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The Artificial Kid (Context (San Francisco).) Paperback – August, 1997
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It's taken the world about ten years to catch up to this baby, and it's about damn time. If you don't know Bruce Sterling, this is a fine place to start. Now, where's my Smuff?
John Zero (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dallas, Texas
Well, it's original, aggressively stylized, and full of provocative ideas. In the distant future people are effectively immortal, with ennui a leading cause of death. The titular Artificial Kid inhabits the body of of a deceased politician, making his living as a combat artist, beating up other artists with his nunchuks and selling the tapes. He stumbles into a massive historical/scientific conspiracy, and a whole bunch of crazy stuff happens in a unique post-human biological journey.
This isn't a perfect book. If the characters are a little flat, or the writing drags a little, then that's the price of journeyman work-as opposed to Schismatrix, where Sterling finally arrives. But Sterling's obvious talent and energy is on display, and its definitely a fun read.
Despite being happy about his day to day career of carefully orchestrated violence, he is pulled into something far more complex, suddenly finding himself in the middle of events that might affect the very fabric of his society.
If you wish to read a fun, action filled SF tale, this book is recomended.
I had heard a lot of good things about Bruce Sterling. So I ordered this and 'Islands in the Net' sort of at random.
I could tell you what happened in this book but I honestly have no idea what Sterling meant to say with it. I will give Sterling big points for correctly forecasting the narcissism of today's society that accompanies the ubiquity of cameras that look always at the subject rather than away. Other than that, there's not much here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing and polished early Sterling.Or great editor. Very much enjoyed the story, world creation and pacing.Also typical Sterling brevity.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is either Sterling's first or second published novel and while it's OK it really doesn't come up to the standard of his later work. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by John Eppstein
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I'm a complete geek and avid reader of hard sci-fi. I like Neuromancer from William Gibson, Snow Crash and Diamond Age from Neal Stephenson, and Diaspora and just about everything... Read morePublished on December 9, 2005 by Josh (Xaminmo) Davis
The only problem I had with this book is that the exclamation of "Death!" and/or "Thank Death!" was not slurred as in "That's the Def, man! Read morePublished on October 1, 2004 by Kathleen McKenzie
The Artificial Kid was a fairly short but fun read. The Kid himself is a great character and his friends were all pretty original as well. Read morePublished on August 23, 2000 by to7438