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Black Swan (A cyberpunk story) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Bruce Sterling

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“We started reading Black Swan and couldn’t put down our Kindle until the last word.”
[Brain Pickings]

2009 Sidewise Award Nominee

Bruce Sterling brings us a tale of espionage, cyber-threats, alternate realities and intrigue in “Black Swan”, a dark and cyberpunk novelette.

Luca is a technology blogger looking for anything newsworthy. ‘Massimo Montaldo’ is the nickname of hacker living on the fringe of society. What can happen when these two very different people meet each other?
Massimo has discovered something, something that could shift the balance of power among the superpowers of the world. A Black Swan.
What is a Black Swan? “A black swan, when it arrives, cannot even be recognized as a black swan. When the black swan assaults us, with the wingbeats of some rapist Jupiter, then we must rewrite history.”
As a journalist, Luca must investigate, learn the truth – or should he? What if this is all beyond him, beyond his ability to fully grasp? Memristors? Euro-Liras? Spies and the possibility of an Alternate Italy?
What if the risk is too high, the danger too great?
Warring between what is safe and what is right, Luca had to decide if reporting the truth is worth the risk…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Bruce Sterling (born April 14, 1954) is an American science fiction author, best known for his novels and his work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which helped define the cyberpunk genre.

"Black Swan" is a novelette. 9250 words.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 537 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 34 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: 40k (8. September 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0042G0RRY
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #195.481 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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3.0 von 5 Sternen thought provoking read 2. April 2011
Von D Earle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is an interesting story about a technology journalist who receives the greatest tipoff in his career, only to be taken into an alternate universe.

It is thought provoking about what events do and do not shape our histories and what alternative histories might exist. The story revolves around the much touted idea of a black swan event, which totally disrupts the sequence of history - or the absence of such events.

The writing is a bit rough in places and at times I had reread sections to establish the flow of events. But this made up for by the imaginative content.

I have one general gripe with alternate universe stories. Why is it that authors propose that alternative universes are going to be populated by genetically identical people, living very different lives? Patterns of probability suggest that if alternate universes existed, the societies may have some general resemblance, but the chances of two people being genetically the same are very, very low. Anyway, there is a little twist in this story which might just redeem the storyline from this problem.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A SF short story about us 25. September 2010
Von Davide Bianchini - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"Black Swan" is yet another story about parallel universes. So the good part of it isn't the weird travel between alternate realities, which has already been (and better) exploited lots of times in SF literature.
The fun and interesting of this novel comes from the divertissement Sterling builds up adding people and historical turning points to the different worlds he writes about. More, Sterling is one of those authors who use fiction to report their sociological thoughts without any need to add any scientific proof to support them.
20 von 28 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
3.0 von 5 Sternen Do not read previous review. 25. September 2010
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This SHORT story is more proof that Sterling is one of the better writers of this time and genre. the story was compelling and interstimg. It left me wanting more.

I was let down by my fellow reader that gave this story a 1 star. Not because the story was bad, prose unreadable or other countless reasons. They chose to rate it one star because they felt they were over charged for a short story. Poor form my fellow reader, should have kept your dismay between Amazon and yourself. Instead you took it out upon the writer and his peice of work. You my friend should be banned from using the internets.
2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen Olivetti like it could have been 13. Oktober 2011
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am partial to this short story, as it is set very close to my hometown, and because it mentions some alternate realities of Italy, Olivetti and microelectronics which would be almost a dream for me, still wondering about the "whys?" of the fall of the eporediese company in the Eighties.
I really liked the characters and VIPs that happen to be around the focus of the narrator, and the way they relate to their real-world counterparts.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Outliers in History 13. September 2011
Von Kitsune - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Luca is a tech journalist who's getting very valuable information for his career. Although, in order to understand that, he's taken to an alternate world where he knows that ideas can be History outliers that creates divergences and real big changes.

Based on the "Black Swan Theory", Sterling creates an idea of human being and society that feels so close to us and makes us question about "what if..."
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