When a new year rolls around, you can be sure people will make predictions about what awaits us in the coming year. These predictions usually herald either the apocalypse or the dawning of a new golden age of mankind. The degree of doom or jubilee is a function of how close the new year is to the past or coming millenium. A change of decade always seems to bring a sort of tired resignation, with more looking backward in assessment than forward in anticipation.
Today, I stumbled on a conversation about the state of 2010 involving Bruce Sterling, one of the fathers of cyberpunk, and a number of his associates and hangers-on. Continue reading »