Gothic High-Tech

by Bruce Sterling
Release date: February 2012
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, short stories

THE FUTURE IS A KIND OF HISTORY THAT HASN'T HAPPENED YET

He's the legendary Cyberpunk Guru. He roams our postmodern planet, from the polychrome tinsel of Los Angeles to the chicken-fried cyberculture of Austin... From the heretical Communist slums of gritty Belgrade to the Gothic industrial castles of artsy Torino... always whipping that slider-bar between the unthinkable and the unimaginable.

He's a Californian design visionary. He's an European electronic-art curator. He's a Swiss professor of media philosophy. He's a Prophet of Augmented Reality, even. He's an author, journalist, editor, critic, theorist, futurist, and blogger. Obviously he's pretty much anything that he can get his hands on.

And he never stops typing. This sixth collection of his fantastic stories is a comic arsenal of dark euphoria. It's even weirder, harsher and more twisted than the scary decade that inspired it. Boy, that's saying something.

If there's one thing dear to the heart of this exotic character, one vital prize he will never, ever surrender, one stony core to his mutable, globalized being, it's his fanatical allegiance to the radical potential of science fiction. That is the truth. Really. That is one hundred percent accurate. You could look that up on Wikipedia.

Just like some far-fetched, globe-trotting antihero from one of his own unsettling, yet darkly prophetic novels, he is... Actually, never mind who he is. Does that matter? Is that an issue for us, really? You know what? We're all done here. Turn the page. We need to pretty much move right along.

Contents:

  • I Saw the Best Minds of My Generation Destroyed by Google
  • Kiosk
  • The Hypersurface of This Decade
  • White Fungus
  • The Exterminator’s Want Ad
  • Esoteric City
  • The Parthenopean Scalpel
  • The Lustration
  • Windsor Executive Solutions (by Chris Nakashima-Brown and Bruce Sterling)
  • A Plain Tale from Our Hills
  • The Interoperation
  • Black Swan
updated 2012-02-16

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