Jamais already posted a pointer to my conversation with Bruce Sterling on the WELL. Today Bruce explains why he reads Worldchanging; can't resist posting his comment:
"There's a vague rocket-fuel whiff of 20th century science-fiction in Worldchanging, but really, just watching those cats trend-tracking is a mind-expanding, sense-of-wonder experience. I used to go hit the stacks at the library to write a sci-fi book, but Worldchanging is like a team of go-getters crammed a library into a giant fusion-powered nanocarbon blender, hit puree, and spouted the results through a firehose.
"It's going to lead to a new kind of prose, eventually. There are novels waiting to be written that have the ripply, blobjectified, computer-designed aspects of a Frank Gehry building. Literature is having a hard time responding to the realities of interactive electronic prose -- 'hypertext' didn't go anywhere useful. I think it's doable, though. I might open a book tomorrow written by some kid I never heard of, and see that it had already been done with great
"'hypertext' didn't go anywhere useful'???