Schismatrix by Bruce Sterling:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

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. Select an invention:

Circumlunar - home with lunar views
A large space habitat orbiting the moon.

Deceleration Paste - antidote for deceleration trauma
Antidote for deceleration trauma.

Mechanist Drogue

Sentient Room - not the Radisson
A room constructed entirely of flesh, dominated by the personality of a geisha.

Sours
The odor created in enclosed space environments due to the need for bacilli for healthy soil.

Video-Manicuring Program
Manipulates live video images in real time.

 

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