A Good Old-fashioned Future: Stories

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Bantam Books, 1999 - Fiction - 279 pages
12 Reviews
From the subversive to the antic, the uproarious to the disturbing, the stories of Bruce Sterling are restless, energy-filled journeys through a world running on empty--the visionary work of one of our most imaginative and insightful modern writers.

They live as strangers in strange lands. In worlds that have fallen--or should have. They wage battles in wars already lost and become heroes--and sometimes martyrs--in their last-ditch efforts to preserve the dignity and individuality of humanity.

A hack Indian filmmaker takes the pulse of a wounded and declining civilization--21st-century Britain. A pair of swashbuckling Silicon Valley entrepreneurs join forces to make a commercial killing--in organic underground slime and computer-generated jellyfish. A man in a Japanese city takes orders from a talking cat while pursuing a drama of danger and adventure that has become the very essence of his life.

From "The Littlest Jackal", a darkly hilarious thriller of mercs and gunrunners set in Finland, to a stark vision of a post-atomic netherworld in his haunting tale "Taklamakan", Bruce Sterling once again breaks boundaries, breaks icons, and breaks rules to unleash the most dangerously provocative and intelligent science fiction being written today.

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Review: A Good Old-Fashioned Future

User Review  - Gregg Wingo - Goodreads

Bruce Sterling is one of the greatest of cyberpunk writers. Although he does not have the force and seriousness of William Gibson, he does bring the same level of imagination combined with a ... Read full review

Review: A Good Old-Fashioned Future

User Review  - Kathryn Tucker - Goodreads

"Big Jelly", "Deep Eddy", and "Taklamakan" were excellent short stories that made me either say oooh, cool or made me think. "Maneki Neko" and "Bicycle Repairman" were alright. I could have done without "The Littlest Jackal" and "Sacred Cow". Read full review

Contents

Maneki Neko
1
Big Jelly with Rudy Rucker
20
The Littlest Jackal
68
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

\Bruce Sterling is the author of the nonfiction book The Hacker Crackdown, as well as the novels Holy Fire, Heavy Weather, Schismatrix, and Islands in the Net.  With William Gibson he co-authored the acclaimed novel The Difference Engine.  He also writes popular science and travel journalism.  He lives with his wife and two daughters in Austin, Texas.  

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