New Authors     New Books     Coming Soon     Most Popular     Top Authors    
<< Previous bookNext book >>
book cover of 

The Caryatids

The Caryatids

(2009)
A novel by

 
Awards
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
Alongside William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, Bruce Sterling stands at the forefront of a select group of writers whose pitch-perfect grasp of the cultural and scientific zeitgeist endows their works of speculative near-future fiction with uncanny verisimilitude. To read a novel by Sterling is to receive a dispatch from a time traveler. Now, with The Caryatids, Sterling has written a stunning testament of faith in the power of human intellect, creativity, and spirit to overcome any obstacle-even the obstacles we carry inside ourselves.

The world of 2060 is divided into three spheres of influence, each fighting with the others over the resources of fallen nations and an environment degraded almost to the point of no return. There is the Dispensation, centered in Los Angeles, where entertainment and capitalism have fused with the highest of high-tech. There is the Acquis, a Green-centered collective that uses invasive neurological technology to create a networked utopia. And there is China, the sole surviving nation-state, a dinosaur that has prospered only by pitilessly pruning its own population. Products of this monstrous world, the daughters of a monstrous mother, and-according to some-monsters themselves, are the Caryatids: the four surviving female clones of a mad Balkan genius and wanted war criminal now ensconced, safely beyond extradition, on an orbiting space station. Radmila is a Dispensation star determined to forget her past by building a glittering, impregnable future. Vera is an Acquis functionary dedicated to reclaiming their home, the Croatian island of Mljet, from catastrophic pollution. Sonja is a medical specialist in China renowned for selflessly risking herself to help others. And Biserka is a one-woman terrorist network. The four 'sisters' are united only by their hatred for their 'mother' -and for one another.

When evidence surfaces of a coming environmental cataclysm, the Dispensation sends its greatest statesman-or salesman-John Montgomery Montalban, husband of Radmila, and lover of Vera and Sonja, to gather the Caryatids together in an audacious plan to save the world.

 
Similar Books by other authors...


Spook Country
(Blue Ant Trilogy, book 2)

William Gibson

Terminal World
Alastair Reynolds

The Prefect
(Revelation Space, book 5)

Alastair Reynolds

Dawn
(Xenogenesis, book 1)

Octavia E Butler
 
Used availability for Bruce Sterling's The Caryatids


See all available used copies of this book at Abebooks UK or Abebooks US
 

Hardback Editions

February 2009 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Caryatids
Author(s): Bruce Sterling
ISBN: 0-345-46062-6 / 978-0-345-46062-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

August 2016 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Caryatids
Author(s): Bruce Sterling
ISBN: 1-5318-0263-X / 978-1-5318-0263-9
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

September 2009 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Caryatids
Author(s): Bruce Sterling
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

September 2009 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Caryatids
Author(s): Bruce Sterling
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

February 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Caryatids
Author(s): Bruce Sterling
Publisher: Del Rey
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


Search for