From bOING bOING Issue 9: Bruce Sterling interview

bOING bOING was a zine that my wife Carla and I launched in 1988 to cover comic books, cyberpunk science fiction, consciousness technology, curious phenomena, and whatever else surprised and delighted us. That zine, which ran for 15 issues until 1997, evolved into the very website you're reading right now.

 Images Bb-Ms-Cover We've made available a free anthology of some of our favorite interviews from bOING bOING, the zine. You can access it for free with Microsoft's Office Web Apps on SkyDrive, whose sponsorship has made this project possible.

The anthology, called bOING bOING: History of the Future! is a collection of interviews with and articles by some of our favorite writers and thinkers - Robert Anton Wilson, Rudy Rucker, William Gibson, Kevin Kelly, Marc Laidlaw, and Bruce Sterling.

For the last several weeks, we've been running posts about the articles included in the bOING bOING: History of the Future anthology. Last week, I wrote about bOING bOING's interview with Rudy Rucker. This week, I'd like to introduce the interview that our friend Jon Lebkowsky (one of bOING bOING's early editors) conducted with author, design consultant, and investigative journalist Bruce Sterling. Bruce talked about hackers and phones freaks, which he covered in his book, The Hacker Crackdown. The interview appeared in bOING bOING #9. Bruce was a great supporter of bOING bOING in the early days, and wrote some excellent pieces for the zine.

bOING bOING #9 (64 pages) was published in 1992. It contained the following quote by poet Gary Snyder: "Three-fourths of philosophy and literature is the talk of people trying to convince themselves that they really like the cage they were tricked into entering."

The document is in Microsoft Word format and you can view it for free with Office Web Apps on SkyDrive whether you have Word on your computer or not. And if you'd like to download it for local perusal or printing and don't have a recent version of Microsoft Word or one of the many other applications that can open the document, you can use the free Word Viewer for Windows or Quick Look built into Mac OS X.

The History of the Future! A free anthology of articles from the bOING bOING print 'zine 1989-1997 (SkyDrive)