From bOING bOING Issue 14: Marc Laidlaw article


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 Kevin Kelly.

This week, I'd like to introduce to the final piece in the anthology: an article by science fiction and computer game writer Marc Laidlaw, who wrote about his surreal experience meeting with Hollywood bigshots who hired him to write the screenplay adaptation of William Gibson's Virtual Light. It appeared in bOING bOING #14 (64 pages) and was published in 1996 in Los Angeles. The issue also contained a funny article by Jef Raskin (the creator of the Macintosh project at Apple) about how he got a free set of encyclopedias by tricking an unscrupulous salesman.

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)


bOING bOING's interview with author William Gibson.

bOING bOING's interview with Robert Anton Wilson.

bOING bOING's interview with Rudy Rucker

bOING bOING's interview with Bruce Sterling

bOING bOING's interview with Kevin Kelly