Steve on The Cloud

Read what Steve is doing on The Cloud in thirty serial installments!


what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 30 of 30!
Steve woke up this morning looking forward to his surprise Deathday party, unaware that he was the only one who would be surprised. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 29 of 30
Steve woke up this morning with a to-do list in his head. His Deathday party was on Friday, in two days. He wanted it to be a surprise, so the invitations described the gathering as the next meeting of geniuses. Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect had delivered the invites; everyone had accepted. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 28 of 30
Steve woke up this morning and had to acknowledge that, in spite of himself, he must be changing, becoming a new person, exactly as Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross had predicted. What else could explain his erratic behavior the last few days? Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 27 of 30
Steve woke up this morning surprised to find that he was not in his sleeping space in The Star. He was still seated across from Arthur C. Clarke in the food tent where they had been having tea yesterday afternoon. They must have been mind-locked for more than twelve hours. He knew they were close to solving the problem of how to initiate communication from The Cloud to The Earth. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 26 of 30
Steve woke up this morning glad that he had spent yesterday playing with his friends. At first, when John Lennon and his girls had surprised him on his meditative walk, he had been furiously angry. He hated being interrupted when his mind was just beginning to soar, when ideas were coming fast, when solutions seemed within reach. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 25 of 30
Steve woke up this morning glad that the weekend had finally arrived. His time was his own for the next two days and he knew what he wanted to accomplish. It was no small feat that he set himself. He wanted to save Apple from self-destructing. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 24 of 30
Steve woke up this morning and reached for the notepad he now kept by his mat. It had come in handy for quickly recording dreams before they faded. He knew he had waked sometime in the night and scribbled something important, but he couldn’t remember what. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 23 of 30
Steve woke up this morning with the understanding that becoming a new person was not something that happened overnight. It was going to take more than resolve and desire—it was going to take time. Well, he had time and time to spare. He had 55 years to get the job done. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 22 of 30
Steve woke up this morning with the understanding that becoming a new person was not something that happened overnight. It was going to take more than resolve and desire—it was going to take time. Well, he had time and time to spare. He had 55 years to get the job done. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 21 of 30
Steve woke up this morning with the words “You’re literally becoming a new person” in his head. Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross had told him that yesterday at their emergency session, and he wanted to believe it. For four days now he had successfully avoided the temptation to go up to the tenth floor of the iTower and check the news. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 20 of 30
Steve woke up this morning from a vivid dream of being born. He could still feel the sensation of floating in wet warm water, then sudden bright light, sounds, and the touch of a soft body next to his. The dream was so strong it stayed in his mind all day. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 19 of 30
Steve woke up this morning with a smile on his face. He had enjoyed Irving Berlin;s Deathday party so much yesterday. The songs of the ‘20s and ‘30s were refreshing: uncomplicated, simple, direct, and danceable. He and Amelia had danced to “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, and joined in the chorus of “There’s No Business Like Show Business”. One big hit song after another. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 18 of 30
Steve woke up this morning with a renewed determination to stay away from the news feeds. He would institute a boycott of the tenth floor of the iTower, not for others, but for himself. Yesterday’s all-day sojourn in the gardens, when he had opportunity to reflect and muse, had shown him how his moods fluctuated with the news from The Earth. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 17 of 30
Steve woke up this morning feeling desperate and out of control. He knew why. The iPhone 5 was going on sale today down on The Earth and that mangled map app was a major flaw in an otherwise perfect product. This wouldn’t have happened if he were still there! Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 16 of 30
Steve woke up this morning right on time for his new early-to-rise regimen and immediately set out on his morning walk. Arriving at The Square, he saw that Ghandi was still holding court with his giant sculpture of Lord Ganesh. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 15 of 30
Steve woke up this morning earlier than usual and decided to take Newton’s approach to life on The Cloud. He would change his own routine and see what effect it had on his mental health. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 14 of 30
Steve woke up this morning feeling quite pleased with himself. As far as he knew, he hadn’t insulted anyone yesterday. He’d been pleasant to Jim Henson at breakfast. He’d done his errand boy job at the iTower without showing a trace of resentment, in fact, without feeling a trace of resentment. (Okay, he admitted to himself, you weren’t resentful because you spent most of the morning reading about Dylan and the rest of the day imagining iPod interfaces.) Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 13 of 30
Steve woke up this morning feeling much better than yesterday. He felt like himself again, meaning his Cloud self, not his Earth self. He had stayed in bed for most of Sunday, had not eaten anything, and had not spoken to a single person. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 12 of 30
Steve woke up this morning and immediately knew that anyone who came near him today would be sorry. He felt rude, mean, obnoxious, insolent, abusive, arrogant—he might as well be back on The Earth, where he’d been called all of those things, and more, often because he’d deserved it. At any rate, he’d gotten used to it. He did not want to get used to it on The Cloud. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 11 of 30
Steve woke up today determined to start planning his anniversary party. It was only twenty days away and he had done nothing about it since the idea came to him last week. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 10 of 30
Steve woke up this morning dreading another day of slave labor at the iTower. He hadn’t yet thought of a way to get his new work assignment changed. Couldn’t they give him a meaningful job that made use of his genius at designing “products that generate surprise and delight?” Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 9 of 30
Steve woke up this morning feeling just fine after only a few hours sleep. Last night’s Deathday party was still going strong when he left at 3 a.m. Hosted by, honoring, and starring Johnny Cash, the party was a celebration of The Man in Black’s 9th anniversary on The Cloud. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 8 of 30
Steve woke up this morning determined not to give in to temptation. He would not go over to the iTower. He would not watch live streaming of today’s Apple iPhone5 event in San Francisco. He would not see his successors trying to do a product launch as well as he had. He would not check Apple’s share price. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 7 of 30
Steve woke up this morning feeling sad and introspective. He was glad it was still early. He had an hour or so before he had to report to work. So much had happened yesterday, and he needed some time to process it, as his Dr. Kübler-Ross would say. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 6 of 30
Steve woke up this morning and was surprised to find himself wrapped in a sleep sack lying on a tatami mat. His dream of sleeping in his own bed on The Earth had been so realistic that it took a few seconds to realize where he was and to remember that he now lived on The Cloud. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 5 of 30
Steve woke up this morning wondering what his next job would be. He was scheduled to report to The Cube Monday morning for another interview and a new work assignment. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 4 of 30
Steve woke up this morning to another beautiful day on The Cloud. Most residents loved the perfect weather up here. Those who came from extreme climates were especially pleased. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 3 of 30
Steve woke up this morning to another beautiful day on The Cloud. Most residents loved the perfect weather up here. Those who came from extreme climates were especially pleased. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 2 of 30
Steve woke up this morning at the usual time, but he felt like he hadn’t slept at all. Last night had not brought pleasant dreams of his past life on The Earth. Continue reading

what Steve is doing on The Cloud – Day 1 of 30
Steve woke up this morning with the thought that thirty days from today would be his one year anniversary on The Cloud. He must have been dreaming about The Earth again. That usually got him thinking about time passing. It was so different up here where no one ever got any older. Continue reading

THE BOOK OF JOBS – what Steve is doing on The Cloud
future fiction by Skye Atman On October 5, 2012 Steve Jobs celebrated his first anniversary on The Cloud. Future Fiction Press published the story of his transition and afterlife in “The Book of Jobs: what Steve is doing on The … Continue reading