Sci-fi author Bruce Sterling’s state-of-the-world missive
Sci-fi and cyberpunk author Bruce Sterling wrote his annual Things In General piece for The Well, an online community of smarty pants and creative types.
54-year-old Sterling’s musing on the financial crisis made me giggle:
” I’m a bohemian type, so I could scarcely be bothered to do anything “financially sound” in my entire adult life. Last year was the first year when I’ve felt genuinely sorry for responsible, well-to-do people. Suddenly they’ve got the precariousness of creatives, of the underclass, without that gleeful experience of decades spent living-it-up.
These are people who obeyed the social contract and are *still* getting it in the neck. The injustice of that upsets me. The bourgeoisie who kept their noses clean and obeyed the rules, I never had anything against them. I mean, of course I made big artsy fun of them, one has to do that, but I never meant them any active harm. I didn’t scheme to raise a black flag and cut their throats because they were consumers.”
I’m sure Bruce is tossing and turning at night.