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Beautiful and the Sublime, the (1986) [Short Story]
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Manfred de Kooning thinks of himself as an intellectual. He and his contemporaries are children of the modern age, wiling away their days in esoteric pursuits, imagining themselves to be great thinkers, philosophers, artists and lovers. One of his passions, along with most of his fellows, is the flying of computerized hang gliders over places such as the Grand Canyon. When a new, experimental hang glider is displayed at a small get together with some of the world's most dazzling socialites, Kooning cannot help but assist a fellow socialite in the theft of the machine. When it is crashed near the crowd, the pilot is praised and lauded for his daring act.

At once an entertaining SF piece on the effects of rapidly proliferating technology and a discourse on the selfishness of young people who have everything but act as though they have nothing, "The Beautiful and the Sublime" is a sublimely cutting piece on a society that is possessed of very little beauty.

Published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, June 1986.

Reprinted in:

  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Fourth Annual Collection (1987)
  • Crystal Express (1989)
  • The Ascent of Wonder (1994)

Original title: The Beautiful and the Sublime
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionSocial Criticism

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Year’s Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection, the (1987) [Anthology]
      Authors: Orson Scott Card , William Gibson , Tanith Lee , Tim Powers , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Kim Stanley Robinson , Lucius Shepard , Pat Cadigan , Damon Knight , Robert Silverberg , Michael Swanwick , Lewis Shiner , Harry Turtledove , Walter Jon Williams , John Kessel , Howard Waldrop , Connie Willis , Karen Joy Fowler , Tom Maddox , James Patrick Kelly , Jack Dann , Neal Barrett, Jr. , Judith Moffett , Somtow Sucharitkul , Scott Baker , Richard Kearns
     Crystal Express (1989) [Collection]
      Author: Bruce Sterling
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart

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