For many years Bruce Sterling has been writing about the battle for freedom on the internet, a subject he first wrote about in the highly acclaimed book The Hacker Crackdown in 1992. In this book, Sterling predicts that the term “privacy” may already be obsolete, along with those who once thrived on violating the integrity of others. Like spies, the paparazzi, rumour mongers—who actually has the most to lose in this transparent world?
An Aura of Familiarity: Visions from the Coming Age of Networked Matter.
The Institute for the Future
commissioned six science fiction writers to create short stories for their Age of Networked Matter
research project. "We asked our collaborators to envision a world where humans have unprecedented control of matter at all scales, and to share with us a glimpse of daily life in that world. It was a process meant to make the future tangible."
Three of the stories have appeared so far. [more inside]
State of the World 2013: Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky this year's model should be particularly interesting, given the current hyperactive state of the world and the abundance of available conceptual lenses
Around 1992 Mondo 2000 magazine asked: "R.U A Cyperpunk?"
"Above all, the New Aesthetic is telling the truth. There truly are many forms of imagery nowadays that are modern, and unique to this period. We’re surrounded by systems, devices and machineries generating heaps of raw graphic novelty. We built them, we programmed them, we set them loose for a variety of motives, but they do some unexpected and provocative things." Bruce Sterling (Previously
) writes about the New Aesthetic movement in Wired magazine. [more inside]
The Wikileaks Cablegate scandal is the most exciting and interesting hacker scandal ever. I rather commonly write about such things, and I’m surrounded by online acquaintances who take a burning interest in every little jot and tittle of this ongoing saga. So it’s going to take me a while to explain why this highly newsworthy event fills me with such a chilly, deadening sense of Edgar Allen Poe melancholia.
But it sure does.Bruce Sterling on the world of post-Wikileaks diplomacy.
This is all rooted in a vision I had, of William S. Burroughs as a CIA agent, and Philip K. Dick as his young henchman, going head-to-head with notorious gangster and pervert Adolf Hitler somewhere in Hamburg to find out where Hitler is shipping all the computers he can get his hands on.
- In another world Charles Stross wrote this sprawling work
of Alternate History
instead of the Merchant Princes
books. Fictional books are of course themselves a common them in Alternative History stories, from The Grasshopper Lies Heavy in The Man in the High Castle
to Adolf Hitlers pulp novel Lord of the Swastika
in The Iron Dream
. Stanisław Lem was particularly enamoured with the idea of the fictional book, and wrote two volumes of reviews and introductions for them, lovingly described here
by Bruce Sterling.
Acclaimed writer Bruce Sterling is back for his annual State of the World interview
in The WELL's inkwell conference. It's a must-read. The first question comes from Cory Doctorow who asks him to help him plan for the future now that Cory has a kid, etc. Sterling's answer is hilarious, biting, and brilliant all at the same time. And that's only the beginning...
- Bruce Sterling on industrial design in the slump.
, fresh from his online State of the World 2008 discussion (previously)
, delivers his succinct prognosis for the new year: 2009 Will Be a Year of Panic
. At least it's an opportunity to say good-bye to the 20th century
at last. (via)
Bruce Sterling's State of the World:
an interactive discussion on the Well with the noted sci-fi author and futurist
. "The political and economic landscape in 2008 is full of spinning, tottering Chinese plates poised on tall pool-cues." [An MP3 of his State of the World 2006 from SXSW was previously linked here.
Bruce Sterling's talk at SXSW
is described on the landing page as a 'rant'. It isn't. What it is
is a survey from 10,000 feet at what's happening in culture and technology and on the web, and I reckon it's worth spending the hour of your life it'll take to listen to it. I hope you agree. [mp3, 59 minutes]
In the Chinks of the Genre Machine:
it is slipstream
week at Strange Horizons
. Seventeen years after Bruce Sterling
coined the term it has spawned two anthologies, ParaSpheres
and Feeling Very Strange
. (The later inspired by this
We See Things Differently
- a 1989 story from the perspective of an Arab visitor to a future, run-down America. By Bruce Sterling
, science fiction writer and one of the founders of cyberpunk
. Besides his science fiction, Sterling is also known for his 1992 book The Hacker Crackdown
, available free on-line, and the Viridian Design Project
. He's also an entertaining science writer; here's a column he wrote on bacterial resistance
Paul Miller (re-)launches an ambitious
new magazine. Looks promising with such "Confirmed Regular Contributors" as Howard Bloom, Alex Burns, Erik Davis (yay!), Samuel Delaney, William Gibson, Jaron Lanier, Rudy Rucker, Douglas Rushkoff, R.U. Sirius, Bruce Sterling, and Margaret Wertheim :)
Viridian Note 00309: CFP 2002 Speech
i posted a bruce sterling article earlier so i thought i'd make it two in a row! this is a speech he gave friday for the computers, freedom and privacy conference
in san fran. on fountain pens, the dell kid, mafia run bollywood (and bayesian analysis :) a defense of the bush cabinet (they don't want to get killed) and swiss army knives. "Long live Victorinox. And long live the Net." [via blogdex]
US Space Command!
Bruce Sterling talks about the militarization of space, citing "The more people learn how dependent we are on space, the more likely they are to figure out, as the Chinese and Russians have, that being able to interfere with our satellites is essential to their strategic interest. The threat to space assets is real and growing." Does the rest of the world suffer from a
satellite gap with the US? Plus, some scenario planning
:) and a sensible missile defense