Sunday, April 17, 2011

Author Spotlight - Bruce Sterling

"“Maneki Neko” may be the first story I’ve ever read when a dominant network turns out to be a good thing, rather than a bad (at least in Tsuyoshi’s opinion). It’s original even for 2011. Back when you wrote this, was it a unique idea as well? Were people afraid that they’d end up a victim of conspiracy (like Louise)?

I frankly didn’t care if it was a unique idea. Unique ideas are overrated. The idea that the Internet has a “gift economy” aspect is an obvious idea. It’s a truism, and even a cliche.

It’s not a moral sermon about how some situation is a “good thing rather than a bad thing,” but a detailed speculation on how it might look and feel."

3.5 out of 5