The Caryatids

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Books of Big Ideas often polarize reviewers, and Bruce Sterling`s latest novel is no exception. Either the best SF book of this or any other year (Cory Doctorow) or "a mess of a book about the mess of the world" (John Clute), The Caryatids, at the very least, illustrates Sterling`s ability to raise voices (in praise or protest) 30 years after he laid the groundwork for the cyberpunk movement, without which contemporary SF would be a much rockier -- and much less diverse -- landscape. Sterling`s complex, controversial vision of our future invites comparison to Neal Stephenson (Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash) and William Gibson (Neuromancer). Love him or hate him, Bruce Sterling always has something important to say, and The Caryatids is worth a look.

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Bruce Sterling ( Bruce Sterling ) Bruce Sterling was born on April 14, 1954 in Brownsville (Texas). Six months later, his family moved to Austin, where Sterling`s father received an engineering degree, and then to Galveston, where the future writer spent his childhood. Bruce began to write at the age of twelve, and when he was fifteen, he and his parents moved for a while to India, where his father took part in the construction of the plant. Two and a half years later, Bruce Sterling returned with his parents to Austin and entered the University of Texas, where, along with such writers as Howard Waldrop, Steve Utley, Jake Saunders, Tom Remey, John Shirley, and Lewis Shiner entered a group called " outlaw fantasists and began to practice more actively in writing. Sterling graduated in journalism in 1976 and sells his first science fiction story, [Man-Made Self]. Young talent did not go unnoticed, and just a year later, the writer`s first novel, Involution Ocean, was published in ...

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Bruce Sterling ( Bruce Sterling ) Bruce Sterling was born on April 14, 1954 in Brownsville (Texas). Six months later, his family moved to Austin, where Sterling`s father received an engineering degree, and then to Galveston, where the future writer spent his childhood. Bruce began to write at the age of twelve, and when he was fifteen, he and his parents moved for a while to India, where his father took part in the construction of the plant. Two and a half years later, Bruce Sterling returned with his parents to Austin and entered the University of Texas, where, along with such writers as Howard Waldrop, Steve Utley, Jake Saunders, Tom Remey, John Shirley, and Lewis Shiner entered a group called " outlaw fantasists and began to practice more actively in writing. Sterling graduated in journalism in 1976 and sells his first science fiction story, [Man-Made Self]. Young talent did not go unnoticed, and just a year later, the writer`s first novel, Involution Ocean, was published in a book series, which was composed by Harlan Ellison himself. Three years later, followed by a second novel, The Artifical Kid, and then a long five years, during which Sterling combines journalism with writing stories from a series about two opposing factions of the future - Shapers and Mechanists. Around this time, being an active and charismatic personality, Bruce Sterling organized and rallied around himself a movement of writers who later became known as "cyberpunks". Under the pseudonym Sterling began releasing a cyberpunk software fanzine called [Cheap Truth], which caustically ridiculed stagnation in American SF. Fanzine was sent free of charge to everyone who, in Bruce`s opinion, was interested in it. 1985 saw the release of Schismatrix, a novel that crowns a cycle about shapers and mechanists and has become a classic work of the genre "cyberpunk", despite the fact that, unlike his colleague and friend William Gibson, Bruce Sterling did not focus on research technology, but on sociological forecasts. In 1986, Sterling compiled and edited a cyberpunk collection called [Mirrorshades], which collected the stories of all, in his opinion, significant cyberpunk. This collection became, without exaggeration, the most important milestone of the movement, as officially approved by the main ideologue of cyberpunk "Chairman Bruce". The Island in the Net novels are published - for which Sterling receives the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and, with William Gibson, the Steampunk Difference Engine, immediately recognized as one of the genre`s most successful works. ... In 1992, the writer released his first non-fiction book, [Hacker Crackdown], which, in his own words, told "about computer crimes, electronic networks, cops, hackers and civil liberties," and, as usual, he did it in a rather atypical form, officially allowing free distribution of the book in electronic form, which led the publishers into a state of mild panic. To their great joy, Bruce Sterling`s writing ardor has faded somewhat, or rather, redirected to the mainstream of journalism and public speaking (it should be noted that the pronunciation of all kinds of speeches Sterling calls his favorite hobby). Passion for journalism and attention to the most pressing problems of society does not pass without a trace - in 1994 the writer released another science fiction novel - "Bad weather" [Haevy Weather], dedicated to global warming. In 1995, having organized a group of like-minded people, he creates the project "The Dead Media Project", where, according to the plan of the creators, all "deceased" media of the past, present and future should be included. In 1996, another novel follows, Holy Fire, about the unexpected dangers of society`s worship of a healthy lifestyle. While collecting materials for writing this book, Sterling studies design, which in turn leads him to create another movement - Viridian Design, which continues to exist quite successfully to this day (those interested can look at http://www.viridiandesign.org ). In 1998, the author`s next novel, Distraction, devoted to politics and bioengineering, earned him the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and Zeitgeist (2000) continues the cycle of stories about one of the most beloved and successful characters of the writer - Leggie Starlice. Sterling himself describes this work as "postmodern fantasy." The last major work of the writer to date is another nonfiction book - [Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next 50 Years]. Bruce Sterling currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two daughters. http://www.bsterling.ru/content/view/38/67/