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Maneki Neko {short story} by Bruce Sterling
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Maneki Neko {short story}

by Bruce Sterling

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A re-read - but it's been quite a while since I last read this. This may be my favorite piece by Bruce Sterling.
Cyberpunk isn't generally thought of as being optimistic and cheery, but this story really is. It laughs, in a rather good-natured way, at those who are hostile to and threatened by technological change. In this future, members of semi-secret 'networks' are always doing small, easy things at the urging of their pocket computers. These actions are usually to help out someone else - and they get benefits in return. This general attitude of 'pay-it-forward' has helped to set up a functional gift economy - and of course, those who are invested in the traditional economy are threatened.
It's a fun story with a personal feel (and some action!) - but with some radical, sensible ideas. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Tsuyoshi has a good life, unlike his brother who is a salary man. He has a part-time job transferring films from older formats, and he always follows the instructions he gets from his messager, for example, to buy coffee for a stranger. Subtle and amusing but lacks real bite. ( )
  AlanPoulter | May 16, 2011 |
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