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We See Things Differently
by Bruce Sterling

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Native Texan Bruce Sterling sold his first science fiction story in 1976. His solo novels include Schismatrix (1985), Islands In The Net (1988), Heavy Weather (1994), and Holy Fire (1996). In 1986 he edited a genre-defining collection of cyberpunk short stories entitled Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology. His three collections of short stories are Crystal Express (1989), Globalhead (1992), and A Good Old-Fashioned Future (1999). In 1990 he and William Gibson published their collaborative 'steampunk' novel The Difference Engine.

1992 saw the appearance of Sterling's first nonfiction book, The Hacker Crackdown: Law And Disorder On The Electronic Frontier, a work of investigative journalism exploring issues in computer crime and civil liberties. Sterling released the entire text of the book on the Internet as non-commercial "literary freeware," and maintains a long-term interest in electronic user rights and free expression. Other nonfiction work by Sterling has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, Whole Earth Review, Details, Mondo 2000, bOING bOING, and Wired. December 2002 will see the publicaiton of his latest non-fiction title, Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years.

In addition to these activities, Sterling also founded the Dead Media Project, a mailing list and discussion group dedicated to studying the "life and death" of now-defunct media. In 1999, he began the Viridian design movement, which advances environmental consciousness through revolutionary art and design.

His latest novel is Zeitgeist.

Originally published in 1989, "We See Things Differently" reads less like a science fiction story and more like a political thriller. This story aptly demonstrates why Sterling is highly regarded as a futurist as well as a science ficiton writer.

Illustrations are © Jaxon Renick.

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