SCHISMATRIX. New York: Arbor House, . Octavo, cream wrappers printed in black. Advance copy (uncorrected proof) of the first edition. Signed by Sterling on the title page. The first significant popularization of post-humanism in SF. "The climax of his 'Shaper/Mechanist' cycle of stories ... "This remarkably inventive book is an exploration of various 'post-human' cultures living, by no means harmoniously, in artificial space habitats. Few recent writers of SF have treated the future evolution of the human race in such serious and stimulating terms. Sterling's best novel." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 314. 1985 Nebula award nominee. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1083. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 432. Publisher's publicity sheet laid in. A bit of mild foxing to cover, a nearly fine copy. (#158688).