Holy Fire (novel)

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Holy Fire
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
Author Bruce Sterling
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Bantam Books
Publication date
July 1996
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 294 pp
ISBN 0-553-09958-2
OCLC 34513313
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3569.T3876 H6 1996

Holy Fire is a 1996 science fiction novel by cyberpunk writer Bruce Sterling. It was nominated for the British Science Fiction Award in 1996,[1] and for both the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1997.[2]

Holy Fire is the story of an old woman who has gained a second youth—in a world in which radical life extension is available through highly intrusive technological means—and who has an ontological transformation as a result.

It is considered one of the more literary cyberpunk novels of the 1990s, and has won a cult following among younger writers and futurists, especially those in the bright green camp.[citation needed] Charles Stross has recommended it.[3]


  1. ^ "1996 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  2. ^ "1997 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  3. ^ "comment by Charles Stross on his personal blog". 13 years old and unjustly overlooked, this ought to be one of the classics of medium-future extrapolation. 

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