Floris Dreesman: Sci-Fi Audi Future
How does one write the future, not for a novel but for one of the largest transportation companies in the world? At the Terminal Competence Centre they work closely with science fiction writers such as Bruce Sterling.
Sterling’s Mirrorshades anthology helped shape the cyberpunk genre. It was a compilation of short stories and the first was by Williams Gibson, entitled “The Gernsback Continuum”. The story is about a photographer in the future who has been given the assignment of photographing old architecture. The architecture, though largely forgotten at the time of the story, embodied the concept of the future for the generation that built it.
Sterling is also known for coining the term “slipstream" which is a type of speculative fiction between traditional science fiction fantasy and mainstream literature. Together with William Gibson, Sterling has written The Difference Engine, an alternate view of a fictional history that won several literary awards.
Get the book Mirrorshades here
Bruce Sterling’s blog Beyond the Beyond on WIRED