Neal Stephenson Finally Takes on Global Warming

“His superscience this time isn’t a metaverse or a space colony. It’s engineering to address an imminent threat. After a few years of unrelenting wildfires, hurricanes, disease outbreaks, and other natural disasters linked directly or indirectly to climate change, the idea that the world’s preeminent technologists might take up the cause where policymakers seem to have failed is almost hopeful.”

Source: Wired
Published: Oct 26, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,348 words)

The Strange and Twisted Tale of Hydroxychloroquine

“What happened with hydroxychloroquine was a debacle, but retelling the story might help avert the same kind of chaos next time around.”

Source: Wired
Published: Nov 11, 2020
Length: 30 minutes (7,745 words)

Nerd Cruise

An essay about what 800 nerds on a fan cruise taught the writer about life, the universe and snorkeling.

Source: Wired
Published: Dec 19, 2014
Length: 24 minutes (6,000 words)

The Mystery of the Canadian Whiskey Fungus

When he arrived at the warehouse, the first thing he noticed (after “the beautiful, sweet, mellow smell of aging Canadian whiskey,” he says) was the black stuff. It was everywhere—on the walls of buildings, on chain-link fences, on metal street signs, as if a battalion of Dickensian chimney sweeps had careened through town. “In the back of the property, there was an old stainless steel fermenter tank,” Scott says. “It was lying on its side, and it had this fungus growing all over it. Stainless steel!” The whole point of stainless steel is that things don’t grow on it.

Source: Wired
Published: May 17, 2011
Length: 14 minutes (3,617 words)