Visionary in Residence
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Visionary in Residence

by Bruce Sterling
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Bruce Sterling confesses in his fourth collection of stories: "I'm a science fiction writer. This is a golden opportunity to get up to most any mischief imaginable." And that's exactly what he does in Visionary in Residence, a compilation of 13 bite-sized speculative literary gems.

Noteworthy selections include "Code," in which a programming geek inherits a load of LSD from his recently deceased Deadhead boss and, in the process of deciding what to do with the hallucinogenic bounty, uncovers the secrets of "decoding" the opposite sex; and "The Growthing," a brilliant work of architectural fiction set in a Texas energy refinery where the lines between biotechnology and structural design are practically nonexistent. A firefly named Vinnie and his jumping spider pal discuss life and love in "Luciferase," a lighthearted look at the nature of relationships -- like Sex and the City meets A Bug's Life, except in this story Carrie Bradshaw injects her lovers with venom and then laps up their vital fluids. A whiskey-swilling plumber and the underage daughter of an Iranian mullah become romantically involved in "In Paradise," an unlikely love story about how technology (cell phones with real-time language translators) can bring people together -- for better or for worse.

Like Sterling's other short story collections (Globalhead, A Good Old-Fashioned Future, et al.), this one is as thematically diverse as it is wildly provocative. Brimming with sardonic social commentary and razor-sharp wit, the aptly titled Visionary in Residence is, well, a simply sterling collection. Paul Goat Allen
Martin Morse Wooster
Sterling has been writing for 30 years, but he still remains invigorating. Visionary in Paradise is a fine introduction to one of sf's brightest talents.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
The 13 entries in this welcome fourth collection from postcyberpunk Sterling (Distraction) run the gamut from SF to ghost stories, but all deal with the impact of the strange, be it supernatural or scientific, on the individual. "Junk DNA" (with Rudy Rucker) deftly captures the fast-paced ethos of the 1990s, with its dot-com startups and meltdowns, as does "Code," in which a male computer geek, faced with that most troubling of all creatures, a woman, reduces our patriarchic civilization to a system he can hack. "User-Centric," told as a series of corporate e-mails among a team launching a new product, spins into something far odder as we learn what that product is. In an intriguing time-travel tale, "The Blemmye's Stratagem," an abbess and an assassin work for a man who can only be an alien. Sterling is that rare author who writes witty, humorous thought-experiments centered on great ideas. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
From an ironic look at courtship, elopement, flight, arrest, and deportation-all conducted and intermediated by cell phone ("In Paradise")-to a macabre tale of a pair of flood victims who refuse to accept the truth of their condition ("The Denial"), the 13 tales (some with the author's own introduction) illustrate Sterling's varied and impressive storytelling talent. Suitable for most short story or sf collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560258414
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/12/2006
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author

from reason.com:
"In the 1980s, Bruce Sterling became a leader of the 'cyberpunk' revolution — a literary movement that combined the artistic ambition of science fiction’s 1960s New Wave with the hard-core speculation associated with Verne, Wells, Heinlein, and Clarke. Cyberpunk’s chief theme was the way technologies evolve us even as we evolve them, and its influence can be seen in almost every science fiction writer of note today, from Ken MacLeod to Alastair Reynolds to Cory Doctorow. Neuromancer author William Gibson may have been the best-known of the cyberpunks, but the movement’s chief theorist and propagandist was Sterling, whose writing covered far more territory than that of his peers...."

Sterling lives in Austin, Texas. He is a design professor "at the moment" — the "Visionary in Residence" at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

He has appeared on Nightline, The Late Show, MTV, and is the author of nine novels, three of which were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. The Difference Engine, co-written with William Gibson, was a national bestseller. He has also published three short-story collections and two nonfiction books. He has written for many magazines, including Newsweek, Fortune, Harper’s, Details, Whole Earth Review, and Wired, where he has been a contributing writer since its inception. He does public speaking "as a hobby," and has addressed academics, market experts, experimental media groups, phone regulators, state bureaucrats, and architects, among others.

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