Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling
Really disappointed in Bruce Sterling's latest effort 'Pirate Utopia'.
It has a rather long intro by Warren Ellis (who might be another author I am just not intelligent enough to understand. I've read some of his stuff. Some I found entertaining, whilst other things seem totally incomprehensible). An afterword by Christopher Brown (I confess I have no idea about this man or any of his work other than the afterword in Mr. Sterling's latest) so here, have a link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Brown_(author).Then an interview with Bruce (by Rick Klaw, another Texan with whom I have zero acquaintance, but who seems to be an editor of some note. (Here, another link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Klaw), which seems to take up 10% of the tome. Makes them both look devilishly clever, whilst attempting to explain the premise of the book to the rest of us plebes... And the ending: Reconstructing the Future by John Coulhart.
Honestly if you have to do this much explaining for a book to get people to read, understand and like it? Sheesh!
I'd rather watch paint dry.
But I read the thing, because I hate to not finish books. I think maybe Bruce has taken the "futurist in residence" thing a bit too strongly. Still, I am a fan, and that's why I stuck with it through all of it, and it was a bit of a slog, by the way. It wasn't really sci fi. It wasn't cyberpunk. It wasn't steampunk. Sterling called it dieselpunk. Maybe I'm not a fan of this genre, but I don't think this was your best work, Mr. Sterling.
I'd ask for my money back but that ain't how this works...