By Bruce Sterling
Publish yr note: First released in 1999
From the subversive to the antic, the uproarious to the aggravating, the tales of Bruce Sterling are stressed, energy-filled trips via a global working on empty--the visionary paintings of 1 of our such a lot ingenious and insightful sleek writers.
They dwell as strangers in unusual lands. In worlds that experience fallen--or must have. They salary battles in wars already misplaced and develop into heroes--and occasionally martyrs--in their last-ditch efforts to maintain the respect and individuality of humanity.
A hack Indian filmmaker takes the heartbeat of a wounded and declining civilization--21st-century Britain. a couple of swashbuckling Silicon Valley marketers sign up for forces to make a advertisement killing--in natural underground slime and computer-generated jellyfish. a guy in a eastern urban takes orders from a speaking cat whereas pursuing a drama of possibility and experience that has develop into the very essence of his life.
From "The Littlest Jackal", a darkly hilarious mystery of mercs and gunrunners set in Finland, to a stark imaginative and prescient of a post-atomic netherworld in his haunting story "Taklamakan", Bruce Sterling once more breaks barriers, breaks icons, and breaks ideas to unharness the main dangerously provocative and clever technological know-how fiction being written today.
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It was as if, in peering into that forbidden place, I had passed through the doorway itself, into a magically altered world from which there was no return. I blinked my one good eye, just to be sure, but this newer, brighter world remained. Even my own hands, still gripping the reins, appeared wondrous to me now. As did the steaming coat of the old horse. And leaning back into the padded seat of the buggy – the horrors of the night and my recent fear both momentarily forgotten – I laughed out loud.
It fell to my grandmother to care for me, though ‘care’ is perhaps too strong a word. When I think of her now, words like stern and unbending spring to mind. As I recall, she had just one redeeming feature: she told me bedtime stories – or, to be precise, stories about the faerie folk – drawing her cast of characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her nightly tales always began in the same way. ‘There are faeries at the bottom of our garden,’ she would say, and give a snicker of cool laughter.
Leaping into the buggy, I lashed the rump of the old horse until he broke into a stumbling gallop, and I didn’t let up until I could hear his wheezing breaths and feel the newly risen sun warm on my neck. Then and only then did I look behind. The road, streaked with morning shadow, lay empty. There was neither sign nor sound of pursuit. Yet still I sensed something not quite right. and immediately wondered why I hadn’t noticed it before! The sky was far bluer than it had ever been; the grass and trees more vividly green; the whole scene shot through by a suggestion of golden light – the same transfiguring light I had glimpsed in the hovel.
A Good Old-Fashioned Future by Bruce Sterling