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Wow, I had forgotten how misguided some people can get about the future. It took a bunch of revealing questions by Joris Peels to remind me of the one eyed wonder my ignorance as a child allowed me to enjoy. Don't grow up too fast Joris, the world will need a good laugh once the visions of Bruce come to pass.
#1 eltimbalino on 2010-02-05 13:05 (Reply)
holy shit i can flipflop from hi to lo tech every couple questions how cool is that
#2 Anonymous on 2010-02-05 14:59 (Reply)
What a waster of my time as well as Bruce Sterling's. You have one of the greatest thinkers alive and you are talking to him about fricking Bollywood Movies and your Fridge Tweeting. Geez.
#3 Simon Moon on 2010-02-05 17:10 (Reply)
+1 - Joris if you're going to interview Bruce Sterling how about some real questions and a bit of respect?
#3.1 Anonymous on 2010-02-06 00:19 (Reply)
The correct verb for that wasn't 'interview', it was 'accost'.
#3.2 Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 2010-02-06 04:31 (Reply)
haha .. grumpy zen-master ...

Joris, please never NEVER change. Someone has to challenge the occasional grumpy zen-master. If that means yo have to raise his blood pressure enough to make him chant, then so be it ;-)

Bruce is interesting, but Joris is cute.

#4 T. Shawn Johnson on 2010-02-05 21:19 (Reply)
Dewds! No whalin' on Sterling - he might notice and make you look stoopid. He was cooler than you before, he's cooler than you now and he's gonna be cooler than you after you're dead and gone. If you can't handle that, have a lollypop.
#5 James King on 2010-02-05 21:49 (Reply)
In the grand scheme of all things I really am quite stupid and uncool already :-) So any attempts to prove this would be redundant. I hear yuh tho, bud. I wasn't dissing the man Bruce :-) There's nothing wrong with curmudgeons! They have character and lessons to teach.
#5.1 Whystler on 2010-02-05 23:21 (Reply)
Sounds like Sterling was playing along with the playful questioning.
#6 skydaddy on 2010-02-06 04:00 (Reply)
That was just an odd interview.
#7 Charles Collins (Homepage) on 2010-02-06 07:46 (Reply)
@Whystler, thank you so much for being so supportive.
@Skydaddy, this is what I thought also.

As for the people that didn't like the interview, I'm sorry about that. I respect & like Bruce a lot and am very happy to see he has such passionate fans. I thought it was very much a playful banter type of fun discussion between the both of us.

I will think more about my questions if I ever do another Bruce Sterling interview.
#7.1 Joris on 2010-02-06 08:58 (Reply)
Gee whiz, how old are you Joris?
#8 mc (Homepage) on 2010-02-07 09:23 (Reply)
Bruce Sterling lives in a completely imaginary world, and has learned to spew obtuse and obscure pronouncements that the fan-boy sycophants that usually interview him will then pronounce as wisdom from the "grumpy zen master".

His pronouncement at SXSW '06 that "National borders, they’re like speed-bumps." is an incredibly disconnected and privileged view of reality. Look at the hundreds of illegal aliens that die crossing into the US every year, or tell the Palestinians in Gaza "oh sorry - its not really a border, its a speedbump".

Having money, being white, and coming from a privileged background opens doors and affects perception. Everyone else's reality is far different.

I've enjoyed Bruce's Science Fiction novels to some degree, but he's always been second fiddle to greater talents like Gibson. And I've learned to ignore his pronouncements, because frankly, he's a middling to ok writer, and not much else.
#9 Gustavo Lanzas on 2010-02-08 08:01 (Reply)
Has anyone else noticed how some think it's hip to bite the hand that feeds them? Or is it just an autistic tendency to take the written word so literally and then complain about the inevitable brain snap? I've also read most of Sterling's books but, unlike you, had the good sense to enjoy them immensely. Despite the fact that he typically writes fiction, I'm sure that he lives in the real world in which, perhaps strangely, it is quite possible to suffer from imaginary things. Like borders - I tend to think that if Sterling had that much money or privilege, that story from last year would never have happened. So, a 'Bah! Humbug!' and 'fan-boy sycophant' yourself!

Oh, and have a lollypop. ;p
#9.1 James King on 2010-02-08 15:04 (Reply)

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