Charles Stross: The Geek Taking Over the Galaxy
The UK’s Times Online has an article on Charles Stross called “The Geek Taking Over the Galaxy” (Cookies required. Don’t get me started.) Stross also has a scan of the article showing him with his cat.
“Science fiction is the mirror image of the historical. It allows us to show people in circumstances we haven’t experienced, in events that have not yet happened, might not happen or in their more fantastical form may well happen.
“What interests me is the idea that human beings are behaviourally plastic. This all means you can engineer the human condition, and that’s before you start to imagine the post-human.”
“My job is to entertain people,” explains Stross. “If I don’t entertain people they’re not going to read it. I am competing in an economy of information with the movies, the internet and the new Dr Who series, so I have to keep people amused.”
And an excerpt:
At one point he presents a lighthearted description of himself in “geek code”, a mock formula invented by himself.
Once decoded, he says, it reveals he is a “geek of technical writing”, that his T-shirts tend to bear political slogans (though today he is wearing standard goth black, which seems to have gone a bit purple in the wash) and he’ll “be the first in line to get the cybernetic interface installed into my skull”.
Even without the interface, Stross believes in networking. Send him an e-mail and he will be happy to send you the electronic manuscript of whichever book he’s working on. And he’d welcome your comments.
[Link via False Positives]
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