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Bruce Sterling

Bruce Sterling at the Open Cultures conference (June 5, 2003)

Bruce Sterling (born April 14, 1954) is an American cyberpunk science fiction author, perhaps best known for his work on the Mirrorshades anthology. He writes Catscan, for the SF Eye.

Table of contents
1 Writings
2 Novels
3 Short Story collections (and stories they contain)
4 Non-fiction
5 External links


His first novel, Involution Ocean featured the world Nullaqua where all the atmosphere was contained in a single, miles-deep crater; the story concerned a ship sailing on the ocean of dust at the bottom, hunting creatures called dustwhales that lived beneath the surface.

In the late 1970s onwards, Sterling wrote a series of stories set in a Mechanist/Shaper universe: the solar system is colonised, with two major warring factions. The Mechanists use a great deal of computer-based mechanical technologies, the Shapers do genetic engineering on a massive scale. The situation is complicated by the eventual contact with alien civilisations; humanity eventually splits into many subspecies, with the implication that many of these effectively vanish from the galaxy, reminiscent of The Singularity in the works of Vernor Vinge. The Mechanist/Shaper stories can be found in the collection Crystal Express and the novel Schismatrix Plus.

In his hometown of Austin, Texas, the author is known for an annual Christmas yard party that features digital art.

In the 1980s, Sterling edited a series of science fiction newletters called Cheap Truth, under the alias of Vincent Omniaveritas.

He has been the inspiration for two projects which can be found on the Web -


Short Story collections (and stories they contain)

See also: Our Neural Chernobyl (1988)


External links