Schismatrix Plus

A new feature I'd like to try out for a while here is a weekly review of what's on the reading list.  I'm basically always reading at least one book, sometimes more, so I should theoretically always have at least something new to write about.

I'm currently in the middle of reading Bruce Sterling's "Schismatrix Plus" and it's pretty good so far. This is a book I picked up at a library sale some time ago, and has been on the reading list for a while.  I don't remember how much I paid for it, but definitely worth the price of admission. Seems that every time I read something new and good I want to write a story "in the style of…" and this one makes me want to write a space cyberpunk story set to a soundtrack of 1990's industrial music: Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, 16 volt etc. This book was originally conceived as a set of short stories, which really shines through, structurally. The first section feels sort of like a period piece, everything about it screams pre-millenial tension and 90's technological shiny/grungyness. It's an operatic story about an opera in space in a I don't think I'm far enough into the meat of the second story yet to pass judgement on it, but it is much more slowly paced, and full of alien intrigue that I'm not sure I am wrapping my head around.  All in due time I suppose.

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