Cory Doctorow - Author

About the Author

Canadian-born Cory Doctorow is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Little Brother. He has won the Locus Award for his fiction three times, been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula, and is the only author to have won both the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Campbell Award for best SF Novel of the Year. He is the co-editor of BoingBoing.net, writes columns for Make, Information Week, the Guardian online and Locus and has been named one of the internet's top 25 influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Cory Doctorow lives in London with his wife and daughter.

Featured books by Cory Doctorow

Walkaway

Walkaway

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/04/2017

In a world wrecked by climate change, in a society owned by the ultra-rich, in a city hollowed out by industrial flight, Hubert, etc, Seth and Natalie have nowhere else to be and nothing better to do. But there is another way. After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life - food, clothing, shelter - from a computer, there is little reason to toil within the system. So, like thousands of others in the mid-21st century, the three of them turn their back on the world of rules, jobs, the morning commute and...walkaway. It's a dangerous world out there, the empty lands are lawless, hiding predators - animal and human alike. Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, the thousands become hundreds of thousands, building what threatens to beome a post-scarcity utopia. But then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra-rich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. And now it's war - a war that will turn the world upside down.

Pirate Cinema

Pirate Cinema

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/06/2013

Trent McCauley is sixteen, brilliant, and obsessed with one thing: making movies on his computer by reassembling footage from popular films he downloads from the net. In the dystopian near-future Britain where Trent is growing up, this is more illegal than ever; the punishment for being caught three times is that your entire household’s access to the internet is cut off for a year, with no appeal.Trent's too clever for that too happen. Except it does, and it nearly destroys his family. Shamed and shattered, Trent runs away to London, where he slowly he learns the ways of staying alive on the streets. This brings him in touch with a demimonde of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity, making felons of millions of British citizens at a stroke.

Other books by Cory Doctorow

Writers under Surveillance The FBI Files

Writers under Surveillance The FBI Files

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/10/2018

FBI files on writers with dangerous ideas, including Hannah Arendt, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Susan Sontag, and James Baldwin. Writers are dangerous. They have ideas. The proclivity of writers for ideas drove the FBI to investigate many of them-to watch them, follow them, start files on them. Writers under Surveillance gathers some of these files, giving readers a surveillance-state perspective on writers including Hannah Arendt, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Susan Sontag, and Hunter S. Thompson. Obtained with Freedom of Information Act requests by MuckRock, a nonprofit dedicated to freeing American history from the locked filing cabinets of government agencies, the files on these authors are surprisingly wide ranging; the investigations were as broad and varied as the authors' own works. James Baldwin, for example, was so openly antagonistic to the state's security apparatus that investigators followed his every move. Ray Bradbury, on the other hand, was likely unaware that the Bureau had any interest in his work. (Bradbury was a target because an informant warned that science fiction was a Soviet plot to weaken American resolve.) Ernest Hemingway, true to form, drunkenly called the FBI Nazis and sissies. The files have been edited for length and clarity, but beyond that everything in the book is pulled directly from investigatory files. Some investigations lasted for years, others just a few days. Some are thrilling narratives. Others never really go anywhere. Some are funny, others quite harrowing. Despite the federal government's periodic admission of past wrongdoing, investigations like these will probably continue to happen. Like all that seems best forgotten, the Bureau's investigation of writers should be remembered. We owe it to ourselves. Writers Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, Ray Bradbury, Truman Capote, Tom Clancy, W. E. B. Du Bois, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Aldous Huxley, Ken Kesey, Norman Mailer, Ayn Rand, Susan Sontag, Terry Southern, Hunter S. Thompson, Gore Vidal

In Real Life

In Real Life

Author: Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/02/2018

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer - a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behaviour is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realise that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake. In Real Life is a touching and morally complex tale for young adults.

Walkaway

Walkaway

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

In a world wrecked by climate change, in a society owned by the ultra-rich, in a city hollowed out by industrial flight, Hubert, Etc, Seth and Natalie have nowhere else to be and nothing better to do. But there is another way. After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life - food, clothing, shelter - from a computer, there is little reason to toil within the system. So, like thousands of others in the mid-21st century, the three of them turn their back on the world of rules, jobs, the morning commute and... walkaway. It's a dangerous world out there; the empty, lawless lands are hiding predators - animal and human alike. Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, the few become many, building what threatens to become a post-scarcity utopia. But then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra-rich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. And now it's war - a war that will turn the world upside down.

Party Discipline

Party Discipline

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 30/08/2017

In a world where most of us are just surplus population, certain temptations are acute indeed. Party Discipline is a Tor.com Original from bestselling author Cory Doctorow.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Walkaway

Walkaway

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/04/2017

In a world wrecked by climate change, in a society owned by the ultra-rich, in a city hollowed out by industrial flight, Hubert, etc, Seth and Natalie have nowhere else to be and nothing better to do. But there is another way. After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life - food, clothing, shelter - from a computer, there is little reason to toil within the system. So, like thousands of others in the mid-21st century, the three of them turn their back on the world of rules, jobs, the morning commute and...walkaway. It's a dangerous world out there, the empty lands are lawless, hiding predators - animal and human alike. Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, the thousands become hundreds of thousands, building what threatens to beome a post-scarcity utopia. But then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra-rich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. And now it's war - a war that will turn the world upside down.

Walkaway

Walkaway

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2017

In a world wrecked by climate change, in a society owned by the ultra-rich, in a city hollowed out by industrial flight, Hubert, Etc, Seth and Natalie have nowhere else to be and nothing better to do. But there is another way. After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life - food, clothing, shelter - from a computer, there is little reason to toil within the system. So, like thousands of others in the mid-21st century, the three of them turn their back on the world of rules, jobs, the morning commute and... walkaway. It's a dangerous world out there, the empty lands are lawless, hiding predators - animal and human alike. Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, the thousands become hundreds of thousands, building what threatens to become a post-scarcity utopia. But then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra-rich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. And now it's war - a war that will turn the world upside down.

Walkaway

Walkaway

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/2017

In a world wrecked by climate change, in a society owned by the ultra-rich, in a city hollowed out by industrial flight, Hubert, Etc, Seth and Natalie have nowhere else to be and nothing better to do. But there is another way. After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life - food, clothing, shelter - from a computer, there is little reason to toil within the system. So, like thousands of others in the mid-21st century, the three of them turn their back on the world of rules, jobs, the morning commute and... walkaway. It's a dangerous world out there, the empty lands are lawless, hiding predators - animal and human alike. Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, the thousands become hundreds of thousands, building what threatens to become a post-scarcity utopia. But then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra-rich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. And now it's war - a war that will turn the world upside down.

Overclocked

Overclocked

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 25/10/2016

Now available for the first time with two additional stories!Have you ever wondered what it's like to be bitten by a zombie or live through a bioweapon attack? In Cory Doctorow's collection of novellas, he wields his formidable experience in technology and computing to give us mind-bending sci-fi tales that explore the possibilities of information technology-and its various uses-run amok."e;Anda's Game"e; is a spin on the bizarre new phenomenon of "e;cyber sweatshops,"e; in which people are paid very low wages to play online games all day in order to generate in-game wealth, which can be converted into actual money. Another tale tells of the heroic exploits of "e;sysadmins"e;-systems administrators-as they defend the cyberworld, and hence the world at large, from worms and bioweapons. And yes, there is a story about zombies too. Plus, for the first time, this collection includes "e;Petard"e; and "e;The Man Who Sold the Moon."e;

Context

Context

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 02/06/2015

One of the web's most celebrated high-tech culture mavens returns with this second collection of essays and polemics. Discussing complex topics in an accessible manner, Cory Doctorow's visions of a future where artists have full freedom of expression is tempered with his understanding that creators need to benefit from their own creations. From extolling the Etsy makerverse to excoriating Apple for dumbing down technology while creating an information monopoly, each unique piece is brief, witty, and at the cutting edge of tech. Now a stay-at-home dad as well as an international activist, Doctorow writes as eloquently about creating real-time Internet theater with his daughter as he does while lambasting the corporations that want to profit from inherent intellectual freedoms.

Das echte Leben

Das echte Leben

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 20/05/2015

Anda liebt Coarsegold Online, ein Online-Rollenspiel, in dessen virtueller Welt sie den groten Teil ihrer Freizeit verbringt. Dort kann sie eine Anfuhrerin sein, eine Kampferin, eine Heldin. Sie trifft dort Gleichgesinnte aus der ganzen Welt und findet neue Freunde. Es wird jedoch alles ziemlich kompliziert, als Anda sich mit einem Goldfarmer anfreundet - einem armen chinesischem Jungen, der mit seinem Avatar im Spiel unerlaubterweise wertvolle Gegenstande sammelt, um diese an reiche Spieler aus wirtschaftstarken Staaten verkauft, die sich so etwas leisten konnen. In Coarsegold sind solche Transaktionen strengstens verboten, aber Anda begreift sehr schnell, dass man nicht so leicht zwischen gut und bose unterscheiden kann, wenn es um den Lebensunterhalt einer realen Person geht. Das echte Leben stammt aus der Feder der gefeierten Jugendbuchautoren Cory Doctorow (Little Brother, For the Win, Boing Boing) und Jen Wang (Koko be good). Es ist eine sensible Geschichte ber die Zeit des Erwachsenwerdens, Gaming, Armut und das Aufeinanderprallen verschiedener Kulturen.

Content

Content

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 05/05/2015

Hailed by Bruce Sterling as a "e;political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek,"e; Cory Doctorow is the web's most celebrated high-tech pop-culture maven. Content is the first collection of Doctorow's infamous articles, essays, and polemics.Here's why Microsoft should stop treating its customers as criminals (through relentless digital-rights management); how America chose copyright and Happy Meal toys over jobs; why Facebook is taking a faceplant; how Wikipedia is a poor cousin of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; and, of course, why free e-books kick ass.Accessible to geeks and noobs (if you're not sure what that means, it's you) alike, Content is a must-have compilation from Cory Doctorow, who will be glad to take you along for the ride as he effortlessly surfs the zeitgeist.

Rapture of the Nerds

Rapture of the Nerds

Author: Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross Format: eBook Release Date: 07/04/2015

Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the twenty-first century.Earth has a population of roughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot. Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining the swarming densethinker clades that fog the inner solar system with a dust of molecular machinery so thick it obscures the sun. The splintery metaconsciousness of the solar system has largely sworn off its pre-post-human cousins dirtside, but its minds sometimes wander ... and when that happens, it casually spams Earth's networks with plans for cataclysmically disruptive technologies that emulsify whole industries, cultures, and spiritual systems. A sane species would ignore these get-evolved-quick schemes, but there's always someone who'll take a bite from the forbidden apple.So until the overminds bore of stirring Earth's anthill, there's Tech Jury Service: random humans, selected arbitrarily, charged with assessing dozens of new inventions and ruling on whether to let them loose. Young Huw, a technophobic, misanthropic Welshman, has been selected for the latest jury, a task he does his best to perform despite an itchy technovirus, the apathy of the proletariat, and a couple of truly awful moments on bathroom floors.The Rapture of the Nerds is a brilliant collaboration by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, two of the defining personalities of post-cyberpunk science fiction.

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

Alan is a middle-aged entrepreneur in contemporary Toronto who has devoted himself to fixing up a house in a bohemian neighborhood. This naturally brings him in contact with the house full of students and layabouts next door, including a young woman who, in a moment of stress, reveals to him that she has wings-wings, moreover, that grow back after each attempt to cut them off.Alan understands. He himself has a secret or two. His father is a mountain, his mother is a washing machine, and among his brothers are a set of Russian nesting dolls.Now two of the three nesting dolls, Edward and Frederick, are on his doorstep-well on their way to starvation because their innermost member, George, has vanished. It appears that yet another brother, Davey, whom Alan and his other siblings killed years ago, may have returned ... bent on revenge.Under such circumstances it seems only reasonable for Alan to involve himself with a visionary scheme to blanket Toronto with free wireless Internet connectivity, a conspiracy spearheaded by a brilliant technopunk who builds miracles of hardware from parts scavenged from the city's dumpsters. But Alan's past won't leave him alone-and Davey is only one of the powers gunning for him and all his friends.

Eastern Standard Tribe

Eastern Standard Tribe

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

A comedy of loyalty, betrayal, sex, madness, and music-swappingArt is an up-and-coming interface designer working on the management of data flow along the Massachusetts Turnpike. He's doing the best work of his career and can guarantee that the system will be, without a question, the most counterintuitive, user-hostile piece of software ever pushed forth onto the world.Why? Because Art is an industrial saboteur. He may live in London and work for an EU telecommunications megacorp, but Art's real home is the Eastern Standard Tribe.Instant wireless communication puts everyone in touch with everyone else, twenty-four hours a day. But one thing hasn't changed: the need for sleep. The world is slowly splintering into tribes held together by a common time zone. Art is working to humiliate the Greenwich Mean Tribe to the benefit of his own people. But in a world without boundaries, nothing can be taken for granted-not happiness, not money, and most certainly not love ... which might explain why Art finds himself stranded on the roof of an insane asylum outside of Boston.

Overclocked

Overclocked

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 27/01/2015

Have you ever wondered what it's like to live through a bioweapon attack or to have every aspect of your life governed by invisible ants? In Cory Doctorow's collection of novellas, he wields his formidable experience in technology and computing to give us mind-bending sci-fi tales that explore the possibilities of information technology-and its various uses-run amok."e;Anda's Game"e; is a spin on the bizarre new phenomenon of "e;cyber sweatshops,"e; in which people are paid very low wages to play online games all day in order to generate in-game wealth, which can be converted into actual money. Another tale tells of the heroic exploits of "e;sysadmins"e;-systems administrators-as they defend the cyberworld, and hence the world at large, from worms and bioweapons. And yes, there is a story about zombies too.

Information Doesn't Want to Be Free

Information Doesn't Want to Be Free

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2014

In sharply argued, fast-moving chapters, Cory Doctorow's Information Doesn't Want to Be Free takes on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age. Can small artists still thrive in the Internet era? Can giant record labels avoid alienating their audiences? This is a book about the pitfalls and the opportunities that creative industries (and individuals) are confronting today. An essential read for anyone with a stake in the future of the arts, Information Doesn't Want to Be Free offers a vivid guide to the ways creativity and the Internet interact today, and to what might be coming next.

Information Doesn't Want to Be Free Laws for the Internet Age

Information Doesn't Want to Be Free Laws for the Internet Age

Author: Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/11/2014

In sharply argued, fast-moving chapters, Cory Doctorow's Information Doesn't Want to Be Free takes on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age. Can small artists still thrive in the Internet era? Can giant record labels avoid alienating their audiences? This is a book about the pitfalls and the opportunities that creative industries (and individuals) are confronting today -- about how the old models have failed or found new footing, and about what might soon replace them. An essential read for anyone with a stake in the future of the arts, Information Doesn't Want to Be Free offers a vivid guide to the ways creativity and the Internet interact today, and to what might be coming next.

In Real Life

In Real Life

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/10/2014

Anda loves Coarsegold Online. The massively-multiplayer role playing game is a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, and a hero. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer - a poor Chinese kid whose job is to collect valuable objects and sell them to other players for real money. This behaviour is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake. From acclaimed teen author and digerati mogul Cory Doctorow and rising star cartoonist Jen Wang, In Real Life is a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.

Homeland

Homeland

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2014

In Cory Doctorow's wildly successful novel Little Brother, young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco-an experience that led him to become a leader of the whole movement of technologically clued-in teenagers, fighting back against the tyrannical security state.A few years later, California's economy collapses, but Marcus' hacktivist past lands him a job as webmaster for a crusading politician who promises reform. Soon his former nemesis Masha emerges from the political underground to gift him with a thumb drive containing a WikiLeaks-style cable dump of hard evidence of corporate and governmental perfidy. It's incendiary stuff-and if Masha goes missing, Marcus is supposed to release it to the world. Then Marcus sees Masha being kidnapped by the same government agents who detained and tortured Marcus years earlier.Marcus can leak the archive Masha gave him-but he can't admit to being the leaker because that will cost his employer the election. He's surrounded by friends who remember what he did a few years ago and regard him as a hacker hero. He can't even attend a demonstration without being dragged onstage and handed a mike. He's not at all sure that just dumping the archive onto the Internet, before he's gone through its millions of words, is the right thing to do.Meanwhile, people are beginning to shadow him, people who look like they're used to inflicting pain until they get the answers they want.Fast moving, passionate, and as current as next week, Homeland is every bit the equal of Little Brother-a paean to activism, to courage, to the drive to make the world a better place.

Homeland

Homeland

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2013

Marcus Yallow is no longer a student. California's economy has collapsed, taking his parents' jobs and his university tuition with it. Thanks to his activist past, Marcus lands a job as webmaster for a muckraking politician who promises reform. Things are never simple, though: soon Marcus finds himself embroiled in lethal political intrigue and the sharp end of class warfare, American style.

Lawful Interception

Lawful Interception

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 03/09/2013

An all-new tale of Marcus Yallow, the hero of the bestselling novels Little Brother and Homeland -- as he deals with the aftermath of a devastating Oakland earthquake, with the help of friends, hacker allies, and some very clever crowdsourced drones."e;I'd recommend Little Brother over pretty much any book I've read this year."e; --Neil GaimanAt the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Pirate Cinema

Pirate Cinema

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/06/2013

Trent McCauley is sixteen, brilliant, and obsessed with one thing: making movies on his computer by reassembling footage from popular films he downloads from the net. In the dystopian near-future Britain where Trent is growing up, this is more illegal than ever; the punishment for being caught three times is that your entire household’s access to the internet is cut off for a year, with no appeal.Trent's too clever for that too happen. Except it does, and it nearly destroys his family. Shamed and shattered, Trent runs away to London, where he slowly he learns the ways of staying alive on the streets. This brings him in touch with a demimonde of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity, making felons of millions of British citizens at a stroke.

The Rapture of the Nerds

The Rapture of the Nerds

Author: Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/04/2013

Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the 21st century. Earth has a population of roughly a billion, living in a preserve at the bottom of a gravity well. Young Huw, technophobic, misanthropic, has been selected for Tech Jury Service, a task he does his best to perform despite an itchy technovirus, the apathy of the proletariat, and some truly awful moments on bathroom floors.

Wer besitzt das Internet?

Wer besitzt das Internet?

"e;Raubkopierer"e; gegen "e;Content-Mafia"e; - so lauten die gegenseitigen Bezeichnungen der Parteien im tobenden Copyright-Krieg. ACTA, ein internationales Handelsabkommen gegen "e;Produktpiraterie"e;, hat diesem Konflikt neue Schwungkraft verliehen. "e;Wer besitzt das Internet?"e; versammelt Meinungen und Personen, die in diese Debatte involviert sind. Die Einen halten das aktuelle Urheberrecht fr lngst berflssig und orten in der zunehmenden Kontrolle der Behrden ber das Netz eine viel grere Gefahr als im Tausch von Dateien. Andere Autoren wiederum verteidigen die Rechte der Knstler an ihren Werken (und damit auch deren Existenzgrundlage) gegenber der Gratis-Kultur im Internet.

Pirate Cinema

Pirate Cinema

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2012

Trent McCauley is sixteen, brilliant, and obsessed with one thing: making movies on his computer by sampling and reassembling footage he downloads from the net. In the near-future Britain where Trent is growing up, this is more illegal than ever; if you're caught three times, your entire household is cut off from the Internet for a year, with no appeal.Trent is sure this won't happen to him; he's too clever. Except it does, and it nearly destroys his familyhis father's living, his mother's health, and his kid sister's studies all depend on Internet access. Shamed and shattered, Trent runs away to London where he learns how to stay alive on the streets. This drops him straight into the city's always-rambunctious street scene, a demimonde of artists and activists who are fighting a new bill that will criminalize digital copying even more harmless than Trent's, making millions of people felons at a stroke. The government is in the grip of a few wealthy media conglomerates. But the powers that be haven't entirely reckoned with the power of a movie to change people's minds. . . .

Share or Die Voices of the Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis

Share or Die Voices of the Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2012

America stands at a precipice; limitless consumption, reckless economics, and disregard for the environment have put the country on a collision course with disaster. It's up to a younger generation to rebuild according to new forms of organization, and Share or Die is a collection of messages from the front lines. From urban Detroit to central Amsterdam, and from worker co-operatives to nomadic communities, an astonishing variety of recent graduates and twenty-something experimenters are finding (and sharing) their own answers to negotiating the new economic order. Their visions of a shared future include: * Collaborative consumption networks instead of private ownership * Replacing the corporate ladder with a lattice lifestyle * Do-it-yourself higher education As a call-to-action, share or die doesn't only refer to resource depletion, disappearing jobs, or stagnating wages. It refers to social death too, and to finding the common sense ideas and practices needed to not only merely survive, but to build a place where it's worth living. A series of forays into uncharted territory, this graphically rich collection of essays, narratives, and how-tos is an intimate guide to the new economic order and a must-read for anyone attempting to understand what it means to live as part of Generation Y. Malcolm Harris is the Life/Art channel editor and a writer at Shareable and managing editor at The New Inquiry, a criticism site devoted to collecting and promoting the work of young, unaffiliated writers. Neal Gorenflo is the co-founder and publisher of Shareable, a nonprofit online magazine about sharing.

Robots: The Recent A.I. Robots: The Recent A.I. Recent A.I.

Robots: The Recent A.I. Robots: The Recent A.I. Recent A.I.

Author: Cory Doctorow, Elizabeth Bear, Robert Reed, Catherynne M. Valente Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/02/2012

From Kapek's biotech machines of R.U.R. to Kuttner's Proud Robot to the fictional assortment of mechanical sex toys, rebels, grandmothers, servants, and masters, these machines have represented our dreams as well as our anxieties. We love these literary creations but fear them as well. Stories from the last decade representing the many faces of robots - beautiful, hideous, and everything in between.

The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2011

With a Little Help

With a Little Help

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2010

With a Little Help is my first serious experiment in self-publishing. I've published many novels, short story collections, books of essays and so on with publishers, and it's all been very good and satisfying and educational and so on, but it seems like it's time to try something new. You see, I've always released my work under open licenses from the Creative Commons project, so that my readers could share and remix my works. A good number of these readers wanted to know why I didn't distribute the physical book as well, and see what a writer working on his own could do. So here we have it. With a Little Help, consists of 12 stories, all reprints except for "e;Epoch,"e; which was commissioned by the Ubuntu project's Mark Shuttleworth for $10,000 (this being the most expensive option for buying the book - don't worry, there are cheaper editions).

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2010

The prophetic debut novel from the visionary author fo LITTLE BROTHER, now published for the first time in the UK. Jules is a young man barely a century old. He's lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies ... and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in Disney World. Disney World! The greatest artistic achievement of the long-ago twentieth century. Now overseen by a network of `ad hocs' who keep the classic attractions running as they always have, enhanced with only the smallest high-tech touches. But the ad hocs are under attack. A new group has taken over the Hall of Presidents and is replacing its venerable audioanimatronics with new, immersive direct-to-brain interfaces that give guests the illusion of being Washington, Lincoln and all the others. For Jules, this is an attack on the artistic purity of Disney World itself. Worse: it appears that this new group has had Jules killed. This upsets him. (It's only his fourth death and revival after all.) Now it's war.

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2010

A brilliantly funny and bizarre novel from the visionary author of LITTLE BROTHER, now published for the first time in the UK. Alan is a middle-aged entrepreneur who has devoted himself to fixing up a house in a bohemian neighbourhood of Toronto. This naturally brings him into contact with the house full of students and layabouts next door, including a young woman who, in a moment of stress, reveals to him that she has wings - wings, moreover, which grow back after each attempt to cut them off. Alan understands. He himself has a secret or two. His father is a mountain, his mother a washing machine, and among his brothers are a set of Russian nesting dolls. Now two of the three nesting dolls, Edward and Frederick are on his doorstep - well on their way to starvation because their innermost member, George, has vanished. It appears that yet another brother, Davey, whom Alan and his other siblings killed years ago, may have returned ... bent on revenge. Under such circumstances it seems only reasonable for Alan to involve himself with a visionary scheme to blanket Toronto with free wireless Internet connectivity, a conspiracy spearheaded by a brilliant technopunk who builds miracles of hardware from parts scavenged from the city's dumpsters. But Alan's past won't leave him alone - and Davey is only one of the powers gunning for him and his friends.

Makers

Makers

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2010

What does the future look like? A brilliantly entertaining and original novel about the end of the economy from the visionary author of Little Brother. Perry and Lester invent things. All sorts of things. Seashell robots that make toast, Boogie Woogie Elmo dolls that drive cars. They also invent an entirely new economic system. 'New Work' is a New Deal for the technological era. Soon barefoot bankers are criss-crossing the nation, microinvesting in high-tech communal start-ups like Perry and Lester's. Together they transform a country, and journalist Suzanne Church is there to document it. But a new economic system requires a whole new belief system - and there are plenty of non-believers out there. The New Work bust puts the dot.com-bomb to shame and soon Perry and Lester are out of funds and out of business. Down but not out, they go back to what they do best - making stuff. But when a rogue Disney executive grows jealous of their once more soaring popularity and convinces the police that their amazing 3-D printers are being used to run off AK-47s, things get very dark very quickly... This brilliantly entertaining and original novel from the visionary author of Little Brother fizzes with bold ideas about the future and how our lives will look as part of it. But at its heart are three characters, Perry, Lester and Suzanne, on an unforgettable journey that will bring them together only to break them apart as they each try to discover how to live meaningfully in an ever-changing world filled with both beauty and horror - where some things really are immutable...

For the Win

For the Win

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 11/05/2010

At any hour of the day or night, millions of people around the globe are engrossed in multiplayer online games, questing and battling to win virtual gold, jewels, and precious artifacts. Meanwhile, millions of ';gold farmers' toil in electronic sweatshops harvesting virtual treasure that their employers sell to First World gamers for real money. Mala is a brilliant fifteen-year-old from rural India whose leadership skills in virtual combat have earned her the nickname ';General Robotwalla.' In China, Matthew defies his former bosses to build his own gold-farming crew. Leonard lives in Southern California and spends his nights fighting virtual battles alongside his buddies in Asia. All of these young people, and more, become entangled with the mysterious woman called Big Sister Nor, who builds them into a movement to challenge the status quo. Fighting pitched battles in the virtual worlds of every MMORPG worth playing, Nor's network of gamers is so successful that it incurs ruthless opposition. Ultimately, Big Sister's people devise a plan to crash the economy of every virtual world at oncea Ponzi scheme combined with a brilliant hack that ends up being the biggest, funnest game of all.

Little Brother

Little Brother

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2010

Cooler, cleverer und radikaler, als der Staat erlaubt!Marcus, alias "e;w1n5t0n"e;, ist 17, smart und ein begeisterter Gamer. Als Terroristen die Oakland Bay Bridge in San Francisco in die Luft sprengen, befinden er und seine Freunde sich zur falschen Zeit am falschen Ort. Agenten der Sicherheitsbehrde halten sie fr verdchtig und verschleppen sie auf eine geheime Insel, wo sie tagelang verhrt, schikaniert und gedemtigt werden. Als Marcus freikommt, hat sich San Francisco in einen berwachungsstaat verwandelt. Jeder Brger - ein potentieller Terrorist; Menschenrechte - zweitrangig; Freiheit - ein "e;Sicherheitsrisiko"e;. Marcus und seine Freunde knnen nicht akzeptieren, was geschehen ist - und beschlieen, sich zu wehren. Mit Hilfe subversiver neuer Medien organisieren sie sich zu einer "e;Gamer-Guerilla"e;. Ihr Plan: Sabotage der staatlichen berwachung. Ihre Waffen: die Zukunftstechnologien. Ihr Ziel: der Sturz der Regierung.

Makers

Makers

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2009

Perry and Lester invent thingsseashell robots that make toast, Boogie Woogie Elmo dolls that drive cars. They also invent entirely new economic systems, like the ';New Work,' a New Deal for the technological era. Barefoot bankers cross the nation, microinvesting in high-tech communal mini-start-ups like Perry and Lester's. Together, they transform the nation, and Suzanne Church, a journo turned blogger, is there to document it. Then it slides into collapse. Perry and Lester build a network of interactive rides in abandoned Wal-Marts across the land. As their rides, which commemorate the New Work's glory days, gain in popularity, a rogue Disney executive grows jealous and engineers a savage attack. Lawsuits multiply as venture capitalists take on a new investment strategy: backing litigation against companies like Disney. Lester and Perry's friendship falls to pieces when Lester gets the ';fatkins' treatment, turning him into a sybaritic gigolo. Then things get really interesting.

Little Brother

Little Brother

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/10/2008

The ultimate tale of teen rebellion - one seventeen-year-old against the surveillance state. Big Brother is watching you. Who's watching back? Marcus is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works - and how to work the system. Smart, fast and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school's intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems. But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison, where they're mercilessly interrogated for days. When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state, where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

Little Brother

Little Brother

Author: Cory Doctorow Format: eBook Release Date: 29/04/2008

Marcus, aka ';w1n5t0n,' is only seventeen years old, but he gures he already knows how the system worksand how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school's intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems. But his whole world changes when he and his friends nd themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison, where they're mercilessly interrogated for days. When the DHS nally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state, where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself. Can one teenage hacker ght back against a government out of control? Maybe, but only if he's really careful . . . and very, very smart.

Essential Blogging

Essential Blogging

Author: Cory Doctorow, Rael Dornfest, J.Scott Johnson, Shelley Powers Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2002

Anyone can run a blog (an online journal). From personal diaries to political commentary and technology observations, bloggers are making their voices heard around the world. Essential Blogging helps you select the right blogging software for your needs and show how to get your blog up and running. You'll learn the ingredients of a successful blog, and then get detailed installation, configuration and operation instructions for the leading blogging software: Blogger, Radio Userland, Movable Type, and Blosxom. After showing you how to acquire, set-up, and run these leading software packages, Essential Blogging takes you through the more advanced features, so that by the time you finish, you'll be up and blogging with the best of them. Essential Blogging covers: * the important components of a blog and a blog post * installing and configuring the tools * a survey of desktop blogging clients * advice and experience from real-world bloggers * hosted blogging with Blogger and Blogger Pro * desktop blogging with Radio Userland * server blogging with Movable Type * posting, editing, and deleting blog entries * adding pictures to blog entries * syndicating your stories with RSS * consuming RSS feeds with Radio Userland * customizing the appearance of your blog with templates * managing and customizing archives of blog entries * adding comments to your blog * self-hosting your blog vs using a blog-hosting service * going under the hood with the Blosxom blogging system Written by prominent bloggers and authors of blogging tools, Essential Blogging is a no-nonsense guide to the technology of blogging.

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