Fiction in the News Articles
Related to material in Schismatrix
by Bruce Sterling
This is Sterling's only novel-length treatment of the Shaper/Mechanist universe; Schismatrix was nominated for the Nebula in its year. The novel explores the different points of view of the Shapers, who alter the body through genetic modification and mental training, and the Mechanists, who modify the body with software and external hardware.
in the News articles describe real-world events that relate to the ideas
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Gene Expression of Microbes Changes in Low Gravity Bioreactor
The tiniest astronaut? Easy - the trillions of bacteria that accompany every manned space flight. With talk of moon bases and extended space travel back in the news, NASA again focuses on the question of how microorganisms behave in space.
Logitech QuickCam Orbit MP Has Maximum Headroom
Science meets science fiction today as you can finally have the online look you wanted; face manicuring (like Bruce Sterling) or full-on avatar (like Max).
Unwanted Life Forms Abound In Sick Spacecraft
You don't want unauthorized life forms growing in the walls of your spacecraft - but there they are!
Beautification Engine Digital Facial
This goes way beyond photoshopping away a few wrinkles; and yet, sf authors have led the way on this idea.
MovieReshape Like Bruce Sterling's Video-Manicuring
Impressive video shows what can be accomplished with image manipulation.
'Facetime Facelift' Beautifies Video Chats
Always look your best - on Facetime.
OMOTE Face Hackers At Work Video
'...a video-manicuring program came on line.'- Bruce Sterling, 1985.
Bacteria Behave Differently In Space
'The Republic struggled to control its Sours...' - Bruce Sterling, 1985.
'Snapchat Dysmorphia' Now A Thing, Say Plastic Surgeons
'The program raced up the screen one scan line at a time, subtly smoothing, deleting and coloring.' - Bruce Sterling, 1985.
Google Commits To Fighting Deepfakes
'The program raced up the screen one scan line at a time, subtly smoothing, deleting and coloring.' - Bruce Sterling, 1995.
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