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Author: Bruce Sterling Narrator: Brian Nishii, Mikael Naramore, Fajer Al-Kaisi, Brian Holden, Pavi Proczko Publisher: Brilliance Audio Audio Length: Release Date: December 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781713562641

Publisher Description

Two dozen tales of future shock and twisted history from an undisputed king of cyberpunk science fiction, including Nebula Award finalists “Sunken Garden” and “Dori Bangs.”

Time magazine describes Bruce Sterling as “one of America’s best-known science fiction writers and perhaps the sharpest observer of our media-choked culture working today in any genre.” Sterling’s abilities are on full display in Ascendancies, a collection of speculative fiction from a world-class world-building futurist, alternate historian, and mad prophet operating at the peak of his extraordinary powers. Here are twenty-four stories that span the illustrious career of the author who, along with William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, injected the word cyberpunk into the science fiction lexicon. These tales not only traverse galaxies and employ mind-boggling technologies, they also cut back across the centuries into a richly imagined past with style and a sharp satiric edge.

Sterling’s unparalleled imagination and courageous originality carry the reader into the future universe of the warring Shapers and Mechanists, rival sects of exiled humanity with radically opposed views of human augmentation. Several stories feature the questionable adventures of the footloose con man Leggy Starlitz in a somewhat-skewed and still-dangerous post–Cold War world.

Sterling explores the cyberpunk trope of technology gone wild and the resultant decline of civilization with appropriate gravity, while presenting parables of strangers stuck in very strange lands in a more whimsical vein. Whether chronicling an alien’s encounter with Crusaders in disputed Palestine, depicting the discovery of the key to immortality in a nineteenth-century Times Square magic shop, or portraying bicycles and bad guys in a near-future Tennessee, Sterling’s stories are smart, surprising, genre bending, bold, and outstanding, one and all.

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Quotes

  • “The godfather of cyberpunk demonstrates his full range, from far future to forgotten past, in this well-stocked career-spanning collection of his finest SF pieces. . . . Readers who like a hard-eyed view of the future combined with a wry wink at the past, with a few inventive postmodern narrative kicks mixed in, will be greatly rewarded.

    - Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • Sterling’s speculative fiction dazzles from the get-go, bombarding the reader with one extraordinary concept after another. . . . This significant retrospective of Sterling’s career reveals a prescience that is bold and astounding.

    - Booklist
  • Sterling is a writer of excellent fineness. In point of fact, I am somewhat awed by his abilities.

    - Harlan Ellison

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About the Author

Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction writer and Net critic, internationally recognized as a cyberspace theorist who is also considered one of the forefathers of the cyberpunk movement in science fiction. He has won a John W. Campbell Award, two Hugo Awards, and an Arthur C. Clarke Award.

About the Narrators

Brian Nishii is a voice talent and award-winning audiobook narrator.

Mikael Naramore narrates, directs, and has engineered hundreds of audiobooks since 2001. He has also produced critically acclaimed independent rock albums, run a small record label, launched dot-coms, owned and operated recording studios and—best of all—fathered two boys. He and his family live in the Pacific Northwest.

Suehyla El-Attar is an actress and writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She dabbled in radio for a bit, working with several well-known stations as a morning news personality and DJ. Eventually, she returned to acting, on stage and in film. She has nurtured both crafts of acting and writing, working with local companies such as Theatre du Reve, Synchronicity Theatre, the Alliance Theatre Company, and Horizon Theatre Company as dramaturge, actress, and playwright on several projects.