The Confusion, the 832-page second volume of Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle, came out earlier this month. An interview with Stephenson appeared at Wired News a few days later. In it, he pronounced cyberpunk “over.” “Some would say it was already over by the early ’90s. It’s over because it became part of the main current of science fiction,” he said.
In an interview with The Age that I can’t find online, Stephenson said he wrote the Baroque Cycle novels with a fountain pen:
[Writing longhand] is slower and consequently if you’ve got a sentence in your brain, it has to sit there in your brain for a longer time while you’re slowly writing it out, and while it’s in your brain it’s very easy to rearrange it, improve it, or even get rid of it if you don’t like it. I think that writing that way gives you a first draft that is of higher quality and means that you have to do less editing and revision later on.