Holy Fire

Holy Fire Bruce Sterling named one of the best thinkers in science fiction today by Newsweek now presents a cutting edge novel about the beginning of the transformation of the human race Brilliant fascinating

  • Title: Holy Fire
  • Author: Bruce Sterling
  • ISBN: 9780553575491
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Bruce Sterling, named one of the best thinkers in science fiction today by Newsweek, now presents a cutting edge novel about the beginning of the transformation of the human race Brilliant fascinating exciting a full complement of thrills The New York Review of Science Fiction.In an era when life expectancies stretch 100 years or and adheringBruce Sterling, named one of the best thinkers in science fiction today by Newsweek, now presents a cutting edge novel about the beginning of the transformation of the human race Brilliant fascinating exciting a full complement of thrills The New York Review of Science Fiction.In an era when life expectancies stretch 100 years or and adhering to healthy habits is the only way to earn better medical treatments, ancient post humans dominate society with their ubiquitous wealth and power By embracing the safe and secure, 94 year old Mia Ziemann has lived a long and quiet life Too quiet, as she comes to realize, for Mia has lost the creative drive and ability to love the holy fire of the young But when a radical new procedure makes Mia young again, she has the chance to break free of society s cloying grasp.

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    1. Bruce Sterling

      Michael Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction author, best known for his novels and his seminal work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which helped define the cyberpunk genre.

    444 thoughts on “Holy Fire”

    1. WARNING: Spoilers? maybe kinda/sorta; but the review might not mean much to you if you haven't read it anyway. Thus:----There's a scene--about halfway through the novel--when Paul says to Maya: "I want you to prove to me that you're not human yet still an artist." Right there? That's basically your thematic thesis.It has been my observation that a lot of folks get introduced to Bruce Sterling by way of the Mirrorshades anthology (one of my top 5 favorite collections of all time) and so follow-up [...]


    2. I very rarely put down a book before I finish it, but when I do it’s usually a book that I’ve been reading for more than a month at a rate of just a few pages a day only at times when I have a choice between reading the book or doing absolutely nothing. I put down Holy Fire (about five sevenths of the way through). It’s possible that I didn’t read far enough to see what makes this book something that deserves what appears to be almost universal approval, but I’m going to tell you what [...]


    3. I was intrigued by the premise of this book, the ultimate Boomer Utopia: old people control society and use technology and, er, well, let's not spoil things stay young. An old woman gets a new body and then travels to Europe where the book suddenly veers into the world of contemporary fashion and yet another anarchist character is presented as a sham loser (why can't anarchist characters ever be like real anarchists? Why do they always have to be exposed as frauds and valueless wimps?). Strong s [...]


    4. What would you do if you had a second chance at life? If you found the fountain of youth? Apparently the answer is "go apeshit crazy and live like a BoHo, wandering around Europe." Snark aside, I wanted to like this book; I felt like I *should* like this book, but there's just something about his writing style that I just can't get through. It's set far enough in the future that things are supposed to be familiar-yet-foreign, and the author seems to dwell on descriptions of things that are suppo [...]


    5. One of my favorite Sterling books, Holy Fire is very much a product of Sterling living overseas in Europe for an extended period of time. It details the misadventures of a age-rejuvenated woman (Maia) after a radical life extension procedure disturbs her extended old age. Sterling's post plague future is meticulous and quietly ruthless and the tour of it we see is both utopic and distopic in equal measures. The prose itself is a combination of the plain, expressive writing of early Sterling with [...]


    6. Holy Fire has some wonderful cyberpunk ideas and a few semi-profound truths on art. I liked that it sided equally with youth and age, showing the beauty and pitfalls of both.But mostly it just felt flat. Sterling has created a weird fascinating world (I would have been ready to read chapters on the new bio city of Stuttgart, or on the plague that caused its destruction) but we are stuck with his cardboard cereal characters, none of whom I empathised with or liked for a single second.


    7. Long on ideas, short on narrative. Sterling should be tapped to think up settings and backgrounds on a sci-fi tv series, or an ambitious futuristic film. Case in point: in Holy Fire, he projects the story past decades of plagues to imagine a medical-industrial complex run by "gerontocrats." A fine, not implausible notion. But Sterling's real strength is to extrapolate from this general premise, having Indonesia become the richest, healthiest nation in the world after the plague years (as an isla [...]


    8. I read this book years ago, but only remembered the general gist of it. Having just finished a second read-through, I think I know why.This is the kind of book that will resonate strongly with people who like the kind, but will leave others lost and bewildered. I'm in that second group. A very high-concept book, it's extremely hard to read, and incredibly difficult to fully grasp. Sterling uses concepts and ideas which he doesn't care to explain, so that only the most technically-minded readers [...]


    9. The longer I read this book, the fewer stars it got. It started off as a strong 5-star speculative fiction winner. Really interesting views on what the next 100 years of humanity will bring. What post-humans will look like, think like. Some of his theories are silly or ridiculous. But a lot of them are within the realm of conceivable possibility, and thus interesting.But it takes more than some interesting concepts to make a novel. You also need a plot. And you need characters who aren't flat, i [...]


    10. The concept seemed promising (medical technology puts immortality within humanity's grasp), but the execution was slack. Sterling's protagonist, Maya, has lived carefully and compliantly and therefore has access to the best medical care and life-extension treatments. But there's not much life in her life. From his death bed an old lover bequeaths her his "memory palace," a private data haven. I thought perhaps Maya would grapple with the issues of extended life: is boredom inevitable as you surp [...]


    11. Man, I hate ratings sometimes.The narrative drive in this book is weak; it's basically a picaresque of this posthuman society. The characterization is thin, or at least the characters often came across as inscrutable to me. So as a novel it's kind of a fail. One star.But the interplay of concerns over the meaning of art and humanity is fascinating. Also, there is at least one mind-blowing idea every few pages. I constantly re-checked the pub date because this is so contemporary; it feels hardly [...]


    12. Strikingly lovely. A meditation on age and youth, on the cyclical shape of history and culture, on safety and freedom. Stunningly well realized, strong characters, vivid world-building and emotion.


    13. I enjoyed this book. I also have the feeling that I will be thinking about it for some time. The themes from my POV are post-humanity and post-cyberpunk. Two things I have always been curious about in my own writing and plot brainstorming. For example what would the world of Neuromancer look like in hundreds of years well forget Neuromancer that world is now.The idea of a medical-industrial complex and an entire economy and society geared toward life extension is enticing. I want to live in that [...]


    14. I am not sure this book is excellent on its own terms--but after reading nearly everything else he's written, I think this is the most Bruce Sterling book ever. I enjoyed it.


    15. "I have desires which do not accord with the status quo." This book is kind of talky; there are moments when you hit a hard patch of exposition that you need to slog through. Paul the theorist is particularly annoying in this regard. But I love the portrayal of women in this book, especially the main character of Mia/Maya, a 96-year-old woman who undergoes a radical life extension treatment and is driven insane by her schizophrenic hormones. She settles down in the end but not before she causes [...]


    16. This book is a masterpiece. Sterling takes a single seed of an idea, radical life extension, and grows it into a mighty tree of a setting, with eminently realistic politics, economics, and design centered around the status quo of a world controlled by very responsible, very kind, and very old women. It a world that has gone through a great Crisis, and come out in some ways a utopia, but in other ways a perfectly padded prison that eats its own young like Saturn. And around the setting, Sterling [...]


    17. Sterling is a better speaker than he is a novelist in my estimation. Rich ideas, Ideas that a real writer creates characters and pathos with. There is something charming and intelligent at work in this book, but there is something of the very "artifice" that is the critique of one of his characters Paul. So he is aware of this and tries unsuccessfully to transcend it, at least for me. Clearly a problem with this book is getting past being a pastiche. Lots of relevant ironies, but ultimately too [...]


    18. A thoughtful consideration of what the world might be like when technology can "cure" aging. I read this perhaps fifteen years ago, but I was recently reminded of it by a news article claiming that we'll all be living to at least 150, in good health, within a decade or two. The book considers what it might be like to be an old person in a young body - not as great as it sounds. Now that I'm older, I think I can appreciate the conflicts even more than when I read this.


    19. Interesting ideas but no cohesive plot development to sustain interest. Sometimes the writing can be melodramatic; it needs a good solid edit. But the ideas of what it means to live forever, our relation to technology and medicine and Sterling's abundant imagination and vision of a our future are wonderful.


    20. You want to read about an 98 year old having an midlife crisis? You want to see how little people can participate in an very interesting vision of the future? This is your book. It was to mine


    21. I have to admit, I didn't like this book very much when I first read it. Since then, however, it's grown on me and I find myself constantly referring to it. When I recently reread it, I was amazed at how much I'd missed.



    22. An emotional, compelling, and often beautiful portrayal of a future society. It reads somewhat like a solo picaresque, involving a variety of anecdotes and experiences in the travels of the main character, but suffers from not really having any plot or coherent arc. Lovely nonetheless.


    23. I had typed up a review, but app seems to not bother saving the progress while switching tabs for few moments, so here is a quote from the book insted. "Really, reading is so bad for you, it destroys your eyes and hurts your posture and makes you fat"


    24. Dans ce roman, on suit les aventures de Mia/Maya, qui commence son récit à l'âge de quatre-vingt-treize ans et quelques, pour le continuer, apparement, bien plus jeune, et bien différente.En fait, plus que de Maya, ce roman traite de notre société et du fossé intergénérationnel. Il est d'ailleurs tellement un livre d'opionion plus qu'un roman qu'il me paraît totallement vain de tenter de le résumer. Je me contenterai juste de vous dire que Maya part à la recherche du Feu Sacré de la [...]


    25. What a strange and bizarre and poetic little book! Sci-fi is often a shapeshifting genre. Novels are so often either detective or war stories, that something that goes off the rails makes for an interesting reading experience. I liked it a whole bunch.


    26. This interesting vision of the future holds up pretty well rereading many years later. A pretty believable dystopia where the gerontocracy rules, and youth are not as idle as said rulers think. Really great characters quickly carved into interesting versions of a world that could easily exist less than a hundred years from now, but maybe sadly won't.


    27. Este libro es aburrido si esperas una trama. Pero la vida es mas que un principio y un fin. La pregunta principal del libro es simple ¿Qué hace que tu sangre arda? ¿Si pudieras cambiar tu vida complaciente, por qué sería? ¿Qué harías si el dinero y el tiempo no fueran problema? ¿Es el gap generacional un invento para dividir a los consumidores? ¿Es la seguridad lo mejor a lo que podemos aspirar? ¿Cual es el combustible en el alma de un humano?Sterling no ofrece respuestas, los buenos [...]


    28. Holy Fire is a fascinating story about the social changes caused by readily available rejuvenation technology. By the end of the 21st century it is possible to be active and working well into your second century and rejuvenation techniques are getting better every year, but although bodies can be rejuvenated attitudes can not and the rejuvenated old, known as posthumans, are very different from the truly young. The world is a gerontocracy, with all money and power in the hands of the old, while [...]


    29. 73 out of 100 for 2010Either the most important, or worst, SF novel of the last 20 years, or, perhaps, both. I can't think of another novel that I've read that had more 'big ideas'--one that seriously considered what the aging populace does to society, about the generations' inability to understand one another, about the stranglehold that the health care industry really has on us all, about art, about how media does or does not evolve, about economic inequity, and about what makes life truly wor [...]


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