AscendanciesAscendancies: The Best of Bruce Sterling
by Bruce Sterling

Dust jacket by J.K. Potter

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ISBN: 978-1-59606-113-2

Subterranean Press, 2007; 552 pp.; fully cloth bound hardcover, in dust jacket

Polemicist, provocateur, futurist, 'visionary in residence', Bruce Sterling has been out there, personally sharpening the cutting edge of science fiction for more than thirty years.

From his first story “Man-Made Self” in 1976 to his latest “Kiosk” in 2007, Sterling has written science fiction that is fast-moving, sharply extrapolated, technologically literate, and as brilliant and coherent as a laser, as he himself once said of William Gibson. His “Shaper/Mechanist” stories were an essential part of the cyberpunk movement of the '80s, just as his “Leggy Starlitz” and “Chattanooga” stories wrangled the near future of the '90s better than anyone else. Whether writing about the deep future in Schismatrix or the deep present in Holy Fire, he has developed into the best science fiction writer working in the world today.

Born in Texas in 1954, Sterling has traveled the globe writing and working for The New York Times, Nature, Wired, Newsday, and a number of industrial design magazines. His short fiction has appeared in almost every major publication in the science fiction field. His novels include far future adventures Involution Ocean and The Artificial Kid, Schismatrix, John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner Islands in the Net, The Difference Engine, Heavy Weather, Holy Fire, Distraction, and The Zenith Angle.

Table of Contents:
Introduction by Karen Joy Fowler
Foreword by Bruce Sterling

Part I: The Sharper/Mechanist Stories
Spider Rose
Cicada Queen
Sunken Gardens
Twenty Evocations

Part II: Early Science Fiction and Fantasy
Green Days in Brunei
Dinner in Audoghast
The Compassionate, the Digital
Flowers of Edo
The Little Magic Shop
Our Neural Cherynobyl
We See Things Differently
Dori Bangs

Part III: The Leggy Starlitz Stories
Hollywood Kremlin
Are You for 86?
The Littlest Jackal

Part IV: The Chattanooga Stories
Deep Eddy
Bicycle Repairman

Part V: Later Science Fiction and Fantasy
The Sword of Damocles
Maneki Neko
In Paradise
The Blemmye's Strategem

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