The Artificial Kid is a novel by
Bruce Sterling. It was published in 1980.
Shallow seas, coral-atoll continents, flying islands -- this is the world
of Reverie, the Artificial Kid its most notorious video star, a
professional combat artist who tapes his acts of violence for sale to an
But the Kid's affluent lifestyle is less predictable than he imagines --
especially when he has to flee from the Cabal with Moses Moses, newly
emerged from seven hundred years of suspended animation. Then the
mysterious forces that come into play have drastic effects -- both on him
and on the lovely Saint Anne Twiceborn.