Words matter. These are the best Bruce Sterling Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
Privacy under what circumstance? Privacy at home under what circumstances? You have more privacy if everyone’s illiterate, but you wouldn’t really call that privacy. That’s ignorance.
We might be on the brink of an apocalypse if, instead of poor people with suicide bombs killing middle class guys, middle-class people with suicide bombs started killing rich guys.
I was once a student in a punk T-Shirt hooked on screwed-up scenarios. That’s how I became the esteemed cultural figure that I am today.
I haven’t had that good a time in ages. Since September 11, really. I just felt so happy, it was like the sun came out of the clouds for me. I love Italy.
Political people don’t solve stuff – not really. Political people are like guys in pop music.
We may yet work up to some serious shooting war, or maybe some acts of urban genocide committed with rogue nuclear weapons. But if that were the case, why would we call that ‘9/11’? If Washington disappeared in a mushroom cloud, we’d give that huge event a different name.
They used to be seen as insane or unthinkable acts of madmen. But if they take place they’ll be called ‘war’ too. And there will still be no conventional war.
The Bollywood distribution system is so corrupt that they have trouble making money off movies. So they sell shoes that an actress stepped in. If they turned up the amps some, maybe they could sell the actresses.
I like to get paid for doing basic research, so it’s pleasant to write some nonfiction about it.
My idea of an amusement park story is getting adventurers to go tour environmental disaster areas. After all, if the entire Great Barrier Reef gets killed, which seems like an extremely lively possibility, what are you going to do with all that rotting limestone?
I don’t think there’s much distinction between surveillance and media in general. Better media means better surveillance. Cams are everywhere.
I wouldn’t describe that ‘position’ as ‘parasitic.’ I’d describe that experience as ‘edifying.’ I don’t merely write from a critical intellectual distance. I actually live around here.
People in the Pentagon had colleagues killed and maimed by bin Laden. They’re trying to find bin Laden and kill him and his cult. Naturally they consider that a legitimate thing to do, but they’re having mixed success at the job.
Humans are very aggressive and scrappy, and go to war at the drop of a hat. However, a standard land war is no longer going to work as it is no longer technically possible.
I do have two data identities. I have my name, Bruce Sterling, which is my public name under which I write novels. I also have my other name, which is my legal name under which I own property and vote.
I’m an entertainer in the military-entertainment complex.
War as Napoleon knew it just not possible any more. However, we’re very unlikely to accept or recognize ‘world peace’ even when we get it.
A security cam is one small part of a much larger universe of cams. The much larger effect, socially, politically and economically, is going to come from a much larger trend.
Well, they didn’t lack for topics after Hiroshima. Why should 9/11 slow them down? I know it got a lot of press, but it’s just a few large buildings and aircraft, it’s not like D-Day and the Seige of Berlin.