8. Bruce Sterling
Opera In Space
Bruce Sterling is an acclaimed science fiction writer,
Sterling is an Austin-born science fiction writer and Net critic, internationally recognized as a cyberspace theorist. Sterling has traveled the world giving speeches and collecting awards. For example, the Campbell Award in 1989 for his novel Islands in the Net, the Hugo Award both in 1997 and 1999 for his novelettes Bicycle Repairman and Taklamakan respectively, the Hayakawa Award in 1999 also for Taklamakan, as well as the Clarke Award in 2000 for his novel Distraction. Along with William Gibson, Bruce Sterling is a major figure of cyberpunk, part of the steampunk sub-genre.