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Robot Artists and Black Swans

The Italian Fantascienza Stories
A collection of stories by

The Godfather of Cyberpunk has emerged in this new collection of Italian-themed fantasy and science-fiction stories. Bruce Sterling now introduces us to his alter ego: Bruno Argento, the preeminent author of fantascienza. Sterling, writing as Argento, skillfully combines cutting-edge technology with art, mythology, and history.

“It’s as if Sterling is the only writer paying attention.”—Locus

In the Esoteric City, a Turinese businessman’s act of necromancy is catching up with him. The Black Swan, a rogue hacker, programs his way into alternate versions of Italy. A Parthenopean assassin awaits his destiny in the arms of a two-headed noblewoman. Infuriating to both artists and scientists, a robot wheelchair makes uncategorizable creations.

Bruno Argento is the acknowledged master of Italian science fiction. Yet that same popular fantascienza author also is known in America—as Bruce Sterling. In Robot Artists and Black Swans, we present the first collection of their uniquely visionary Italian-themed fiction, including tales never before published in English.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Sterling’s latest collection is rich and wide, a cross between Primo Levi and Jorge Luis Borges-with a touch of Philip K. Dick and William Gibson. I love it." - Greg Bear

"Bruno Argento is the Calvino of the Cyberpunks, and in this new collection Bruce Sterling channels his Turinese alter ego to conjure dark and wondrous visions of alternate Europes past, present and future. A perfectly curated selection of the best recent works from a living master of short form SF, Robot Artists & Black Swans shows what can be achieved when a writer fully embraces the possibilities of becoming a character in one of his own stories." - Christopher Brown

"Utterly unlike Sterling and unmistakably the work of Sterling: Robot Artists & Black Swans is a sardonic, madcap tour through the grand passions and strange centuries of Italian sf." - Cory Doctorow

"It's all here, this time with an Italian flavor: the inventive tech, the meticulously detailed futures, the stylish and sardonic prose, the creative adjectival combinations. Set in Turin, Rome, and an upgraded Hell (Italian designers are good), these stories could only have been written by Bruce Sterling. Treat yourself to one of the most original voices in science fiction." - Nancy Kress

"Sterling emerges as an Italian cultural figure, within hailing distance of Italo Calvino and Federico Fellini." - Rudy Rucker

"Bruce Sterling’s Italian short fiction is like an Asti Spumante from the vineyard where futurism was first fermented." - Charles Stross

"Bruce Sterling 'literally' takes you to Hell and back and back in this sprawling, delirious tour of an Italy jarred just slightly off-kilter, parallel universe, nineteenth-century terrorists and bicephalous recluses, cigar-smoking mummies and wandering performance artists who happen to be wheelchairs." - Peter Watts

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Hardback Editions

March 2021 : USA Hardback

Title: Robot Artists & Black Swans: The Italian Fantascienza Stories
Author(s): Bruce Sterling
ISBN: 1-61696-329-8 / 978-1-61696-329-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
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Kindle Editions

April 2021 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Robot Artists & Black Swans: The Italian Fantascienza Stories
Author(s): Bruce Sterling
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU