Once I got rolling, I wrote Wetware at white heat. I wrote the bulk of the first draft during a six-week period from February to March of 1986, although the full process took about five months. I made a special effort to give the boppers’ speech the bizarre Beat rhythms of Kerouac’s writing — indeed, I’d sometimes look into his great Visions of Cody for inspiration. Wetware was insane, mind-boggling, and, in my opinion, a cyberpunk masterpiece.
I dedicated it to Philip K. Dick, placing my dedication above a quote from Albert Camus’s essay, The Myth of Sisyphus. The quote: “One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”
A couple of years later, in 1989, Wetware would win me a second Philip K. Dick award.
This award ceremony would be at the smallish NorwesCon SF convention in Tacoma, Washington. It wasn’t like the artists’ loft in New York at all. It was in a windowless hotel ballroom with a dinner of rubber ham and mashed potatoes.
We like to think our food offerings have improved over the years. 😉