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Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society eMust decide what he wants to do as his world crashes in around him I m sure a lot of men can relate to Ladau s struggles with immature love That coupled with the lush culture of the colony make this story anxcellent read It is a bit confusing at sections but it culminates in a harrowing ndSunken Gardens 1984 35 Stars Outcasts are taken confusing at sections but it culminates in a harrowing ndSunken Gardens 1984 35 Stars Outcasts are taken by the regal faction They participate in terraforming competitions for the Regals and the Lobster King of Mars Mirasol is trying to win life for herself and her Patternist faction An interesting spin on the competition for survival The idea of altering parts of a planet as sport is really interesting The moral twist at the nd was INTERESTING BUT A BIT UNDERDEVELOPEDTWENTY EVOCATIONS but a bit underdevelopedTwenty Evocations 355 Stars THE LIFE OF NIKOLAI IN TWENTY SEGMENTS THIS FLESHES life of Nikolai in twenty segments This fleshes of the ShaperMechanist universe in much broader strokes than the other short stories SCI FI A collection of tales set in the future but not in the ShaperMechanist universeGreen Days in Brunei 1985 45Stars Turner Choi has come to Brunei to repair shipbuilding robots As he goes about his work he meets a mysterious woman in a bar who turns out to be the princess of Brunei However their family obligations interfere with their romance The country is poor and the internet only allows for text based chat so the lovers converse through instant message Finally things come to a head and both must make a choice their family or their love A fantastic love story that reminds me of my younger days talking to girls I liked over MSN messen An ok collection of misccellaneous storeis from cyberpunk pioneer Bruce Sterling I was hoping for but this was fine I feel like reading Sterling s MechanistShaper stories is like passing some sort of science fiction Rubicon once you ve read them you are officially a nerd no backsies Crystal Express contains among other short stories all of Sterling s MechanistShaper stories outside of the novel Schismatrix and while some of the non MS pieces didn t uite do it for me this collection gets five stars anyway the uality of the far future MS world is so vivid and compelling the alien ness so amazingly alien as in Swarm where two human Shapers live inside an asteroid among large hive mind insects that some of the minor faults the sometimes incoherent off scene politics the occasional cypher character are asily overlooked. 84Green Days in Brunei 1985Spook 1983The Beautiful and the Sublime 1986Telliamed 1984The Little Magic Shop 1987Flowers of Edo 1987Dinner in Audoghast 198. ,

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Delicious short story collection It s been a long time since I ve read anything from Sterling and it s good to read him again I came originally for the ser of Shaper s good to read him again I came originally for the ser of Shaper Mechanist stories but the others are also very good Will have to read Sterling soon he has something uniue on his style which is very pleasing I had no idea Bruce wrote such great sci fi The reading is dense and challenging the worlds he creates are very vivid and take some time to settle into but you are rewarded for your diligence with mind blowing glimpses of the future It s important to me to not know what a book Is About Too Much Before I Read It And So about too much before I read it and so had no idea this was a short story collection I was a bit surprised but rolled with it I was not feeling great about this book after the first ten pages but the nding of the first short story was a delight so I kept goingThe book is divided into sections with the first part being stories that center around a collective world of ShaperMechanistsInvestors I would have been fine if the whole book had been located there A few of the stories in the other sections felt haphazardly placed but were ngaging nough to ignore this disconnect There is a definite 80 s vibe and Heinlein flavor to the whole book the throwaway comment about normally being nude for instance although it stretches beyond this pulpiness into deeper original territory as the book goes Word choice and tone remain tight and advanced throughout This is dense reading but a rewarding xercise in letting yourself dive down those layers A rock solid collection of short stories split into three sections The first covers Sterling s own twisted SF universe the second is generic SF and the third is history tinged fantasyHis style is very sophisticated and intellectual He manages to combine big ideas with human level interaction in a way few genre authors are capable of I didn t know Sterling before reading this other than as the co author of The Difference Engine and I was blown away by how good it was I will definitely be reading by him in the future Spook is just not up to professional standards and Twenty Evocations fails as an Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey experiment but the rest of this book is delightful Green Days in Brunei is the archetype of the cyberpunk short storynhanced now by its technological anachronisms rather than diminished by them In The Beautiful and. Short stories which depict worlds full of scientific advancement genetic and surgical modifications of people colonization of the solar system and alien. ,
The Sublime Sterling covers Ballard uite well The four fantasy stories make me wish Sterling had written fantasy and historical fiction And of course Cicada ueen is one of the ten or so greatest SF short stories God's Pocket ever written I found this collection of short stories at a second hand book store following watching Sterling s many lectures on tech art new technology and futurism Despite his style having been labeled cyberpunk these stories cover a wide range of genres Injoy his references to art and music Also many of the stories seem Transrealist I feel Essential collection of arly Sterling shorts Complete TOC above details athttpwwwisfdborgcgi binplcgi8394Many of these stories have multiple reprints and include such classics as Swarm ShaperMechanist 1982 nov SHAPERMECHANIST Set in Sterling s science fiction universe of the same name this volume contains all of the short stories from the ShaperMechanist universe It leaves out only the novel SchismatrixSwarm 1982 55 Stars Captain Doctor Simon Afriel takes an alien ship out to a colony known as the Swarm Within it he meets up with Doctor Minry and they commence their study of the Insectoid Swarm They hope to harness its power to levate
humanity s status 
s status the universe A creepy tale of man s desire for xpansion coupled with the pride that comes from brilliance Several moral issues are touched on and left for the reader to decide what s right The nding is straight out of a science fiction horror and is a perfect nd to the tale This collection opens with my favorite story of them allSpider Rose 1982 355 Stars A woman dulled by medication and loneliness runs an asteroid mining operation with her genetically altered cockroaches She discovers a large gem and wants to trade it with the alien Investors However rather than The Usual Currency Of usual currency of or ven advanced tech she decides to get a pet This is definitely one of the stranger tales with a fascinating first half However the nding just disappointed me I think this could have done with being a bit longerCicada ueen 1983 45 Stars Landau is inducted into the higher levels of his society and comes out from under their direct watch However their society has begun to crumble with the rumors of the ueen s abandonment of the colony With his loyalties split between his mentor s Mars terraforming project and his young love He. Contact But they also show concern for the future of real peopleCONTENTSSwarm 1982Spider Rose 1982Cicada ueen 1983Sunken Gardens 1984Twenty Evocations 19.
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