A Good Old-Fashioned Future

A Good Old-Fashioned Future

by Bruce Sterling
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A Good Old-Fashioned Future by Bruce Sterling

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553576429
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/1999
Pages: 279
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Bruce Sterling is the author of the nonfiction book The Hacker Crackdown, as well as the novels Holy Fire, Heavy Weather, Schismatrix, and Islands in the Net.  With William Gibson he co-authored the acclaimed novel The Difference Engine.  He also writes popular science and travel journalism.  He lives with his wife and two daughters in Austin, Texas.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is in the realm of the short story that Bruce Sterling's talents really shine. Within the space of a few short pages that Sterling is able to briefly imaging what the future may, indeed, be like. Wheather these visions of what may be are funny, futuristic, sobering or disturbing most of the tales he has to tells will capture your fancy and make you laugh or leave you looking over your shoulder wondering what this world of ours may have in store for us in the years to come. Indeed, it is apparant that when not hampered with trying to produce a full legnth novel, Bruce Sterling is most creative in small spurts which his short stories display so well.