NO cubing isn't dead.
CFF will hold its annual meeting the
day after IPP, which is in amsterdam this year.
their newsletter is still published.
There is a renewed interest as indicated by
sales of magic solids. In particular
ISHI PRESS, san jose is comerrcially
super novas - hungarian made regular dodecahedrons
I believe that there are 2 books on square 1 in
the editing stage. I don't know when/if they will
go to print.
there was discussion and a solution to square 1
posted to this list, in addition the test issue
of a puzzling magazine from ISHI press featured
check the literature.
THE FUTURE IS PUZZLING,
BUT CUBING IS FOREVER !!