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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  2,660 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Dans une humanité déracinée, peuplant le système solaire de gigantesques stations orbitales, écartelée entre les tenants de l'évolution par la technologie et ceux de la manipulation génétique, Abélard Lindsay, jeune diplomate issu de la République corporative circumlunaire de Mare Serenitatis, tente de trouver son chemin.
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Published by Gallimard (first published January 1st 1995)
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What a great read this was. I've never been much of a fan of cyberpunk and I'm not particularly a fan of the authors generally noted to be founders of the genre (William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, etc.), but I really loved this book and it has put Bruce Sterling near the top of my list for sci-fi writers. Sterling does an excellent job of melding his cyberpunk ethos with a space opera-ish background that is combined with the 'Grand Tour' of the solar system structure (cp. The Ophiuchi Hotline by J ...more
I had written Bruce Sterling off as a relic of the cyberpunk era, big mistake. The wow factor is pretty big on this. Mind mutating, WTF, idea per sentence science fiction with shades at time of Bester, Triptree jr. Delaney, Barrington J. Bailey(who blurbs it) William S. Burroughs, and Ballard. Dense, filled with absurd humor and grotesque surreal visions, as human future and form breaks and cascades into increasing odd shapes. I feel a little buzzed after finishing this. This and a couple of sho ...more
Jul 21, 2008 Andrew rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't mind good literary technique
Shelves: genre, scientific
Another goodreads reviewer wrote: "It is creative, but one of the characteristics of this book is that the author writes as if the story is happening in our present world, so he does not define words and key elements just as an author writing in the present wouldn't define terms they assume are collective knowledge." They gave this book one star. One star!

It's times like these I realize how crazy some people are. The above technique is one of the marks of good science fiction, as opposed to the
I picked up this book based solely on Alastair Reynolds insane props:

"I owe an equally obvious debt to Bruce Sterling, whose 'Shaper/Mechanist' sequence blew my mind on several levels. Sterling's future history, even though it consists of only a single novel and a handful of stories, still feels utterly plausible to me twenty years after I first encountered it. Part of me wishes Sterling would write more 'Shaper/Mechanist' stories; another part of me admires him precisely for not doing so. Read
A bizarre absurdist bourgeois epic set in the space kindgom of the posthuman con artists. Features hyperbole and sharp dark humor.

As scientific and technological advances shatter the limitations which define modern thought and sustain the existence of a single human community, rugged individualists and pretentious youths boldy reach for transcendance.
But as it turns out, it's bourgeois property relations which end up transcending the material conditions that sustained them. Commodity fetichism d
Aug 04, 2008 Chloe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Futures geeks and adrenaline junkies
Recommended to Chloe by: Colin
This was the science fiction odyssey that I've been longing to read all summer. I'm glad that I finally found one that captivated me from start to finish as I was starting to think I might be burnt out on the genre- a frightening thought.

Sterling's book collects a number of stories all set within his Shaper-Mechanist universe, with his first novel Schismatrix forming the backbone of the story. Following humankind's ascent into the stars, Sterling creates two competing directions for our evolutio
Steven Shaviro
SCHISMATRIX PLUS is one of Bruce Sterling's early novels, long unavailable, and now back in print as an ebook. (The "Plus" indicates that the book also includes a bunch of short stories set in the same future world as the novel itself). This novel has much more of a far-future setting than the bulk of Sterling's subsequent work. It follows the adventures of the main character, Abelard Lindsay (though at times he uses many other names) from being a 20-something rebel to being the 200 years old or ...more
This has got me scratching my head at the definition of cyberpunk. The picture everyone has is pretty much console cowboys navigating some virtual reality dreamscape from a gritty rough and tumble noirish realspace. If that's cyberpunk, then Sterling has taken the pretension way past its defined forms.

Schismatrix is centrally about a political and violent conflict between two general factions of humanity, one of whom prefer genetic alterations over the cybernetic modifications of the other. Our
J'avais lu ce livre il y a déja quelques années, et en avait étéé positivement émerveillé. Car après la déferlante du cyberpunk, Sterling nous revenait avec une oeuvre aux dimensions épiques, embrasssant dans sa fresque futuriste de très nombreuses visions de l'humanité et une rencontre avec les extra-terrestres.

J'ai cette fois-ci été un peu plus touché par le côté humain du personnage principal (auquel on ne peut décement pas donner le titre de héros, puisqu'il passe l'essentiel du roman à fuir
This is one of the best examples of a stitch-up job in science fiction (the other best one, off the top of my head, is the first volume in Asimov's Foundation series). A stitch up job is when a bunch of short stories are Frankensteined together into a single 300-page-ish volume. Most of the good 'Great SF books' at least started as stitch ups because that was the way to establish yourself in the market (sell short stories, turn those stories into your first book/series).

In Schismatrix, Sterling
Mallory Heart Reviews

Collecting the original novel (SCHISMATRIX) plus 5 short stories and the author's Prologue, SCHISMATRIX PLUS constitutes the sum total of what author Bruce Sterling intended to write of the Shaper/Mechanist Universe. What I came away with (this being my first reading of Mr. Sterling, one of the founders of "Cyberpunk") is an impression of a universe where, like ours, hard heads and stubbornness prevail, and where two opposing ideologies butt heads like t
Alexander Veee
"Knowledge was power. And in seizing knowledge, humanity had gripped a power as bright and angry as a live wire. At stake were issues vaster than any before: the prospects were more dazzling, the potentials sharper, and the implications more staggering than anything ever faced by humanity or its successors.

Yet the human mind still had its own resources. The gifts for survival were not found only in the sharp perceptions of the Shapers, with their arsenals of brain-stretching biochemicals, or th
This book includes not just Schismatrix, but also a handful of short stories set in the same universe.

Schismatrix itself I'm going to review separately, because there's so much to talk about, so in this review I will focus on the short stories and what they add to the experience of reading Schismatrix.

There are five stories: "Swarm," "Spider Rose," "Cicada Queen," "Sunken Gardens" and "Twenty Evocations."

Swarm - a suspenseful tale in the classic tradition of "hunter becomes prey" stories; it f
Jason Katz
This is a most difficult read. If you're considering reading this book, be forewarned - information overload is the name of the game. This is not confusing in a modernist stream-of-consciousnessness Joycean sort of way; it's just confusing in that the information and exposition are delivered so quickly, in so few words, you may have to reread several paragraphs numerous times before the facts finally "click."

But when they do, and you suddenly understand, your brain will glow with new knowledge,
Zeb Kantrowitz
Sterling is one of the fathers of cyberpunk and is usually credited with coming up with the name itself. He began writing a series of stories set in the Shaper/ Mechanist solar systems in the 1970s. This book includes the novel “Schismatrix” and all of his short stories from that universe. Mechanists use computer-based technologies and prosthetic implants (think Borg from Star Trek) to enhance humans. While the Shapers do genetic engineering to create people who are compatible with space.

Grigory Lukin
Bruce Sterling is considered by many to be the creator of the cyberpunk genre, and Schismatrix Plus is one of his greatest works and a must-read for all cyberpunk fans and enthusiasts.

This volume features the novel and the short stories that take place several centuries in the future: mankind has settled all over the solar system and split into two groups, Mechanists and Shapers. Mechanists believe in using technological implants to increase lifespan and grant humans new abilities, whereas Shape
There’s a war on. On the battlefields of ideology, you must choose between humanity’s numerous factions, the most important being the Shapers—those who alter their bodies through genetic modification and mental training—and the Mechanists—those who modify their bodies through computer software and external prosthetics (e.g., cyberware). In this balkanized future, countless schisms continue to divide posthumans into branching splinter groups based on technology and philosophy. Abelard Lindsey sho ...more
Un livre exigeant, mais qui vous fait voir une humanité dépasse par son propre futur. Une inventivité rare, Bruce sterling réinvente le livre univers.
It's funny, I've never been able to get into anything else Bruce Sterling has written, but this one remains one of my favorites.
Luis Gallardo
No fue lo que me esperaba. La novela es básicamente un "grand tour" del sistema solar y las épocas de la Schismatrix, con apenas una ligera capa de argumento que no acaba de llegar a ningún lado. Los cuentos, en especial Swarm, Spider Rose, Twenty Evocations, son mucho mejores. No me parece una buena señal cuando es solamente tras leer los cuentos que se da uno cuenta de la importancia y el verdadero significado de varias porciones de la novela, cosas tan fundamentales como la verdadera naturale ...more
Jenn Ballmann
I was sent a copy of the book for review through Net Galley, as always, all opinions are my own.

There is a lot to love about this book, it’s full of political intrigue, violence, and is a wonderful example of the far reaching effects of the breakdown of society. It should be right up my alley, but Sterling’s writing style is difficult to follow. There were numerous times didn’t have a clue what was going on even after rereading several chapters. That said, I did enjoy the Shaper/Mechanist univer
Ralph Blackburn
This is a great buy! Bruce Sterling's third novel and, one of his best, that takes place in his Shaper/Mechanist universe. And also included are all the Shaper/Mechanist stories that lead up to the novel. Cyberpunk done by a master! These stories and the novel came out thirty years ago but still seem fresh and resonate the excitement of that era. If you've never had a chance to read these, you won't be disappointed, and if you have had the pleasure, here's a good time to revisit a classic. Open ...more
Michael Burnam-fink
This is it. This is my very favorite book, one of the immortal classics of 20th century science fiction, and a work that is as live and thrilling as the first time I read it.

Sterling captures the epic of sweep of posthuman history, following Abelard Lindsay, diplomatic, playwright, scholar, defector, through centuries of adventures across the vast expanse of the solar system. Space-faring humanity has been blown apart by their technology, drifting into the major camps of the cybernetically enhan
David Bonesteel
A sweeping history of man's future in space, a time when humanity has reworked itself in dozens of different ways at the fundamental levels of thought, biology, and technology in order to adapt to its new environment. These scattered, interrelated communities exist within two general, mutually antagonistic factions: the Shapers, who rely on genetic manipulation, and the Mechanists, who rely on advanced technology. Bruce Sterling is an inventive writer with a lively intellect, but his novel often ...more
Artur Coelho
Schismatrix é um dos melhores romances de FC ciberpunk que já li. Trata da Schismatrix, um futuro utópico/distópico com uma humanidade a aproximar-se da transcendência e a colonizar todo o sistema solar. Há várias clivagens entre a humanidade: existe uma interdição que efectivamente isola o planeta Terra de todos os contactos com a humanidade espalhada pelo sistema solar em estações orbitais e colónias em asteróides. Os filhos da terra isolam-na, e desprezam-na como um mero poço de gravidade. A ...more
Aaron Arnold
What a good time. I'd never read any Sterling before this; he's often lumped in with the cyberpunk crowd even though there's nothing particularly cyberpunk about this work, which is more of a trans/post-humanist take on space opera. It's 5 short stories and the lone novel that comprise everything Sterling wrote for the Shaper/Mechanist universe, which is a lot of fun to read about.

It's set a few hundred years in the future and reminds me a lot of the setting of Greg Egan's Diaspora without AIs -
Having read the Shaper/Mechanist stories in their paperback anthology form, I was familiar with the worlds amd mechanics of the cycle. The story covers a lot of levels, the one that struck me most was the underlying theme of young vs. old that shapes a lot of events in the story. Sterling's characters read a lot like Gordon R. Dickson's-you can identify with them readily enough, but they don't seem to be fully-fleshed out until there's a conflict of some kind. At least Sterling's characters have ...more
Zachary Rawlins
I am a huge fan of cyberpunk literature, but I've never particularly enjoyed Bruce Sterling's offerings. Not that they were bad - he is far too accomplished a writer for that - but I simply never found his visions of the future particularly compelling, and he lacked the vivid characters and powerful language of William Gibson or Phillip K Dick.

There is, of course, an exception - Schismatrix. While he isn't the first author to move cyberpunk sensibilities into space - Gibson did a USSR themed spa
Sterling is clearly not "my" author.

First of all, despite this being the classic of cyberpunk, it crosses firmly into space SciFi - it has aliens, intergalactic travel, terraforming etc. It shares many of the themes and some of its style and aesthetics with what I define as the core Cyberpunk genre (ie. a near-future city full of futuristic, but not too much, technology - including cyberspace), but lacks some other elements which I thought are crucial to what constitutes the genre. So that came
Este livro contem uma história principal e cinco contos todos levemente ligados ao mesmo universo cyberpunk ou pós-cyberpunk ou lá como lhe queiram chamar.

Os contos são assim-assim, mas a história, chamada Schismatrix, é muito boa.
Aliás, Schismatrix é das mais original leitura de ficção cientifica de que me lembro.

Demora um pouco a perceber o que raio se passa (da primeira vez desisti passadas 10 paginas sem perceber nada) mas assim que "engata" é uma viagem alucinante pelo futuro da humanidade.
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“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.”
“Let's throw his ass out the airlock," suggested the Speaker of the House.
"We can't do that," said the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He was a feeble old Mechanist who was subject to nosebleeds. "He is still Secretary of State and can't be sentenced without impeachment by the Senate."
The three Senators, two men and a woman, looked interested. The Senate didn't see much action in the government of the tiny Democracy. They were the least trusted members of the crew and were outnumbered by the House.”
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