Crystal Express Free E–pub
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"Short Stories At A Second "stories at a second book store following watching Sterling s many lectures on tech art new technology and futurism Despite his style having been labeled cyberpunk these stories cover a wide range of enres I enjoy his references to art and music Also many of the stories seem Transrealist I feel as if I am presentsuspending the narrative of now while still consciously observing the pushing operations of the present formatting new interpretations in immediate currents transverifying the activity of transference of the present real I hope to write some interdiscliplinary sonic realizations of the Shaper stories I also really enjoy Green Days in Brunei as it seems "Right Out Of Warm Worlds "out of Warm Worlds Otherwise What a creative and imaginative author whose aesthetic is always consciousness of the contemporary while remembering the past Great references to Heordotus in some of the stories It s important to me to not know what a book is about too much before I read it and so I had no idea this was a short story collection I was a bit surprised but rolled with it I was not feeling Betting on Ideas: Wars, Inventions, Inflation great about this book after the first ten pages but the ending of the first short story was a delight so I keptoingThe book is divided into sections with the first part being stories that center around a collective world of ShaperMechanistsInvestors I would have been fine if the whole book had been located there A few of the stories in the other sections felt haphazardly placed but were engaging enough to ignore this disconnect There is a definite 80 s vibe and Heinlein flavor to the whole book the throwaway comment about normally being nude for instance although it stretches beyond this pulpiness into deeper original territory as the book Being after Rousseau: Philosophy and Culture in Question goes Word choice and tone remain tight and advanced throughout This is dense reading but a rewarding exercise in letting yourself dive down those layers An ok collection of misccellaneous storeis from cyberpunk pioneer Bruce Sterling I was hoping for but this was fine Delicious short story collection It s been a long time since I ve read anything from Sterling and it sood to read him again I came originally for the ser of Shaper vs Mechanist stories but the others are also very ood Will have to read Sterling soon he has something uniue on his style which is very pleasing Essential collection of early Sterling shorts Complete TOC above details athttpwwwisfdborgcgi binplcgi8394Many of these stories have multiple reprints and include such classics as Swarm ShaperMechanist 1982 novelette Green Days in Brunei 1985 novella Flowers of Edo 1987 novelette Dinner in Audoghast 1985 short
storyCheck out this cool cover art for Cicada ueen 1983 I should reread it A rock solid collection of out this cool cover art for Cicada ueen 1983 I should reread it A rock solid collection of stories split into three sections The first covers Sterling s own twisted SF universe the second is eneric SF and the third is history tinged fantasyHis style is very sophisticated and intellectual He manages to combine big ideas with human level interaction in a way few enre authors are capable of I didn t know Sterling before reading this other than as the co author of The Difference Engine and I was blown away by how ood it was I will definitely be reading by him in the future I feel like reading Short stories which depict worlds full of scientific advancement enetic and surgical modifications of people colonization of the solar system and alien. Wenty segments This fleshes out of the ShaperMechanist universe "in much broader strokes than the other short stories SCI FI A collection of tales set in "much broader strokes than the other short stories SCI FI A collection of tales set in future but not in the ShaperMechanist universeGreen Days in Brunei 1985 45Stars Turner Choi has come to Brunei to repair shipbuilding robots As he oes about his work he meets a mysterious woman in a bar who turns out to be the princess of Brunei However their family obligations interfere with their romance The country is poor and the internet only allows for text based chat so the lovers converse through instant message Finally things come to a head and both must make a choice their family or their love A fantastic love story that reminds me of my younger days talking to Awakening Spaces: French Caribbean Popular Songs, Music, and Culture girls I liked over MSN messenger The setting and the characters are rich and the plot isreat if a bit overly romanticSpook 1983 255 Stars A man called Eugene is iven the task of stopping some upstarts in South America He is cybernetically enhanced and doesn t care about much "of anything The biggest issue with this story is the main "anything The biggest issue with this story is the main s lack of identity and care It is part of the plot and necessary but it kills any attachment or care about what happens to him I applaud Mr Sterling for attempting to write this kind of story and this is certainly the best outcome that could have come from itThe Beautiful and the Sublime 1986 155 Stars Rich assholes vie for the attentions of noble ladies by embarrassing their rivals There are some reat love stories in this collection this is not one of them All the men are unlikeable bastards the women are flirtatious bitches and most of them Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I (Alliance-Union Universe) get happy endings seriously About the only cool thing in this story is the dragonflylider This is definitely the worst story of the lot FANTASY Some tales featuring one magical thing or event per storyTelliamed 1984 35 Stars An interesting tale about a man coming to terms with the meaning and results of his life Short and decentThe Little Magic Shop 1987 35 Stars A surprisingly flippant story about the price of immortalityFlowers of Edo 1987 355 Stars Several men reflect on the past after a night of drinking in Meiji era Edo It is basically a night of drunken adventures with travel forgein liuor and demons This probably would have Back of the Yards: The Making of a Local Democracy gotten four stars but the endets a bit murky Other than that I loved the Japanese flavor and how the story treated the protagonists as another Body by Darwin: How Evolution Shapes Our Health and Transforms Medicine group ofuysDinner in Audoghast 1985 35 Stars Men deal with an angry psychic over dinner who predicts bad futures for all of them Interesting and amusingThis collection is definitely worth the read even if the most of the best stuff is at the beginning I really need to read Schismatrix now but I don t have it Ah well all things in Blue Guide good time Spook is just not up to professional standards and Twenty Evocations fails as an experiment but the rest of this book is delightful Green Days in Brunei is the archetype of the cyberpunk short story enhanced now by its technological anachronisms rather than diminished by them In The Beautiful and the Sublime Sterling covers Ballard uite well The four fantasy stories make me wish Sterling had written fantasy and historical fiction And of course Cicada ueen is one of the ten or soreatest SF short stories ever written. 84Green Days in Brunei 1985Spook 1983The Beautiful and the Sublime 1986Telliamed 1984The Little Magic Shop 1987Flowers of Edo 1987Dinner in Audoghast 198. Terling s MechanistShaper stories is like passing some sort of science "fiction Rubicon once you ve read them you are officially a "Rubicon once you ve read them you are officially a no backsies Crystal Express contains among other short stories all of Sterling s MechanistShaper stories outside of the novel Schismatrix and while some of the non MS pieces didn t uite do it for me this collection ets five stars anyway the uality of the far future MS world is so vivid and compelling the alien ness so amazingly alien as in Swarm where two human Shapers live inside an asteroid among large hive mind "Insects That Some Of The Minor Faults "that some of the minor faults sometimes incoherent off scene politics the occasional cypher character are easily overlooked I had no idea Bruce wrote such reat sci fi The reading is dense and challenging the worlds he creates are very vivid and take some time to settle into but you are rewarded for your diligence with mind blowing limpses of the future SHAPERMECHANIST Set in Sterling s science fiction universe of the same name this volume contains all of the short stories from the ShaperMechanist universe It leaves out only the novel SchismatrixSwarm 1982 55 Stars Captain Doctor Simon Afriel takes an alien ship out to a colony known as the Swarm Within it he meets up with Doctor Minry and they commence their study of the Insectoid Swarm They hope to harness its power to elevate humanity s status in the universe A creepy tale of man s desire for expansion coupled with the pride that comes from brilliance Several moral issues are touched on and left for the reader to decide what s right The ending is straight out of a science fiction horror and is a perfect end to "the tale This collection opens with my favorite story of them allSpider Rose 1982 355 Stars "tale This collection opens with my favorite story of them allSpider Rose 1982 355 Stars woman dulled by medication and loneliness runs an asteroid mining operation with her enetically altered cockroaches She discovers a large Island Girls (and Boys) gem and wants to trade it with the alien Investors However rather than the usual currency of energy or even advanced tech she decides toet a pet This is definitely one of the stranger tales with a fascinating first half However the ending just disappointed me I think this could have done with being a bit longerCicada ueen 1983 45 Stars Landau is inducted into the higher levels of his society and comes out from under their direct watch However their society has begun to crumble with the rumors of the ueen s abandonment of the colony With his loyalties split between his mentor s Mars terraforming project and his young love He must decide what he wants to do as his world crashes in around him I m sure a lot of men can relate to Ladau s struggles with immature love That coupled with the lush culture of the colony make this story an excellent read It is a bit confusing at sections but it culminates in a harrowing endSunken Gardens 1984 35 Stars Outcasts are taken in by the regal faction They participate in terraforming competitions for the Regals and the Lobster King of Mars Mirasol is trying to win life for herself and her Patternist faction An interesting spin on the competition for survival The idea of altering parts of a planet as sport is really interesting The moral twist at the end was interesting but a bit underdevelopedTwenty Evocations 1984 355 Stars The life of Nikolai in Contact But they also show concern for the future of real peopleCONTENTSSwarm 1982Spider Rose 1982Cicada ueen 1983Sunken Gardens 1984Twenty Evocations 19.