Dans une humanité déracinée, peuplant le système solaire de gigantesques stations orbitales, écartelée entre les tenants de l'évolution par la technologie et ceux de la manipulation génétique, Abélard Lindsay, jeune diplomate issu de la République corporative circumlunaire de Mare Serenitatis, tente de trouver son chemin.
Fils d'aristocrate, il doit apprendre à survivre, à choisir son camp. Mais au moment où l'homme évolue, cesse d'exister en tant que tel pour se scinder en espèces nouvelles, il croit enfin comprendre son destin : réconcilier Mécas et Morphos autour d'un projet grandiose, la terra-formation des mondes...
Considérée, avec Neuromancien de William Gibson, comme le texte fondateur du mouvement cyberpunk, La schismatrice de Bruce Sterling est la figure
de proue de l'immense Univers des Mécas et des Morphos, pour la première fois réuni en un seul volume.
It's the year 2044, and America has gone to hell. A disenfranchised U.S. Air Force base has turned to highway robbery in order to pay the bills. Vast chunks of the population live nomadic lives fueled by cheap transportation and even cheaper computer power. Warfare has shifted from the battlefield to the global networks, and China holds the information edge over all comers. Global warming is raising sea level, which in turn is drowning coastal cities. And the U.S. government has become nearly meaningless. This is the world that Oscar Valparaiso would have been born into, if he'd actually been born instead of being grown in vitro by black market baby dealers. Oscar's bizarre genetic history (even he's not sure how much of him is actually human) hasn't prevented him from running one of the most successful senatorial races in history, getting his man elected by a whopping majority. But Oscar has put himself out of a job, since he'd only be a liability to his boss in Washington due to his problematic background. Instead, Oscar finds himself shuffled off to the Collaboratory, a Big Science pork barrel project that's run half by corruption and half by scientific breakthroughs. At first it seems to be a lose-lose proposition for Oscar, but soon he has his "krewe" whipped into shape and ready to take control of events. Now if only he can straighten out his love life and solve a worldwide crisis that no one else knows exists. --Craig E. Engler
In the last decade Bruce Sterling has emerged a pioneer of crucial, cutting-edge science fiction, his work lauded by critics and contemporaries alike. Now for the first time in one volume comes every word Bruce Sterling has ever written on the world of the Schismatrix - where the Shaper revolutionaries struggle against the aristocratic Mechanists for ultimate control of mankind's destiny. Experience the classic full-length novel, Schismatrix, plus thousands of words of mindbending short fiction from a storytelling master in overdrive.