From bOING bOING Issue 1: Robert Anton Wilson interview

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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.

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We've made available a free anthology of some of our favorite
interviews from bOING bOING, the zine. You can access
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.

In the coming weeks, we'll be 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 author William Gibson
. This week, I'd like
to introduce the interview Carla and I conducted with author and
stand-up philosopher Robert Anton Wilson, who was (and still is) one
of my favorite people. His blend of optimism and skepticism shaped the
way I look at the world more than any other writer. (For a good
introduction to Wilson's work, check out one of his lesser-known
books, "Right Where You Are Sitting Now: Further Tales of the

The interview with Wilson ran in the first issue of bOING bOING came
out in 1989. The issue was 32 pages long and also contained reviews of
Rudy Rucker's novel, Wetware, K Eric Drexler's book about
nanotechnology, Engines of Creation, and a biography of Aleister
Crowley by Colin Wilson. It also had reviews of comic books and
interview with Jack Dean, the 1988 California Libertarian candidate
for the U.S. Senate, and an article about cryptography by Chuck

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
for Windows or Quick Look built into Mac OS X.

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