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Sterling, Bruce

 

Bruce Sterling Bruce Sterling, author, journalist, editor, critic, was born in 1954 in Texas, United States.
One of the original cyberpunk authors, and the unofficial spokesperson for the genre. Writes a critical column for Science Fiction Eye and a popular-science column for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Sterling's first novel, Involution Ocean, appeared in 1977 when he was just twenty-three. A flawed but fascinating first novel, it created the dreadful planet of Nullaqua with considerable skill, surviving an introduction by Harlan Ellison designed to kill off a dozen lesser writers from bashfulness.

"It was clear from the outset that Sterling wanted to assimilate a whole range of literary influences into his work. In Involution Ocean he didn't quite succeed, but his second novel, The Artificial Kid (1980) proved he had learned an awful lot in the interim. This brash, punkish novel with its slick, fast-moving plot prefigures the later work in its concern with artificial environments, longevity and power politics." --Brian W.Aldiss (in Trillion Year Spree , 1986).

He is the author of other science fiction novels: Schismatrix (1985), Islands in the Net (1988) and Heavy Weather (1994). His short stories appeared in the collection Crystal Express (1990) and Globalhead (1992) and in the Japanese collection Semi no Jo-o. He edited the collection Mirrorshades, the definitive document of the cyberpunk movement, and co-authored the novel The Difference Engine (1990) with William Gibson. He writes a critical column for Science Fiction Eye and a popular-science column for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

His book 1992 book The Hacker Crackdown is non-fiction, describing the law enforcement and computer-crime activities that led to the start of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 1990.

He has appeared in ABC's Nightline , BBC's The Late Show , CBC's Morningside and on MTV, and in Newsday , Omni , Whole Earth Review , Drugs Society & Behavior 1991, Mondo 2000 and other publications. He also does public speaking as a hobby, and has addressed academics, market experts, experimental media groups, phone regulators and state bureaucrats, among others.

He lives in Austin, the Silicon Valley of Texas, with his wife and daugther.

 

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