Bruce Sterling


Michael Bruce Sterling (born April 14, 1954) is an American science fiction author known for his novels and short fiction and editorship of the Mirrorshades anthology.


Sterling's first science fiction story, Man-Made Self, was sold in 1976.

In 1976, he graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in journalism.


His first novel, Involution Ocean, published in 1977, features the world Nullaqua where all the atmosphere is contained in a single, miles-deep crater.


It is partially a science-fictional pastiche of Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. In the early 1980s, Sterling wrote a series of stories set in the Shaper/Mechanist universe: the Solar System is colonized, with two major warring factions.

Alastair Reynolds identified Schismatrix and the other Shaper/Mechanist stories as one of the greatest influences on his own work. In the 1980s, Sterling edited the science fiction critical fanzine Cheap Truth under the alias of Vincent Omniaveritas.


In 1992, he published his first nonfiction book, Law And Disorder On The Electronic Frontier.


WorldChanging contributors include many of the original members of the Viridian "curia". Embrace the Decay - a web-only art piece commissioned by the LA Museum of Contemporary Art in 2003.

In 2003 he was appointed Professor at the European Graduate School where he is teaching summer intensive courses on media and design.


In 2005, he became "visionary in residence" at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

He lived in Belgrade with Serbian author and film-maker Jasmina Tešanović for several years, and married her in 2005.


In September 2007 he moved to Turin, Italy.


He wrote a column called Catscan for the now-defunct science fiction critical magazine SF Eye. He contributed a chapter to Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture (The MIT Press, 2008) edited by Paul D.

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