Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Future is Here:

The Smithsonian had a conference last month called the Future Is Here. The Smithsonian is late. The future arrived at least twenty years ago. It just wasn't very evenly distributed. William Gibson announced on NPR in 1993 that the future was already here.

Unfortunately, the future still isn't evenly distributed. Governments are working overtime trying to redistribute it more "fairly." Maybe it's only now being distributed to the Smithsonian.

Gibson wrote a famous dystopian novel about the future, Neuromancer. It's cited as having one of the best opening lines ever for a novel: The sky above the port was the color of a television tuned to a dead channel. 

Gibson wrote Neuromancer in "blind animal terror." It was his first novel and he thought it was beyond his abilities. He was afraid of the future, like I am now.

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