Even More Stephenson!
TCS: Tech Central Station – Living in the Seventeenth Century is a short column by the Blogfather, Glenn Reynolds, concerning Quicksilver‘s 17th Century setting. An interesting read. Glenn also has a short interview with Stephenson. In it, Stephenson again uses the ‘geek’ analogy as to why he uses pen and paper instead of a computer to create his first drafts.
I also realize I should probably say a few words about Stephenson’s book signing Kevin and I went to last week. I know Kevin was disappointed in how Stephenson presented himself for the 40 minute Q&A session, but I felt he did a good job, especially for a non-public speaker. He had some interesting things to say, and, along the lines of the pen and paper affectation, Stephenson says that as he’s grown older, he uses his computers less and less. I wonder if that is peculiar to him or to his generation in general. I dont think I’m going to follow along that path so I wonder if there is some generational dividing line where tech, well computers anyway, loses its appeal after a certain age? Is it that as we grow older we become more conservative (not politically) and less accepting of change? I don’t know. Heck, I don’t even know how old Stephenson is so I don’t know if he is in my generation or the previous one.
Anyway, it was a fun trip and I got an autographed book out of it. I’m reading it now. Just a word of caution, Quicksilver is another book where you need blocks of time to really get into it. Also, there is an online annotation site for Quicksilver at MetWeb.com.
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