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Bruce Sterling - Beyond the Coming Age of Networked MatterHere's another story from the Institute for the Future anthology An Aura of Familiarity: Visions from the Coming Age of Networked Matter. Just because I really like it...

Most of the cosmic code is Dark Energy and Dark Matter. The stuff we foolishly call ‘reality’ is the cute friendly part with the kid-colored don’t-be-evil Google graphics.

This time it's a short story called, imaginatively, Beyond the Coming Age of Networked Matter, and is written by Bruce Sterling, although the density of hype-words, as well as the overall geeky overdrive in the story made me feel like I was reading a Cory Doctorow story (but no, he has his own entry in the anthology), or maybe something by Lavie Tidhar.

“I read the forbidden book,” said Crawferd. “It’s not Steve Wolfram’s fault that the universe is a computationally equivalent Turing Machine that’s ninety-six percent hideous darkness.

Heady stuff, either way, a head-rush of a story. Very much recommended.

The illustration on the right is, yet again, by Daniel Martin Diaz (click through for the gorgeous larger version)

 

Over at BoingBoing you can read a new Warren Ellis story called Lich-House

This is part of an Anthology called An Aura of Familiarity: Visions from the Coming Age of Networked Matter, commissioned by the IFTF as part of/asociated with their Coming Age of Networked Matter research stream.

It also contains stories by Cory Doctorow, Rudy Rucker, Ramez Naam, Bruce Sterling, and Madeline Ashby; with illustrations by Daniel Martin Diaz. Worth checking out, wouldn't you think?

The image on the right is by Diaz, and is called Binary Predator.

No, the thumbnail does not do it justice, click through to see it in a larger version!

 

Charles Stross - Bit RotCharles Stross has posted a short story called Bit Rot on his blog - apparently this is the missing link between Saturn's Children (review here) and the soon-to-be-released Neptune's Brood (sorry, haven't read it yet).

It's available from his blog (see link above, below, and on the picture to the right) in ePub, Kindle, and HTML format.


The short is entertaining enough if not overly complex, but is, at least for me, screaming for more (and no, I don't think Charlie will find time to flesh this thread out anytime soon).


Links: Charles Stross - Bit Rot - Saturn's Children - Neptune's Brood

 

 

Tor.com has a rather magnificent story by Ben Burgis, called Contains Multitudes (yes, that's a Walt Whitman quote) online for your delectation.

It plays in a world where humanity fought, and nearly (?) lost a war with a cosmic invader (some kind of yellow squid, it appears). The peace/cease fire conditions were that a generation of children would serve as breeding vessels for the next generation of aliens (again, see the title...).

But.

The relationship turns out to be less parasitic and more mind-meld, human and Other co-joined, talking more "we" than "I"...

Go read the story, it's worth it.

The illustration is by Jeff Simpson.

 

Nebula AwardOver a Clarkesworld you can read Aliette de Bodard's story Immersion, which, as they point out, is:

  • WINNER: 2012 NEBULA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT STORY
  • 2012 BSFA AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST SHORT STORY
  • 2013 HUGO AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST SHORT STORY
  • 2013 LOCUS AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST SHORT STORY
  • 2013 FINALIST: THEODORE STURGEON AWARD

 

 All I can add is that, to my knowledge, this is the first non-US/UK Nebula winner, my congratualations, and a strong recommendation to amble over to Clarkesworld and read the story

 

 

Peter Watts – Maelstrom

 

Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner

 

S.P. Somtow – I Wake from a Dream of a Drowned Star City

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

 

Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

 

Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments

 

Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow

 

Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Peter Watts - Blindsight


Andy Weir - The Martian

 

Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep

 

Doris Lessing - Shikasta

 

Liz Williams - Empire of Bones

 

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives

 

Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku

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