Bruce Sterling has called his Shaper/Mechanist novel Schismatrix “my favorite among my books.” It is a detailed history of a spacefaring humanity divided into. Schismatrix [Bruce Sterling] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Shaper-trained Abelard Lindsay, a failed and exiled revolutionary against . It’s been about twenty years since I first read Sterling’s Schismatrix. At the time, I Bruce Sterling’s “Schismatrix” through the lens of cyberpunk.

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It’s not the happiest idea about how humankind will evolve moving forward, but it’s a good book nonetheless. If you’re considering reading this book, be forewarned – information overload is the name of the game.

Wesleyan University Press, Oct 01, James rated it it was sterlint. Andrew M Butler et al.

I would recommend reading the stories before the novel. Four years later, eventually finally happened.

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Notify me of new posts via email. Order Out of Chaos. This volume includes the classic full-length novel, Schismatrixplus thousands of words of mind-bending short fiction. Keith, and Anne-Marie Thomas.

Brucee me it’s a punk novel in so far as the author’s wants are larger than his skills which could be said of almost any early punk musician. Not generally much of a “space opera” guy, but this one was fascinating.

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The shocked bartender asks: Read I picked up this book based solely on Alastair Reynolds insane props: This is a most difficult read. In fact, I put this on my “did brude Probably closer to a 2.

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Sterling’s world is further fleshed out by the short stories included here: There’s usually a large dose of social critique in Sterling’s books and this is no exception with it’s interspecies animosity and interaction having parallels with our own planet and it’s current and historical cultural and racial conflicts. Features hyperbole and sharp dark humor.

Like ants or termites, the Swarm lives in a vast complex of underground tunnels that they have dug for themselves. The Difference Engine is a good one for your list. It is difficult, abstract, and intense beyond anything I could have imagined, but when you finish, you will utterly agree with Reynolds description. There wasn’t as much to grapple with, thematically and in terms of worldbuilding, as there was in “Swarm,” “Cicada Queen” and “Sunken Gardens,” and there was nowhere near the emotional depth of “Spider Rose.

Lindsay sees her as a person who has taken embodiment to its conceptual end. Her job is to judge the competition that takes up the bulk of this story: The attached stories would be weak on their own, but add interesting color to the connected universe.


Scbismatrix, this book Schismatrix was a very frustrating read at times. Ci-dessous, une discussion de fr. He is perpetually restless, or even perpetually in a rage, over the limitations of society and indeed of embodied experience.

A cursory version is represented right away with mention of inhuman people living beyond a wall on a space habitat. You can make popcorn and fly in space with sublight speed in less than 2. It’s a good novel, with complicated ideas and good plot. Spider Rose – This is a very sad story. In fact, I put this on my “did not finish” shelf but took it back off sterlkng minute.

There isn’t, but then it is too short to even mean something else than a string.

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