Bruce Sterling is an Texas-based science fiction writer and Net critic, internationally recognized as a design and Net culture theorist. His writings have been very influential in the literary cyberpunk movement, specifically the novels Heavy Weather (1994), The Difference Engine (co-authored with William Gibson, 1990),Islands in the Net (1988), Schismatrix (1985), The Artificial Kid (1980), and Involution Ocean (1977). His most recent novel is The Caryatids (2009). As well as being a leading science fiction writer, Bruce Sterling has been involved with numerous projects and written several books of futurist theory. He is the co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the founder of the Dead Media Project (an on-line reliquary, or archive, to forgotten, or dead, media technologies), and founder of the Viridian Design Movement (an environmental aesthetic movement founded on the ideas of global citizenship, environmental design and techno-progressiveness). Bruce Sterling's numerous book-length essays both question and promote how the future is shaping our concepts of self, time and space. In Shaping Things (2005), he offers a history of shaped objects, moving from the most rudimentary hand-made artifacts through to the complex machinery which defines our current existence. In Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years (2002), Bruce Sterling examines how today’s technologies will affect our future lives. Bruce Sterling’s most acclaimed book, The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Order on the Electronic Frontier (1993) is a deep history of the birth of cyberspace, following the periphery of the development of technology from the first telephone hackers to the government’s attack on several prominent hackers in 1990. He currently blogs at Beyond the Beyond for Wired magazine.