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The Artificial Kid

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  743 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The entertainment industry rules on Reverie, a world founded by Moses Moses as an experiment in corporate-controlled equality. Instead, the experiment has caused Reverie to mutate into a landscape of decadence & class division. Miles above the surface, the ultrawealthy live in orbital homes, watching surface citizens' home-produced videos of sex & extreme violence. ...more
Paperback, 245 pages
Published 1985 by Penguin (first published 1980)
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Olethros
-El Derek Zoolander de los gladiadores futuristas-.

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Hace ya bastantes años, Rominuald Tanglin, Primer Secretario de Gobierno de Niwlind, emigró al planeta Reveria y traslado parte de su conciencia a un nuevo cuerpo, el Chico Artificial, que tiempo después se ha convertido en una estrella de los medios entre los artistas luchadores de la Zona Descriminalizada de la ciudad isla de Telset (que al contrario de lo que su nombre podría indicar, es un área viol
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Jack
this book iz pretty hectic I like it when he bashes the cunts with his nunchucks. not the best book i've read so get fucked Bruce Sterling u cunt but it was pretty entertainment read, shayz!!!
Erik Graff
Mar 16, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sterling fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Just like it says, fast-paced and exciting--like so much else, but at least this is a satire.
Michele (Mikecas)


Da:

http://www.webalice.it/michele.castel...

Sterling si dimostra ancora una volta di essere l'autore piu' leggibile del filone cyberpunk, di cui e' stato anche l'ideologo. Questo romanzo, del 1997, e' molto di piu' di quanto la banale presentazione possa lasciare intendere. Grandi temi come l'origine della vita, il ruolo dell'autoconsapevolezza, un tocco di sistemi complessi, hanno abbastanza spazio nella narrazione, sapendoli cogliere. Molta sociologia rivestita da cyberpunk, ma che presenta a v
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Michael Burnam-fink
This is it. The only Bruce Sterling novel I haven't read. So how does my guru's second novel hold up?

Well, it's original, aggressively stylized, and full of provocative ideas. In the distant future people are effectively immortal, with ennui a leading cause of death. The titular Artificial Kid inhabits the body of of a deceased politician, making his living as a combat artist, beating up other artists with his nunchuks and selling the tapes. He stumbles into a massive historical/scientific consp
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Alex Sarll
Much more of a slog than I'd anticipated given it's a short book by a writer I usually like. This, though, is very early work - even before he co-fathered cyberpunk (definitely foreshadowed in some details here). And while the worldbuilding and futurology are already in place (it's largely about managed reality TV - not bad for 1980), the characterisation is uninspiring and the plot too picaresque for my taste.
Alain Dewitt
At first I had this rated as two stars but a month after finishing it I decided to drop a star. I just didn't like this book.

I had heard a lot of good things about Bruce Sterling. So I ordered this and 'Islands in the Net' sort of at random.

I could tell you what happened in this book but I honestly have no idea what Sterling meant to say with it. I will give Sterling big points for correctly forecasting the narcissism of today's society that accompanies the ubiquity of cameras that look always a
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Nigel
Don't get me wrong, I like the more factual books by Bruce Sterling, and I admire much of the work he's done, but I found reading this was a little bit like trying to run through thick sticky mud. With stilts on. In my opinion it doesn't flow at all well, and although I liked the ideas in the book they weren't well delivered. I've seen this book cited as one of the three founding works of the 'cyberpunk' sci-fi subgenre, and in this case I'm just not convinced it warrants that kind of praise. Pe ...more
Wendy
1980, eh? Not too shabby with that in mind! The pacing was wonky, but I generally liked the story. I did love the idea of the Crossbow Body and politics being a living organism with DNA, but the best part was the premonition of the oversharing of lives that we have today with reality TV and the internet. You can see the seeds of cyberpunk here which does give it more weight than if it were really 1980 and I was reading it then. Sometimes hindsight makes older books better than they are. Generall ...more
Kathryn Tucker
I like Sterling's strange future worlds where gender and identity are sort of fluid and people live a really long time. I love that he has 3 genders (male, female, and neuter) who are all equal. It is interesting though that in this book there's not really gender discrimination, but there is age discrimination.

A fun read, but not really anything that I'd gush over. As a Cyberpunk/CyberGen table-top roleplayer, I did get a kick out of seeing so many ideas that leaked their way into the game. Kid
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Lynne
Read The Artificial Kid years ago. Bruce Sterling is a Texas science fiction writer who has also worked with William Gibson. Although his books could be considered cyberpunk, Sterling coined the term Slipstream for this genre. There are many surreal elements and environmental obstacles in his works. This books is one of my all-time favorites. I could picture Johnny Depp in the role of the Artificial Kid.
Shawn
I have read this one twice and it is a great one. The worst part about this particular printing is that Wired magazine got the idea to reprint/publish some of what they considered to be the top sci-fi books under their newly formed publisherslabel Hardwired but they only put out TWO books! This Bruce Sterling and White Light by Rudy Rucker.
John
Early, and eerily prescient, cyberpunk. While packed with imaginative details and political commentary, a stronger narrative thrust (and some editing) would improve the book.
Eija
Mitäänsanomatonta höpötystä - ei missään vaiheessa tullut mielenkiintoa tarinaan - en edes lukenut loppuun (jäi kolmasosa lukematta). Helppolukuinen olisi kyllä ollut...
Jared Kerr
Really great book that I found completely by accident. It's a great hallucinatory adventure story unlike anything that I have read.
Joseph
May 29, 2008 Joseph marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
my copy had a the worst cover art ever.
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Michael Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction author, best known for his novels and his seminal work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which helped define the cyberpunk genre.
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