Bruce Sterling, author, journalist, editor, and critic, was born in 1954 in Brownsville, Texas. He has written eight science fiction novels and three short story collections.
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 Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology. His two collections of short stories are Crystal Express (1989) and Globalhead (1992). In 1990, Bruce 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.
Bruse 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. He has also written science fiction criticism for Science Fiction Eye and Monad, and regular columns for Interzone and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. His latest novel is entitled Distraction, and his latest nonfiction book is Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years (2003).
Bruce Sterling also writes a weblog and runs a website and Internet mailing list on the topic of environmental activism and postindustrial design. He has been a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for many years.
Bruce has appeared in ABC’s Nightline, BBC’s The Late Show, CBC’s Morningside, MTV, and in the Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Nature, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel. He lives in Austin with his wife and two daughters.