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Takuramakan Bruce Sterling

Takuramakan

Bruce Sterling

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ISBN : 9784150113414
442 pages
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A Good Old-fashioned Future is a paperback collection of seven short stories by former cyberpunk guru turned sociocultural prognosticator Bruce Sterling. Most of the works here come with impressive pedigrees, ranging from a Hugo Award for BicycleMoreA Good Old-fashioned Future is a paperback collection of seven short stories by former cyberpunk guru turned sociocultural prognosticator Bruce Sterling. Most of the works here come with impressive pedigrees, ranging from a Hugo Award for Bicycle Repairman to Hugo nominations for Maneki Neko and Taklamakan. Another piece, Big Jelly, was cowritten by Sterlings fellow cyberpunk alum, Rudy Rucker. These stories have a lot in common. They all take place in the near future, and most are action-oriented, involving colorful characters such as secret agents, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Mafiosos, and revolutionaries. But they are also personal tales that tend to focus on individuals rather than ideas, which makes them hit home more often than standard SF fare. The best of the bunch is probably Taklamakan, a high-concept piece about two freelance spies sent to a central Asian desert called Taklamakan, where the Asian Sphere is doing some sort of secret research into space flight. Bicycle Repairman is set in the same world, but instead of in an Asian desert it takes place in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the spies in this story arent the good guys. Its a less successful piece than Taklamakan but also a good read.Not all of the stories in this collection have the edgy, this-is-what-tomorrow-will-be-like quality that typifies Sterlings best work. But even when Sterling isnt at his best hes entertaining, and A Good Old-Fashioned Future is certainly that. --Craig E. Engler