Gothic High-Tech by Bruce Sterling

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He's the legendary Cyberpunk Guru. He roams our postmodern planet, from the polychrome tinsel of Los Angeles to the chicken-fried cyberculture of Austin... From the heretical Communist slums of gritty Belgrade to the Gothic industrial castles of artsy Torino...always whipping that slider-bar between the unthinkable and the unimaginable.

He's a Californian design visionary. He's an European electronic-art curator. He's a Swiss professor of media philosophy. He's a Prophet of Augmented Reality, even. He's an author, journalist, editor, critic, theorist, futurist, and blogger. Obviously he's pretty much anything that he can get his hands on.

And he never stops typing. This sixth collection of his fantastic stories is a comic arsenal of dark euphoria. It's even weirder, harsher and more twisted than the scary decade that inspired it. Boy, that's saying something.

If there's one thing dear to the heart of this exotic character, one vital prize he will never, ever surrender, one stony core to his mutable, globalized being, it's his fanatical allegiance to the radical potential of science fiction. That is the truth. Really. That is one hundred percent accurate. You could look that up on Wikipedia.

Just like some far-fetched, globe-trotting antihero from one of his own unsettling, yet darkly prophetic novels, he is... Actually, never mind who he is. Does that matter? Is that an issue for us, really? You know what? We're all done here. Turn the page. We need to pretty much move right along.

About Bruce Sterling

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Bruce Sterling is a recent winner of the Nebula Award and the author of the nonfiction book "The Hacker Crackdown" as well as novels and short story collections. He co-authored, with William Gibson, the critically acclaimed novel "The Difference Engine." He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and daughter.
Published January 31, 2012 by Subterranean. 232 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sterling plays with ideas that readers of technology and science fiction blogs will quickly recognize, such as the decaying suburbs of “White Fungus” and 3D printers transforming the economy in “Kiosk.” The gothic elements are far more intriguing, including the Italian businessman of “E...

Sep 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Gothic High-Tech

New York Journal of Books

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“Bruce Sterling has managed to pen a delivery vessel for a futuristic, anarchistic, dystopian idea of human potential. And in the end, Gothic High Tech leaves the reader with the notion that even with all this mess, there are ways out of every quandary—even if those ways are unimaginable now or f...

Jan 31 2012 | Read Full Review of Gothic High-Tech

City Book Review

Gothic High-Tech by Bruce Sterling is a wonderful collection, exploring how the world might change as different technology develops.

Apr 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Gothic High-Tech

Strange Horizons

I hold that everything you need in order to understand what Sterling tries to do with fiction is right there in those few paragraphs, as is everything you need in order to understand why Sterling outgrew science fiction like a mutant carp in an over-aerated aquaponics tank.

Dec 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Gothic High-Tech

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