MC: Well, you’ve done a great job of asking questions, especially someone like Neil, who we’ve been reading his books on since we were teenagers. And as you said, his philosophy has spread in our daily lives, whether we realize it or not. This would be great for interviewing someone who has had worms completely inside your brain.
With: Oh, okay, that’s a whole other thing. I mean yes. Not only do I read everything but people ask me if I like the book or if I think the book is good. And the only thing I can answer is, “I can’t answer that,” because there it is … What am I going to do? Don’t read it? I have read each of his books since 1992. I still remember the moment I bought the book I showed him in the interview, which I kept for the camera, because I was spending my summer job going to the bookstore and picking up the thing. I was like, “What is it?” And you read. Its first 30, 40 pages Snow crash Something great … It’s one of the best leads in the history of science fiction.
It’s like, “What is it?” And I’ve been reading ever since. It’s good when people ask me if I think of the new season Dr. Was there any good or something? Well, there’s no answer to what I’m going to do. I’m not going to see it. So it doesn’t really matter. I don’t know if it’s going to be for you, but it’s for me.
And indeed, Neil was one of the first science fiction writers I interviewed when I was just starting out as a journalist. I was talking to science fiction writers about the culture of ignorance that was developing in the 90’s. He was one of the first people I was excited to call. So it was sort of, God, I was going to say that the book ended my career. I hope it’s not right.
MC: Well, we hope you’ll stay a little longer.
LG: Yes. I think the goal you set in this podcast is to get people to ask, “Well, what am I going to do?” Now listen to it.
With: Yes, how will it work?
LG: This is Neil Stephenson with Adam Rogers and Michael Calor, and that Lauren person. We need to listen.
With: I can’t see how people are finding out how not to listen to it. No.
MC: All right. Well, we need to hear it. So we’re going to take a break. And when we get back from the break, we hear Adam talking to author Neil Stephenson, which was recorded on RE: WIRED earlier this month.
With: Hi, welcome to another session at RE: WIRED. I am a senior correspondent for Adam Rogers, a publication, magazine and website. And I’m glad to welcome one of my favorite science fiction writers, Neil Stephenson. Thank you for being with us, Neil, we really appreciate it.