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Bruce Sterling
Born (1954-04-14) April 14, 1954 (age 63)
"Brownsville, Texas
Pen name Vincent Omniaveritas (in "fanzine "Cheap Truth)
Occupation Writer, speaker, "futurist, design instructor
Nationality American
Alma mater "University of Texas at Austin (B.A., Journalism, 1976)
Period 1970s – present
Genre "Science fiction
Subject "Cyberpunk
Literary movement Cyberpunk/"postcyberpunk

Signature ""

Michael Bruce Sterling (born April 14, 1954) is an American "science fiction author known for his novels and work on the "Mirrorshades anthology. This work helped to define the "cyberpunk genre.[2]



Sterling is one of the founders of the cyberpunk movement in science fiction, along with "William Gibson, "Rudy Rucker, "John Shirley, "Lewis Shiner, and "Pat Cadigan. In addition, he is one of the subgenre's chief "ideological promulgators. This has earned him the nickname "Chairman Bruce".[3] He was also one of the first organizers of the "Turkey City Writer's Workshop, and is a frequent attendee at the "Sycamore Hill Writer's Workshop. He won "Hugo Awards for his novelettes "Bicycle Repairman and "Taklamakan. His first novel, "Involution Ocean, published in 1977, features the world Nullaqua where all the "atmosphere is contained in a single, miles-deep "crater. The story concerns a ship sailing on the "ocean of dust at the bottom, which hunts creatures called dustwhales that live beneath the surface. It is partially a science-fictional "pastiche of "Moby-Dick by "Herman Melville.

From the late 1970s onwards, Sterling wrote a series of stories set in the "Shaper/Mechanist universe: the "solar system is colonised, with two major warring factions. The Mechanists use a great deal of computer-based mechanical technologies; the Shapers do "genetic engineering on a massive scale. The situation is complicated by the eventual contact with "alien "civilizations; humanity eventually splits into many subspecies, with the implication that many of these effectively vanish from the "galaxy, reminiscent of "The Singularity in the works of "Vernor Vinge. The Shaper/Mechanist stories can be found in the collection Crystal Express and the collection Schismatrix Plus, which contains the original novel Schismatrix and all of the stories set in the Shaper/Mechanist universe. "Alastair Reynolds identified Schismatrix and the other Shaper/Mechanist stories as one of the greatest influences on his own work.[4]

Bruce Sterling at the 2010 "Augmented Reality Event

In the 1980s, Sterling edited the science fiction critical fanzine "Cheap Truth under the alias of Vincent Omniaveritas. He wrote a column called Catscan for the now-defunct science fiction critical magazine SF Eye.

He contributed a chapter to Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture (The MIT Press, 2008) edited by Paul D. Miller a.k.a. "DJ Spooky. He also contributed, along with Lewis Shiner, to the short story ""Mozart in Mirrorshades".

From April 2009 through May 2009, he was an editor at "Cool Tools.[5]

Since October 2003[6] Sterling has blogged at "Beyond the Beyond", which is hosted by "Wired.

His most recent novel (as of 2013) is Love Is Strange (December 2012), a Paranormal Romance (40k).


He has been the instigator of three projects which can be found on the Web -


Sterling has a habit of coining "neologisms to describe things that he believes will be common in the future, especially items which already exist in limited numbers.


Sterling at "Robofest '94

In childhood, Sterling spent several years in India and has a fondness for "Bollywood films.[14] In 2003 he was appointed Professor at the "European Graduate School where he is teaching summer intensive courses on media and design.[2] In 2005, he became "visionary in residence" at "Art Center College of Design in "Pasadena, California. He lived in "Belgrade with Serbian author and film-maker "Jasmina Tešanović[15] for several years, and married her in 2005. In September 2007 he moved to "Turin, Italy.[16] He also travels the world extensively giving speeches and attending conferences. Both Sterling and artist and musician "Florian-Ayala Fauna are "sponsors for "V. Vale's "RE/Search newsletter.[17][18][19][20][21][22]



Sterling has been interviewed for documentaries like "Freedom Downtime, "TechnoCalyps and "Traceroute.



  1. ^ Alastair Reynolds, Essay: "Future Histories", "Locus, Vol. 57, No. 5, Issue 550, November 2006, p. 39; also included as afterword to "Galactic North; "...I owe an equally obvious debt to Bruce Sterling, whose Shaper/Mechanist sequence blew my mind on several levels... Read Schismatrix if you haven't already done so: it will melt your face."
  2. ^ a b Bruce Sterling faculty page at "European Graduate School
  3. ^ Nisi Shawl (2009-02-19). "Books | "The Caryatids": four clones need a home | Seattle Times Newspaper". Seattletimes.nwsource.com. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  4. ^ "The World According to Bruce Sterling". Impact Lab. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cool Tools: New Editor, Same Deal". Kk.org. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  6. ^ "HELLO WORLD | Beyond The Beyond". "Wired.com. 2003-10-30. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  7. ^ "Big Picture Business". Bigpicture.tv. Archived from the original on 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  8. ^ "DIGITAL GALLERY: Bruce Sterling: Embrace the Decay", moca.org
  9. ^ "Shaping Things". MIT Press. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  10. ^ "Viridian Note 00120: Viridian Disasters (Storms in France)". Viridiandesign.org. 1999-12-27. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  11. ^ "Viridian Note". Viridiandesign.org. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  12. ^ "STANFORD Magazine: July/August 2005 > Thrown a Curve". Stanfordalumni.org. 2003-07-02. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  13. ^ Bruce SterlingEmail Author (1999-12-07). "Gulf Futurism | Beyond The Beyond". Wired.com. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  14. ^ "Shapeways interviews Bruce Sterling - Shapeways Blog on 3D Printing News & Innovation". Shapeways.com. 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  15. ^ "Life Doesn't Lack for Variety | Beyond the Beyond from Wired.com". Blog.wired.com. 2005-11-19. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  16. ^ "Putting people first » Bruce Sterling moving to Torino, Italy". Experientia.com. 2007-11-19. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  17. ^ Sterling, Bruce (September 30, 2017). "V. Vale's RE/Search newsletter #165". "Wired. "Condé Nast. Retrieved 14 October 2017. 
  18. ^ Sterling, Bruce (October 12, 2017). "Welcome to V. Vale's RE/SearchNewsletter #166". "Wired. "Condé Nast. Retrieved 14 October 2017. 
  19. ^ Sterling, Bruce (October 18, 2017). "V. Vale's RE/Search Newsletter #167, October 2017 Part 2". "Wired. "Condé Nast. Retrieved 20 October 2017. 
  20. ^ Sterling, Bruce (November 10, 2017). "V. Vale's RE/Search Newsletter #168". "Wired. "Condé Nast. Retrieved 13 November 2017. 
  21. ^ Sterling, Bruce (November 17, 2017). "V. Vale's RE/Search Newsletter #169, Part Two". "Wired. "Condé Nast. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  22. ^ Sterling, Bruce (December 2, 2017). "WELCOME TO V. VALE’s RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER #170, December 2017". "Wired. "Condé Nast. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  23. ^ "2000 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  24. ^ "1989 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 

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