This is what makes America great. A writer of science fiction can also find work as a technology pundit, which in turn nets him enough money—and freedom—to design the World's Least Attractive Lamp. In many countries, people are run through with pig iron skewers just for writing science fiction, let alone making glowing orange rind monstrosities. It is a testament to our great society that we suffer Bruce Sterling to explore the heights of photonic faux pas without fear of retribution or accusation that he stole it from his grandmother's macram class.
The (c)lamp is nearing production as they finish "ironing out final manufacturing details." It's hard to keep that many factory workers stoned, for instance.