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By Anonym 13 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Hackers are arrogant geek romantics. They lack the attentive spirit of inquiry.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bruce Sterling

I don't think there's much distinction between surveillance and media in general. Better media means better surveillance. Cams are everywhere.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bruce Sterling

The internet brought many laudable things, but prosperity, stability, accountability and honest politics were not four of them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Everybody has a different Internet.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Well, they didn't lack for topics after Hiroshima. Why should 9/11 slow them down? I know it got a lot of press, but it's just a few large buildings and aircraft, it's not like D-Day and the Seige of Berlin.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Look, Brixie, I may dress like a nerd, but I can read trends. Yeah, I can tell you what to do.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Bruce Sterling

History's kaleidoscope worked its permutations, its pace ever faster, approaching some unknown crescendo.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bruce Sterling

A set of Bollywood actresses are coming through Dallas soon in a live tour; I'd pay a lot to see them, but alas, I'm fully booked elsewhere.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Bruce Sterling

I'm Level Eighty on Warcraft." The clerk was stunned. "You're Level Eighty?! Are you Horde, or Alliance?" "What, are you kidding me? I'm Horde, of course! I'm a Level Eighty Undead Priestess. What Guild are you in?" "I'm a Horde Blood Elf Paladin. Level 30. I'm in the Blood Roses Guild." "Have you ever seen a 'Spectral Tiger' loot card? I bet you never have." The museum clerk thought about her situation. The psychic pressure was mounting on her. She was in a state of moral anguish. "Look, Signora, I'd love to help your American clients there... But if my director knew I was Warcrafting here at work, she'd kill me! Besides, you don't have any 'Spectral Tiger' in your purse, I bet.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

It's going to be really interesting to see what the heroin market does in the next two years or so. One thing you can be pretty sure of. The Afghan peasants who grow poppies won't get rich. The money will end up in places like Dubai.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bruce Sterling

There's no victory-condition for being human.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bruce Sterling

If bin Laden is in fact publicly killed, then the US military will find itself standing around with its hands in its pockets, wondering what's supposed to come next.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Las Vegas is a major family destination. Nevada casinos have become American family values now. It's considered just fine to go into one of these windowless scary gambling-malls, drink yourself silly, lose your ass at roulette, and then go ogle showgirls with breast implants. Republicans do this now. Working-class folks do it in polyester stretch pants. It's normal.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Death defeats us in the end. But our children are our revenge against it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

The future is unwritten. Cyberspace is the funhouse mirror of our own society, reflects our values and our faults, sometimes in terrifying exaggerations. It doesn't matter who you are today, if you don't show up in that mirror you are just not going to matter very much. Our kids have to show up in the mirror.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Anything that can be done to a rat can be done to a human being. And we can do most anything to rats. This is a hard thing to think about, but it's the truth. It won't go away because we cover our eyes. THAT is cyberpunk.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bruce Sterling

We may yet work up to some serious shooting war, or maybe some acts of urban genocide committed with rogue nuclear weapons. But if that were the case, why would we call that "9/11"? If Washington disappeared in a mushroom cloud, we'd give that huge event a different name.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Privacy under what circumstance? Privacy at home under what circumstances? You have more privacy if everyone's illiterate, but you wouldn't really call that privacy. That's ignorance.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

It's a truism in technological development that no silver lining comes without its cloud.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bruce Sterling

A security cam is one small part of a much larger universe of cams. The much larger effect, socially, politically and economically, is going to come from a much larger trend.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Every passing year brings us more past futures.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Science fiction is not about the freedom of imagination. It's about a free imagination pinched and howling in a vise that other people call real life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Don't become a well rounded person. Well rounded people are smooth and ull. Become a thoroughly spiky person.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

I was once a student in a punk T-Shirt hooked on screwed-up scenarios. Thats how I became the esteemed cultural figure that I am today.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Do you remember, Abelard... Once I told you that ecstasy was better than being God." "I remember." "I was wrong, darling. Being God is better.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Someday the Sun will explode, and what about our journalism and poetry then? Well, so what? To hell with our exploding Sun. We have to do what we can do in the time we can act.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Alex direly wanted to try something stupid, but he wasn't about try anything stupid under these circumstances. He'd wait till he won their confidence, till they gave him a lot more initiative and leeway. Then he'd try something stupid.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

The future is unwritten. there are best case scenarios. There are worst-case scenarios. both of them are great fun to write about if you' re a science fiction novelist, but neither of them ever happens in the real world. What happens in the real world is always a sideways-case scenario. World-changing marvels to us, are only wallpaper to our children.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

I wouldn't describe that "position" as "parasitic." I'd describe that experience as "edifying." I don't merely write from a critical intellectual distance. I actually live around here.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Unfortunately, computers are'stupid.Unlike human beings, computers possess the truly profound stupidity of the inanimate.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Worrying about a large institution, especially when it has computers, is like worrying about a large gorilla, especially when it's on fire.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Bruce Sterling

She had Google, and she had Wikipedia. She could look up anything obscure, any words or phrases that she didn’t understand. A romance novel was just a book, while the Internet was the Internet. The Internet would crack these nuts for sure.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Bruce Sterling

One of the great beauties of politics as an art form was its lack of restriction to merely standard forms of realism.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bruce Sterling

But the economy's out of control. Money just doesn't need human beings anymore. Most of us only get in the way.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bruce Sterling

University, as institutions, pre-date the information economy by many centuries and are not for-profit cultural entities, whose reason of existence (purportedly) is to discover truth, codify it through techniques of scholarship, and then teach it. Universities are meant to pass the torch of civilization not just download data into student skulls.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Bruce Sterling

“So, Sally, what’s new around here?” “Jeff Bezos just sold off two million shares.” “So, why would our sci-fi paperback bookseller need to sell that much Amazon stock?” “I think Jeff needs the cash for his private space rocket.”

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Saying you have a political solution is like saying you can write a pop song that's going to stay at the top of the list forever. I don't have many illusions about this, but I'm not cynical about it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Maybe we're about to radically change the operating system of the human condition. If so, then this would be a really good time to make backups of our civilization.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

I used to think that cyberspace was fifty years away. What I thought was fifty years away, was only ten years away. And what I thought was ten years away... it was already here. I just wasn't aware of it yet.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Brixie’s blog was huge. That had to be it. Brixie had a monster fashion blog. All those Los Angeles girls with their feet on the pedals of daddy’s sports car... Speedometers twitched in Milan whenever those girls changed their shoes... And Brixie knew how to make the girls in L.A. change their shoes. Dr. Gustav Y. Svante had warned him about this. This was an Internet thing: “disintermediation.”

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bruce Sterling

In a start-up society, huge sums can fall on innocent parties, almost by accident .

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bruce Sterling

I know that the human condition will be radically changed through technical means. Much of this change will be painful, monstrous and horrible. Most mutations are disgusting failures, most experiments are failures. I accept this and I don't find it frightening.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Information wants to be free. Believe it.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Bruce Sterling

I love both her and them. I have come to understand that she is what they are. A woman accepts a man, expecting that he will change. A man takes a woman, expecting that she will never change. They are both disappointed. Yet within this very disappointment is the primal source of all new men and all new women

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Here in Europe they had a Dark Age so extensive, radical and obliterative that everyone forgot how to speak Latin.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

My dream appliance circa 2050 has one big dial on it, and when I twist it to the right, my IQ goes up to 450.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

The future is a process, not a destination.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

The Bollywood distribution system is so corrupt that they have trouble making money off movies. So they sell shoes that an actress stepped in. If they turned up the amps some, maybe they could sell the actresses.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Bruce Sterling

Gene replacement therapy--they tell me it really hurts. It always hurts... It all hurts. Everything hurts. For as long as you can still feel it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bruce Sterling

I think our grandparents were Victor Frankenstein. I basically am the kind of deeply unnatural creature that Mrs Shelley instinctively dreaded. I not only eat her sacred cows but I eat them with ketchup. While I take her point, I think that transgressive monstrosity and tampering with the life force are both a lot more fun than she suspected.