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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The high-tech stories in cyberpunk doyen Sterling’s sixth collection (after 2006’s Visionary in Residence) are actually the less innovative ones. 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 “Esoteric City,” whose life coach and business advisor is an undead Egyptian, and the craftsman who lives on a biomechanical, world-sized AI in “The Lustration.” The spooky and the futuristic meet successfully in the haunting “Black Swan,” set in an alternate world where Italo Calvino was a physicist and Nicolas Sarkozy is something far scarier than the president of France. Some targets of Sterling’s satire are too obvious, and many characters are little more than authorial mouthpieces, given to pronouncements like “Possessions are over! They are data!” Nonetheless, his highly caffeinated energy is hard to resist. (Jan.)
Library Journal
From a wry account of how a lowly kiosk transforms society even as it evolves into more than just a place to buy cheap items ("Kiosk") to the story of a reporter embroiled in espionage and impossible romance ("Black Swan"), these 12 stories by a veteran of the cyberpunk movement bring the 21st century and its possibilities into focus with clarity and insight. Sterling (The Caryatids; Holy Fire) combines a brilliant visionary acumen with a strong command of language and a love for cutting-edge high-tech fiction to create stories that leave a lasting impression. VERDICT Previously published in magazines or print and online anthologies, these stories deserve a place in most sf collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596064041
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Edition description: Deluxe
  • Pages: 227
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

I Favela Chic

I Shlu the Best Minds of My Generation Destroved By Google 9

Kiosk 13

The Hvpersurfhce of this Decrde 59

White Fungus 63

The Exterminator's Want Ad 75

II Dark Euphoria

Esoteric City 89

The Prrthenopean Scrlpel 119

The Lustration 137

III Gothic High-Tech

Windsor Executive Solutionis Chris Nakashima-Brown Bruce Sterling 157

A Plain Tale From Our Hills 173

The Interoperation 181

Blrck Swan 203

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