 2014)
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In the generations since humanity first began to spread itself throughout the universe, schisms have torn the race asunder. In the future, as in the past, extreme ideological differences have set man against man, causing serious tensions and violence, particularly between the Mechanist and Shaper sects. For the Mechanists, who believe in high-tech prosthetics as the only means of advancing human development, the Shaper belief in the use of genetic improvement is anathema and therefore must be eradicated, while the rebel Shapers likewise strive for the ultimate destruction of their cybernetic rivals.
Between the two camps travels Abelard Lindsay—a betrayed and exiled Shaper diplomat, well trained in the art of lies and subterfuge—who, over the course of a lifetime of centuries, comes to embrace piracy and revolution en route to quite possibly ushering a shattered humankind toward its bold new destiny.
Considered by many, including the author himself, to be his most powerful work, Schismatrix offers a brilliant, bold, gritty, and startlingly original look into humanity’s future possibilities. In Schismatrix Plus, Sterling also includes every subsequent excursion into the Shaper/Mechanist universe, complementing his acclaimed novel with the complete collection of mind-boggling Schismatrix short fiction.

Collection includes the novel Schismatrix, and the 5 stories from the Shaper/Mechanist universe: Swarm (1982), Spider Rose (1982), Cicada Queen (1983), Sunken Gardens (1984), Twenty Evocations (1984)

The Zenith Angle (edition: Del Rey v3.0)
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Pioneering computer wizard Derek "Van" Vandeveer has been living extra-large as a VP for a booming Internet company. But the September 11 attacks on America change everything. Recruited as the key member of an elite federal computer-security team, Van enters the labyrinthine trenches of the Washington intelligence community. His special genius is needed to debug the software glitch in America's most crucial KH-13 satellite, capable of detecting terrorist hotbeds worldwide. But the problem is much deeper. Now Van must make the unlikely leap from scientist to spy, team up with a ruthlessly resourceful ex-Special Forces commando, and root out an unknown enemy --- one with access to a weapon of untold destructive power.

Download Instructions:
Good Old-Fashioned Future, Schismatrix, and Zenith Angle
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Ascendancies, Caryatids, Distraction, Globalhead, Love Is Strange

Crystal Express, Heavy Weather, Islands in the Net (added 2020-05-21)

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May 18th, 2020, 11:04 pm
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May 20th, 2020, 5:45 am
Added Ascendancies, Caryatids, Distraction, Globalhead, and Love Is Strange

Added Crystal Express, Heavy Weather, and Islands in the Net
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