Bruce Sterling’s veteran beat in the dusty basement corridors of WIRED, Beyond The Beyond, has finally come to and end. Wired.com pulled the RSS feed element from it years ago, and between that and Wired’s determination to make work on its site difficult to access and read, it became harder and harder to find.
Here, Bruce lays it to rest. Bruce, I am raising a glass to you here in the office, and leaving a cigarette in the packet for you to steal.
“instead of combatting bleak downside-scenarios while tensely listening for sirens or fire alarms, I’m better suited to some bespectacled garage tinkering, some pottering in gardens, and whatever serene hobbies might grace a cyberpunk’s golden years.
“So I might well have gone on blogging here indefinitely, through dint of mature habit, but I can recognize that fate has handed me a get-out-of-jail-free card. The post-Internet may even be a different Monopoly board-game. So I will accept the situation graciously, and with a sense of contentment.”
Seventeen years. Hell of an innings.