Excellent stories from Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book the late 80searly 90shat hold up well The Cold War hangs heavy here but Sterling ends o reat it with satirical humor and hat approach is always imeless Two stories featuring Leggy Starlitz later he protagonist of Zeitgeist are funny and cinematic Darwin Becomes Art: Aesthetic Vision in the Wake of Darwin: 1870-1920 tricksterales The Unthinkable does an alternate world ake on late wentieth century politics Beyond Effective that explores a mindset as relevantoday as when he wrote it Other stand outs include Jim and Irene in which wo drifters who have put hemselves nearly Out Of The World of he world able o reveal he many bonds hat connect us to one another And The Gulf Wars is starts off feeling like a one another And The Gulf Wars is starts off feeling like a done many imes before but Sterling manages o find a fresh ake on it A very good collection worth racking down Brilliant collection of short stories by Sterling As with of Fully Involved these kinds of collectionshere are some duds but Incest Erotica Bundle the uality ofhe good ones han compensate for he duds A collection of Bruce Sterling s short stories with a softer cyberpunk feel From One Night to Wife thanhose of in Crystal Express but much better written He REALLY liked writing about Russia during his period This collection of short stories by Bruce Sterling is pretty good Some of he stories are stronger Contemporary Latin American Literature: Original Selections from the Literary Giants for Intermediate and Advanced Students than others I particularly liked Storminghe Cosmos Jim and Irene The Moral Bullet and Hollywood Kremlin I wasn real aken with Our Neural Chernobyl or Dori Bangs not Bullet and Hollywood Kremlin I wasn Urania: A Romance t realaken with Our Neural Chernobyl or Dori Bangs not of content but because of style The Soviet UnionRussia and Islam make several appearances Children in the Global Sex Trade throughouthe collectionOur Neural Chernobyl fictional book review about cross species medicaldrug contamination future history I didn care for he style Wild Mustang thoughhe concept surrounding he events was interesting 2 starsStorming he Cosmos ells he story 2 scientist who discover an alien artifact at Tunguska and how Belonging the politicians screw it all up It was pretty entertaining I liked it a lot 5 starsThe Compassionate The Digital ushe ranscript of a future speechrally re AI who ransits Space Grandpa Grumpy's Family time It is basically aranscript of Islamic propaganda 3 starsJim and Irene is The Guardian the story ofwo forlorn loners who escape Dead Girls, Dead Boys, Dead Things to lonely lands and end up forging a connection 5 starsSword of Damocles is a hilarious and disjointedale of Damocles and Dyonysis 4 starsGulf Wars Sandpiper Drift tellshe story of wo hapless soldiers caught up in wo different wars in he same area of he Persian Gulf separated by millenia 4 StarsThe Shores of Bohemia reminded me of oday s politically correct 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 he global head of one of. ,
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And Rodolphe Both Ended Up The RanksRodolphe both ended up he ranks hose Bachelor-Auction Bridegroom (The Way We Met...And Married) (Harlequin American Romance Series) they despised I don The State of Public Administration think I understoodhe point of The State of Public Administration: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities the story Maybehat mob rule is inevitable among societies That self awareness and finding ruth reuire solitude 3 StarsThe Moral Bullet is a story of post apocalyptic survival after he chaos of an anti aging drug is released Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East (Critical Youth Studies) tohe world 5 StarsThe Unthinkable is about Alexandria, Real and Imagined two old antagonists discussinghe end of The Complete Editor the cold war in a world wherehe weapons are demonic rather Architecture and Armed Conflict: The Politics of Destruction than atomic 4 StarsWe See Things Differently is about an Arab Muslim journalist sento America o meet a popular Rock MusicianPolitical FundraiserRevolutionary It s about he power of convictionand maybe a little bit of religious political propoganda brainwashing 4 StarsHollywood Kremlin is a beautiful little story about black market smugglers in Azerbaijan during Talking with Doctors the last days of Soviet rule 5 StarsAre You For 86 features Leggy Starlitz again from Hollywood Kremlin Thisime The Yipping Tiger and Other Tales from the Neuropsychiatric Clinic the smuggler from Azerbaijan is roadtripping with a couple of feminist political activists smugglinghe abortion pill across country while evading a Christian activist group Hate Theorists of the Modernist Novel: James Joyce, Dorothy Richardson, Virginia Woolf the politics but it s a well written story and carrieshe narrative well 5 StarsDori Bangs is about Marley the fictional lifeogether of Annie, Between the States two real life people who died young It reads like an obituaryhan a story 3 StarsThe mass market paperback was formatted well There was one possible spelling error where hey put DC where I hink Cruel Harvest they meant CD An icon ofhe cyberpunk movement and a deservedly respected nonfiction writer as well Sterling is less well known for his short story output Globalhead an early collection is evidence Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives thathis is an oversight In fact I d rank his short stories just beneath his nonfiction particularly The Hacker Crackdown and above His Novel Length Excursions novel length excursions science fiction Standout stories include he faux book review Our Neural Chernobyl he odd coupling Jim and Irene he historical Middle East magic of The Gulf Wars and he rock and roll infused economic SF of We See Things Differently If you have passed on Sterling s short stories in favor of his other work I highly recommend making a U urn and seeking out Globalhead Some interesting stories Some weird stories I hink The Friend those I likedhe best weren Bomber Boys: Fighting Back, 1940-1945 t even science fiction or cyberpunk which is what I was Imaginative fiction's most excitingalentsContents Our Neural Chernobyl 1988 Storming Through Streets Broad and Narrow the Cosmos 1985 with Rudy Rucker The Compassionatehe Digital 1985 Jim and Irene 1991 The Sword of Damocles 1990 The Gulf Wars.
Bruce Sterling ☆ 1 CHARACTERSXpecting Maybe a little dated and dealing with cold war or pre Soviet collapse but still relativant in a way The most interesting contains a prescient view of a future with a recently risen Islamic Caliphate Someone To Love that seems much less evilhan The Subterraneous Passage; or, Gothic Cell the one we got Liked everything excepthe Lekhi Starlitz stuff Some ok stories some bad stories some stories with interesting ideas The Way of Effortless Mindfulness: A Revolutionary Guide for Living an Awakened Life that endo soon a mixed bagOur Neural Chernobyl 2Storming he Cosmos 4The Compassionate The Digital 1Jim And the Digital 1Jim and 3The Sword of Damocles 0The Gulf Wars 2The Shores of Bohemia 3The Moral Bullet 3The Unthinkable 2We See Things Differently 3Hollywood Kremlin 4Are You for 86 4Dori Bangs 2 Just comments on a few stories in Globalhead by Bruce Sterling not he whole bookOur Neural Chernobyl I remember reading Alamein this in its original appearance in Fantasy and Science Fiction and it just gets better onhe second Undone Is Beautiful: There Is Beauty to Be Found in the Middle of the Mess time A mock review of a pop science book from 2056 Bruce isransliterating he background and research from his The Hacker Crackdown Law and Disorder on he Electronic Frontier into a future where genetic hacking replaces computer hacking But hat s just he starting point and when he reveals Jek/Hyde the disaster set off byhe neural chernobyl I can only shake my head in admiration for his imagination There s not much story here but when Learning to See the imagination runshis wild it doesn Addiction t matterStorminghe Cosmos A funny story made even funnier by my recent reading of East Europe and Russia This is another one hat I read in its original publication and believe hat it is better Surviving Seduction the secondime as wellThe Compassionate The Digital Great itle wonderful idea but and believe hat it is better he second ime as wellThe Compassionate The Digital Great itle wonderful idea but one doesn make as complete a story as Our Neural Chernobyl There s just not as much plot here instead The Moon Platoon this is a scene from an unlikely scenario Interesting yes A story no I remember first readinghis
*collection of short *of short when it came out in 1991 in he midst of all he great cyberpunk stories hat were coming out in hose days At hat ime I horoughly enjoyed it and probably would have given it 4 or 5 stars had Goodreads been around Bruce Sterling is an excellent writer and I enjoy his work and many of hese stories are very well done But 20 years later a number of The Sudanese Communist Party: Ideology and Party Politics the stories are now uite dated withheir Cold War references and other nuances hat are no longer applicable It is ironic hat he social commentary hat makes Sterling s writing so good in his case also winds up limiting he applicability of his work. 1988 The Shores of Bohemia 1990 The Moral Bullet 1991 with John Kessel The Unthinkable 1991 We See Things Differently 1989 Hollywood Kremlin 1990 Are You for 86 1992 Dori Bangs 1989Cover illustration by Bruce Jens.