Mechanist Shapers Books In Publication Order
- Schismatrix (1985)
- Crystal Express (1989)
- Schismatrix Plus (1995)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- The Artificial Kid (1980)
- Islands in the Net (1988)
- The Difference Engine (With: William Gibson) (1990)
- Heavy Weather (1994)
- Holy Fire (1996)
- Distraction (1998)
- Zeitgeist (2000)
- The Zenith Angle (2004)
- The Caryatids (2009)
- Love is Strange (2012)
- Pirate Utopia (2015)
Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order
- The Parthenopean Scalpel (2010)
- Black Swan (2010)
- Good Night, Moon (With: Rudy Rucker) (2011)
- Loco (With: Rudy Rucker) (2012)
- Totem Poles (With: Rudy Rucker) (2016)
Collections In Publication Order
- Globalhead (1992)
- A Good Old-Fashioned Future (1999)
- Visionary in Residence (2005)
- Ascendancies: The Best of Bruce Sterling (2007)
- Gothic High-Tech (2011)
- Robot Artists and Black Swans: The Italian Fantascienza Stories (With: Neal Stephenson) (2021)
The Book of Cthulhu Books In Publication Order
- The Book of Cthulhu (2011)
- The Book of Cthulhu II (2012)
Future Earths Books In Publication Order
- Under African Skies (With: Kim Stanley Robinson,,Mike Resnick,Gregory Benford,Vernor Vinge) (1993)
- Under South American Skies (By:Mike Resnick) (1993)
Rudy Rucker Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order
- Jack and the Aktuals, or, Physical Applications of Transfinite Set Theory (By:Rudy Rucker) (2010)
- Good Night, Moon (With: Rudy Rucker) (2011)
- Loco (With: Rudy Rucker) (2012)
- Where the Lost Things Are (By:Rudy Rucker) (2014)
- Totem Poles (With: Rudy Rucker) (2016)
The Harlan Ellison Discovery Books In Publication Order
- Autumn Angels (By:Arthur Byron Cover) (1975)
- The Light at the End of the Universe (By:) (1976)
- Involution Ocean (1977)
The Year’s Best Science Fiction Books In Publication Order
- The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection (1986)
- The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Eleventh Annual Collection (1994)
- The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection (1997)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier (1992)
- Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years (2002)
- The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things (2014)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- The Best Science Fiction of the Year 12 (1983)
- Universe 13 (1983)
- Nebula Awards 18 (1983)
- The Third Omni Book of Science Fiction (1985)
- The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection (1986)
- The Year’s Best Fantasy Stories 12 (1986)
- Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology (1986)
- The Seventh Omni Book of Science Fiction (1989)
- Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk & Postmodern Science Fiction (1991)
- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories (1992)
- Under African Skies (1993)
- The Ascent of Wonder (1994)
- Cthulhu 2000 (1995)
- Hackers (1996)
- The Science Fiction Century (1997)
- Modern Classics of Fantasy (1997)
- The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection (1997)
- Year’s Best SF 2 (1997)
- The Good New Stuff (1999)
- Year’s Best SF 4 (1999)
- The Year’s Best Science Fiction : Sixteenth Annual Collection (1999)
- The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: The 50th Anniversary Anthology (1999)
- Genometry (2001)
- The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection (2003)
- Custer’s Last Jump and Other Collaborations (2003)
- Year’s Best SF 11 (2006)
- The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010)
- The Book of Cthulhu (2011)
- Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution (2012)
- Digital Rapture (2012)
- After the End: Recent Apocalypses (2013)
- Transreal Cyberpunk (2015)
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Bruce Sterling Books Overview
31 in the SFBC 50th Anniversary Collection. Collects the novel Schismatrix together with all related stories: Schismatrix nominated, 1985 Nebula, 1986 British Science Fiction Award; Cicada Queen nominated, 1983 Nebula; Spider Rose nominated, 1983 Hugo; 1983 Locus Poll Award, Best Short Story Place: 3; Sunken Gardens nominated, 1984 Nebula; Swarm nominated, 1982 Nebula, 1983 Hugo; Twenty Evocations.
The ultra rich satellite dwellers orbiting the planet Reverie love to tune in to the televised exploits of the world’s best professional combat artist, The Artificial Kid. But when an enemy discovers a secret from The Kid’s murky past, The Kid must face the fiercest battle of his life, placing the fate of the entire planet in his hands. First published in 1980.
Information is power, and even in the peaceful post millenial age, power corrupts. Data pirates, new age mercenaries, high tech shamans, and murder stalk a brutal netherworld of deregulated havens in the Global Communications Network Islands in the Net. HC: Arbor House.
1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time. And three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with history and the future: Sybil Gerard a fallen woman, politician’s tart, daughter of a Luddite agitator Edward Leviathan Mallory explorer and paleontologist Laurence Oliphant diplomat, mystic, and spy. Their adventure begins with the discovery of a box of punched Engine cards of unknown origin and purpose. Cards someone wants badly enough to kill for . Part detective story, part historical thriller, The Difference Engine is the collaborative masterpiece by two of the most acclaimed science fiction authors writing today. Provocative, compelling, intensely imagined, it is a startling extension of Gibson s and Sterling s unique visions and the beginning of movement we know today as steampunk! From the Paperback edition.
Bruce Sterling, one of the founding fathers of the cyberpunk genre, now presents a novel of vivid imagination and invention that proves his talent for creating brilliant speculative fiction is sharper than ever. 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.
The 21st century is coming to a close, and the medical industrial complex dominates the world economy. It is a world of synthetic memory drugs, benevolent government surveillance, underground anarchists, and talking canine companions. Power is in the hands of conservative senior citizens who have watched their health and capital investments with equal care, gaining access to the latest advancements in life extension technology. Meanwhile, the young live on the fringes of society, ekeing out a meagre survival on free, government issued rations and a black market in stolen technological gadgetry from an earlier, less sophisticated age. Mia Ziemann is a 94 year old medical economist who enjoys all the benefits of her position. But a deathbed visit with a long ago ex lover and a chance meeting with a young bohemian dress designer brings Mia to an awful revelation. She has lived her life with such caution that it has been totally bereft ofpleasure and adventure. She has one chance to do it all over. But first she must submit herself to a radical and painful experimental procedure whichpromises to make her young again. The procedure is not without risk and her second chance at life will not come without a price. But first she will have toescape her team of medical keepers. Hitching a ride on a plane to Europe, Mia sets out on a wild intercontinental quest in search of spiritual gratification, erotic revelation, and the thing she missed most of all: the Holy Fire of the creative experience. She joins a group of outlaw anarchists whose leader may be the man of her dreams…
or her undoing. Worst of all, Mia will have to undergo one last radical procedure that could cost her a second life. In Holy Fire, Bruce Sterling once again creates a unique and provocative future that deals with such timeless topics of the human condition as love,memory, science, politics, and the meaning of death. Poginant, lyrical, humorous, and often shocking, Holy Fire offers a hard unsparing look into a world that could become our own.
From Bruce Sterling, bestselling author of Heavy Weather and Holy Fire, comes this startling, disturbing, and darkly comic vision of the future of America. It is the story of a once great nation coming apart at the seams while an unending spectacle of politics, science, sex, and corruption has everyone too busy to notice…
. It’s November 2044, an election year, and the state of the Union is a farce. The federal government is broke, cities are privately owned, the military is shaking down citizens in the streets, and Wyoming is on fire. The last place anyone expects to find an answer is the nation’s capital. Washington has become a circus and no one knows that better than Oscar Valparaiso. A master political spin doctor, Oscar has been in the background for years, doing his best to put the proper spin on anything that comes up. Now he wants to do something quite unusual in politics. He wants to make a difference. But Oscar has a skeleton in his closet: a grotesque and unspeakable scandal that haunts his personal life. He has one unexpected ally: Dr. Greta Penninger. She is a gifted neurologist at the bleeding edge of the neural revolution. Together Oscar and Greta know the human mind inside and out. And they are about to use that knowledge to spread a very powerful message: that it’s a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. It’s an idea whose time has come…
again. And once again so have its enemies: every technofanatic, government goon, and reactionary laptop assassin in America. Like all revolutionaries, Oscar and Greta might not survive to change the world, but they’re determined to put a new spin on it.
Bruce Sterling is ‘perhaps the sharpest observer of our media choked culture working today’ Time, offering haunting visions of a future shaped by a madness of our own making. His latest novel is a startling tragicomic spectacle that takes a breathtaking look at a world where the future is being chased down by the past…
. ZeitgeistIt’s 1999 in Cyprus, an ancient island bejeweled with blue helmeted UN peacekeepers and littered with rusting land mines, corroding barbed wire, and illegal sewage dumps. Here, in the Turkish half of the island, the ever enterprising Leggy Starlitz has alighted, pausing on his mission to storm the Third World with the ‘G 7’ girls, the cheapest, phoniest all girl band ever to wear Wonderbras and spandex. And his market is staring him in the face: millions of teenagers trapped in a world of mullahs and mosques, all ready to blow their pocket change on G 7’s massive merchandising campaign and to wildly anticipate music the group will never release. Leggy’s brilliant plan means doing business with some of the world’s most dangerous people. His business partner is the rich and connected Mehmet Ozbey, a man with many identities and a Turkish girlfriend whose beauty and singing voice could blow G 7 right out of the water. His security chief is Pulat Romanevich Khoklov, who learned to fly MiG combat jets in Afghanistan and now pilots Milosevic’s personal airplane. Among these thieves, schemers, and killers, Leggy must act quickly and decisively. Bombs are dropping in Yugoslavia. Y2K is just around the corner. And the only rule to live by is that the whole scheme stops before the year 2000. But Leggy gets a surprise when the daughter he’s never met arrives on his doorstep. A major fan of G 7, she is looking for a father and her search forces Leggy to examine his life before making a madcap journey in search of a father of his own. It’s a detour that puts his G 7 Zeitgeist in some real jeopardy. For in Istanbul, Leggy’s former partners are getting restless, and the G 7 girls are beginning to die…
. Zeitgeist is a world beat tale of smugglers, paparazzi, greed, war, and a new era of cultural crusades. Here Bruce Sterling proves once again that in the fiction of imagination, he is one of the most insightful writers of our time.
Like his peers William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, bestselling author Bruce Sterling writes cutting edge speculative fiction firmly rooted in today’s reality. Now in The Zenith Angle, he has created a timely thriller about an information age security expert caught up in America s escalating war on terror.
Infowar. Cybercombat. Digital security and techno terror. It s how nations and networks secretly battle, now and into the future. And for Derek Van Vandeveer, pioneering computer wizard, a new cyberwarrior career begins on the fateful date of September 11, 2001.
Happily married with a new baby, pulling down mind blowing money as a VP of research and development for a booming Internet company, Van has been living extralarge. Then the devastating attacks on America change everything. And Van must decide if he s willing to use the talents that built his perfect world in order to defend it.
It s our networks versus their death cult, says the government operative who recruits Van as the key member of an ultraelite federal computer security team. In a matter of days, Van has traded his cushy life inside the dot com bubble for the labyrinthine trenches of the Washington intelligence community where rival agencies must grudgingly abandon decades of distrust and infighting to join forces against chilling new threats. Van s special genius is needed to make the country s defense systems hacker proof. And if he makes headway there, he ll find himself troubleshooting ultrasecret spy satellites.
America s most powerful and crucial eye in the sky, the KH 13 satellite capable of detecting terrorist hotbeds worldwide with pinpoint accuracy is perilously close to becoming an orbiting billion dollar boondoggle, unless Van can debug the glitch that s knocked it out of commission. Little does he suspect that the problem has nothing at all to do with software…
and that what s really wrong with the KH 13 will force Van to 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 an undreamed of weapon of untold destructive power.
From the Hardcover edition.
Alongside William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, Bruce Sterling stands at the forefront of a select group of writers whose pitch perfect grasp of the cultural and scientific zeitgeist endows their works of speculative near future fiction with uncanny verisimilitude. To read a novel by Sterling is to receive a dispatch from a time traveler. Now, with The Caryatids, Sterling has written a stunning testament of faith in the power of human intellect, creativity, and spirit to overcome any obstacle even the obstacles we carry inside ourselves. 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.
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.
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.
I’m a science fiction writer. This is a golden opportunity to get up to most any mischief imaginable. With this fourth collection of my stories, I’m going to prove this to you. With these words, Bruce Sterling author of New York times Notable Books of the Year and one of the great names in contemporary fiction introduces his latest collection of thirteen tales. If you’re familiar with his cyberpunk creations you won’t be disappointed, but these stories range far beyond the limits of future technology. Visionary in Residence takes the reader to places never imagined and certainly where no one has ever been.
‘I’m an entertainer in the military entertainment complex.’ Bruce Sterling Polemicist, provocateur, futurist, ‘visionary in residence’, Bruce Sterling has been out there, personally sharpening the cutting edge of science fiction for more than thirty years. From his first story ‘Man Made Self’ in 1976 to his latest ‘Kiosk’ in 2007, Sterling has written science fiction that is fast moving, sharply extrapolated, technologically literate, and as brilliant and coherent as a laser, as he himself once said of William Gibson. His ‘Shaper/Mechanist’ stories were an essential part of the cyberpunk movement of the ’80s, just as his ‘Leggy Starlitz’ and ‘Chattanooga’ stories wrangled the near future of the ’90s better than anyone else. Whether writing about the deep future in Schismatrix or the deep present in Holy Fire, he has developed into the best science fiction writer working in the world today. Born in Texas in 1954, Sterling has traveled the globe writing and working for The New York Times, Nature, Wired, Newsday, and a number of industrial design magazines. His short fiction has appeared in almost every major publication in the science fiction field. His novels include far future adventures Involution Ocean and The Artificial Kid, Schismatrix, John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner Islands in the Net, The Difference Engine, Heavy Weather, Holy Fire, Distraction, and The Zenith Angle.
The Cthulhu Mythos is one of the 20th century”s most singularly recognizable literary creations. Initially created by H. P. Lovecraft and a group of his amorphous contemporaries the so called ‘Lovecraft Circle’, The Cthulhu Mythos story cycle has taken on a convoluted, cyclopean life of its own. Some of the most prodigious writers of the 20th century, and some of the most astounding writers of the 21st century have planted their seeds in this fertile soil. The Book of Cthulhu harvests the weirdest and most corpulent crop of these modern mythos tales. From weird fiction masters to enigmatic rising stars, The Book of Cthulhu demonstrates how Mythos fiction has been a major cultural meme throughout the 20th century, and how this type of story is still salient, and terribly powerful today. Table of Contents: Caitlin R. Kiernan Andromeda among the Stones Ramsey Campbell The Tugging Charles Stross A Colder War Bruce Sterling The Unthinkable Silvia Moreno Garcia Flash Frame W. H. Pugmire Some Buried Memory Molly Tanzer The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins Michael Shea Fat Face Elizabeth Bear Shoggoths in Bloom T. E. D. Klien Black Man With A Horn David Drake Than Curse the Darkness Charles Saunders Jeroboam Henley”s Debt Thomas Ligotti Nethescurial Kage Baker Calamari Curls Edward Morris Jihad over Innsmouth Cherie Priest Bad Sushi John Hornor Jacobs The Dream of the Fisherman”s Wife Brian McNaughton The Doom that Came to Innsmouth Ann K. Schwader Lost Stars Steve Duffy The Oram County Whoosit Joe R. Lansdale The Crawling Sky Brian Lumley The Fairground Horror Tim Pratt Cinderlands Gene Wolfe Lord of the Land Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. To Live and Die in Arkham John Langan The Shallows Laird Barron The Men from Porlock
A collection of science fiction tales set in a futuristic African continent features the writing of Vernor Vinge, Gregory Benford, Bruce Sterling, Kim Stanley Robinson, Howard Waldrop, and Mike Resnick.
Third in series, winner of the 1987 Locus Poll Award, Best Anthology. Contents include Introduction: Summation: 1985, essay by Gardner Dozois; The Jaguar Hunter, by Lucius Shepard nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1985 World Fantasy Award; Dogfight, by Michael Swanwick and William Gibson nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award; Fermi and Frost, by Frederik Pohl winner, 1986 Hugo Award; Green Days in Brunei, by Bruce Sterling nominated, 1985 Nebula Award; Snow, by John Crowley nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award; The Fringe, by Orson Scott Card nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award; The Lake Was Full of Artificial Things, by Karen Joy Fowler; Sailing to Byzantium, by Robert Silverberg winner, 1985 Nebula Award; nominated, 1986 Hugo Award; Solstice, by James Patrick Kelly; Duke Pasquale’s Ring, novella by Avram Davidson; More Than the Sum of His Parts, by Joe Haldeman nominated, 1985 Nebula Award; Out of All Them Bright Stars, by Nancy Kress Winner, 1985 Nebula Award; Side Effects, by Walter Jon Williams; The Only Neat Thing to Do, by James Tiptree, Jr. nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award; winner, 1986 Locus Poll Award; Dinner in Audoghast, by Bruce Sterling nominated, 1986 Hugo Award; Under Siege, by George R. R. Martin 1986 Locus Poll Award, 6th Place; Flying Saucer Rock & Roll, by Howard Waldrop nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award; A Spanish Lesson, by Lucius Shepard Locus Poll Award, 11th Place; Roadside Rescue, by Pat Cadigan; Paper Dragons, by James P. Blaylock winner, 1986 World Fantasy Award; nominated, 1985 Nebula Award; Magazine Section, by R. A. Lafferty; The War at Home, by Lewis Shiner 1986 Locus Poll Award, 21st Place; Rockabye Baby, by S. C. Sykes nominated, 1985 Nebula Award; Green Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award.
Join twenty eight of today’s finest writers for a host of imaginative tours through worlds as fabulous as the farthest galaxy and as strange as life on earth can be. Among the talented story tellers in this volume are: Stephen Baxter, James P. Blaylock, Tony Daniel, Gregory Feeley, Gwyneth Jones, Jonathan Lethem, Robert Reed, Michael Sanwick, Cherry Wilder, Walter Jon Williams, Gene Wolfe, Steven Utley, and many more of tomorrow’s leading imaginations. Gardener Dozois’s summary of the year in science fiction and a long list of honorable mentions round out this volume, making it the one book for anyone who’s interested in SF today.
An investigation into the rising tide of electronic crimes probes into the issues and personalities on both sides of the law who are involved in wire fraud, 800 number abuse, and computer break ins that threaten national security.
Nobody knows better than Bruce Sterling how thin the membrane between science fiction and real life has become, a state he correctly depicts as both thrilling and terrifying in this frisky, literate, clear eyed sketch of the next half century. Like all of the most interesting futurists, Sterling isn t just talking about machines and biochemistry: what he really cares about are the interstices of technology with culture and human history. Kurt Andersen, author of Turn of the CenturyVisionary author Bruce Sterling views the future like no other writer. In his first nonfiction book since his classic The Hacker Crackdown, Sterling describes the world our children might be living in over the next fifty years and what to expect next in culture, geopolitics, and business. Time calls Bruce Sterling one of America’s best known science fiction writers and perhaps the sharpest observer of our media choked culture working today in any genre. Tomorrow Now is, as Sterling wryly describes it, an ambitious, sprawling effort in thundering futurist punditry, in the pulsing vein of the futurists I ve read and admired over the years: H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and Alvin Toffler; Lewis Mumford, Reyner Banham, Peter Drucker, and Michael Dertouzos. This book asks the future two questions: What does it mean? and How does it feel? Taking a cue from one of William Shakespeare s greatest soliloquies, Sterling devotes one chapter to each of the seven stages of humanity: birth, school, love, war, politics, business, and old age. As our children progress through Sterling s Shakespearean life cycle, they will encounter new products; new weapons; new crimes; new moral conundrums, such as cloning and genetic alteration; and new political movements, which will augur the way wars of the future will be fought. Here are some of the author s predictions: Human clone babies will grow into the bitterest and surliest adolescents ever. Microbes will be more important than the family farm. Consumer items will look more and more like cuddly, squeezable pets. Tomorrow s kids will learn more from randomly clicking the Internet than they ever will from their textbooks. Enemy governments will be nice to you and will badly want your tourist money, but global outlaws will scheme to kill you, loudly and publicly, on their Jihad TVs. The future of politics is blandness punctuated with insanity. The future of activism belongs to a sophisticated, urbane global network that can make money the Disney World version of Al Qaeda. Tomorrow Now will change the way you think about the future and our place in it. From the Hardcover edition.
Vintage, 1985 paperback, Zebra Books, 479 pages. This is a collection of short stories from Omni magazine some of the language is objectionable.
With their hard edged, street wise prose, they created frighteningly probable futures of high tech societies and low life hustlers. Fans and critics call their world cyberpunk. Here is the definitive ‘cyberpunk’ short fiction collection. HC: Arbor House.
The term cyberpunk entered the literary landscape in 1984 to describe William Gibson’s pathbreaking novel Neuromancer. Cyberpunks are now among the shock troops of postmodernism, Larry McCaffery argues in Storming the Reality Studio, marshalling the resources of a fragmentary culture to create a startling new form. Artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, multinational machinations, frenetic bursts of prose, collisions of style, celebrations of texture: although emerging largely from science fiction, these features of cyberpunk writing are, as this volume makes clear, integrally related to the aims and innovations of the literary avant garde. By bringing together original fiction by well known contemporary writers William Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Kathy Acker, J. G. Ballard, Samuel R. Delany, critical commentary by some of the major theorists of postmodern art and culture Jacques Derrida, Fredric Jameson, Timothy Leary, Jean Fran ois Lyotard, and work by major practitioners of cyberpunk William Gibson, Rudy Rucker, John Shirley, Pat Cadigan, Bruce Sterling, Storming the Reality Studio reveals a fascinating ongoing dialog in contemporary culture. What emerges most strikingly from the colloquy is a shared preoccupation with the force of technology in shaping modern life. It is precisely this concern, according to McCaffery, that has put science fiction, typically the province of technological art, at the forefront of creative explorations of our unique age. A rich opporunity for reading across genres, this anthology offers a new perspective on the evolution of postmodern culture and ultimately shows how deeply technological developments have influenced our vision and our art. Selected Fiction contributors: Kathy Acker, J. G. Ballard, William S. Burroughs, Pat Cadigan, Samuel R. Delany, Don DeLillo, William Gibson, Harold Jaffe, Richard Kadrey, Marc Laidlaw, Mark Leyner, Joseph McElroy, Misha, Ted Mooney, Thomas Pynchon, Rudy Rucker, Lucius Shepard, Lewis Shiner, John Shirley, Bruce Sterling, William VollmanSelected Non Fiction contributors: Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida, Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, Fredric Jameson, Arthur Kroker and David Cook, Timothy Leary, Jean Fran ois Lyotard, Larry McCaffery, Brian McHale, Dave Porush, Bruce Sterling, Darko Suvin, Takayuki Tatsumi
This is the definitive collection of the twentieth century’s most characteristic genre science fiction. The tales are organized chronologically to give readers a sense of how the genre’s range, vitality, and literary quality have evolved over time. Each tale offers a unique vision, an altered reality, a universe all its own. Readers can sample H.G. Well’s 1903 story ‘The Land Ironclads’ which predicted the stalemate of trench warfare and the invention of the tank, Jack Williamson’s ‘The Metal Man,’ a rarely anthologized gem written in 1928, Clifford D. Simak’s 1940s classic, ‘Desertion,’ set on ‘the howling maelstrom that was Jupiter,’ Frederik Pohl’s 1955 ‘The Tunnel Under the World’ with its gripping first line, ‘On the morning of June 15th, Guy Burckhardt woke up screaming out of a dream’, right up to the current crop of writers, such as cyberpunks Bruce Sterling and William Gibson, whose 1982 story ‘Burning Chrome’ foreshadows the idea of virtual reality, and David Brin’s ‘Piecework,’ written in 1990. In addition, Shippey provides an informative Introduction, examining the history of the genre, its major themes, and its literary techniques.
Featuring more than sixty groundbreaking short stories by modern science fiction’s most important and influential writers, The Ascent of Wonder offers a definitive and incisive exploration of the SF genre’s visionary core. From Poe to Pohl, Wells to Wolfe, and Verne to Vinge, this hefty anthology fully charts the themes, trends, thoughts, and traditions that comprise the challenging yet rich literary form known as ‘hard SF.’
In Cthulhu 2000, a host of horror and fantasy’s top authors captures the spirit of supreme supernatural storyteller H. P. Lovecraft with eighteen chilling contemporary tales that would have made the master proud.
The Barrens by F. Paul Wilson: In a tangled wilderness, unearthly lights lead the way to a world no human was meant to see.
His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood by Poppy Z. Brite: Two dabblers in black magic encounter a maestro of evil enchantment.
On the Slab by Harlan Ellison: The corpse of a one eyed giant brings untold fortune and unspeakable fear to whoever possesses it.
Pickman’s Modem by Lawrence Watt Evans: Horror is a keystroke away, when an ancient evil lurks in modern technology.
PLUS FOURTEEN MORE BLOOD CURDLING STORIES
A collection of short stories from the virtual frontier follows the exploits of the world’s most notorious Hackers and includes contributions from Greg Bear, William Gibson, Robert Silverberg, and Bruce Sterling.
‘Science fiction is the characteristic literary genre of the century. It is the genre that stands in opposition to literary modernism.’ So says David G. Hartwell in his introduction to The Science Fiction Century, an anthology spanning a hundred years of science fiction, from its birth in the 1890s to the future it predicted. David G. Hartwell is a World Fantasy Award winning editor and anthologist who has twice before redefined a genre first the horror field with The Dark Descent, then the subgenre of hard science fiction with The Ascent of Wonder, coedited with Kathryn Cramer. Now, Hartwell has compiled the mother of all definitive anthologies, guaranteed to change not only the way the science fiction field views itself but also the way the rest of literature views the field. The Science Fiction Century includes stories from the founding fathers of the field, such as H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis, Jack London, and Rudyard Kipling; beloved mainstays of the genre, such as Philip Jos Farmer, Roger Zelazny, Jack Vance, and Poul Anderson; noted female writers, including Connie Willis, Nancy Kress, and James Tiptree, Jr.; and writers who have hit their stride in the last two decades, such as Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, Michael Swanwick, and James Morrow. Hartwell has also included writers widely recognized outside the genre, such as E.M. Forster, Michael Shaara, and John Crowley; and translations of foreign writers’ formative works, including Dino Buzzati and Wolfgang Jeschke. This is must have anthology for all literary interests.
This wonderful collection celebrates fantasy’s heydey with 33 masterpieces of short fiction, ranging from 1940s stories by L. Sprague de Camp, H. L. Gold, Fritz Leiber, and Manly Wade Wellman to more recent tales by such towering modern talents as Peter S. Beagle, Terry Bisson, James P. Blaylock, Suzy McKee Charnas, John Crowley, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, Lucius Shepard, Michael Swanwick, JaneYolen, and Roger Zelazny. Just as Gardner Dozois’s anthology Modern Classics of Science Fiction SMP, 1992 has helped new generations of readers and old fans discover the genre’s finest short stories, so too shall this volume allow readers to find in one volume more than two dozen masterworks of fantasy.
Building on the unprecedented success of last season’s Year’s Best, award winning editor David G. Hartwell has once again scoured the magazines and anthologies to bring together the very best of today’s edgy, audacious, and innovative SF. Here are machines that dream and stars that sing; tales from notable pros and heretofore unknowns;wondrously diverse stories that share the sense of wonder that is the mark of great science fiction. ‘ Includes stories by: Gregory Benford, Terry Bisson, James Patrick Kelly, Damon Knight, Joanna Russ, Bruce Sterling, Connie Willis, and many others!
Once the mainstay of science fiction, adventure stories fell out of favor during the 1960s and early 1970s. But in recent years, science fiction writers have spun out galaxy spanning adventures as imaginative and wonderful as any of yesteryear’s tales. Renowned editor Gardner Dozois assembles seventeen such escapades here, with stories from today’s and tomorrow’s finest writers, including:Stephen Baxter, Tony Daniel, R. Garcia y Robertson, Peter F. Hamilton, Janet Kagan, George R. R. Martin, Paul J. McAuley, Maureen F. McHugh. G. David Nordley, Robert Reed, Mary Rosenblum, Bruce Sterling, Michael Swanwick, George Turner, John Varley, Vernor Vinge, Walter Jon WilliamsThese stories brim with the exciting thrills our universe offers us alien landscapes, unimagined realms, life unlike any we have known before, and that mysterious realm known as the human soul. The Good New Stuff shows that they really do still write ’em like that!
Travel to the Farthest Reaches of the ImaginationAcclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell is back with his fourth annual high powered collection of the year’s most inventive, entertaining, and awe inspiring science fiction. In short, the best. Here are stories from today’s top name authors, plus exciting newcomers, all eager to land you on exotic planets, introduce you to strange new life forms, and show you scenes more amazing than anything you’ve imagined. So sit back and blast off for an amazing trip withStephen Baxter Gregory Benford David Brin Nancy Kress Bruce Sterling Michael Swanwick and many more…
Long regarded as the premier annual collection of science fiction stories, Gardner Dozois’s latest volume of The Year’s Best Science Fiction continues this tradition of excellence with twenty five representing the finest offerings in the field. Among the gems included here are: ‘Story of Your Life’ by Ted Chiang, in which the story of alien contact and a very human drama merge beautifully ‘The Island of the Immortals’ by Ursula K. Le Guin, in which a brave traveler investigates the reasons why people shun the exotic island ‘Approaching Perimelasma’ by Geoffrey A. Landis, which boldly takes us into a black hole and through the stunning changes that ensue ‘Taklamakan’ by Bruce Sterling, a wildly inventive tale of future spies in a Lost World ‘The Summer Isles’ by Ian R. MacLeod, a moving novella reflecting an alternate history in which the Great War turned out a bit differently In addition, there are twenty more stories here by the field’s masters and by up and coming new writers, including: William Barton Stephen Baxter Rob Chilson Tony Daniel Cory Doctorow Greg Egan Jim Grimsley Gwyneth Jones Chris Lawson Tanith Lee Paul J. McAuley Ian McDonald Robert Reed William Browning Spencer Allen Steele Michael Swanwick Howard Waldrop Cherry Wilder Liz Williams Robert Charles Wilson Completing the collection are Dozois’s insightful survey of the year in science fiction and a long list of Honorable Mentions. With its explorations of outer space and inner space, with its examinations of what it means to be human today and tomorrow, and with its love of a good yarn, this volume remains the single best source for science fiction stories.
Since its founding, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction has been acclaimed as one of the pinnacles of the field, the source of fantastic fiction of the highest literary quality. Now the magazine known to its readers as ‘F&SF’ celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with a spectacular anthology of the best recent work from the magazine. Included are stories from major writers like Bruce Sterling, John Crowley, and Harlan Ellison. Also here are award winners like Ursula K. Le Guin’s Nebula winning ‘Solitude,’ Maureen F. McHugh’s Hugo winning ‘The Lincoln Train,’ and Elizabeth Hand’s Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning ‘Last Summer at Mars Hill.’The fiftieth anniversary collection for the most distinguished magazine of the science fiction and fantasy world. Contributors include:Dale BaileyTerry BissonMichael BlumleinRay BradburyJohn CrowleyBradley DentonPaul Di FilippoS.N. DyerHarlan EllisonEsther M. FriesnerElizabeth HandTanith LeeUrsula K. Le GuinMaureen F. McHughRachel PollackRobert ReedBruce Holland RogersBruce SterlingRay VukcevichKate WilhelmGene Wolfe
Widely regarded as the one essential book for every science fiction fan, The Year’s Best Science Fiction Winner of the 2002 Locus Award for Best Anthology continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories representing the previous year’s best SF writing. This year’s volume includes Ian R. MacLeod, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Maureen F. McHugh, Robert Reed, Paul McAuley, Michael Swanwick, Robert Silverberg, Charles Stross, John Kessel, Gregory Benford and many other talented authors of SF, as well as thorough summations of the year and a recommended reading list.
Story collaborations between cult figure Howard Waldrop and numerous other celebrated science fiction and fantasy writers are collected for the first time in this unique volume. ‘One Horse Town’ breathes fresh life into an ancient tale, combining elements from the sack of Troy, Homer’s early days, the last day in the life of a Trojan warrior, and the archaeological dig at Troy. In ‘Custer’s Last Jump!’ the legendary Crazy Horse uses Confederate monoplanes in his famous battle against General Custer. ‘A Voice and Bitter Weeping’ paints a grim post nuclear age where Israeli mercenaries fight Texans in a never ending, hopeless war. Mystery, intrigue, and treachery abound in the Heian Japan setting of ‘The Latter Days of the Law’, where a clever man must find a lost prince.
This is the best short form science fiction of 2005, selected by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, two of the most respected editors in the field. The short story is one of the most vibrant and exciting areas in science fiction today. It is where the hot new authors emerge and where the beloved giants of the field continue to publish. Now, building on the success of the first nine volumes, Eos will once again present a collection of the best stories of the year in mass market. Here, selected and compiled by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, two of the most respected editors in the field, are stories with visions of tomorrow and yesterday, of the strange and the familiar, of the unknown and the unknowable. With stories from an all star team of science fiction authors, ‘Year’s Best SF 11‘ is an indispensable guide for every science fiction fan.
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction features over a 150 years’ worth of the best science fiction ever collected in a single volume. The fifty two stories and critical introductions are organized chronologically as well as thematically for classroom use. Filled with luminous ideas, otherworldly adventures, and startling futuristic speculations, these stories will appeal to all readers as they chart the emergence and evolution of science fiction as a modern literary genre. They also provide a fascinating look at how our Western technoculture has imaginatively expressed its hopes and fears from the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century to the digital age of today. A free online teacher’s guide at www. wesleyan. edu/wespress/sfanthologyguide accompanies the anthology and offers access to a host of pedagogical aids for using this book in an academic setting. The stories in this anthology have been selected and introduced by the editors of Science Fiction Studies, the world’s most respected journal for the critical study of science fiction.