Study Questions for Mozart in Mirrorshades [1985 in Omni] by Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner

Sterling and Shiner immerse us in a near future science fiction without explanation, requiring us to piece together the context as we read.  This, then, is classic sf, situating us in an alien environment and asking us to react and re-orient ourselves to the imagined world.  Theirs is an immediately post-Vietnam story enacting a cultural critique that turns the practices of colonial imperialism against the colonizers.  That is, the very cultures that historically have sustained themselves through exploitative imperialist actions in our reality are similarly exploited in "Mozart in Mirrorshades."  Consider the following issues as your read the story: