Swarm, 2012

In a further erosion of my rules for these posts, this one’s named after a short story by Bruce Sterling. It was first published in 1982 in Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine. My copy is part of superb anthology, The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories (edited by Tom Shippey). The story concerns a group of human space explorers undertaking a mission to understand and exploit a space-faring swarm intelligence. What could possibly go wrong? I thoroughly recommend reading the story to find out.

The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories spans the history of the science fiction story from 1903 (H.G. Wells’ The Land Ironclads) to 1990 (David Brin’s Piecework), without putting a foot wrong. Standouts for me are Swarm, The Screwfly Solution by Raccoona Sheldon and Crucifixus Etiam by Walter M. Miller Jr.

Bruce Sterling edited the anthology Mirror Shades which helped define the Cyberpunk genre. He went on to write The Difference Engine with William Gibson, which helped to bring about widespread awareness of another genre, Steampunk.

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For the time being I’m  naming my posts and photographs after Science Fiction novels (and on this occasion a short story).

As always thanks to John Pindar and Deanne who set this whole titling thing in motion. And to my mirror-shade wearing collaborator and all-round cool dude, Richard over at CK Ponderings  who is naming his posts after Dr. Who serials.

Also highly recommended: Theodora Brack’s blog, People, Places and Bling, and Cheryl Moore’s Unbound Boxes Limping Gods.

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