- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Spectra (October 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553562819
- ISBN-13: 978-0553562811
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,737,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
I didn't understand some of the more highly metaphorical content. I'll re-read to see if I can "get it" but often if I miss the point the first go-around someone has to bash me over he head with it before I see it on re-reading. Doesn't matter usually, as a story can be entertaining without full comprehension of the message hiding in the skirting boards. It only gets in the way when things get seriously weird, which they do in one story in particular. You may see it coming a mile away and wonder how I could be so dense.
I did not find the writing as poor or stylistically difficult as some reviewers are saying. Indeed, I found the prose flowed freely, as I'd expect from an accomplished author - all the more surprising since Sterling was supposed to be making his name and finding his voice with these stories.
What's most amazing about these stories is just how incredibly prescient they are of the world we live in 25 years later. Where the politicians really have become more like rockstars, and the rockstars morphed into NGO activists. The breadth of alternate realities and topics is nothing short of amazing, kind of like a more modern and differently dark "The Illustrated Man".
Here are the stories (starred favourites):
*1. Our Neural Chernobyl (very cyberpunk)
*2. Storming The Cosmos (wonderful exposition of Russian cold war culture intersecting with an alien artifact)
3. The Compassionate, The Digital (AIs and Islam vs the West)
*4. Jim And Irene (transcendant post-apocalyptic meta-physical romance, brilliant, a favourite)
5.The Sword Of Damocles (confounding post-modern tale of... something)
6. The Gulf Wars (More Islamic antics in the Middle East, historic and present)
*7, The Shores Of Bohemia (mind-blowing cyberpunk where all is not what it seems at first)
*8. The Moral Bullet (more post-apocalyptic cyberpunk adventure with a twist)
9. The Unthinkable (another mind-bending take on the Soviets and the West, this time with a supernatural twist)
10. We See Things Differently (Islam of the future vs the West and its music)
*11. Hollywood Kremlin (the incredibly resourceful Leggy Starlitz effortlessly handles the backward Soviet system)
*12. Are You For 86? (Leggy Starlitz has to handle murderous pro-lifers in a strangely twisted America of the near future)
*13. Dori Bangs (a ruminating multiple-reality journalistic piece with a twist, as ever)
Sterling is at his best when he is discussing alternative futures close to our own, and he has done his homework in studying two rival cultures that play roles in his alternate universes -- the Muslim world and the world of the old Soviet Union. He creates memorable characters (the international arms dealer/hustler Leggy Starlitz, for instance) and generates a lot of thought-provoking ideas (Will Turing-conscious AI's embrace Islam? Was the Tunguska blast really caused by an alien speacecraft? Will Islam become the dominant superpower -- threatened only by American rock and roill? Will genetically engineered pets capable of human-like thought and speech exist?).
Sterling's prose here is not of the quality of William Gibson's, or indeed, as good as Sterling is in other works, such as Schismatrix, or The Difference Engine. It is a good collection of stories, for the most part, and makes a good companion on a trip to the beach.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favorite Bruce Sterling collection. Our society continues to grapple with the issues examined in these great short stories. A fantastic read.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Admittedly this isn't Sterling's best short story collection, yet it does contain an intriguing set of 11 tales which run the gamut from slightly hard science fiction... Read morePublished on December 26, 2001 by John Kwok
In this book, you will find 11 stories by Bruce Sterling and two collaborations. All but one of the stories has prviously appeared in magazine form between 1985 and 1991. Read morePublished on April 16, 2001 by John Peter O'connor
There are some definite losers here, like "The Sword of Damocles," an experiment that, well, failed. Read morePublished on July 27, 1998 by Amazon Customer
While not every story is a masterpiece, Bruce Sterling shows his understanding of cyberculture in stories like "Our Neural Chernobyl," a fictitious review of a book about... Read morePublished on June 29, 1998