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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:48:44 UTC

Im coming to Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, SF/Palo Alto!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As the tour with my graphic novel In Real Life draws to a close, my next tour, with my nonfiction book Information Doesn't Want to Be Free kicks off with stops down the west coast. I've also got stops coming up in Warsaw, London, Stockholm, Ann Arbor, Baltimore, DC, and Denver -- here's the whole … [Read more]

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:59:20 UTC

Theres no back door that only works for good guys

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, Crypto wars redux: why the FBI's desire to unlock your private life must be resisted, explains why the US government's push to mandate insecure back-doors in all our devices is such a terrible idea -- the antithesis of "cyber-security." As outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder invokes child kidnappers and terrorists, it's … [Read more]

Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:44:23 UTC

My In Real Life book-tour!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm heading out on tour with my new graphic novel In Real Life, adapted by Jen Wang from my story Anda's Game. I hope you'll come out and see us! We'll be in NYC, Princeton, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, Minneapolis and Chicago! (I'm also touring my new nonfiction book, Information Doesn't Want to Be … [Read more]

Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:17:09 UTC

Homeland wins Copper Cylinder award for best Canadian YA sf novel

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Copper Cylinder Prize, voted on by members of the Sunburst Award Society awarded best YA novel to Homeland; best adult novel went to Guy Gavriel Kay's River of Stars. It's a fantastic honour, in some ways even better than winning the juried Sunburst Award, because popular awards are given to books that have wide … [Read more]

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:41:24 UTC

Privacy for Normal People

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, Privacy technology everyone can use would make us all more secure, makes the case for privacy technology as something that anyone can -- and should use, discussing the work being done by the charitable Simply Secure foundation that launches today (site is not yet up as of this writing), with the … [Read more]

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:17:56 UTC

Excerpt from In Real Life, YA graphic novel about gold farmers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In Real Life is the book-length graphic novel adapted by Jen Wang from my short story Anda's Game, about a girl who encounters a union organizer working to sign up Chinese gold-farmers in a multiplayer game. Tor.com has published a long excerpt from the book, showcasing Jen's wonderful art, character development and writing! In Real … [Read more]

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:44:58 UTC

Amazon vs Hachette is nothing: just WAIT for the audiobook wars!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Locus column, Audible, Comixology, Amazon, and Doctorows First Law, I unpick the technological forces at work in the fight between Amazon and Hachette, one of the "big five" publishers, whose books have not been normally available through Amazon for months now, as the publisher and the bookseller go to war over the … [Read more]

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:24:04 UTC

Information Doesnt Want to Be Free

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the audio of my closing keynote speech at last Friday's Dconstruct (this was the tenth Dconstruct; I'm pleased to say that I also gave the closing speech at the very first one!). You can hear audio from the rest of the speakers too.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:21:03 UTC

Starred review in Kirkus for INFORMATION DOESNT WANT TO BE FREE, my next book

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My next book, Information Doesnt Want to Be Free, comes out in November, but the reviews have just started to come in. Kirkus gave it a stellar review. Many thanks to @neilhimself and @amandapalmer for their wonderful introductions! In his best-selling novel Ready Player One, Ernest Cline predicted that decades from now, Doctorow (Homeland, 2013, … [Read more]

Sun, 07 Sep 2014 06:15:39 UTC

High-school English study guide for Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Neil Anderson from the Association from Media Literacy has produced an excellent study guide for my novel Homeland (the sequel to Little Brother) -- Anderson's guide encourages critical thinking about politics, literary technique, technology, privacy, surveillance, and history. I'm immensely grateful to Anderson for his good work here. I often hear from teachers who want … [Read more]

Sat, 06 Sep 2014 05:05:42 UTC

Excerpt from my story The Man Who Sold the Moon

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Medium have published an excerpt from "The Man Who Sold the Moon, my 36,000 word novella in Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future, a project to inspire optimism and ambition about the future and technology that Neal Stephenson kicked off (see also What Will it Take to Get Us Back to the Moon?). … [Read more]

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:31:50 UTC

Free cybersecurity MOOC

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Open University's "Introduction to Cyber Security" is a free online course -- with optional certificate -- that teaches the fundamentals of crypto, information security, and privacy; I host the series, which starts on Oct 13." The course is designed to teach you to use privacy technologies and good practices to make it harder for … [Read more]

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:55:31 UTC

Podcast: Petard from Tech Reviews Twelve Tomorrows

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading (MP3) of the first part of my story "Petard: A Tale of Just Desserts" from the new MIT Tech Review anthology Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Bruce Sterling. The anthology also features fiction by William Gibson, Lauren Beukes, Chris Brown, Pat Cadigan, Warren Ellis, Joel Garreau, and Paul Graham Raven. The 2013 summer … [Read more]

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:33:11 UTC

Adversarial Compatibility: hidden escape hatch rescues us from imprisonment through our stuff

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, Adapting gadgets to our needs is the secret pivot on which technology turns, explains the hidden economics of stuff, and how different rules can trap you in your own past, or give you a better future. Depending on your view, the stuff you own is either a boon to business or … [Read more]

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:37:44 UTC

Tech Reviews annual science fiction issue, edited by Bruce Sterling, featuring William Gibson

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The summer annual features stories "inspired by the real-life breakthroughs covered in the pages of MIT Technology Review," including "Petard," my story about hacktivism; and "Death Cookie/Easy Ice," an excerpt from William Gibson's forthcoming (and stone brilliant) futuristic novel The Peripheral. Other authors in the collection include Lauren Beukes, Chris Brown, Pat Cadigan, Warren Ellis, … [Read more]

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:09:05 UTC

Neal Stephenson and Cory speaking at Seattles Town Hall, Oct 26

Posted By Cory Doctorow

We're getting together to talk about Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future , a project that Stephenson kicked off -- I've got a story in it called "The Man Who Sold the Moon." The project's mission is to promote "Asimovian robots, Heinleinian rocket ships, Gibsonian cyberspace& plausible, thought-out pictures of alternate realities in … [Read more]

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:43:27 UTC

My London Worldcon schedule

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'll be joining thousands of fans and hundreds of presenters at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, later this week. I hope to see you there! Weds, Aug 13 * 18h: Group signing at Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Ave, with Chris Achilleos, Madeline Ashby, Gregory Benford, Adam Christopher, Wesley Chu, Phil & Kaja Foglio, … [Read more]

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:22:15 UTC

Disrupting elections with Kickstarter-like campaigning apps

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The UK parliamentary farce over #DRIP showed us that, more than any other industry, the political machine is in dire need of disruption. In my latest Guardian column, How the Kickstarter model could transform UK elections, I suggest that the way that minority politicians could overcome the collective action deadlock of voters being unwilling to … [Read more]

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:23:37 UTC

Documentary on the making of the Homeland audiobook with Wil Wheaton

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Skyboat Media produced this great little documentary about Wil Wheaton's recording sessions for the audiobook of my novel Homeland, in which he had to read out Pi for four minutes straight, read out dialog in which the narrator had a fanboy moment about meeting Wil Wheaton, and many other fun moments.

Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:37:07 UTC

Homeland wins the Prometheus award!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I am delighted and honored to announce that my novel Homeland has won the Prometheus Award for best novel, tying with Ramez Naam's excellent novel Nexus. I am triply honored because this is the third Prometheus I've won -- the other two being for Little Brother and Pirate Cinema. My sincere thanks to the Libertarian … [Read more]

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:53:48 UTC

How to save the CBC, making it a global online participatory leader

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian column, What Canada's national public broadcaster could learn from the BBC, I look at the punishing cuts to the CBC, and how a shelved (but visionary) BBC plan to field a "creative archive" of shareable and remixable content could help the network lead the country into a networked, participatory future. The … [Read more]

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:00:06 UTC

OECD predicts collapse of capitalism

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development -- a pro-establishment, rock-ribbed bastion of pro-market thinking -- has released a report predicting a collapse in global economic growth rates, a rise in feudal wealth disparity, collapsing tax revenue and huge, migrating bands of migrant laborers roaming from country to country, seeking crumbs of work. They proscribe … [Read more]

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:56:18 UTC

Coming to SLC and PDX

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm heading to Salt Lake City this week for Westercon, followed by an appearance at the SLC Library on Monday. Next week, I'll be in PDX for three library gigs: Beaverton, Tigard, and Hillsboro. See you there!

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:13:15 UTC

Podcast: How Amazon is holding Hachette hostage

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading (MP3) of my latest Guardian column, How Amazon is holding Hachette hostage, which examines how Hachette's insistence on DRM for their ebooks has taken away all their negotiating leverage with Amazon, resulting in Amazon pulling Hachette's books from its catalog in the course of a dispute over discounting: Under US law (the … [Read more]

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:48:10 UTC

My talk at the Edinburgh Publishing Conference

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's my talk at last week's Edinburgh Publishing Conference, called "Information Doesn't Want to Be Free."

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:27:55 UTC

How Hachette made the rope that Amazon is hanging it with

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian column, "How Amazon is holding Hachette hostage," I discuss the petard that the French publishing giant Hachette is being hoisted upon by Amazon. Hachette insisted that Amazon sell its books with "Digital Rights Management" that only Amazon is allowed to remove, and now Hachette can't afford to pull its books from … [Read more]

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:24:25 UTC

My Tedxoxbridge talk: How to break the Internet

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I gave a talk last month in Cambridge at the Tedxoxbridge event called How to break the Internet, about how urgent it is that the Internet is fundamentally broken, and why we should be hopeful that we can fix it.

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:32:32 UTC

Homeland shortlisted for the Sunburst Award

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm honoured and delighted to learn that my novel Homeland has been shortlisted for Canada's Sunburst Award, a juried prize for excellence in speculative fiction. I've won the Sunburst twice before, and this is one of my proudest accomplishments; I'm indebted to the jury for their kindness this year. The other nominees are a very … [Read more]

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:44:20 UTC

Podcast: News from the future for Wired UK

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading (MP3) of a short story I wrote for the July, 2014 issue of Wired UK in the form of a news dispatch from the year 2024 -- specifically, a parliamentary sketch from a raucous Prime Minister's Question Time where a desperate issue of computer security rears its head: Quick: what do all … [Read more]

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:40:11 UTC

Interviewing Leila Johnstone about Hack Circus

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is an interview with Leila Johnston about her Hack Circus project, which includes a conference, a podcast and a print magazine, all with a nearly indefinable ethic of independence and art for its own sake. The opposite of useful is not always useless, as such. The opposite of reportage is not … [Read more]

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 04:40:19 UTC

Coming to Salt Lake City and Portland, OR

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm about to hit the road again, starting in Salt Lake City, where I'll be a Guest of Honor at Westercon (Jul 3-6), and will follow it up with an appearance at the SLC library (Jul 7); then I'm doing a three-day library tour around PDX, with stops in Beaverton (Jul 8), Tigard (Jul 9) … [Read more]

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:04:23 UTC

Audio from todays keynote on digital publishing

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This morning, I gave the keynote speech the 2014 conference of The Literary Consultancy in London, about the future of publishing. They got the audio up with lightning speed (I'm in the auditorium, listening to the follow-on panel). MP3 Link

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:56:11 UTC

ZOMGTERRISTSGONNAKILLUSALL tee, now in tote form

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My ZOMGTERRISTSGONNAKILLUSALLRUNHIDE TSA tee-shirt (of Poop Strong fame) is available in tote-bag form, a fact I had somehow missed!

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:30:58 UTC

Podcast: Cybersecurity begins with integrity, not surveillance

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading (MP3) of a recent Guardian column, 'Cybersecurity' begins with integrity, not surveillance, in which I suggest that the reason to oppose mass surveillance is independent of whether it "works" or not -- the reason to oppose mass surveillance is that mass surveillance is an inherently immoral act: The Washington Post journalist Barton … [Read more]

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:21:06 UTC

Little Brother challenged in Florida high school

Posted By Cory Doctorow

For the first time, one of my books has been challenged. The students at Booker T Washington High in Pensacola, Florida were to be assigned Little Brother for their summer One School/One Book read. At the last instant -- and over the objections of the head of the English department and the chief librarian -- … [Read more]

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:16:33 UTC

Humble Ebook Bundle adds Lawful Interception audio, From Hell Companion, Too Cool To Be Forgotten

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The latest Humble Ebook Bundle has added four new titles: Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's From Hell, the From Hell Companion (review), Too Cool to Be Forgotten (review); and my audiobook for Lawful Interception, the sequel to Little Brother and Homeland. They join a stellar lineup of other comics, novels and ebooks with work by … [Read more]

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:18:25 UTC

Podcast: How to Talk to Your Children About Mass Surveillance

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading (MP3) of a my latest Locus column, How to Talk to Your Children About Mass Surveillance, in which I describe the way that I've explained the Snowden affair to my six-year-old: So I explained to my daughter that there was a man who was a spy, who discovered that the spies he … [Read more]

Fri, 30 May 2014 15:45:38 UTC

Clarion SF/F writeathon: write, sponsor writers, help a new generation

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Once again, it's time for the Clarion Writers Workshop writeathon - we need writers and sponsors to help fund the Clarion Workshop, the respected, long-running science fiction writers' bootcamp. A writeathon is just what is sounds like: a fundraiser where writers ask their friends to sponsor their writing. I'm writing 1,000 words a day, five … [Read more]

Wed, 28 May 2014 06:53:39 UTC

Talking with NPR Marketplace about the Disneyland prospectus

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I was on NPR’s Marketplace yesterday talking (MP3) about our posting of a rarer-than-rare Disney treasure, the never-before-seen original prospectus for Disneyland, scanned before it was sold to noted jerkface Glenn Beck, who has squirreled it away in his private Scrooge McDuck vault.

Tue, 20 May 2014 05:09:22 UTC

Podcast (FIXED): Firefoxs adoption of closed-source DRM breaks my heart

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Note: This is a fixed version of this week's podcast; I accidentally uploaded an older podcast under this headline. Here's a reading (MP3) of a my latest Guardian column, Firefox's adoption of closed-source DRM breaks my heart, a close analysis of the terrible news that Mozilla has opted to add closed source DRM to its … [Read more]

Mon, 19 May 2014 15:06:52 UTC

Podcast: Firefoxs adoption of closed-source DRM breaks my heart

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading (MP3) of a my latest Guardian column, Firefox's adoption of closed-source DRM breaks my heart, a close analysis of the terrible news that Mozilla has opted to add closed source DRM to its flagship Firefox browser: The decision to produce systems that treat internet users as untrusted adversaries to be controlled by … [Read more]

Mon, 19 May 2014 10:48:14 UTC

Coming to SLC

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm delighted to announced that I'll be the guest of honor at Salt Lake City's Westercon 67 this July -- Westercon being the annual convention for science fiction fandom west of the Mississippi. There's quite a fantastic roster of other guests as well! See you 44 days in SLC!

Sun, 18 May 2014 06:01:08 UTC

Makers: the Japanese fan-trans

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Haruka Tsubota has undertaken a Japanese fan-translation of my novel Makers. It's available as Epub and Mobi, and licensed CC-BY-NC-SA.

Wed, 14 May 2014 17:28:00 UTC

Mozilla breaks our hearts, adds DRM to Firefox

Posted By Cory Doctorow

For months, I've been following the story that the Mozilla project was set to add closed source Digital Rights Management technology to its free/open browser Firefox, and today they've made the announcement, which I've covered in depth for The Guardian. Mozilla made the decision out of fear that the organization would haemorrhage users and become … [Read more]

Mon, 12 May 2014 15:44:19 UTC

Podcast: Why it is not possible to regulate robots

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading (MP3) of a my recent Guardian column, Why it is not possible to regulate robots, which discusses where and how robots can be regulated, and whether there is any sensible ground for "robot law" as distinct from "computer law." One thing that is glaringly absent from both the Heinleinian and Asimovian brain … [Read more]

Fri, 09 May 2014 13:25:28 UTC

Against the instrumental argument for surveillance

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian column, 'Cybersecurity' begins with integrity, not surveillance, I try to make sense of the argument against surveillance. Is mass surveillance bad because it doesn't catch "bad guys" or because it is immoral? There's a parallel to torture -- even if you can find places where torture would work to get you … [Read more]

Thu, 08 May 2014 07:05:45 UTC

2014 Locus Award finalists, including Homeland

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The finalists for the 2014 Locus Awards have been announced and I'm incredibly honored to see that my novel Homeland made the final five in the Young Adult category. The competition in that category is remarkably good company: Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi; Holly Black's Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Cat Valente's The Girl Who … [Read more]

Sun, 04 May 2014 10:32:42 UTC

How to Talk to Your Children About Mass Surveillance

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Locus column, How to Talk to Your Children About Mass Surveillance, I tell the story of how I explained the Snowden leaks to my six-year-old, and the surprising interest and comprehension she showed during our talk and afterwards. Kids, it seems, intuitively understand what it's like to be constantly monitored by unaccountable, … [Read more]

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 02:41:14 UTC

Podcast: Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading (MP3) of a my latest Guardian column, Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom, which tries to make sense of the disastrous news that the Federal Communications Commission is contemplating rules to allow ISPs to demand bribes from publishers in exchange for letting you see the webpages … [Read more]

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 05:21:40 UTC

Gutting Net Neutrality also guts innovation, fairness and democracy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom, explains what's at stake now that the FCC is prepared to let ISPs charge services for "premium" access to its subscribers. It's pretty much the worst Internet policy imaginable, an anti-innovation, anti-democratic, anti-justice hand-grenade lobbed by telcos who shout … [Read more]

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:18:53 UTC

Video: Bart Gellman and me opening for Ed Snowden at SXSW

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last month, Barton Gellman and I opened for Edward Snowden's first-ever public appearance, at the SXSW conference in Austin. The kind folks at SXSW have put the video online (the Snowden video itself was already up). I think we did a good job of framing the big questions raised by the Snowden leaks.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:36:41 UTC

Homeland Audiobook

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Wil Wheaton reads this independently produced audio edition of Homeland, which also includes Jacob Appelbaum's reading of his own afterword, and Noah Swartz reading his brother Aaron Swartz's afterword.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:22:53 UTC

My Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now in Vodos indie science fiction bundle: comics, movies, novels, and more!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Jamie from Vodo writes, "We've launched Otherworlds, our first indie sci-fi bundle! This pay-what-you-want, crossmedia collection includes the graphic novel collecting Cory's own 'Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now', Jim Munroe's micro-budget sci-fi satire 'Ghosts With Shit Jobs', Robert Venditti's New York Times Bestselling graphic novel 'The Surrogates', and Amber Benson/Adam Busch's alien office … [Read more]

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:42:48 UTC

Homeland audiobook, read by Wil Wheaton, is back on downpour.com

Posted By Cory Doctorow

For those of you who missed the audiobook in which Wil Wheaton reads my novel Homeland in the Humble Ebook Bundle, despair no longer! You can buy it DRM-free on the excellent Downpour.com, a site with many DRM-free audio titles. Homeland (audiobook)

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:02:14 UTC

Why I dont believe in robots

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My new Guardian column is "Why it is not possible to regulate robots," which discusses where and how robots can be regulated, and whether there is any sensible ground for "robot law" as distinct from "computer law." One thing that is glaringly absent from both the Heinleinian and Asimovian brain is the idea of software … [Read more]

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:29:24 UTC

Podcast: Collective Action  the Magnificent Seven anti-troll business-model

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading (MP3) of a my November, 2013 Locus column, Collective Action, in which I propose an Internet-enabled "Magnificent Seven" business model for foiling corruption, especially copyright- and patent-trolling. In this model, victims of extortionists find each other on the Internet and pledge to divert a year's worth of "license fees" to a collective … [Read more]

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:21:27 UTC

In which I make Wil Wheaton read out Pi for four minutes

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Chapter nine of Homeland opens with about 400 digits of Pi. When Wil Wheaton read the chapter, he soldiered through it, reading out Pi for a whopping four minutes! Here's the raw studio audio (MP3) of Wil and director Gabrielle De Cuir playing numbers station. There's less than a week left during which you can … [Read more]

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:51:05 UTC

Danish Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Danes! There's a limited-edition Danish-language translation of Little Brother that's just come out from Science Fiction Cirklen! Tell your friends!

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:52:42 UTC

Noah Swartz reads Aaron Swartzs afterword to Homeland

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Before he died, Aaron Swartz wrote a tremendous afterword for my novel Homeland -- Aaron also really helped with the core plot, devising an ingenious system for helping independent candidates get the vote out that he went on to work on. When I commissioned the indie audiobook of Homeland (now available in the Humble Ebook … [Read more]

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:49:58 UTC

Homeland shortlisted for the Prometheus Award

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm immensely proud and honored to once again be shortlisted for the Prometheus Award, for my novel Homeland. The Prometheus is given by the Libertarian Futurist Society, and I've won it for my books Little Brother and Pirate Cinema. As always, the Prometheus shortlist is full of great work, including both of Ramez Naam's novels … [Read more]

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:01:30 UTC

Jake Appelbaum reads his Homeland afterword, with bonus Atari Teenage Riot vocoder mix

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Two of my friends contributed afterwords to my novel Homeland: Aaron Swartz and Jacob Appelbaum. In this outtake from the independently produced Homeland audiobook (which you can get for the next week exclusively through the Humble Ebook Bundle), Jake reads his afterword at The Hellish Vortex Studio in Berlin, where he is in exile after … [Read more]

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:42:45 UTC

Podcast: What happens with digital rights management in the real world?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

What happens with digital rights management in the real world? Podcast: What happens with digital rights management in the real world? Here's a reading (MP3) of a recent Guardian column, What happens with digital rights management in the real world where I attempt to explain the technological realpolitik of DRM, which has nothing much to … [Read more]

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:01:45 UTC

Wil Wheaton reads chapter one of Homeland

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's Wil Wheaton reading chapter one of my novel Homeland (here's the MP3, which I paid to independently produce for the third Humble Ebook Bundle, which runs for another eight days. I've loved all of my audio adaptations, but Wil's was a dream come true for me. He really, really nailed it. What's more, because … [Read more]

Sun, 23 Mar 2014 06:33:09 UTC

Wil Wheatons subconscious wants to melt some camels (?!)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

When Wil Wheaton was reading the audiobook for my novel Homeland (exclusively available through the Humble Ebook Bundle for the next nine days!), I had the great pleasure of listening to the raw, unedited studio recordings before they were mastered. Together with editor John Taylor Williams, we collected some of the best outtakes, which I've … [Read more]

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:30:51 UTC

Cory Doctorow: Das Urheberrecht sollte dem kreativen Schaffen aller dienen

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow on the Politics of Copyright from iRights.info on Vimeo.

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:14:07 UTC

Homeland audiobook: Wil Wheaton explains how Little Brother and Homeland make you technologically literate

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Humble Ebook Bundle continues to rock, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for a bundle of great name-your-price ebooks, including Scott Westerfeld's Uglies, Steve Gould's Jumper, and Holly Black's Tithe. Also included in the bundle is an exclusive audiobook of my novel Homeland, read by Wil Wheaton. I commissioned Wil to read the book … [Read more]

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:35:03 UTC

Homeland audiobook behind the scenes: Wil Wheaton explains his cameo to the director

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Humble Ebook Bundle is going great guns, with a collection of recent and classic books from both indie and major publishers, all DRM-free, on a name-your-price basis. Included in the bundle is an exclusive audio adaptation of my novel Homeland, read by Wil Wheaton, who also appears as a character in the novel. When … [Read more]

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:06:19 UTC

Wil Wheaton has a surreal moment reading the Homeland audiobook

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As mentioned yesterday, the DRM-free, independent audiobook of my novel Homeland is available from the Humble Bundle for the next two weeks, along with a collection of brilliant science fiction and fantasy from authors ranging from Scott Westerfeld to Holly Black. I commissioned the audiobook for the project, and paid Wil Wheaton to read it … [Read more]

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:50:54 UTC

New World Notes on In Real Life, the graphic novel based on Andas Game

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As mentioned, In Real Life is a graphic novel adapted by Jen Wang from my short story Anda's Game, out in the autumn. Wagner James Au of New World News got an advance copy and had some kind words about the book, as well as its context in MMOs like Warcraft and Second Life. "Well, … [Read more]

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:00:20 UTC

HOMELAND audiobook, read by Wil Wheaton, DRM-free, in the new Humble Bundle!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

For the past two months, I've been working on a secret project to produce an independent audiobook adaptation of my bestselling novel Homeland, read by Wil Wheaton, one of my favorite audiobook voice-actors (and a hell of a great guy, besides!). The audiobook is out as of today, and I'm proud to say that for … [Read more]

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:00:20 UTC

Podcast: If GCHQ wants to improve national security it must fix our technology

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading (MP3) of my latest Guardian column, If GCHQ wants to improve national security it must fix our technology where I try to convey the insanity of spy agencies that weaken Internet security in order to make it easier for them to spy on people, by comparing this to germ warfare. Last year, … [Read more]

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:07:47 UTC

Get a signed, inscribed copy of In Real Life delivered to your door, courtesy of WORD Books

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As previously mentioned, Jen Wang and I have adapted my short story "Anda's Game" as a full-length, young adult graphic novel called "In Real Life," which comes out next October. Brooklyn's excellent WORD bookstore has generously offered to take pre-orders for signed copies; I'll drop by the store during New York Comic-Con and sign and … [Read more]

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:54:54 UTC

Security as a public health discipline, not an engineering one

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian column, If GCHQ wants to improve national security it must fix our technology, I argue that computer security isn't really an engineering issue, it's a public health issue. As with public health, it's more important to be sure that our pathogens are disclosed, understood and disclosed than it is to keep … [Read more]

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:56:31 UTC

Snowden at SXSW: immediate impressions

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Yesterday at SXSW, Barton Gellman and I did a one-hour introductory Q&A before Edward Snowden's appearance. Right after Snowden and his colleagues from the ACLU wrapped up, I sat down and wrote up their event for The Guardian, who've just posted my impressions: Snowden described the unique recklessness of an American intelligence agency undermining internet … [Read more]

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:21:17 UTC

Podcast: Cold Equations and Moral Hazard

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading (MP3) of my latest Locus column, Cold Equations and Moral Hazard which considers the way that science fiction can manipulate our ideas about the technical necessity for human misery, and how that narrative can be hijacked for self-serving ends. Apparently, editor John W. Campbell sent back three rewrites in which the pilot … [Read more]

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 06:35:51 UTC

Cold Equations and Moral Hazard: science fiction considered harmful to the future

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column is "Cold Equations and Moral Hazard", an essay about the way that our narratives about the future can pave the way for bad people to create, and benefit from, disasters. "If being in a lifeboat gives you the power to make everyone else shut the hell up and listen (or else), … [Read more]

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:33:30 UTC

Guest review: my daughter reviews Ariol

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I love reading with my daughter, Poesy, who has just turned six. We agree on almost all of her favorites, and re-reading them is one of our best-loved activities, and how we pass the time on boring bus-rides and so forth. However, there are a few books that Poesy loves, but which leave me cold. … [Read more]

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 06:25:45 UTC

Text of Little Brother on an art-litho, tee, or tote

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As you may have noticed, I think Litographs are really cool: the company turns the text of various books into a piece of appropriately themed text-art and makes lithographs, tees and tote-bags out of it. Now, I'm delighted to announce that the company has produced a line of Litographs based on my novel Little Brother, … [Read more]

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:18:14 UTC

Museums and the free world: keynote from the Museums and the Web conference in Florence

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Yesterday, I delivered a keynote address for the 2014 Museums and the Web Conference in Florence, speaking in the audience chamber of the Palazzo Vecchio, which is pretty much the definition of working the big room at the palace. The organizers will be uploading video shortly, but in the meantime, they've been kind enough to … [Read more]

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:10:04 UTC

Why DRM is the root of all evil

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Why DRM is the root of all evil In my latest Guardian column, What happens with digital rights management in the real world?, I explain why the most important fact about DRM is how it relates to security and disclosure, and not how it relates to fair use and copyright. Most importantly, I propose a … [Read more]

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:13:21 UTC

Podcast: What does David Camerons Great Firewall look like?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading of a recent Guardian column, What does David Cameron's Great Firewall look like? which debunks the UK government's stupid arguments for its national anti-porn firewall: David Cameron's attempt to create a Made-in-Britain version of Iran's "Halal Internet" is the worst of both worlds for parents like me. Kids are prevented from seeing … [Read more]

Sat, 01 Feb 2014 15:09:38 UTC

Locus recommended reading list for best science fiction and fantasy of 2013

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine has published its annual Recommended Reading list, which is my favorite annual guide to the best that science fiction and fantasy have to offer. The 2013 roundup includes several of the books I've reviewed on Boing Boing this year, including Paolo Bacigalupi's Zombie Baseball Beatdown, Charlie Stross's Neptune's Brood, Lauren Beukes's The Shining … [Read more]

Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:08:41 UTC

Podcast: Cheap writing tricks

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading of my latest Locus column, Cheap Writing Tricks, which discusses the mysterious business of why stories are satisfying, and how to make them so: Plots are funny things. In the real world, stuff is always happening, but its not a plot. People live. People die. People are made glorious or miserable. Things … [Read more]

Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:15:40 UTC

Makers review from high-school senior Rebecca Nguyen

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Rebecca Nguyen is a high-school senior who is a fan of my young adult novels. Recently, she read my book Makers and liked it so much that she wrote a great review of it, which she placed with the Poughkeepsie Journal. It's an incisive review, and I'm very grateful to Rebecca for it. Thank you, … [Read more]

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:13:32 UTC

Announcing In Real Life: graphic novel about gold farming, kids and games

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Yesterday, FirstSecond formally announced the publication of In Real Life, a graphic novel about gaming and gold farming for young adults based on my award-winning story Anda's Game, adapted by Jen Wang, creator of the amazing graphic novel Koko Be Good. Jen did an incredible job with the adaptation. Kotaku conducted a Q&A with Jen … [Read more]

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:42:29 UTC

Pirate Cinema and Homeland covers shortlisted for the Kitschie for best cover

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Kitschies are a British award for science fiction and fantasy; every year they choose some marvellous books to honour. This year, I'm proud and pleased announce that they've shortlisted the UK editions of my novels Pirate Cinema and Homeland for the "Inky Tentacle" award for best cover. Both covers were designed by the studio … [Read more]

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:42:06 UTC

Pirate Cinema and Homeland covers shortlisted for the Kitschie for best cover

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Kitschies are a British award for science fiction and fantasy; every year they choose some marvellous books to honour. This year, I'm proud and pleased announce that they've shortlisted the UK editions of my novels Pirate Cinema and Homeland for the "Inky Tentacle" award for best cover. Both covers were designed by the studio … [Read more]

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:14:07 UTC

Speaking at SXSW with Barton Gellman about Edward Snowden and NSA surveillance

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'll be returning to SXSW Interactive this March for the first time in more than five years, to interview Pulitzer-winning journalist Barton Gellman, who is one of the journalists who's been entrusted with some of the Snowden NSA leaks. We're doing a presentation called "Snowden 2.0: A Field Report From the NSA Archives," which follows … [Read more]

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:28:40 UTC

Podcast: Digital failures are inevitable, but we need them to be graceful

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading of my latest Guardian column, Digital failures are inevitable, but we need them to be graceful, about the social and political factors that make all the difference when choosing technologies. Banshee fails gracefully because its authors don't attempt any lock-in. When I find myself diverging from the design philosophy of Banshee to … [Read more]

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:32:00 UTC

How to have a healthy relationship with technology

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Digital failures are inevitable, but we need them to be graceful," talks about evaluating technology based on more than its features -- rather, on how you relate to it, and how it relates to you. In particular, I try to make the case for giving especial care to what happens when … [Read more]

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:02:14 UTC

When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth: .mobi and .epub

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson converted my story When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth (from the collection Overclocked) into .mobi and .epub for easy viewing on an e-reader or mobile device. I probably get more fan mail for Sysadmins than for any other story, and it won the Locus Award the year it came out (it was later adapted … [Read more]

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 06:37:10 UTC

Flowers From Al 02

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the second, concluding part of my reading of my 2003 short story "Flowers From Al," written with Charlie Stross for New Voices in Science Fiction, a Mike Resnick anthology (Here's part one). It's a pervy, weird story of transhuman romance. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a audiovisual and multimedia … [Read more]

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:23:53 UTC

Why fiction works

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Locus column, "Cheap Writing Tricks," I ruminate on what makes fiction work -- why we perceive stories as stories, why we care about characters, and how the construction of stories interacts with the human mind (and why How to Win Friends and Influence People is a great writing tool). There are lots … [Read more]

Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:05:50 UTC

Great Firewall of Cameron: the worst of all worlds for British parents

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian column, I explain how UK prime minister David Cameron's plan to opt the entire nation into a programme of Internet censorship is the worst of all worlds for kids and their parents. Cameron's version of the Iranian "Halal Internet" can't possibly filter out all the bad stuff, nor can it avoid … [Read more]

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:21:33 UTC

Flowers From Al 01

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part one of my 2003 short story "Flowers From Al," written with Charlie Stross for New Voices in Science Fiction, a Mike Resnick anthology. It's a pervy, weird story of transhuman romance. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a audiovisual and multimedia producer based in Washington, DC and the co-host … [Read more]

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:42:58 UTC

Christmastime daddy-daughter podcast with Poesy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Every year, there's a day or two between the date that my daughter's school shuts and the day that my wife's office shuts for Christmas holidays. Those are the official seasonal mid-week daddy-daughter days, and for the past two years, my daughter and I have gone to my office to record a podcast. Last year's … [Read more]

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:39:46 UTC

Lawful Interception 04

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part four of a reading of my novella Lawful Interception, a sequel, of sorts, to Little Brother and Homeland. In addition to the free online read, you can buy this as an ebook single (DRM-free, of course!) (Image: Yuko Shimizu) Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a audiovisual and multimedia … [Read more]

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:07:03 UTC

Play Little Brother Jeopardy! online

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Don Liebold teaches High School English in Milwaukee, where he and his class read my novel Little Brother. He writes: "To celebrate finishing the book, we are playing Jeopardy tomorrow in class. Here is round 1, and here is round 2. Those are tough questions! I missed a couple!

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 07:35:04 UTC

Lawful Interception 03

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part three of a reading of my novella Lawful Interception, a sequel, of sorts, to Little Brother and Homeland. In addition to the free online read, you can buy this as an ebook single (DRM-free, of course!) (Image: Yuko Shimizu) Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a audiovisual and multimedia … [Read more]

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:03:39 UTC

Little Brother stageplay now available for local performances

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Josh Costello is the playwright who created the award-winning, sold-out stage adaptation of my novel Little Brother. Now, he writes, "The stage adaptation of Cory's novel Little Brother was a big hit in San Francisco in 2012, and the script is now available for licensing. Want to see Little Brother on stage in your city? … [Read more]

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:34:34 UTC

Coming to Edinburgh tomorrow night

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tomorrow night, I'll be at Edinburgh's Pulp Fiction Books for a talk and signing! It's free to attend (but ticketed, due to limited space), and runs from 7PM to 8:30. Hope to see you!

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 07:59:17 UTC

Peak indifference to surveillance

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian column, I suggest that we have reached "peak indifference to spying," the turning point at which the number of people alarmed by surveillance will only grow. It's not the end of surveillance, it's not even the beginning of the end of surveillance, but it's the beginning of the beginning of the … [Read more]

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:37:30 UTC

Lawful Interception 02

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part two of a reading of my novella Lawful Interception, a sequel, of sorts, to Little Brother and Homeland. In addition to the free online read, you can buy this as an ebook single (DRM-free, of course!) (Image: Yuko Shimizu) Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a audiovisual and multimedia … [Read more]

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 11:27:52 UTC

Lawful Interception 01

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In this week's installment of my podcast, I break my long hiatus with the first part of a reading of my novella Lawful Interception, a sequel, of sorts, to Little Brother and Homeland. In addition to the free online read, you can buy this as an ebook single (DRM-free, of course!). If you grow up … [Read more]

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 17:36:39 UTC

Lawful Interception 01

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In this week's installment of my podcast, I break my long hiatus with the first part of a reading of my novella Lawful Interception, a sequel, of sorts, to Little Brother and Homeland. In addition to the free online read, you can buy this as an ebook single (DRM-free, of course!). If you grow up … [Read more]

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:54:45 UTC

Coming to Melbourne next week for four events

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm heading to Melbourne, Australia next week to do a series of events with the Center for Youth Literature of the State Library of Victoria. I'm doing four events: The science of fiction, Creative versus Commons, Digital fiction masterclass, and Future fiction with teens. I hope you'll come out to them!

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:25:10 UTC

Little Brother in the Canada Reads Top Ten

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Holy. Cats. My novel Little Brother has made it into the CBC's Canada Reads Top Ten. It is in astoundingly great and humbling company, including Margaret Atwood's Year of the Flood and Joseph Boyden's The Orenda. I'm so, so pleased by this -- thank you to everyone who supported the book. And I hope you … [Read more]

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:00:48 UTC

Fighting patent trolls and corruption with the Magnificent Seven business-model

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My new Locus column, Collective Action, proposes a theory of corruption: the relatively small profits from being a jerk are concentrated, the much larger effects are diffused, which means that the jerks can afford better lawyers and lobbyists than any one of their victims. Since the victims are spread out and don't know each other, … [Read more]

Sun, 03 Nov 2013 03:50:41 UTC

Young brothers explain Bayess theorem

Posted By Cory Doctorow

These two young fellows are brothers from Palo Alto who've set out to produce a series of videos explaining the technical ideas in my novel Little Brother, and their first installment, explaining Bayes's Theorem, is a very promising start. I'm honored -- and delighted! Technology behind "Little Brother" - Jamming with Bayes Rule

Sat, 02 Nov 2013 13:44:29 UTC

Canada Reads top-ten voting ends this weekend

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As I mentioned last week, the CBC's Canada Reads list of top 40 Canadian books is up, and it's got a really commendable, wide-ranging variety of titles in it (including my own novel Little Brother). The CBC is asking for readers to choose their favorites by tomorrow, at which point they'll release the top ten … [Read more]

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:51:38 UTC

Canada Reads Top 40 books  including Little Brother!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I just received the delightful news that my novel, Little Brother made it to the CBC's "Canada Reads" list of top 40 Canadian books, and it is in some spectacular company. There's a competitive element to this (you can vote for your top ten here), but the real value of this list is as a … [Read more]

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:36:36 UTC

NPRs Studio 360 on Disney parks

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The NPR Show Studio 360 has released a great episode in its "American Icons" series, this one dealing with the Disney themeparks. I was delighted to be interviewed for it, and they've included our complete, unedited interview with the piece. Generations of Americans have grown up with Walt Disney shaping our imaginations. In 1955, Disney … [Read more]

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:17:25 UTC

Comic about Doctorow/Doctor Who from a ten-year-old artist

Posted By Cory Doctorow

David sent me a note and a pic: Claire and I have been happy mutants for several years; and so our 10 year-old son, Joseph, has often seen us chuckle at a Boing Boing posting, marvel at some piece of LEGO engineering or share a piece of Whoviana. Ive read a few of your books, … [Read more]

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:06:27 UTC

Talking Little Brother on KQEDs The Forum

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I was privileged to appear on Michael Krasny's Forum on KQED in San Francisco this morning as part of the San Francisco Public Library's One City/One Book celebrations for my novel Little Brother. The KQED people already have the audio (MP3) up on the Internet, which is pretty zippy production-mojo.

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:05:04 UTC

Coming to San Francisco next week for SPFLs One City/One Book events

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As I've mentioned before, my novel Little Brother is the San Francisco Public Library's pick for its first One City/One Book citywide book-club. They're already in the middle of the three months' worth of events, from debates to robotics and crypto workshops to movie screenings (and much more), and I'm gearing up to head to … [Read more]

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:33:09 UTC

How to foil NSA sabotage: use a dead mans switch (podcast)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In this week's podcast, I read aloud a recent Guardian column, "How to foil NSA sabotage: use a dead man's switch, which proposes a "dead-man's switch" service that'll tip people off when the NSA serves a secret order demanding that Web operators sabotage their systems. No one's ever tested this approach in court, and I … [Read more]

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:12:56 UTC

Homeland UK edition launch this Wednesday at Londons Forbidden Planet Superstore

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Londoners! I'm launching the UK edition of Homeland this Wednesday at the Forbidden Planet Megastore from 18h-19h. This is the sequel to Little Brother, and it includes the novella Lawful Interception, which follows on from the action in Homeland. If you're not a Londoner, don't despair! Forbidden Planet has a great mail-order service and … [Read more]

Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:45:06 UTC

Interview with South Africas Tech Central

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I just got back from South Africa's Internet Service Provider Association annual conference, iWeek 13. While there, I sat down with TechCentral's Craig Wilson for an interview (MP3) -- about privacy, the NSA, DRM and the future of the Internet.

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:40:44 UTC

Little Brother bus-ads in San Francisco

Posted By Cory Doctorow

How cool is this? My novel, Little Brother, is the San Francisco Public Library's "One City One Book pick for 2013, which means that it's the book for the annual "citywide book-club." The library is advertising the initiative with bus-shelter, bus- and coffee-sleeve-ads all over town, and the librarians just tweeted me this pic of … [Read more]

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:50:53 UTC

Fighting back against NSA sabotage with a dead-mans switch

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "How to foil NSA sabotage: use a dead man's switch," conducts a thought-experiment for a "dead-man's switch" to undermine the system of secret surveillance orders used by American government agencies. If you're worried about getting a secret order to sabotage your users' security, you could send a dead-man's switch service a … [Read more]

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 16:18:17 UTC

I have cancelled my appearance at Campus Party London tonight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

On close inspection, I saw that the contract they wanted me to speak under required me: * to exclusively assign all rights to the talk to them; * to indemnify them against all claims (including nuisance claims) arising from the talk (meaning that they could simply hand money to nuisance complainants and send me the … [Read more]

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:38:16 UTC

How publishers should learn to stop worrying and love library ebook lending

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column, Libraries and E-books, talks about the raw deal that libraries are currently getting from the big five publishers on ebook pricing (libraries pay up to five times retail for their ebooks, and are additionally burdened with the requirement to use expensive, proprietary collection-management tools). I point out that libraries are effectively … [Read more]

Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:05:03 UTC

Why it matters that you cant own an electronic copy of the Oxford English Dictionary

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian column, I talk about the digital versions of the Oxford English Dictionary and the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, the two most important lexicographic references to the English language. As a writer, my print copies of the OED and HTOED are to me what an anvil is to a … [Read more]

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:11:47 UTC

Interview with Circulating Ideas library podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did an interview with the Circulating Ideas library podcast (MP3) at the American Library Association conference this year. We talked about information politics, DRM and libraries, my own history with reading and books, and the future of librarianship.

Sat, 17 Aug 2013 07:43:18 UTC

Why Helsinki should host the WorldCon

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a video of me explaining why the Helsinki bid committee should be awarded the next World Science Fiction Convention -- it's a grab-bag of all the things I love about Finland. (Thanks, Eemeli)

Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:29:59 UTC

Talking about the writing life

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did an interview with ShelfAwareness that came out well, I think (I wrote this a long while ago and it's just coming out now, so I have the necessary distance to say that). I particularly like my answer to "Name your five favorite authors": "My favorite authors are the ones living, dead, read and … [Read more]

Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:31:23 UTC

Little Brother inspired Google to encrypt its users traffic

Posted By Cory Doctorow

On yesterday's "This Week in Google," a Google engineer called Matt Cutts revealed that the company started encrypting its queries in 2008 after reading my novel Little Brother, in which one of the plot-elements is a guerrilla movement that gets a friendly ISP to encrypt a lot of its traffic so that the movement's own … [Read more]

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:42:20 UTC

Podcast of Metadata  a wartime drama

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In the currently installment of my podcast, I read aloud a recent Guardian column, "Metadata  a wartime drama, which imagines a dialog between Alan Turing and Winston Churchill that might have taken place if the UK Home Secretary Theresa May had been Turing's line-manager All we can tell with this analysis is who is … [Read more]

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 05:40:17 UTC

Why writers should stand up for libraries

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Earlier this summer, I worked with the American Library Association on their Authors for Library Ebooks project -- which is asking authors to call on their publishers to offer ebooks to libraries at a fair price. Right now, libraries pay several times more for ebooks than people off the street -- up to six times … [Read more]

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 14:29:39 UTC

Teaching Computers Shows Us How Little We Understand About Ourselves

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In this week's podcast, I read aloud my latest Locus Magazine column, "Teaching Computers Shows Us How Little We Understand About Ourselves": http://www.locusmag.com/Perspectives/2013/07/cory-doctorow-teaching-computers-shows-us-how-little-we-understand-about-ourselves/ which concerns itself with the ways that we're recklessly formalizing critical elements of human identity such as "names" and "families" for the convenience of corporations and their IT systems and business-models. "When … [Read more]

Sun, 04 Aug 2013 16:05:40 UTC

My talk at Finlands Assembly

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I went to Finland on Friday to give a talk at Assembly, the amazing games/demoscene/technology conference held annually in Helsinki. The organizers have already got the video online! The world is made of computers, and so every problem has a computer in the middle of it. Naturally, politicians with problems to solve turn to the … [Read more]

Sat, 03 Aug 2013 06:47:17 UTC

My workflow in the WSJ

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm profiled in today's Wall Street Journal, where they asked me about the tools I use to be productive, safe and happy on the road and at home. Airport Wi-Fi is costly, slow and often heavily censored. I get around this by setting up my Android phone to share its cellular data connection as a … [Read more]

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:11:11 UTC

Little Brother-themed team scavenger hunt coming to San Francisco!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My novel Little Brother is the "One City One Book" pick for the San Francisco Public Library this year; and in its honor, they've put together an amazing city-wide scavenger hunt called "Rogue Agent." It features fiendish puzzles and awesome clues, and kicks off on September 14. It's a team-sport, so start thinking about your … [Read more]

Tue, 30 Jul 2013 05:54:03 UTC

Theres no way to stop children viewing porn in Starbucks

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In honour of the Great Firewall of Cameron -- the UK government's plan to force ISPs to turn on network-level spying and censorship of "adult" material -- I've read aloud There's no way to stop children viewing porn in Starbucks, a column I wrote for the Guardian the last time the UK government floating this … [Read more]

Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:25:48 UTC

Appearing at the BSFA meeting tonight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Londoners! I'm the speaker at tonight's British Science Fiction Association meeting in the Cellar Bar at the Argyle Public House (1 Greville Street EC1N 8PQ). Kicks off at 6PM -- I'll be interviewed by Tom Hunter from the Arthur C Clarke award.

Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:14:56 UTC

Pirate Cinema wins the Prometheus Award

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I could not be happier to announce that my novel Pirate Cinema has won the Libertarian Science Fiction Society's Prometheus Award, along with Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon. I won the Prometheus in 2008 for my novel Little Brother, and it's among my proudest honors. My sincere thanks to the judges and the members of the society … [Read more]

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:26:42 UTC

Pirate Cinema shortlisted for Canadas Sunburst Award

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My novel Pirate Cinema has been shortlisted for this year's Sunburst Award, a juried prize for the best in Canadian science fiction. It's up in the Young Adult category, and is part of an exciting slate that is full of exciting books that deserve your attention.

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:10:46 UTC

Speaking in San Diego on Tuesday; Comic-Con on Thu and Fri

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, San Diego! I'm in town, teaching the Clarion Writing Workshop, and tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 7PM, I'll be appearing at Mysterious Galaxy as part of Clarion's speaker series. And if you're coming to Comic-Con, you can catch me on Thursday and Friday.

Sat, 13 Jul 2013 08:34:44 UTC

Lunch with the Financial Times

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Financial Times's Tim Harford has a regular feature called Lunch with the FT in which he takes someone out for lunch and a long chat, and then reports on both the lunch and the talk. We sat down recently for very nice steaks and cheap wine, and Tim's just written it up: Doctorow is … [Read more]

Fri, 12 Jul 2013 06:06:33 UTC

Interview on hacktivism and Aaron Swartz

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the second part of my interview with TVOntario's "The Agenda" (part one was posted earlier this week) in which we talk about hacktivism and Aaron Swartz.

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:30:37 UTC

Im in a Reddit AMA NOW!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey there! I'm doing a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) right now with Peter Beagle, Connor Cochran, and Lois Bujold from the current Humble Ebook Bundle.

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:54:55 UTC

Humble Ebook Bundle reveals second week bonus books: XKCD, Gaiman/McKean, Holly Black & Machine of Death!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Humble Ebook Bundle -- a two-week, pay-what-you-like, DRM-free ebook sale -- has just revealed the four bonus books in week two: XKCD Volume 0 by Randall Munrow; Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean; Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black and the bestselling Machine of Death anthology. To get these … [Read more]

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:16:13 UTC

Kids, science fiction, technology, democracy and surveillance

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I sat down in Toronto with Steve Paikin and The Agenda, a great TVOntario programme, and talked about liberty, technology, kids, and surveillance. Agenda Plus: Cory Doctorow on the Future of the Library

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:03:26 UTC

Interview about kids, hacking and democracy with NPRs Here and Now

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I recently recorded an interview with NRP's "Here and Now" about surveillance, kids, activism, and my novel Homeland. (MP3)

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 06:56:49 UTC

Video from my Maker Faire Meetup keynote

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last Sunday I gave the keynote speech at the Maker Meetup after the London mini Maker Faire. Make's write-up of the event includes a video of my speech, which came out well (I think!).

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 05:35:33 UTC

Appearances: Reddit AMA, San Diego Comic-Con, and Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This Thursday, I'll be doing a Reddit AMA with a bunch of authors from the current Humble Ebook Bundle, at 1230h Eastern/0930h Pacific/1730h UK. Then I head to San Diego to teach the Clarion Workshop, and I'll be taking part in the instructor's lecture series at the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore, speaking on July 16 at … [Read more]

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:26:29 UTC

The NSAs Prism: why we should care

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a read-aloud of my recent Guardian column, "The NSA's Prism: why we should care, which sets out the reasons for caring about the recent revelations of bulk, warrantless, suspicionless, indiscriminate surveillance. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a audiovisual and multimedia producer based in Washington, DC and the co-host of … [Read more]

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 09:46:52 UTC

Metadata  a wartime drama

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 09:46:13 UTC

Explaining metadata collection with Alan Turing, Theresa May and Winston Churchill

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is a one-act historical drama about metadata, starring Winston Churchill, Alan Turing and UK Home Secretary Theresa May: May: Mr Turing and his colleagues have laboured hard with every hour that God has sent, but try as they might, they can extract nothing of use from the Enigma cipher. Churchill: (roaring) … [Read more]

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 18:55:18 UTC

Teaching Computers Shows Us How Little We Understand About Ourselves

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 18:55:02 UTC

Teaching computers teaches us how little we understand about ourselves

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column is Teaching Computers Shows Us How Little We Understand About Ourselves, an essay about how ideas we think of as simple and well-understood -- names, families, fairness in games -- turn out to be transcendentally complicated when we try to define them in rule-based terms for computers. I'm especially happy with … [Read more]

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 18:04:54 UTC

Humble Ebook Bundle II: name your price for Last Unicorn, Wil Wheaton, Lois McMaster Bujold, Little Brother, Boneshaker, and Spin!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

It's time for another Humble Ebook Bundle! Once again, I was honored to serve as volunteer curator of the Humble Ebook Bundle, a project from the Humble Indie Bundle people who've made Internet history by bundling together awesome, DRM-free media and letting you name your price for it. We did the first Humble Ebook Bundle … [Read more]

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:18:09 UTC

Games, at some length

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Edge Magazine's Jason Killingsworth interviewed me at some length about my history with videogames, from Apple ][+ to Atari to arcades, with notes on Zynga, DRM, piracy and the Humble Bundles.

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:13:54 UTC

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom illo

Posted By Cory Doctorow

(Click to embiggen) Illustrator Brian J. Smith did me the tremendous honor of creating this fabulous, detailed illustration inspired by my novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, which turned ten this year. He hid all kinds of great little gracenotes in it, too -- tons of characters from the book and from the … [Read more]

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:02:24 UTC

Technology and Activism: where does the Internet fit?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last weekend, I took part in a panel at Yoko Ono's Meltdown festival at Southbank in London, on "Technology and Activism," along with Jamie Bartlett (Director for the Analysis of Social Media at DEMOS) and David Babbs (Executive Director of 38 Degrees), chaired by Olivia Solon from Wired UK. It went well and covered lots … [Read more]

Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:05:20 UTC

The NSAs Prism: why we should care

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:04:59 UTC

Why you should care about surveillance

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I got tired of people savvying me about the revelations of NSA surveillance and asking why anyone would care about secret, intrusive spying, so I wrote a new Guardian column about it, "The NSA's Prism: why we should care." We're bad at privacy because the consequences of privacy disclosures are separated by a lot of … [Read more]

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:32:40 UTC

Guardian podcast on publishing with Jonny Geller and Henry Volans

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Neil Gaiman's taken over the Guardian's Books Podcast, and had me and agent Jonny Geller and Henry Volans, head of Faber Digital, in the studio for a wide-ranging and awfully fun podcast. The first 20 minutes are a fascinating look at weird London by Damien Walter, and then we kick off with the discussion. MP3 … [Read more]

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:39:52 UTC

UK Pirate Cinema is out!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The UK edition of my novel Pirate Cinema hits stores officially today! Tell your friends! When Trent McCauley's obsession for making movies by reassembling footage from popular films causes his home s internet to be cut off, it nearly destroys his family. Shamed, Trent runs away to London. A new bill threatens to criminalize even … [Read more]

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:42:30 UTC

By His Things Shall You Know Him (podcast)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Institute for the Future commissioned me to write a story about the "Internet of Things," and I wrote them a piece called By His Things Will You Know Him, about death, networks, and computers. It's part of an anthology called "An Aura of Familiarity: Visions from the Coming Age of Networked Matter," which we'll … [Read more]

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:39:47 UTC

By His Things Shall You Know Him

Posted By Cory Doctorow

By His Things Will You Know Him, "An Aura of Familiarity: Visions from the Coming Age of Networked Matter," Institute for the Future

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:37:08 UTC

Interview withe PRIs The World about Orwell, Huxley and the NSA

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I recorded an interview with the PRI show The World yesterday about Orwell, Huxley and the NSA. It came out well, I think. MP3 Link

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:43:22 UTC

Class remixes of Little Brother from Cathedral Prep in Queens, NY

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Boys from Brett Wierzbicki's English class at Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in Queens, NY have been reading my novel Little Brother and Brett gave them the option of doing a book-remix instead of a traditional book-report. All told, they produced seven absolutely terrific remixes of the book, and they were good enough to send them all … [Read more]

Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:42:55 UTC

Little Brother is the One School/One Book choice for Chariho High in Rhode Island

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm delighted to announce that Chariho High School in Wood River Junction, RI, has chosen my novel Little Brother for its One School/One Book program. Above is a video I recorded for the students; here's a press release [PDF] from Chariho: FOR THE FIRST TIME, Chariho Regional High Schools Summer Reading Program is One School … [Read more]

Sat, 08 Jun 2013 08:51:25 UTC

Clarion Write-a-Thon: sponsoring writers to raise money for the Clarion science fiction and fantasy workshop

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've just signed up for the Clarion Write-a-Thon, an annual fundraiser that brings in money to run the non-profit Clarion Writers Workshop, a kind of bootcamp for science fiction writers held every year at UCSD's La Jolla Campus. I'm a Clarion grad, volunteer board-member, and I'm back teaching the program this year, so I guess … [Read more]

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:55:35 UTC

Data protection in the EU: the certainty of uncertainty

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:55:20 UTC

Anonymizing is really hard really, so why is the EU acting like its easy?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "Data protection in the EU: the certainty of uncertainty," a look at the absurdity of having privacy rules that describes some data-sets as "anonymous" and others as "pseudonymous," while computer scientists in the real world are happily re-identifying "anonymous" data-sets with techniques that grow more sophisticated every day. The EU … [Read more]

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:09:42 UTC

Little Brother is San Franciscos One City/One Book pick for 2013

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I am as pleased as is humanly possible to announce that the San Francisco Public Library system has chosen my novel Little Brother for its "One City/One Book" program, the first ever young adult novel to be so honored by the SFPL. I'll be coming to San Francisco in late September to visit the city's … [Read more]

Tue, 28 May 2013 05:03:34 UTC

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom read-aloud part 09

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As I mentioned in my March Locus column, I'm celebrating the tenth anniversary of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by m planning a prequel. volume As part of that, planning'I going to read aloud the entire text of that first book into the podcast, making notes on the book as I go. Here's … [Read more]

Fri, 24 May 2013 11:43:39 UTC

Interview with The Pod Delusion

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did an interview (MP3) this week with The Pod Delusion, following on from my Sense About Science lecture.

Wed, 22 May 2013 16:08:05 UTC

Interview on the New Disruptors podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Glenn Fleishman had me on his New Disruptors podcast and we had a great conversation! (MP3)

Tue, 21 May 2013 08:52:00 UTC

Privacy, public health and the moral hazard of surveillance

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Mon, 20 May 2013 18:42:51 UTC

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom read-aloud part 08

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As I mentioned in my March Locus column, I'm celebrating the tenth anniversary of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by m planning a prequel. volume As part of that, planning'I going to read aloud the entire text of that first book into the podcast, making notes on the book as I go. Here's … [Read more]

Mon, 20 May 2013 05:20:46 UTC

Sense About Science lecture

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I gave the annual Sense About Science lecture last week in London, and The Guardian recorded and podcasted it (MP3). It's based on the Waffle Iron Connected to a Fax Machine talk I gave at Re:publica in Berlin the week before.

Sat, 18 May 2013 06:16:56 UTC

How to make cyberspace safe for human habitation

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Globe and Mail

Sat, 18 May 2013 06:16:33 UTC

Black Code: how spies, cops and crims are making cyberspace unfit for human habitation

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I reviewed Ronald Diebert's new book Black Code in this weekend's edition of the Globe and Mail. Diebert runs the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto and has been instrumental in several high-profile reports that outed government spying (like Chinese hackers who compromised the Dalai Lama's computer and turned it into a covert CCTV) … [Read more]

Thu, 16 May 2013 06:39:06 UTC

Hacking Politics: name-your-price ebook on the history of the SOPA fight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hacking Politics is a new book recounting the history of the fight against SOPA, when geeks, hackers and activists turned Washington politics upside-down and changed how Congress thinks about the Internet. It collects essays by many people (including me): Aaron Swartz, Larry Lessig, Zoe Lofgren, Mike Masnick, Kim Dotcom, Nicole Powers, Tiffiny Cheng, Alexis Ohanian, … [Read more]

Mon, 13 May 2013 21:27:23 UTC

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom read-aloud part 07

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As I mentioned in my March Locus column, I'm celebrating the tenth anniversary of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by m planning a prequel. volume As part of that, planning'I going to read aloud the entire text of that first book into the podcast, making notes on the book as I go. Here's … [Read more]

Mon, 13 May 2013 09:10:19 UTC

3D printed guns are going to create big legal precedents

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Mon, 13 May 2013 09:10:09 UTC

3D printed guns and the law: will judges be able to think clearly about digital files when guns are involved?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "3D printed guns are going to create big legal precedents," and it looks at an underappreciated risk from 3D printed guns: that courts will be so freaked out by the idea of 3D printed guns that they'll issue reactionary decisions that are bad for the health of the Internet and … [Read more]

Sat, 11 May 2013 18:00:28 UTC

Rapture of the Nerds is a Campbell Award finalist

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Well, this is fabulous news: Rapture of the Nerds, the novel Charlie Stross and I published last year, is a finalist for the 2013 Campbell Award for best novel. It's in some truly outstanding company, too -- check out that shortlist!

Fri, 10 May 2013 12:35:16 UTC

My Berlin talk: Its not a fax machine connect to a waffle iron

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the video of "It's not a fax machine connect to a waffle iron," the talk I gave at the Re:publica conference in Berlin this week: "Lawmakers treat the Internet like it's Telephone 2.0, the Second Coming of Video on Demand, or the World's Number One Porn Distribution Service, but it's really the nervous system … [Read more]

Thu, 09 May 2013 05:26:35 UTC

Pirate Cinema on the Locus Award ballot!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The 2013 Locus Awards final ballot has been announced, and as ever, it is a fabulous guide signposting some of the very best work published science fiction and fantasy in the past year -- a perfect place to start your explorations of the year's books. I am very honored to have been included on the … [Read more]

Mon, 06 May 2013 17:28:37 UTC

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom read-aloud part 06

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As I mentioned in my March Locus column, I'm celebrating the tenth anniversary of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by m planning a prequel. volume As part of that, planning'I going to read aloud the entire text of that first book into the podcast, making notes on the book as I go. Here's … [Read more]

Mon, 06 May 2013 16:40:58 UTC

Tim Wu and I talk networks, policy and the future

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Slate's "Stranger Than Fiction" podcast has just aired its second episode: a discussion between Tim Wu (a cyberlawyer, Internet scholar and good egg) and me (MP3)! Future installments will include talks with Kim Stanley Robinson and Margaret Atwood (as well as others) -- the inaugural episode featured Tim in discussion with Neal Stephenson.

Fri, 03 May 2013 08:33:19 UTC

Improving Book Publicity in the 21st Century

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus

Fri, 03 May 2013 08:33:04 UTC

Easy win for publishing: network and systematize PR and marketing

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column, "Improving Book Publicity in the 21st Century," addresses the lack of automation and management in traditional publishing an publicity, and suggests some simple and cheap ways that publishers could join up the way its editorial, marketing a PR departments communicate with reviewers and other publicity outlets to save money and score … [Read more]

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:51:14 UTC

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom read-aloud part 05

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As I mentioned in my March Locus column, I'm celebrating the tenth anniversary of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by planning a prequel volume. As part of that planning, I'm going to read aloud the entire text of that first book into the podcast, making notes on the book as I go. Here's … [Read more]

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:35:34 UTC

Trademarks: the good, the bad and the ugly

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:35:15 UTC

When trademark becomes a tool for stealing our language

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "Trademarks: the good, the bad and the ugly," and it looks at why trademark, at its best, does something vital -- but how trademark can be abused to steal common words from our language and turn them into a twisted kind of pseudo-property. Trademark lawyers have convinced their clients that … [Read more]

Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:37:06 UTC

Pirate Cinema up for Canadas Aurora Award

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The 2013 Prix Aurora Award ballot has been announced, and I'm delighted to see that my novel Pirate Cinema is up for the prize in the Young Adult category. The Auroras are a people's choice award given for Canadian science fiction and fantasy, and I'm delighted to be recognised in the land of my birth! … [Read more]

Sat, 27 Apr 2013 07:59:50 UTC

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom read-aloud part 03

Posted By Cory Doctorow

[NB: Some indeterminate screwup, which was nevertheless definitely caused by me being a stoop, caused this episode not to make it into my feed. I are a dum.] As I mentioned in my March Locus column, I'm celebrating the tenth anniversary of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by planning a prequel volume. As … [Read more]

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:41:48 UTC

Tangible assets

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Bookseller

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:41:22 UTC

Publishing should fight ebook retailers for more data

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've got a guest column in the new edition of The Bookseller, the trade magazine for the UK publishing industry. It's called "Tangible Assets," and it points out that of all the fights that publishing has had with the ebook sector -- DRM, pricing, promotion -- the one they've missed is access to data. Whatever … [Read more]

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:52:25 UTC

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom read-aloud part 03

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As I mentioned in my March Locus column, I'm celebrating the tenth anniversary of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by planning a prequel volume. As part of that planning, I'm going to read aloud the entire text of that first book into the podcast, making notes on the book as I go. Here's … [Read more]

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 05:58:17 UTC

Fox sends fraudulent takedown notices for my novel Homeland

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My Creative Commons licensed, 2013 novel Homeland, the sequel to my 2008 novel Little Brother, spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and got great reviews around the country. But Fox apparently hasn't heard of it -- or doesn't care. They've been sending takedown notices to Google (and possibly other sites), demanding … [Read more]

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 04:48:38 UTC

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom read-aloud part 03  fixed

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As I mentioned in my March Locus column, I'm celebrating the tenth anniversary of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by planning a prequel volume. As part of that planning, I'm going to read aloud the entire text of that first book into the podcast, making notes on the book as I go. Here's … [Read more]

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:06:42 UTC

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom read-aloud part 03

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As I mentioned in my March Locus column, I'm celebrating the tenth anniversary of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by planning a prequel volume. As part of that planning, I'm going to read aloud the entire text of that first book into the podcast, making notes on the book as I go. Here's … [Read more]

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 22:58:39 UTC

Pirate Cinema nominated for the Prometheus Award

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I was absolutely delighted today to discover that my novel Pirate Cinema had been nominated for the Libertarian Futurist Society's annual Prometheus Award, amid a slate of absolutely wonderful books: Arctic Rising, Tobias Buckell (Tor) The Unincorporated Future, Dani & Eytan Kollin (Tor) Pirate Cinema, Cory Doctorow (Tor) Darkship Renegades, Sarah Hoyt (Baen) Kill Decision, … [Read more]

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:56:46 UTC

Locus Poll is open  tell them about your favorite sf/f of 2012

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The 43d Locus Poll and Survey is open for your picks of the best science fiction and fantasy of the past year, as well as your survey answers (Locus has been collecting detailed statistical information about science fiction readers for, well, 43 years now). You needn't be a subscriber to fill in the survey, though … [Read more]

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:54:22 UTC

My HOW I WORK interview

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did a How I Work interview for Lifehacker, where I talked about the tools I use, and how I use them: What apps/software/tools can't you live without? Ubuntu and the suite of GNU tools in any robust Unix system. A good text editor (currently Gedit)I keep all of my working files at .txts. A … [Read more]

Sat, 30 Mar 2013 21:15:05 UTC

Interview on NPRs Off-Topic

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The NPR show OffTopic aired an episode called Give and Take: Pirates, Profiteers, and Art in the Age of Appropriation, and spoke to me for it. It's a really interesting listen! MP3 link

Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:36:49 UTC

Speaking in Bradford tomorrow

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's details of the public event I'm doing in Bradford while I'm in town for Eastercon: I'll be at the 1in12 Club, as part of an event called "Can Technology Save the City?" that runs from 12-6. I'll be there around 1430h. Hope you'll come out!

Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:31:31 UTC

How the amazing UK cover for Rapture of the Nerds came to be

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm really impressed with the cover of the UK edition of Rapture of the Nerds, the novel I wrote with Charlie Stross. But it turns out that producing that cover was quite a journey. Designer Martin Stiff was kind enough to share his notes on the process, along with all the proto covers he produced … [Read more]

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:14:47 UTC

Copyright wars are damaging the health of the internet

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:14:35 UTC

What problem are we trying to solve in the copyright wars?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "Copyright wars are damaging the health of the internet" and it looks at what we really need from proposed solutions to the copyright wars: I've sat through more presentations about the way to solve the copyright wars than I've had hot dinners, and all of them has fallen short of … [Read more]

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:41:16 UTC

Schedule for EasterCon in Bradford

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm heading to Bradford tomorrow for Eight Squared Con, the 2013 Eastercon. I'm appearing on several programme items: * Friday, 17h: Reading, Hawthorn Room * Saturday, 12h: "On Twitter, Everyone Can Hear You Scream," Boardroom (panel) * Saturday, 13h: Book launch for RAPTURE OF THE NERDS, Conservatory * Saturday, 19h: "Genre Get-Together: Science Fiction," Conservatory … [Read more]

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:33:44 UTC

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom read-aloud part 02

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As I mentioned in my March Locus column, I'm celebrating the tenth anniversary of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by planning a prequel volume. As part of that planning, I'm going to read aloud the entire text of that first book into the podcast, making notes on the book as I go. Here's … [Read more]

Sat, 23 Mar 2013 05:49:55 UTC

Launching the UK edition of Rapture of the Nerds TODAY at Forbidden Planet London

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Londoners! I'll be launching the UK edition of Rapture of the Nerds today at 1PM at Forbidden Planet. Although the book is available across the country at finer stores, this will be your only chance to stroke the marvellous 3D printed Space Marine Stross and have your picture taken with it.

Sat, 23 Mar 2013 05:19:36 UTC

Letter from a young reader about Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

A young man named Alex came out to my Decatur, GA Homeland tour-stop and we had a charming (if brief) conversation, and subsequently snapped this quite wonderful photo. One of Alex's teachers subsequently wrote to me to say that Alex had taken high academic honors in a Letters About Literature contest about Little Brother, and … [Read more]

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 07:56:10 UTC

Signing Rapture of the Nerds at Forbidden Planet London tomorrow

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Londoners! A reminder that I'll be signing the UK edition of Charlie Stross's and my novel Rapture of the Nerds, tomorrow at 1PM at Forbidden Planet. Charlie can't make it, so I have fashioned a cunning 3D printed Space Marine Stross to accompany me, which you may rub for good luck if you attend.

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:59:04 UTC

WH Smith automatically adding DRM to DRM-free ebooks, but theres an interim solution while they fix it

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The UK Bookseller WH Smith has been experiencing some kind of bug in its ebook store, whereby it adds DRM to all of the Kobo ebooks it sells, even the ones that are supposed to be DRM-free (like mine). Apparently, this is a metadata-parsing issue. I spoke to my agent and publisher, and WH Smith/Kobo … [Read more]

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:57:50 UTC

Chatting with Techdirt about Pirate Cinema

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My novel Pirate Cinema is the current TechDirt Book Club selection, and we're kicking it off today with a Google+ hangout in about five minutes. I've never done a Hangout before -- I don't have a G+ account because I object to its "real names" policy, but I've created a throwaway account for the occasion. … [Read more]

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:11:56 UTC

My talk on copyright, ebooks and libraries for the Library of Congress

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last fall, while on the Pirate Cinema tour, I stopped in at the Library of Congress to give a talk called "A Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond," which was an amazing treat. The LoC people were delightful and the building and its collections were outstanding. Now, they've put the video online! A Digital Shift: … [Read more]

Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:29:17 UTC

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom read-aloud part 01

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As I mentioned in my March Locus column, I'm celebrating the tenth anniversary of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by planning a prequel volume. As part of that planning, I'm going to read aloud the entire text of that first book into my podcast, making notes on the book as I go. Here's … [Read more]

Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:34:50 UTC

Im at Forbidden Planet London with Rapture of the Nerds this Saturday!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Londoners! A quick reminder that I'll be signing the new UK edition of Rapture of the Nerds this Saturday at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Ave at 13h. Come on down and say hi!

Mon, 18 Mar 2013 06:31:39 UTC

Audio from my Homeland tour presentation

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Thomas "Command Line" Gideon came out for the DC stop on my Homeland tour, at Busboys and Poets, and mic'ed me up for the event. He's mastered the audio and posted it. It's a 40 minute talk about the promise of technology to improve our lives, the risks from allowing technology to be used to … [Read more]

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:19:09 UTC

Legal issues in Pirate Cinema analyzed by IP lawyer

Posted By Cory Doctorow

IP lawyer Stuart Langley wrote a fantastic analysis of the legal issues raised in my novel Pirate Cinema a guest-article for the wonderful Law and the Multiverse site. Langley does a very thorough job of looking at the real laws and legal problems behind the plot points in the book. The McCauleys internet access has … [Read more]

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:21:15 UTC

Profile in Guardian Books

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Damien Walter's written a very kind article about me and my work in the Guardian's books section, discussing the role of science fiction in social criticism and activism. As technology becomes an ever bigger factor in day-to-day life, we need writers like Doctorow to help us direct it to support freedom over oppression. In his … [Read more]

Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:14:44 UTC

Why Tim Berners-Lee is wrong about DRM in HTML5

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "What I wish Tim Berners-Lee understood about DRM," a response to the Web inventor's remarks about DRM during the Q&A at his SXSW talk last week. Additionally, all DRM licence agreements come with a set of "robustness" rules that require manufacturers to design their equipment so that owners can't see … [Read more]

Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:14:36 UTC

What I wish Tim Berners-Lee understood about DRM

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:45:52 UTC

Ten Years On

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading of my recent Locus column, Ten Years On, in which I reflect on my first decade as a novelist and discuss a possible further volume related to Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, my first-ever novel: I never thought Id write a sequel. The allure of writing books has always been … [Read more]

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 11:13:22 UTC

Rapture of the Nerds hits London on Mar 23

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The UK edition of Rapture of the Nerds hits shelves on April 12, but we're having a sneaky early release at Forbidden Planet in London on Mar 23 at 1PM. Tell your friends! (I'm pretty sure that Forbidden Planet will take advance mail-orders for people who can't make it, and I'll sign and personalise every … [Read more]

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 01:19:39 UTC

Homeland interviews

Posted By Cory Doctorow

A pair of nice interviews about my new novel Homeland hit the Web today: this fun chat with Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda on the Washington Post, and this one with David Klein at Las Vegas City Life: Its about conveying your enthusiasm. My readers like that enthusiastic voice. The dirty secret about geeking out is that … [Read more]

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:55:05 UTC

Podcast with Beyond the Book

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The folks at Beyond the Book interviewed me for a recent podcast (MP3). We talked about computer control, DRM, publishing, and my latest book, Homeland.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 01:24:47 UTC

Whats the most utopian fiction of all?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest column for Locus, "Ten Years On," looks back on my first decade as a novelist, and speculates about what a difficult utopia might be, and announces my next novel project: And then I realized I had no idea what novel Id write next. I have notes for about five books, but none of … [Read more]

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 01:24:43 UTC

Ten Years On

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:58:39 UTC

My books on a Tor hidden service

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Part of the plot in Homeland revolves around "hidden services" on the Tor network. Now, a fan of mine in Norway called Tor Inge Røttum has set up a hidden service and stashed copies of all my books there. He writes: A hidden service in Tor is a server, it can be any server, a … [Read more]

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 02:22:55 UTC

Video from Concord, NH appearance

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Steve Davidson from Amazing Stories magazine came to my gig in Concord, NH yesterday, and recorded it, and he's already put it online.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 02:19:30 UTC

Video from Tools of Change

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did a pair of appearances at the O'Reilly Tools of Change conference in NYC as part of the tour for Homeland -- the first a solo talk for writers, the second a panel with Henry Jenkins and Brian David Johnson. The latter is online now, as well as an interview.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:31:03 UTC

Libraries and Makerspaces: a match made in heaven

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I wrote a guest editorial for the Raincoast Books site, in honour of Freedom to Read Week. It's called "Libraries, Hackspaces and E-waste: how libraries can be the hub of a young maker revolution," and it's about the role of libraries in the 21st century: Every discussion of libraries in the age of austerity always … [Read more]

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:31:00 UTC

Libraries, Hackspaces and E-waste: how libraries can be the hub of a young maker revolution

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Raincoast Books

Sat, 23 Feb 2013 04:43:34 UTC

Homeland

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Sat, 23 Feb 2013 04:42:12 UTC

Pirate Cinema

Posted By Cory Doctorow

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 households access … [Read more]

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:04:23 UTC

Video from the Seattle stop on the Homeland tour

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Thanks to Darius Dunlap 2013 for shooting and uploading this CC-BY video from the first stop on my current Homeland tour, at the Seattle public library!

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:33:55 UTC

WSJ on Homeland

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a nice surprise: a glowing review of my new novel Homeland in the WSJ. "Homeland" is as dead serious as "1984," as potentially important a "novel of ideas," with a much more engaging central character and an apparently inexhaustible supply of information on everything from brewing coffee to sneaky surveillance and how to defeat … [Read more]

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 19:12:50 UTC

I Cant Let You Do That, Dave: when we design computers to boss us around

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Publishers Weekly column, "I Can't Let You Do That, Dave," is a look at the dangers of redesigning our computers to boss us around instead of doing what they're told and trying to help us: Contrary to whats been written in some quarters, Aaron Swartz didnt attempt to download those journal articles because … [Read more]

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 19:12:41 UTC

I Cant Let You Do That, Dave

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:22:40 UTC

Coming to Memphis tonight!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Memphis! I'm appearing tonight at The Booksellers at Laurelwood at 6PM! Tomorrow, I'll be in New Orleans, followed by Houston on Thursday. And lots more to come!

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:38:46 UTC

Coming to Oxford, MS this afternoon

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Oxford, MS! I'm coming to town today, and signing at Square Books at 5PM on the tour for my new book Homeland. I'll be in Memphis tomorrow, and then I go to New Orleans on Tuesday. Though I can hardly believe it, the tour is only halfway along, and there's tons more stops to … [Read more]

Sun, 17 Feb 2013 22:11:35 UTC

Video from yesterdays event at Flyleaf books in Chapel Hill, NC

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Calvin Powers of the SplatSpace makerspace posted a video of yesterday's presentation at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC. Thanks, Calvin!

Sun, 17 Feb 2013 02:22:00 UTC

Coming to Decatur today!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Decatur! I'm coming to town today on the tour for my new novel, Homeland; I'll be at the Decatur Library at 7PM. Then, on Monday I'll be in Oxford, MS, followed by Memphis on Tuesday. There's many more cities to go!

Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:22:54 UTC

Ill be Chapel Hill today at 2PM

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Chapel Hill! I'm headed your way today on the Homeland tour! I'll be at Flyleaf Books at 2PM. Tomorrow, I'll be in Decatur, and Monday it's a 5PM event at Square Books in Oxford, MS. I'm only halfway through the tour, too! Here's the rest of the schedule.

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 09:50:32 UTC

Coming to Miami tonight!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Miami! I'm about to head to the airport for my appearance tonight at Books & Books. Tomorrow I'll be in Chapel Hill at Flyleaf Books, and on Sunday I'll be in Decatur at the Decatur Library (sponsored by Little Shop of Stories). There's still plenty more cities to go, too!

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:18:50 UTC

EFF-Austin benefit after My Book People event on Feb 22

Posted By Cory Doctorow

After my event at Austin's Book People on Feb 27, I'll be doing a benefit for EFF-Austin on their location privacy campaign. We did this the last time I came through town and it was tremendous -- come on out! An evening with Cory Doctorow and EFF-Austin

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 09:55:32 UTC

Coming to Cincinnati today!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As I write this, I'm on my way to the airport, headed for Cincinnati, where I'll be doing an appearance tonight at Joseph-Beth Booksellers on the tour for Homeland, which hit the New York Times bestseller list last night. Tomorrow, I'll be in Miami and then I'll be in Chapel Hill. There's still lots more … [Read more]

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:09:01 UTC

Homeland just made the New York Times bestseller list!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Indiebound list, too! Life is good where I am.

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:39:19 UTC

Coming to Cincinnati tomorrow!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey folks! Just a reminder that I'll be in romantic Cincinnati tomorrow night at 7PM at Joseph-Beth for the next stop of my Homeland tour. From there, it's Miami and Chapel Hill (and tons more).

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:01:56 UTC

Scott Siglers new MONSTROSITY show, plus a tour of my office

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Scott Sigler's got a new YouTube show called Monstrosity, and he interviewed me (and several others!) for it. I also gave him a shakycam tour of my beloved office, which he's posted as a bonus ep.

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:46:01 UTC

Photos from Booksmith stop

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Photographer Alex Schoenfeld came to my Homeland tour-stop at Booksmith in San Francisco and took some great shots, which he's been kind enough to post under a Creative Commons 3.0 Non-commercial attribution only license. Thanks, Alex!

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:52:35 UTC

Video from activism panel at ASU

Posted By Cory Doctorow

ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination has already posted the video from this morning's panel on hacktivism and politics. It was a good, meaty discussion: Part 1, Part 2

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:46:22 UTC

Speaking at ASU Phoenix this morning

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Yesterday's event at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ was amazing, and I'm sticking around in Phoenix for one more day: this morning, I'll be presenting at ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination at 10:30AM, talking about hacktivism, ethics and the future of the fight for digital rights. Then I'm on the red-eye to … [Read more]

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 01:16:07 UTC

Interview with Rick Kleffel about Homeland

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last week I sat down for an interview with Rick Kleffel at KQED in San Francisco. He's put the whole interview -- a long one! -- up in his Trashotron podcast feed. We talked about Homeland and other things. Rick, as always, was a very astute interviewer. MP3 link

Sun, 10 Feb 2013 19:52:11 UTC

Letter from a young Homeland reader

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As you've no doubt gleaned, I'm on tour with my new novel, Homeland. A lot of people commiserate with me about the grueling pace -- and it is! a new city practically every day and nowhere near enough sleep and continuous interviews and presentations from o-dark hundred to late at night -- but for all … [Read more]

Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:26:11 UTC

Coming to Tempe, AZ today on the Homeland tour!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm heading to Tempe, AZ today for a 2PM appearance at Changing Hands Bookstore on my tour for Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother. Next I'll be in NYC for the Tools of Change publishing conference, then in Cincinnati for a romantic Feb 14 presentation at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at 7PM. There's plenty more stops on … [Read more]

Sat, 09 Feb 2013 13:41:44 UTC

Instructables based on Little Brother and Homeland

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The awesome people at Instructables have launched a series of HOWTOs based on my novel Homeland, written from the point of view of Marcus, the novel's hero. They previously posted 11 of these for Little Brother, and the new Homeland ones should be kicking off any day. Watch this space! m1k3y's Instructables

Sat, 09 Feb 2013 13:27:32 UTC

Coming to Salt Lake City today

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As you read this, I'll be on a plane heading for Salt Lake City, where I'll be appearing at the Leonardo Science Museum at 2PM with my new novel Homeland. On Sunday, I'll be in Tempe at Changing Hands books, and then on Feb 12 I'll be in NYC for the Tools of Change conference … [Read more]

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:32:36 UTC

Mesh wireless inspired by Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Eric writes: If the protagonists in the book Little Brother had access to a low-power mesh network, they may have been able to avert the DHS. In reality, mesh networking could help organize protests like what occurred during the Arab Spring--helping citizens to peacefully participate in an effective manner, by leveraging the self-healing and spontaneous … [Read more]

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 15:05:18 UTC

Last night in San Francisco!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tonight's my last night in San Francisco on my Homeland tour. I'll be at Borderlands books at 7PM. Tomorrow I'll be at the Leonardo in Salt Lake City; and on Sunday I'll be at Changing Hands in Tempe, AZ. Come on down (and thanks to everyone who came by the Booksmith last night!).

Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:51:22 UTC

Ill be in San Francisco tonight and tomorrow

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm still revving up my tour for Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother, and tonight I'll be at Booksmith in San Francisco. I'm lucky enough to get two days in SFO and tomorrow I'll be at Borderlands, before I head to Salt Lake City for an appearance at The Leonardo on Saturday. From there, it's … [Read more]

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 13:36:56 UTC

Coming to Portland today, San Francisco tomorrow!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last night, I kicked off the tour for Homeland (the sequel to Little Brother) with an amazing event at the Seattle Public Library, and now I'm hitting the road! I'll be in Portland tonight, at the Powell's in Beaverton at 7PM. Tomorrow I hit San Francisco with a stop at Booksmith on the 7th, then … [Read more]

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 11:32:01 UTC

Seattle tonight!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Seattle! Just a reminder that I'll be at the Seattle Public Library tonight at 7PM with my new novel Homeland. Come on down (and bring the kids!)! Portland, you're next, then San Francisco (and again!). Here's the whole schedule -- 20+ cities!.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 05:25:33 UTC

Coming to Seattle (then PDX, then SFO) for the Homeland tour

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In a couple of hours, I'm getting on a plane from London to Seattle to kick off the tour for Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother. My first stop is tomorrow (Feb 5) night, at the Seattle Public Library, and then I head to Portland for Feb 6, where I'll be at Powell's in Beaverton. … [Read more]

Sun, 03 Feb 2013 09:42:59 UTC

Interview with The Oregonian about Homeland

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did a Q&A with The Oregonian to help publicize my stop at the Powell's Books in Beaverton, OR on Feb 6 at 7PM. It's the second stop in my 22 city tour. What prompted you to write "Homeland," the sequel to "Little Brother," and what's the impact of "Little Brother" been, especially among younger … [Read more]

Sat, 02 Feb 2013 06:46:50 UTC

Law and Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm excited to see the folks at Law and the Multiverse (a blog that considers legal questions through the lens of comics, movies and fiction) having a look at the legal issues raised in Little Brother. It's very timely, what with the sequel, Homeland, coming out on Tuesday! A large portion of the books plot … [Read more]

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:55:52 UTC

Pirate Cinema and Rapture of the Nerds make Locuss best of 2012

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus magazine has just released its 2012 Recommended Reading List of science fiction/fantasy/horror, which is always a great reading guide (and a fabulous resource for those of us nominating for the Hugo awards. I'm delighted to see my novel Pirate Cinema and Rapture of the Nerds (written with Charlie Stross) on the best novel list! … [Read more]

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:15:09 UTC

Internet copyright law has to have public support if its going to work

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:14:52 UTC

Copyright, plagiarism and the Internet

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "Internet copyright law has to have public support if it's going to work," and it goes into the difference between copyright infringement and plagiarism, and tries to understand why so many people got upset at Glee's legal ripoff of a Jonathan Coulton song: Copyright experts were quick to explain that … [Read more]

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:40:15 UTC

Im coming to YOUR town* in February!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Next Tuesday marks the publication of my latest YA novel, Homeland, and I'll be kicking off a month-long tour across the US on February 5 with a stop in Seattle, followed by Portland and San Francisco. From there, I swing to the southwest -- a region I've never toured! -- with stops in Salt Lake … [Read more]

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:27:27 UTC

Reading from Homeland

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading from my upcoming novel, Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother. It's a rehearsal for the readings I'll be giving at schools and libraries when I leave for my 22-city US tour next week. He fitted me with a blood pressure cuff -- yeah, it was a tactical cuff, which clearly made this … [Read more]

Sun, 27 Jan 2013 05:54:59 UTC

Little Brother up for The Atlantics Feb book-club choice

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Atlantic's book club, 1book140, is asking for votes on its book for February. I'm surprised and delighted to see my novel Little Brother on that list, and the timing couldn't be better, what with the sequel, Homeland, coming out on Feb 5. It's also in great company: "Wonderstruck" by Brian Selznick; "Are You There … [Read more]

Sat, 26 Jan 2013 05:49:33 UTC

Teachers, librarians, etc: sign up for free copies of Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother, comes out on Feb 5, and as with my previous books, I'm going to be making it available as a free CC-licensed download. Whenever that happens, lots of people write to me to tell me how much they enjoyed it, and ask if they can just send me some … [Read more]

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:16:28 UTC

Rapture of the Nerds, the UK cover

Posted By Cory Doctorow

How awesome is this cover for the forthcoming UK edition of Rapture of the Nerds? Way, way awesome.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:51:13 UTC

Suicide Girls interview about Homeland, part two

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Suicide Girls has just published part two of its two-part interview with me about Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother (here's part one). In it, we talk about activism, clicktivism, and the future of Internet-connected politics: There is a lot of cynicism about clicktivism and the idea that if its too easy to be politicized, … [Read more]

Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:11:56 UTC

RIP, Aaron Swartz

Posted By Cory Doctorow

On today's podcast, I read read my obituary for Aaron Swartz, and the afterword he wrote for my upcoming novel, Homeland. I met Aaron when he was 14 or 15. He was working on XML stuff (he co-wrote the RSS specification when he was 14) and came to San Francisco often, and would stay with … [Read more]

Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:41:32 UTC

Behold: the stupid face I will make in the 3D scanner

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The people have spoken. I offered to have my head 3D-scanned while making a ridiculous face originated by John "Rubberface" Scalzi if enough was donated to Jay Lake's cancer treatment fundraiser. After an exhaustive poll, the Internet chose this face. I've started practicing already. Dear Cory Doctorow: The Masses Have Decided That This is the … [Read more]

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:55:25 UTC

Which silly John Scalzi face should I model in the 3D scanner?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As previously mentioned, I have committed to recreating a funny face made by John Scalzi, then getting my head 3D scanned while pulling said face, and releasing the scan as a CC-BY download on Thingiverse. It's all part of this most worthy fundraiser to help with the treatment and expenses from Jay Lake's cancer. Scalzi … [Read more]

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:37:01 UTC

Liability vs Leverage

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tools of Change

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:36:44 UTC

How Internet copyright laws let Big Content get away with paying less to artists

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've written an essay on how copyright enforcement laws let entertainment companies get away with paying less to artists for the O'Reilly Tools of Change blog. The ToC folks asked to to contribute something related to the keynote I'll be doing at their annual conference in NYC next month, as part of my tour for … [Read more]

Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:54:15 UTC

Interview with Suicide Girls about Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My next novel, Homeland (the sequel to Little Brother) is out in a few weeks, and I recently sat down with Nicole Powers from Suicide Girls for an interview about the book and the issues it raises, especially the student-debt bubble: When it was just rich people going, it wasnt about just getting a better … [Read more]

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:30:50 UTC

Nominations are open for the Hugo Awards

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Nominations are open again for science fiction's Hugo Awards -- if you attended last year's WorldCon or have supported/bought a membership for this year's con, you get a vote. There's a lively LJ group discussing potential nominees (I often wait for the annual Locus Magazine best-of list to use as a crib for my nominations). … [Read more]

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:07:51 UTC

Positive Externalities

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:07:35 UTC

Positive externalities thrive online

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is about positive externalities, the value that bystanders get from the stuff you're already doing (the Guardian has given it the unfortunate and misleading title of "Why trying to charge for everything will kill online creativity" -- please ignore that as it has nothing to do with the article, really): That's … [Read more]

Fri, 04 Jan 2013 21:32:38 UTC

Hacker theatre troupe in Berlin to stage When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This is pretty cool: Berlin's C-base hackerspace has spawned a theatre troupe called C-artre. They've produced a theatrical adaptation of my short story "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth" (from my collection Overclocked) and they're staging it later this month at Berlin's Transmediale festival.

Fri, 04 Jan 2013 14:00:38 UTC

Looking for a pilot in the southwest

Posted By Cory Doctorow

If you caught last month's post on my upcoming tour in February for Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother, you'll have seen that I'm meant to be speaking in Albuquerque, NM on the evening of Feb 11, and in NYC on the morning of Feb 12. This turns out to be a nearly impossible trick … [Read more]

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 22:36:31 UTC

Where Characters Come From

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 22:36:21 UTC

Where characters come from, and where they go

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column is "Where Characters Come From," and it advances a neurological theory for why fiction works, and where writers find their characters. As a writer, I know that theres a point in the writing when the engine of the story really seems to roar to life, and at that moment, the characters … [Read more]

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 11:22:45 UTC

Pirate Cinema nominated for the Prometheus Award

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm delighted to announce that my novel Pirate Cinema is a finalist for this year's Prometheus Award, given by the Libertarian Futurist Society. Winning the Prometheus for Little Brother, and being nominated again for Makers was a major honor, and I've got my fingers crossed for this year.

Wed, 02 Jan 2013 12:28:33 UTC

Interview in Prism Magazine

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Geoffrey Cole of Prism Magazine has posted the first part of a three-part interview we conducted in Vancouver, back when I was touring with Pirate Cinema. In this part, we talk about many subjects, notably Rapture of the Nerds: The Rapture in Rapture of the Nerds has many meanings. Foremost, it is the ascension of … [Read more]

Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:27:45 UTC

Whats entropy?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I sat down with the fascinating crew at the Titanium Physicists podcast to serve as their special physics-ignoramus guest in an episode about entropy (MP3)

Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:24:49 UTC

Little Brother on stage in print!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The next issue of Theatre Bay Area will feature the full text of Josh Costello's theatrical adaptation of my novel Little Brother, which was incredibly well-received on stage in San Francisco last year.

Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:05:44 UTC

Happy hols!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Today, on a very special Cory Doctorow podcast, the podcasting debut of Ms Poesy Emmeline Fibonacci Nautilus Taylor Doctorow! MP3 Link

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:36:02 UTC

Why the entertainment industrys release strategy creates piracy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:35:45 UTC

Why entertainment industry release windows drive piracy that we all have to pay for

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Why the entertainment industry's release strategy creates piracy," looks at the weird entertainment industry practice of defending their right not to sell us the things we want to buy, and the rather more odious practice of asking the public to foot the bill for this strategy: In a real marketplace, the … [Read more]

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:53:42 UTC

Announcing the 20-city US tour for HOMELAND, the sequel to Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As I mentioned yesterday, the sequel to Little Brother is coming out in February. Called Homeland, it picks up the action shortly after Little Brother ends, and features the continuing and exciting adventures of the characters from the first book. Tor, my publisher, have posted the first cut at the 20-city US tour schedule (the … [Read more]

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:17:45 UTC

The Internet of the Dead

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my recent Locus column, The Internet of the Dead: I had begun my trip with a few days in Toronto, attending to a strange and new kind of memorial ritual for a close friend who had died unexpectedly in June. My friends name was Erik Possum Man Stewart, and Id known … [Read more]

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:41:17 UTC

Heres what ICT should really teach kids: how to do regular expressions

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:40:56 UTC

Computer classes should teach regular expressions to kids

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "Here's what ICT should really teach kids: how to do regular expressions," and it makes the case for including regular expressions in foundational IT and computer science courses. Regexp offer incredible power to normal people in their normal computing tasks, and we treat them as deep comp-sci, instead of something … [Read more]

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:53:02 UTC

Why all pharmaceutical research should be made open access

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my recent Guardian column, Why all pharmaceutical research should be made open access: One of the strongest arguments for public access in scholarly and scientific publication is the "public debt" argument: if the public pays you to do research, the research should belong to the public. That's a good argument, but … [Read more]

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:42:20 UTC

Internet of the Dead: the nets collision course with death

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus magazine column is "The Internet of the Dead," which discusses the collision course the Internet is on with death. It was inspired by my work to preserve the personal data of my old friend Erik "Possum Man" Stewart, who died unexpectedly and tragically in June: It was while I sat in Possums … [Read more]

Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:51:45 UTC

Why all pharmaceutical research should be made open access

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:51:33 UTC

Beyond the public debt: making a wider case for openness

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "Why all pharmaceutical research should be made open access," and it makes the wider case for open access, beyond the obvious truth that publicly funded work should be available to the public: One of the strongest arguments for public access in scholarly and scientific publication is the "public debt" argument: … [Read more]

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:57:28 UTC

Secure the Internet podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my recent Nature comment, co-written with Ben Laurie, Secure the Internet: In 2011, a fake Adobe Flash updater was discovered on the Internet. To any user it looked authentic. The softwares crypto­graphic certificates, which securely verify the authenticity and integrity of Internet connections, bore an authorized signature. Internet users who thought … [Read more]

Sun, 18 Nov 2012 08:04:57 UTC

Video from Pirate Cinema talk in Deerfield, IL

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the video from my Pirate Cinema tour stop at Deerfield, IL -- I talk war on general purpose computers, copyfighting, and do some Q&A. Cory Doctorow's "Pirate Cinema" 2012 Book Tour stop at Deerfield, IL (Thanks, Psywiped!)

Sat, 17 Nov 2012 11:54:43 UTC

Cinema Pirata: Brazilian edition of Pirate Cinema

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've just wrapped up a couple of days at the Fliporto literary festival in Olinda, Brazil, and was delighted to get a copy of the newly published Cinema Pirata, the Brazilian edition of Pirate Cinema, published by the excellent Galera Record.

Sat, 17 Nov 2012 11:43:28 UTC

Secure the Internet

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Nature

Sat, 17 Nov 2012 11:42:45 UTC

What do we do about untrustworthy Certificate Authorities?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

OpenSSL maintainer and Google cryptographer Ben Laurie and I collaborated on an article for Nature magazine on technical systems for finding untrustworthy Certificate Authorities. We focused on Certificate Transparency, the solution that will shortly be integrated into Chrome, and also discuss Sovereign Keys, a related proposal from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Both make clever use … [Read more]

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:14:45 UTC

Speaking in London on Nov 24 about the Snoopers Charter

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Londoners! I'm speaking at one of the Open Rights Group's meetings on the Snooper's Charter (the proposed new mass-scale network spying bill) in London on Nov 24. It's free, but they'd like you to register so they know how many to plan for.

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:48:33 UTC

Interview on IT and corporate IT policy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's an interview I did with the ITSM podcast, about information technology, IT policy, and corporate IT and its implications. MP3 link

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:20:04 UTC

Copyright debate in Denmark

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a recording of a debate I participated in on Monday at Denmark's Fagfestival (yes, really -- Danish has weird English cognates) 2012, the largest gathering of journalists in the country. I debated Peter Schønning, a prominent Danish copyright lawyer, in an event hosted by Henrik Føhns. MP3 link

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:19:39 UTC

Interview with Geeks Guide to the Galaxy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did an interview with The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, which they've published in both text and MP3 form. We talked about Pirate Cinema, Rapture of the Nerds, the Humble Ebook Bundle, the future of publishing, the Disney/Star Wars merger, and lots more: Wired: Do you ever get letters from kids who have been … [Read more]

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:07:28 UTC

Digital Human podcast on death

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I recently recorded an interview with the BBC's Digital Human programme, which was recording an episode on death. It's came out very well. MP3 Link

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:49:24 UTC

Theres no way to stop children viewing porn in Starbucks

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:49:05 UTC

Why the UKs mandatory opt-out censorware plan is stupid

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "There's no way to stop children viewing porn in Starbucks," a postmortem analysis of the terrible debate in the Lords last week over a proposed mandatory opt-out pornography censorship system for the UK's Internet service providers. In order to filter out adult content on the internet, a company has to … [Read more]

Mon, 05 Nov 2012 14:59:58 UTC

Automated calls, fraud and the banks: a mismatch made in hell

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my recent Guardian column, Automated calls, fraud and the banks: a mismatch made in hell: The banks are now outsourcing their fraud prevention to computers that can make dozens of calls all at once, around the clock, fishing (or phishing) for someone who just happened to have made an unusual purchase … [Read more]

Sat, 27 Oct 2012 10:11:53 UTC

Coming to Boston today for finale of the Pirate Cinema tour

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Yo, Boston! Today is the last day of my Pirate Cinema tour (after this, I'll be touring complete) and I'm wrapping it up in Boston, the 18th city in 6 weeks, where I'll be appearing at the Boston Book Festival, on a 4:15 panel with MT Anderson, Rachel Cohn, and Gabrielle Zevin. Come on out … [Read more]

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:31:32 UTC

In Toronto today, Boston tomorrow

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Toronto! It's my last night in town -- I'll be at Harbourfront's International Festival of Authors doing a double-act with China Mieville (there's still some tickets available). Tomorrow I'm off to the Boston Book Festival for the very last stop of the Pirate Cinema tour -- come on out and watch me attempt to … [Read more]

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:27:31 UTC

Talking in Toronto today, tomorrow (then Boston!)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Toronto! I'll be at the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors tonight and tomorrow night (tonight it's a joint appearance with Larissa Andrusyshyn, Stuart Clark, Corey Redekop and Robert J. Sawyer; tomorrow, it's a twofer with China Mieville). Then I head to Boston for the last engagement in my Pirate Cinema tour, a free, ticketed … [Read more]

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:05:13 UTC

Coming to Toronto, Boston

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Toronto! I'll be at the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors on Thursday and Friday nights, both times at 8PM. On Thursday, I'm reading with Larissa Andrusyshyn, Stuart Clark, Corey Redekop and Robert J. Sawyer; on Friday, I'm doing a double-act with China Mieville. From there, I head to Boston for the final appearance of … [Read more]

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:49:10 UTC

Coming to Seattle today, then Toronto and Boston

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Seattle! I'll be in town for one day only today, making a pair of public appearances -- first at the University Bookstore at 1230h, then at Elliot Bay Books at 1900h. Both are free! From Seattle, I go east for the last two cities in my Pirate Cinema tour: first a pair of evening … [Read more]

Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:26:02 UTC

Coming to Vancouver and Victoria today, then Seattle, Toronto and Boston

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Vancouver and Victoria! Today I wrap up my Pirate Cinema tour weekend in Van with an appearance for the BC Civil Liberties Association and the Centre for Digital Media at 11AM at the Great Northern Way Campus, then I jump on a sea-plane and head to Victoria for a talk tonight at Bolen Books … [Read more]

Sun, 21 Oct 2012 14:20:26 UTC

Coming to Kidsbooks, Vancouver tonight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Yo, Vancouver! Thanks to all of you who turned up to both of the sold-out events yesterday at the Writers Festival. If you missed out, I've got another event tonight, at Kidsbooks at 7PM, and I'll be at the Great Northern Way Campus Centre for Digital Media on Monday at 11, before I head to … [Read more]

Sat, 20 Oct 2012 16:53:52 UTC

Humble Ebook Bundle breaks the $1,000,000 barrier

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Just now, a few minutes before 10AM Pacific, the Humble Ebook Bundle crossed the $1 MILLION mark. Yes, it's an arbitrary round number, but it's a BIGGUN! For those of you who haven't clocked it, the Humble Ebook Bundle is a collection of 13 ebooks -- science fiction, fantasy, and graphic novels -- for which … [Read more]

Sat, 20 Oct 2012 12:29:32 UTC

Pirate Cinema presentation at Brooklyns WORD

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Joly MacFie from The Punkcast was good enough to bring his cameras down to my Pirate Cinema tour stop at Brooklyn's WORD books, and has uploaded the presentation (including the airing of the runners-up and winner of the remix video contest we held) to YouTube. Thanks, Joly!

Sat, 20 Oct 2012 11:37:13 UTC

Ill be at the Vancouver Writers Festival today with William Gibson

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Vancouver! Quick reminder: there are still some tickets left for my appearance with William Gibson today at the Vancouver Writers Festival (the conversation with Margaret Atwood is sold out, alas), and I'll be around tomorrow at 7PM for a Kidsbooks event at the West Point Grey United Church, and then on Monday at 11AM … [Read more]

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:09:46 UTC

Coming to Vancouver this weekend

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Vancouver! I'm headed your way tomorrow for a pair of ticketed appearances at the Vancouver Writers Festival, the first with William Gibson at 2PM, then another at 5PM with Margaret Atwood and Pasha Malla. On Sunday at 6PM, Kidsbooks (one of the last great independent children's bookstores in the country) is hosting an event … [Read more]

Thu, 18 Oct 2012 22:34:04 UTC

Coming to Edmonton tomorrow morning

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Edmonton! A reminder: I'll be at the free PAGES library conference tomorrow morning at the Stanley Milner Library. My keynote is at 9:15 AM, followed by a Q&A at 1130h and a signing at 1, before I head out to Vancouver for the Vancouver Writers Festival where I'll be doing two ticketed events; one … [Read more]

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:02:46 UTC

A Japanese animation pirate cinema makers story

Posted By Cory Doctorow

A reader of Pirate Cinema sent me her amazing story of how she became a video remix artist, and how she views the law and rules for copyright. We've published it as a feature on Boing Boing; here's a little taste of it: When MegaUpload was shut down, the Japanese media fan community was in … [Read more]

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:37:46 UTC

Universal Computer Users

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Citing my talk on General Purpose Computing and regulation (and many other works), Olia Lialina describes a "General Purpose User... that was formed through three decades of adjusting general purpose technology to their needs": General Purpose Users can write an article in their e-mail client, layout their business card in Excel and shave in front … [Read more]

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:24:30 UTC

Coming to Bethesda tonight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, DC! I'm heading to Bethesda today for my Pirate Cinema tour -- I'll be at the Bethesda Public Library tonight at 7PM. Come on out and say hi before I head to Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Toronto and Boston! Here's the full schedule.

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 01:40:26 UTC

Interview on the Command Line podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I recently sat down with Thomas Gideon of the wonderful Command Line podcast, and talked about Rapture of the Nerds, Pirate Cinema, and the future of the Internet. It's always a pleasure to be on Thomas's show. MP3 Link

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:29:47 UTC

Five more books join the Humble Ebook Bundle!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

We've hit the halfway mark on the Humble Ebook Bundle, a name-your-price, support-for-charity, DRM-free ebook promotion. With one week to go, we've added in FIVE more books: XKCD Volume 0; Zach Weiner's Save Yourself, Mammal and The Most Dangerous Game; Penny Arcade: Attack of the Bacon Robots; and Penny Arcade: Epic Legends of the Magic … [Read more]

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:36:55 UTC

My head, made of sugar

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm heading to Philly tonight on the Pirate Cinema tour, and jrdnmlr from the Hive76 hackspace has downloaded the 3D scan of my head from Thingiverse, and is, even now, printing it out in sugar, using a Barracuda extruder. Can't wait to see it IRL.

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:28:59 UTC

Coming to Philly tonight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm heading to Philly today for an event at Indy Hall, co-sponsored by the awesome Geekadelphia and the Hive76 hackerspace. From there I go to Bethesda, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Toronto, then, finally, Boston! Here's the schedule, looking forward to seeing you!

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:59:51 UTC

This Week in Tech

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This weekend I appeared on the This Week in Tech Podcast, to talk about the tech news of the week, as well as Rapture of the Nerds, Pirate Cinema and Humble Ebook Bundle. The other guests on the show were Jason Hiner and Larry Magid, and Leo Laporte, as always, played host. It was a … [Read more]

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:02:37 UTC

Interview with CBCs CanadaWrites

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did a little eight-question interview with the CBC's CanadaWrites program. Here's a few of 'em: 6. Sharon Butala asks, What do you think of the age-old notion that the best writing comes out of a life led outside the bourgeoisie, where so-called "rules" of normal middle-class life are deliberately broken and impulse is your … [Read more]

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:16:51 UTC

Coming to Brooklyn tonight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Brooklyn! I'll be at WORD Books tonight at 7PM for the last New York stop on my Pirate Cinema tour. Tomorrow I'll be in Philly at Indy Hall, before heading to Bethesda, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Toronto and Boston (whew!). Looking forward to seeing you there! Here's the whole schedule -- be there or … [Read more]

Sun, 14 Oct 2012 21:02:33 UTC

Interview with Dan Patterson

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Dan Patterson interviewed me for his podcast at New York Comic-Con. We talked about comics, network policy, and my new novel Pirate Cinema MP3 Link

Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:51:50 UTC

Coming to NY Comic-Con today

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey New Yorkers! I'll be at New York Comic-Con today, speaking in the Author Spotlight on the Unbound Stage at 12 o'clock, and then signing books at the Tor Booth (#920) at 3PM. On Monday night, I'll be at Brooklyn's WORD books at 7PM, before heading to Philly, Bethesda, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Toronto and … [Read more]

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:30:09 UTC

Pirate Cinema in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Bradford Telegraph and Argus covers Pirate Cinema today, thanks to David Barnett, who explains how Pirate Cinema came to be set in his paper's town. Mr Doctorow says he didnt just pluck Bradford out of a hat  hes visited the city several times and spent some time here in 2009 when the big … [Read more]

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:17:26 UTC

Coming to NY Comic-Con today!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, NYC! Start spreading the news, etc, as I'm appearing today and tomorrow at NY Comic-Con -- signing today at 1715h at Table 2, speaking Sunday at 10AM, and signing again at the Tor booth on Sunday at 3PM. I'll be at Brooklyn's WORD books on Monday night (today's the last day to submit your … [Read more]

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 18:30:58 UTC

Doing a Reddit AMA today at 1PM Pacific

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm doing a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") at 1PM Pacific today! Come along and ask me anything!

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:38:27 UTC

Coming to Evanston, IL tonight!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Evanston, IL! I'll be at the Evanston Public Library tonight, on the final stop of the Chicago-area part of my Pirate Cinema tour (if you're coming, you can RSVP here). Tomorrow, I head to NYC for appearances at Comic-Con and WORD Books in Brooklyn (here's our video remix contest), and thence to Philly, Bethesda, … [Read more]

Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:25:57 UTC

Coming to Naperville, IL tonight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Naperville, IL! I'll be speaking and signing at Anderson's Bookshop tonight at 7PM, in part two of the Chicagoland leg of my Pirate Cinema tour, which wraps up tomorrow night at the Evanston Public Library. Anderson's is one of the nation's great indie bookstores, ranking in my books with the likes of Powell's, and … [Read more]

Tue, 09 Oct 2012 17:54:04 UTC

Pirate Cinema, for your downloading pleasure

Posted By Cory Doctorow

It took me a little while, but the Pirate Cinema website is finally up, with multiformat downloads and purchase links for the ebooks, print books, and audioboks. Have at it!

Tue, 09 Oct 2012 08:51:33 UTC

Coming to Deerfield, IL tonight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Cory in Deerfield, IL tonight Hey, Deerfield, IL! I'll be at the Deerfield High School Auditorium tonight at 7PM for the latest stop in my Pirate Cinema tour. I've got two other stops in the Chicago area: tomorrow, it's Anderson's Books in Naperville; on Thursday it's the Evanston Public Library. From there, I go to … [Read more]

Sun, 07 Oct 2012 13:01:29 UTC

Coming to Redondo Beach today

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Yo, Redondo Beach! You're my last west coast stop on this leg of the Pirate Cinema tour, and I'll be at Mysterious Galaxy today at 2:30PM (I'll be back on this coast later to visit Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle). Tomorrow, I'll be in Lansing, MI, before a multi-day Chicagoland extravaganza. The tour has stops in … [Read more]

Sat, 06 Oct 2012 13:02:02 UTC

Coming to Pasadena this afternoon!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Pasadena! I'm signing and speaking at Vroman's Bookstore this afternoon at 3PM, as part of the Pirate Cinema tour. I'll be in Rendondo Beach at Mysterious Galaxy tomorrow, before heading east to Lansing, MI, then Chicago, NYC, Bethesda, Edmonton, and many other cities in the US and Canada. Here's the full schedule -- I'm … [Read more]

Fri, 05 Oct 2012 13:55:42 UTC

Pirate Flix: Video remix contest

Posted By Cory Doctorow

On the NYC leg of my Pirate Cinema tour, I'll be stopping at Brooklyn's wonderful indie bookstore WORD. The WORD folks have cooked up a remix video competition for the event, inviting you to make short remix videos, 1-3 minutes long. I'll be judging the finalists, and the winner will be screened at my reading … [Read more]

Fri, 05 Oct 2012 13:36:42 UTC

Coming to Berkeley tonight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Berkeley! I'll be at Books Inc tonight on 4th Street at 7PM, as part of the Pirate Cinema tour. Tomorrow, I'll be in Pasadena and then Redondo Beach, then Lansing, MI, Chicagoland, and many (many!) other US and Canadian cities. Here's the whole schedule -- come on out and say hi!

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:18:25 UTC

Pirate Cinema audiobook: no DRM, no EULA, just the spoken word

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Further to yesterday's post about the availablity of a DRM-free, EULA-free MP3 download for the audiobook of Little Brother, I'm pleased to announce that I'm also selling the audiobook for my new novel Pirate Cinema. As with the Little Brother audio, this is a professionally voiced, unabridged audiobook from Random House Audio. This one is … [Read more]

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:44:08 UTC

Appearance in San Francisco tonight!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, San Francisco! I'm at Borderlands Books in the Mission tonight at 7PM, for the Pirate Cinema tour! Tomorrow night it's Berkeley, then south to LA, then all the way to Lansing, MI, and then a host of other cities across Canada and the USA. Check the full schedule -- I hope I get to … [Read more]

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 18:47:09 UTC

Download the Little Brother audiobook

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Thanks to the kind folks at Random House Audio, I'm now able to offer direct downloads of the unabridged audiobook of Little Brother, read by Kirby Heyborne. The download is DRM-free, and comes with no EULA -- in other words, the only terms binding your use of it are: "Don't violate copyright law." It's $20, … [Read more]

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 15:10:13 UTC

Pirate Cinema Audiobook

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This unabridged reading of Pirate Cinema, read by Bruce Mann, is sold without DRM, or license agreement of any kind, and by buying it here, you more than triple the royalties I receive for it. The audiobook was produced by Random House Audio. Once you've completed your purchase, you'll get a download link for a … [Read more]

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 14:09:09 UTC

Little Brother Audiobook

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This unabridged reading of Little Brother, read by Kirby Heyborne, is sold without DRM, or license agreement of any kind, and by buying it here, you more than triple the royalties I receive for it. The audiobook was produced by Random House Audio (I've embedded their preview below). Once you've completed your purchase, you'll get … [Read more]

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 10:53:51 UTC

Coming to Menlo Park tonight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Menlo Park! I'm coming to Kepler's Books tonight at 7PM for the Pirate Cinema tour! I hope to see you there. I'll be in San Francisco tomorrow (Thu), Berkeley on Friday, and then I head south to Pasadena and Redondo Beach, before going east to Lansing, MI, and then many other cities. Here's the … [Read more]

Tue, 02 Oct 2012 10:09:55 UTC

Appearing in St Louis tonight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, St Louis readers! Looking forward to meeting you tonight at the first stop of my Pirate Cinema tour, at the St Louis County Library at 7PM! Next up, stops in northern and southern California, Lansing, Chicagoland, NYC, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Toronto and Boston.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 10:02:09 UTC

Coming to St Louis and 17 other cities for the Pirate Cinema tour

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, St Louis, MO! I'm headed your way, for the kick-off of the tour for my latest YA novel, Pirate Cinema. I'll be at the St. Louis County Library on Tuesday, October 2 at 7PM for an event hosted by Left Bank Books. There are 18 (!) cities on this tour, so be sure and … [Read more]

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:28:53 UTC

Automated calls, fraud and the banks: a mismatch made in hell

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:28:21 UTC

UK banks use robo-callers to make fraud-check calls, conditioning customers to hand out personal information to anonymous machines that phone them up out of the blue

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Automated calls, fraud and the banks: a mismatch made in hell," reacts to the news that UK banks are using robo-call machines to check in with customers on possibly fraudulent transactions, and going about it in the worst way possible: The banks, bless them, are only trying to prevent fraud, but … [Read more]

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:56:12 UTC

Librarians, teachers: sign up to get free copies of my forthcoming YA novel Pirate Cinema

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As many of you will know, I'm about to kick off the tour for a new YA science fiction novel, Pirate Cinema, which comes out next week. As with all my other novels, I'll be putting up Creative Commons-licensed editions of the book for your downloading pleasure. Now, whenever I do this, many readers write … [Read more]

Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:16:08 UTC

Speaking at Oakville Public Library (and other Toronto stops) this week

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Great news, West Torontonians! The free Oakville Public Library event I'm doing next Wednesday has been opened to all comers (it was previously teen-only). There's refreshments, too. You need to pick up a ticket at a local OPL branch, or you can call or email (ecole@oakville.ca or 905-815-2042 ext. 5037) to book ahead. Hope to … [Read more]

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:37:20 UTC

Rapture of the Nerds, with Charles Stross

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Earth has a population of roughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot, living in a preserve at the bottom of a gravity well. Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining one or another of the swarming densethinker clades that fog the inner solar system with a dust of … [Read more]

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:22:09 UTC

Why Philip Roth needs a secondary source

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:21:52 UTC

Why Philip Roth had to explain himself in the New Yorker before his Wikipedia entry could be corrected

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Why Philip Roth needs a secondary source," explains why it makes sense for Wikipedians to insist that Roth's claims about his novels be vetted by and published in the New Yorker before they can be included on Wikipedia: Wikipedians not only have no way of deciding whether Philip Roth is an … [Read more]

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 23:11:02 UTC

Chat with Charlie Stross and me on the WELL and Tor.com

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Charlie Stross and I are doing a public interview on The WELL's Inkwell.vue conference -- you don't have to be a WELL member to ask questions, either! While I'm on the subject, Charlie and I are doing a live online Torchat tomorrow, Sept 19 at 16h Eastern/13h Pacific.

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:02:58 UTC

Librarians! Teachers! Sign up for free copies of Rapture of the Nerds!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Charlie Stross and I have a new book out and I'm about to put up a website were readers can download free, CC-licensed copies of it in ebook form. As with other recent books, I'm going to collect and publish the names of librarians, teachers, and public institutions that would like to get free copies … [Read more]

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 05:12:26 UTC

Interview with the Singularity Weblog

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I recently sat down for a video interview with the Singularity weblog to talk about about The Rapture of the Nerds, Singularity, science fiction, how fiction works, sf movies, and a lot of varied subjects. Cory Doctorow on Singularity 1 on 1: The Singularity Is A Progressive Apocalypse

Sat, 08 Sep 2012 10:04:05 UTC

Video from the Stross and Doctorow show at MakerBot in Brooklyn

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Joly McFie captured video of Charlie Stross's and my tour-stop at Brooklyn's MakerBot this week. We were there in support of our new novel Rapture of the Nerds, and did a talk, reading and Q&A that touched on the Singularity, its precedents, its discontents, and its inherent comedy -- all while 3D printers chattered in … [Read more]

Wed, 05 Sep 2012 19:20:05 UTC

Why Science Fiction Movies Drive Me Nuts

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine

Wed, 05 Sep 2012 19:19:40 UTC

Why SF movies make me insane

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Why SF movies make me insane My latest Locus column is "Why Science Fiction Movies Drive Me Nuts," in which I propose that the reason the science in sf movies is so awful is that they're essentially operas about technology. The reason that SF movies command such a titanic amount of attention and money from … [Read more]

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:40:51 UTC

Coming War Over General Purpose Computers talk at Google

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I gave my "Coming Civil War Over General Purpose Computers" talk three times this summer: at Defcon XX, the Long Now Foundation, and Google. Here's a video of the Google talk. Cory Doctorow: "The Coming Civil War over General-purpose Computing", Talks at Google

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 05:24:33 UTC

The Coming Civil War Over General Purpose Computers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last month, I gave a talk called "The Coming Civil War Over General Purpose Computing" at DEFCON, the Long Now, and Google. We're going to have a transcript with the slides on Monday, but in the meantime, here's a video of the Long Now version of the talk. Stewart Brand summarized it thus: Doctorow framed … [Read more]

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:42:52 UTC

XKCD with a very boingy punchline

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Daww, that was nice of him: Randall Munroe's made me the punchline of another XKCD! Starwatching

Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:18:13 UTC

Doubling Down on DRM

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my recent Publishers Weekly column, Doubling Down on DRM: Ive just seen a letter sent to an author who has published books under Hachettes imprints in some territories and with Tor Books and its sister companies in other territories (Tor is part of Macmillan). The letter, signed by Little, Browns U.K. … [Read more]

Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:21:38 UTC

Doubling Down on DRM

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my recent Publishers Weekly column, Doubling Down on DRM: Ive just seen a letter sent to an author who has published books under Hachettes imprints in some territories and with Tor Books and its sister companies in other territories (Tor is part of Macmillan). The letter, signed by Little, Browns U.K. … [Read more]

Tue, 14 Aug 2012 05:45:58 UTC

Doubling Down on DRM

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Tue, 14 Aug 2012 05:45:36 UTC

Hachette to Tor authors: you must keep the DRM on your ebooks

Posted By Cory Doctorow

You'll recall that Tor Books (and its sister science fiction imprints of Macmillan publishers around the world) has dropped DRM on all of its titles. Hachette, one of Macmillan's rivals in the "Big Six" pantheon of publishers, is famously pro-DRM (one Hachette author told me that her editor said that Hachette's unbreakable policy, straight from … [Read more]

Fri, 10 Aug 2012 17:22:45 UTC

Audio from chat with Charlie Stross on Internet Evolution

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the audio from the chat Charlie Stross and I did with Mitch Wagner from Internet Evolution about our forthcoming book, Rapture of the Nerds.

Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:21:53 UTC

Stross and Doctorow text-and-voice chat today at 11AM Eastern

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Charlie Stross and I are doing a text and voice chat with Internet Evolution today at 11AM Eastern, in celebration of our forthcoming novel Rapture of the Nerds. Hope to see you there! Look out! The team of Charlie Stross and Cory Doctorow has produced upcoming science fiction novel Rapture of the Nerds, due out … [Read more]

Sun, 05 Aug 2012 18:33:08 UTC

Audio from The Coming Civil War Over General Purpose Computation at Long Now

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've been trying out a sequel to my 2011 28C3 talk, The Coming War on General Purpose Computation. I've given the talk twice now, once at DEFCON 20 in Las Vegas and once at the Long Now SALT talk in San Francisco. The Long Now folks have put up the audio already, with video to … [Read more]

Thu, 02 Aug 2012 04:35:08 UTC

Kids and Mozilla hack my novel Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm proud and excited beyond words to see the running notes from the work being done in Chicago by a group of students and a facilitator from the Mozilla Foundation's Hive NYC on a number of video projects using Mozilla's Popcorn technology and my novel Little Brother. Here's an introductory set of notes on the … [Read more]

Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:49:29 UTC

Stross and Doctorow on the road: the Rapture of the Nerds tour in Lexington, Brooklyn, Brookline, Rochester

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Charlie Stross and I are hitting the road this September 5-9 for a mini, post-Burning Man, post-WorldCon book-tour for our collaborative comic novel of the Singularity called Rapture of the Nerds. We're coming to Lexington, KY; Brooklyn, NY (a stop at MakerBot's BotCave, where there will be a very special surprise!), Brookline, MA, and Rochester, … [Read more]

Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:07:05 UTC

Excerpt from my forthcoming novel Pirate Cinema

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tor.com has published an excerpt from my forthcoming YA novel Pirate Cinema, a book set in the UK in which a gang of squatter guerrilla filmmakers take on the entertainment industry and their pals in the government to save the world from corrupt, brutal anti-piracy laws. Booklist gave it a starred review, saying " ...Doctorows … [Read more]

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 20:25:23 UTC

Rapture of the Nerds excerpt on Tor.com

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tor.com's just published an excerpt from Rapture of the Nerds, the comic science fiction novel that Charles Stross and I collaborated on, which comes out in September. Booklist just gave it a starred review, saying "Doctorow and Stross, two of the SF genres more exciting voices, team up to produce a story that is mindbendingly … [Read more]

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 20:10:02 UTC

Sequel to my General Purpose Computation talk coming up in Vegas, San Francisco

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've written a sequel to my talk The Coming War on General Purpose Computing, called "The Coming Civil War Over General-Purpose Computing," which I'll be delivering twice this summer: first on July 28 at DEFCON in Las Vegas, and then on July 31 in San Francisco at a Long Now Foundation SALT talk, jointly presented … [Read more]

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 19:57:06 UTC

Excerpt from Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tor.com has just published an excerpt from Homeland, the sequel to my novel Little Brother. Homeland's coming out in February: Attending Burning Man made me simultaneously one of the most photographed people on the planet and one of the least surveilled humans in the modern world. I adjusted my burnoose, covering up my nose and … [Read more]

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:54:46 UTC

Music: The Internets Original Sin

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Music: The Internets Original Sin Here's a podcast of my recent Locus column, Music: The Internets Original Sin: Lets start with musics age. Movies are still in their infancy. Books are in their middle age. Stories themselves are ancient. But music is primal. Books may predate commerce, but music predates language. Our relationship with music, … [Read more]

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 05:18:50 UTC

Guest of honor at Westercon 67 in Salt Lake City, July 2014

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've just confirmed that I'll be the Guest of Honor at the 67th Westercon, in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 3-6, 2014. The hotel is the Marriott Downtown at City Creek, and memberships are currently $50 for attending, $25 for supporting. The website linked in the previous sentence is just a placeholder, though the real … [Read more]

Wed, 04 Jul 2012 19:43:46 UTC

Music: The Internets Original Sin

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus

Wed, 04 Jul 2012 19:43:31 UTC

Why we still fight about music and copyright on the Internet

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus colum, "Music: The Internets Original Sin," asks why music copyright is such a hot potato on the Internet, even in the post-DRM age, when most tunes are $0.99 on Amazon in MP3. The short answer: music's ancient compact is not entirely compatible with contemporary commerce, and the industry has tried to "fix" … [Read more]

Tue, 26 Jun 2012 20:54:37 UTC

Final episode of Search Engine podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The very last episode of TVOntario's Search Engine's just went out (MP3), and I'm honored to say that it's an interview with me. I started out with Search Engine when it was a broadcast on CBC radio, and I've been pleased to appear on the show several times since it moved to TVO. Host Jesse … [Read more]

Tue, 26 Jun 2012 04:16:23 UTC

Google admits that Platos cave doesnt exist

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my recent Guardian column, Google admits that Plato's cave doesn't exist: Google's official communiques tell the world that SEO isn't necessary  so long as you "make great content", you'll get higher rankings. The implication is that Google has discovered a mathematical model of relevance, a way of measuring some objective … [Read more]

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:03:30 UTC

Interviews with Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson about futurism, society, technology and science fiction

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did a series of interviews with Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson, as part of my involvement in The Tomorrow Project, which resulted in my writing Knights of the Rainbow Table. Here they are!

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 05:18:27 UTC

Makers remixed in C#

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Supreet Kaur made this delightful C# remix of a pivotal scene in Makers, as part of the coursework for a Game Design degree in London. The remix scored an A+ -- congrats, Supreet!

Fri, 22 Jun 2012 05:19:02 UTC

Printcrime in German

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Nemo Folkitz has graciously undertaken a German fan-translation of my short-short story Printcrime. The PDF is here, and the text is below. Printcrime Kopiere diese Geschichte. (ursprünglich veröffentlicht im 'Nature Magazine', Januar 2006) Englische Originalversion: Lizensiert unter Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/de/ Die Polizisten zerschlugen den Drucker meines Vaters, als ich acht war. Ich kann … [Read more]

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:13:06 UTC

Disorganised but effective: how technology lowers transaction costs

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:12:43 UTC

Effective and disorganized: a new thing upon this earth

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "Disorganised but effective: how technology lowers transaction costs," a piece about a new kind of group that has been enabled by the Internet -- a group with no formal structure that can still get stuff done, like Occupy and Anonymous. The things that one person can do define what is … [Read more]

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 18:14:21 UTC

Cover for Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Click for the huge, full version I recently turned in the manuscript for Homeland, the sequel to my 2008 YA novel Little Brother. Tor's going to be bringing it out next February, 2013. I've got two more books coming in the meantime: Rapture of the Nerds (with Charlie Stross) and Pirate Cinema (a YA novel). … [Read more]

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 06:42:52 UTC

Excerpt from Rapture of the Nerds, Charlie Strosss and my comic novel of the Singularity

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Suicide Girls has published an excerpt from Rapture of the Nerds, the novel Charlie Stross and I wrote, which will come out in September. Charlie and I will be touring the book together briefly after Labor Day. The details are still being settled, but there's going to be some very exciting stops! Rapture is the … [Read more]

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:32:03 UTC

Google admits that Platos cave doesnt exist

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:31:42 UTC

Google search results are editorial, not (merely) mathematical

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "Google admits that Plato's cave doesn't exist," a discussion of how Google has changed the way it talks about its search-results, shifting from the stance that rankings are a form of pure math to the stance that rankings are a form of editorial judgment. Google has, to date, always refused … [Read more]

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:17:03 UTC

The Curious Case of Internet Privacy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my recent Tech Review feature, The Curious Case of Internet Privacy: Why do we seem to value privacy so little? In part, it's because we are told to. Facebook has more than once overridden its users' privacy preferences, replacing them with new default settings. Facebook then responds to the inevitable public … [Read more]

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:13:04 UTC

Students assigned to cheat on exam use doctored Little Brother cover and many other methods

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The IEEE's Computer and Reliability Societies recently published "Embracing the Kobayashi Maru," by James Caroland (US Navy/US Cybercommand) and Greg Conti (West Point) describing an exercise in which they assigned students to cheat on an exam -- either jointly or individually. The goal was to get students thinking about how to secure systems from adversaries … [Read more]

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:40:47 UTC

On receiving an honourary doctorate in computer science from the Open University

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last Friday, June 8, I was immensely, fantastically thrilled to receive an honourary doctorate in computer science from the Open University, an institution I have long held in high esteem and where it has been my privilege to serve as a visiting senior lecturer. The degree was conferred in a fabulous ceremony at the Milton … [Read more]

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 06:22:59 UTC

The Curious Case of Internet Privacy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Technology Review

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 06:22:35 UTC

Internet privacy: a hard bargain

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I wrote a piece for MIT's Technology Review on the way that Internet privacy works, and the deficiency of our tools -- browsers, phones -- in protecting it: Even if you read the fine print, human beings are awful at pricing out the net present value of a decision whose consequences are far in the … [Read more]

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 07:18:08 UTC

Remixable Grade 10 course materials for Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tracey Hughes assigned Little Brother to her grade 10 students in Peterborough, Ontario (Canada), and developed some course materials that she's generously agreed to share with other teachers to remix, adapt, and reuse. She writes: The intent of sharing my teacher resources for Little Brother stems from my pleasure and success teaching the text with … [Read more]

Sun, 03 Jun 2012 07:15:49 UTC

Publishings Virtue

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Sun, 03 Jun 2012 07:15:22 UTC

Publishings hidden virtues

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Publishers Weekly column is "Publishing's Virtue," a look at the relative moral uprightness of trade publishing, especially when compared to the record labels and movie studios, with their just reputation as rapacious crooks who rip off artists at every turn. if you're trying to convince Internet users to buy instead of pirate because … [Read more]

Mon, 21 May 2012 16:09:30 UTC

The problem with nerd politics

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my last Guardian column, The problem with nerd politics: Since the earliest days of the information wars, people who care about freedom and technology have struggled with two ideological traps: nerd determinism and nerd fatalism. Both are dangerously attractive to people who love technology. In "nerd determinism," technologists dismiss dangerous and … [Read more]

Mon, 14 May 2012 17:37:36 UTC

Advance praise for Pirate Cinema

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My next YA novel is Pirate Cinema, which hits stands on Oct 2. The book has been complete for a long time, and now is the part in its lifecycle where it is in ballistic flight, having been launched from my device with all the skill and concentration that I can muster, with nothing else … [Read more]

Mon, 14 May 2012 15:47:57 UTC

The problem with nerd politics

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Mon, 14 May 2012 15:47:38 UTC

Nerd fatalism, nerd determinism: the problem with nerd politics

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "The problem with nerd politics," and it discusses the twin evils of "nerd determinism" and "nerd fatalism" -- both convenient excuses for people who care about technology policy to avoid politics. In "nerd determinism," technologists dismiss dangerous and stupid political, legal and regulatory proposals on the grounds that they are … [Read more]

Mon, 14 May 2012 15:40:37 UTC

Why the death of DRM would be good news for readers, writers and publishers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my last Guardian column, Why the death of DRM would be good news for readers, writers and publishers: At the end of April, Tor Books, the world's largest science fiction publisher, and its UK sister company, Tor UK, announced that they would be eliminating digital rights management (DRM) from all of … [Read more]

Fri, 11 May 2012 08:05:21 UTC

Seattle library hides 1,000 books around town for young people to find

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Seattle Public Library system's annual Summer Reading Program is called Century 22: Read the Future, and is tied in with the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair. Young people are encouraged to scour the city's landmarks for 1,000 books hidden throughout town, and then to re-hide them for other kids to find. Among … [Read more]

Wed, 09 May 2012 01:51:46 UTC

Geekdad on Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Erik Wecks has a thoughtful and smart analysis of my little book The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow in Wired's GeekDad today (spoilers ahoy!)

Mon, 07 May 2012 17:04:24 UTC

A Prose By Any Other Name

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my last Locus column, A Prose By Any Other Name: Back in 2005, I did something weird. I decided that I would embark on a project to write short stories with the same (or similar) titles to famous science fiction books and stories. My initial motivation for this was Ray Bradbury … [Read more]

Mon, 07 May 2012 13:22:11 UTC

Makers, the Masters thesis

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Noah Brewer just successfully defended his MA English thesis Re-Makers: The Novel in Digital Collaborative Space at the University of Georgia. As the title implies, the piece is about my novel Makers. It's a smart piece of work, and I'm both tickled and honored.

Fri, 04 May 2012 05:40:32 UTC

What Ive learned by writing stories with the same titles as famous books

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column, "A Prose By Any Other Name," is a state-of-the-project report on my longrunning habit of writing science fiction stories with the same titles as famous books, and the interesting things I've discovered about creativity and my subconscious along the way. The more I thought about writing stories with borrowed titles, the … [Read more]

Thu, 03 May 2012 16:21:21 UTC

Why the death of DRM would be good news for readers, writers and publishers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Thu, 03 May 2012 16:21:01 UTC

What dropping DRM across the industry would do for publishing

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Why the death of DRM would be good news for readers, writers and publishers," looks at the wider consequences of Tor Books' dropping DRM on its ebooks, and what it would mean for writers and publishers if DRM was dropped across the industry: oat. Back when ebook sales began to kick … [Read more]

Wed, 02 May 2012 20:00:34 UTC

Big in Japan!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm incredibly chuffed to learn that the Japanese edition of Little Brother is up for this year's Seiun award, along with Bacigalupi's Windup Girl, Mieville's The City & the City, Wilson's Chronoliths, Delany's Dhalgren and Ballad's Millennium People.

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:38:41 UTC

Why did an MPAA executive join the Internet Society?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my last Guardian column, Why did an MPAA executive join the Internet Society?: Late in March, I started to get a steady stream of emails from concerned readers: did you see that the Internet Society has appointed the former chief technology officer of the MPAA to be their North American regional … [Read more]

Sat, 28 Apr 2012 07:29:46 UTC

Fair-trade goldfarming project inspired by For the Win

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tom Dane writes: 'For The Win' was incredibly exciting and inspiring. It is not the first book of yours that made me feel that way, but it was the difference in motivating me to become a small part of the movement to use gold farming for development and freedom. The kind of stuff you were … [Read more]

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 05:00:17 UTC

My privacy talk at Googles DatenDialog in Berlin

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I gave a talk at Google's DatenDialog -- a privacy conference -- in Berlin some months ago, and they've posted the video.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:03:31 UTC

War on General Purpose Computing talk at U Westminster Law School/Guardian

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last month, I gave a version of my "War on General Purpose Computing" lecture to the University of Westminster Law School. The Guardian captured the talk on video and edited it for length, then posted it.

Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:22:08 UTC

Why did an MPAA executive join the Internet Society?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:21:16 UTC

Why a pro-SOPA MPAA technologist changed sides and went to work for ISOC

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "Why did an MPAA executive join the Internet Society?" which digs into the backstory on the appointment of former MPAA CTO Paul Brigner as North American director of the copyright-reforming, pro-net-neutrality Network Society group, which manages the .ORG domain name registry. I asked Brigner whether his statements about DNS blocking … [Read more]

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 19:23:21 UTC

My keynote to the Pirate Party General Assembly in Prague

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I was in Prague last Saturday, giving an address to the General Assembly of Pirate Parties International. The video is on YouTube.

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:05:18 UTC

Protecting your Facebook privacy at work isnt just about passwords

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my last Guardian column, Protecting your Facebook privacy at work isn't just about passwords: Facebook has threatened to sue companies that force their employees to reveal their Facebook login details. As laudable as this is, I worry that it will fail to accomplish its primary objective  protecting Facebook users from … [Read more]

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:23:24 UTC

ACBF, an open/free digital comics format

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Robo Pastierovic has created Advanced Comic Book Format (ACBF), a free/open format for online comic books. ACBF has a lot of cool features: support for creator metadata; per-panel/page definitions; multiple text-layers for multiple languages; text formatting and style data; auto-indexing and more. The format is CC-BY-SA, and can be found on Launchpad, along with GPL'ed … [Read more]

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 05:13:36 UTC

Advice to writers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Jon Winokur, editor of the stupendous Portable Curmudgeon books, asked me to contribute to his latest project, "Advice to Writers," so I did.

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:21:27 UTC

A Whip to Beat Us With

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my last Publishers Weekly column, A Whip to Beat Us With: Jim C. Hiness e-books are marketed both through a big publisher and solo. The books that were re-priced by Amazon were his solo titlesunagented, and unrepresented by a major publisher. As an individual, Jim has no leverage over Amazon. Not … [Read more]

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 05:25:12 UTC

A Whip to Beat Us With

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 05:24:56 UTC

How DRM weakens publishers negotiating leverage with retailers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Publishers Weekly column is "A Whip to Beat Us With," which describes how publishers who allow retailers to add DRM to their products hand those retailers a commercial advantage to exercise over the publishers themselves. Jim C. Hiness e-books are marketed both through a big publisher and solo. The books that were re-priced … [Read more]

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 05:27:02 UTC

Protecting your Facebook privacy at work isnt just about passwords

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 05:26:27 UTC

Facebook passwords: many employers can snoop them, and dont need to ask

Posted By Cory Doctorow

US senators are calling for action on employers' habit of demanding employees' Facebook passwords, but no one seems to notice that many companies configure their computers so that they can eavesdrop on your Facebook, bank, and webmail passwords, even when those passwords are "protected" by SSL. In my latest Guardian column, "Protecting your Facebook privacy … [Read more]

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:31:04 UTC

Copyright isnt dead just because were not willing to let it regulate us

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my last Guardian column, Copyright isn't dead just because we're not willing to let it regulate us: The first time I ever heard someone declare the death of copyright, it wasn't a dreadlocked GNU/Linux hacker or a cyberpunk in mirror shades: it was a music executive, circa 1999, responding to the … [Read more]

Sat, 24 Mar 2012 04:41:08 UTC

Copyright isnt dead just because were not willing to let it regulate us

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Sat, 24 Mar 2012 04:40:36 UTC

Copyright is alive and well on the Internet

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Copyright isn't dead just because we're not willing to let it regulate us," makes the case that copyright hasn't been killed by the Internet -- it hasn't even been threatened. Rather, the entertainment industry have made a nonsense of copyright by stubbornly (and ahistorically) insisting that this it concerns itself with … [Read more]

Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:44:12 UTC

Makers fan-video

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Chris Davis made a smart 1 minute video inspired by Makers, which provides visual accompaniment to Landon Kettlewell's opening speech in the novel.

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:51:58 UTC

Censorship is inseparable from surveillance

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my last Guardian column, Censorship is inseparable from surveillance: There was a time when you could censor without spying. When Britain banned the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses in the 1920s and 1930s, the ban took the form on a prohibition on the sale of copies of the books. Theoretically, this … [Read more]

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 19:02:03 UTC

Copyfight in five minutes, with doodles

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a short video in Arte Creative's "From Sketch" series explaining the copyright wars while attempting to create a meaningful accompanying graphic. I love how this came out, though I really can't draw very well!

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 03:48:40 UTC

Whats Inside the Box?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my last Locus column, What's Inside the Box?: The answer to this that most of the experts I speak to come up with is this: The owner (or user) of a device should be able to know (or control) which software is running on her devices. This is really four answers, … [Read more]

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 20:50:21 UTC

Whats Inside the Box?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 20:50:00 UTC

Who should know whats happening in your computer? Who should control it?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column is "Whats Inside the Box," a discussion of whether owners, users or third parties should be able to know and/or control what their computers are doing: The answer to this that most of the experts I speak to come up with is this: The owner (or user) of a device should … [Read more]

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 12:49:53 UTC

Censorship is inseparable from surveillance

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 12:49:22 UTC

Censorship is surveillance, and privacy is a public health problem

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "Censorship is inseparable from surveillance," which discusses the fact that network censorship entails surveillance, and how this exacerbates the public health problem caused by our difficulty in evaluating privacy trade-offs. There was a time when you could censor without spying. When Britain banned the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses in … [Read more]

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:09:24 UTC

Interview with WNIJ Chicago

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a short interview I did last week in Chicago with WNIJ, an NPR affiliate. MP3 link

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 21:37:59 UTC

Interview with Suicide Girls

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Nicole Powers from Suicide Girls sat down with me at my office last month for a long, in-depth interview that's just been published: "You can't escape it anywhere. It's a race to the bottom all around the world right now. Canada, Germany, the US, and the UK, as well as the rest of the EU, … [Read more]

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 18:31:50 UTC

Digital Lysenkoism

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my last Publishers Weekly column, Digital Lysenkoism : Talking with the lower echelon employees of publishing reminds me of a description I once read about the mutual embarrassment of Western and Soviet biologists when they talked about genetics. Soviet-era scientists were required, on pain of imprisonment, to endorse Lysenkoism, a discredited … [Read more]

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:48:54 UTC

DRM is to publishing as science was to Stalinism

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Publishers Weekly column is "Digital Lysenkoism," a look at the bizarre internal forces that causes people who work at publishers to defend DRM, even though they know it doesn't work. I also recently chatted with a big-six digital strategist, who explained to me how his employer would soon be sending out all of … [Read more]

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:48:45 UTC

With A Little Help: Digital Lysenkoism

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 09:50:59 UTC

Little Brother play, extended

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The San Francisco Chronicle loves the stage adaptation of my novel Little Brother, and brings the welcome news that its run has been extended by two weeks!

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 07:22:00 UTC

Edited Spark interview about the coming war on general purpose computation

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did an interview last week with the CBC Radio show The Spark (I podcasted the complete interview when they posted it); now they've put up the edited episode. MP3 link

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 06:32:30 UTC

Interview with CBCs Spark on the coming war on general-purpose computation

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did a quick interview with the CBC Radio programme "The Spark" last week from my office in London, talking about my idea of "the upcoming war on general purpose computing." They've just posted the unedited audio in advance of airing a shorter excerpt. MP3 link

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:54:16 UTC

Little Brother stage-play in San Francisco

Posted By Cory Doctorow

There's a new stage adaptation of my novel Little Brother opening in San Francisco. Charlie Jane Anders from IO9 got to go to the preview and loved it, which is incredibly heartening, since I won't get to see it! So I'll just say that the version I saw was powerful and brilliant, and the cast … [Read more]

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:13:34 UTC

Martian Chronicles, part two

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The StarShipSofa podcast has the second installment of Jeff Lane's reading of my YA novella The Martian Chronicles (here's part one). Lane does a great job with the reading. MP3 link.

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 15:56:31 UTC

Podcast: A Vocabulary for Speaking about the Future

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a podcast of my last Locus column, A Vocabulary for Speaking about the Future: Science fiction writers and fans are prone to lauding the predictive value of the genre, prompting weird questions like How can you write science fiction today? Arent you worried that real science will overtake your novel before its published? This … [Read more]

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:49:39 UTC

Martian Chronicles reading

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Starship Sofa podcast has produced an excellent reading of my novella "The Martian Chronicles," which was originally published in Jonathan Strahan's YA anthology Life on Mars. The reading is by jeff Lane, who's really talented. Here's the MP3 (the reading starts around 1:50).

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 11:24:54 UTC

The Coming War on General Purpose Computation

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a transcript of my keynote at the 28th Chaos Communications Congress in Berlin over Christmas week, "The Coming War on General Purpose Computation." Here're the relevant links: * Video * Transcript (Joshua Wise) * German translation (Christian Wöhrl) * Subtitles in German, French, Spanish and Italian (you can add more!) Mastering by John Taylor … [Read more]

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 20:42:07 UTC

The internet is the best place for dissent to start

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 20:41:47 UTC

Can we get cat-sharing sites to harden themselves against Irans secret police?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian column, "The internet is the best place for dissent to start," I look at Ethan Zuckerman's recent talk on the Internet and human rights, and the way that cute cats create the positive externality of a place for dissent to begin and flourish, and look at the problems this causes: Zuckerman's … [Read more]

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 06:48:18 UTC

Hugo nominations ballot is open

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Hugo Award nominations are open. Attendees of last year's World Science Fiction in Reno and next year's WorldCon in Chicago (as well as those who paid for "supporter" status) can nominate their favorite science fiction and fantasy stories, books, movies and other media for one of the most prestigious awards in the field. Just … [Read more]

Mon, 02 Jan 2012 05:47:45 UTC

A Vocabulary for Speaking about the Future

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine

Mon, 02 Jan 2012 05:47:28 UTC

Science fiction sucks at prediction, and thats OK

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column, "A Vocabulary for Speaking about the Future," talks about science fiction's uselessness as a predictive medium, and its great utility as a medium for thinking about, attaining, and preventing futures. But the really interesting thing is how science fiction does its best tricks: through creating the narrative vocabularies by which futures … [Read more]

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 07:06:11 UTC

War on General Purpose Computing auf Deutsch

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Christian Wöhrl has produced a German translation of my 28C3 talk, The Coming War on General Purpose Computing. Thanks, Christian!

Wed, 28 Dec 2011 05:36:10 UTC

The Coming War on General Purpose Computation

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the video of my keynote last night at the 28C3, the Chaos Computer Congress in Berlin, entitled "The coming war on general computation." The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only to have been a skirmish. The coming century will be dominated … [Read more]

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 12:14:37 UTC

An Urgent Christmas Message

Posted By Cory Doctorow

No reading this time -- I'm too hard at work on finishing the sequel to Little Brother -- but a Christmas wish from me to you: fight SOPA and save the Internet before the year is out! Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and … [Read more]

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 15:39:28 UTC

YouTubes real pirates: multinational companies that claim ownership over public domain videos

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "The pirates of YouTube," documents how multinational copyright-holding companies have laid false claim to public domain videos on YouTube -- videos posted by the nonprofit FedFlix organization, which liberates public domain government-produced videos and makes them available to the world. These videos were produced at public expense and no one can … [Read more]

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 06:25:30 UTC

Interview on Command Line about Context

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This week on The Command Line podcast, a recording of a live chat between host Thomas Gideon and myself at the New America Foundation, discussing (among other things), my new essay collection Context. (MP3)

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 18:00:33 UTC

Copyrights vs Human Rights: big publishing and SOPA

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Publishers Weekly column is "Copyrights vs. Human Rights." In honor of Human Rights Day on Dec 10, I've written a piece on publishing's shameful support of SOPA, a law that will punish the online services that are so key to coordinating and publicizing human rights struggles around the world. The U.N. characterizes access … [Read more]

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 10:02:15 UTC

Coming to Zurich next week

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm coming to Zurich next week to do a series of high-school lectures in connection with the German edition of Little Brother, and while I'm in town, I've scheduled a free lecture, organised by local free culture and Creative Commons activists. It's at 8PM on December 6, at the Kunstraum Walcheturm. Hope to see you … [Read more]

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 05:33:55 UTC

Another Place, Another Time

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading of my story "Another Place, Another Time," which was my contribution to The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, a companion volume to Chris Van Allsburg's classic Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a collection of illustrations and titles from a lost (imaginary) short story collection. I was commissioned to produce a story for the collection … [Read more]

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 20:13:16 UTC

Little Brother II naming rights up for bid

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Fantasy literature doyenne Terri Windling is in the midst of a serious financial and health crisis and her friends are pitching in to run a fundraising auction for her benefit. My contribution: naming rights for a character in the sequel to Little Brother, to be published by Tor Teens in late 2012/early 2013.

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 20:40:41 UTC

Audio version of my essay collection Context

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Jan Rubak has once again set out to create a fan-audiobook of my essays, reading aloud from my book Context as he did with my earlier collection, Content. He's a great reader, and he's uploaded half the book so far, with the rest promised soon. Here's an MP3 of his reading of "Think Like a … [Read more]

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 16:07:32 UTC

Movie fans turn to piracy when the online cupboard is bare

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 16:07:15 UTC

Evidence-based copyright: UK online movie marketplace is expensive, broken, patchy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "Movie fans turn to piracy when the online cupboard is bare," a report on the Open Rights Group's study of the lawful options for people who want to watch great British movies online. The UK government and courts keep ratcheting up Internet censorship proposals because they say that there are … [Read more]

Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:47:45 UTC

Coming to DC tomorrow

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Reminder: I'm heading to DC tomorrow to give a lunchtime talk at New America Foundation, from 1230h to 14h. Admission is free, but they're looking for an RSVP.

Mon, 21 Nov 2011 00:21:34 UTC

For the Win interview from Berlin

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's an interview I did last week with the SF-Fantasy.de podcast in Berlin MP3 Link

Sun, 20 Nov 2011 09:53:44 UTC

Interview with Robert LLewellyns Carpool on ebooks and publishing

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Robert LLewellyn, former Red Dwarf star, has a great little video series called Carpool, where he gives someone he's interested a lift to work in a car that's been fitted with cameras and microphones, and interviews that person while driving her or him to work. Last summer, Robert gave me a ride to the airport … [Read more]

Thu, 17 Nov 2011 11:46:43 UTC

Im in Philly

Posted By Cory Doctorow

A reminder: I'm giving a free lecture tonight at 17h at the Wharton School in Philadelphia; I'm in town because I'm the guest of honor at PhilCon, the world's oldest science fiction convention.

Mon, 14 Nov 2011 13:12:18 UTC

How the BBCs HD DRM plot was kept secret & and why

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Mon, 14 Nov 2011 13:05:55 UTC

Secret documents reveal the flimsy case for Ofcom to give into BBCs public TV DRM demands

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian just published an investigative piece I've been working on since the summer: "How the BBC's HD DRM plot was kept secret & and why." It contains the previously secret text of a memo that the BBC sent to the UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, explaining why they wanted to put DRM on publicly funded … [Read more]

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 17:06:15 UTC

My novella Chicken Little as a stand-alone ebook

Posted By Cory Doctorow

40K, an Italian publisher, have brought out a standalone ebook version of my novella Chicken Little, publishing it simultaneously in English and Italian with some lovely illustrations. They're starting it off at a low price (which will go up on Nov 16): $0.99 in the Kindle store; £0.86 in the UK Kindle store; €0.99 in … [Read more]

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 06:49:19 UTC

Coming to Philly, DC

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm headed to Philadelphia next week to be the guest of honor at PhilCon (Nov 18-20), and while I'm in the area, I'm giving a free talk at the Wharton School at UPenn (Nov 17, 5PM). On my way home, I'm stopping in DC to give a lunchtime talk at the New America Foundation on … [Read more]

Wed, 09 Nov 2011 06:07:16 UTC

IndieGoGo campaign for Custom Made Theatre Companys sweet, low-budg stage adaptation of LITTLE BROTHER

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Little Brother Live, coming to Custom Made Theatre from Pauline Luppert on Vimeo. San Francisco's Custom Made Theatre Company is mounting a sweet, low-budget production of Little Brother, and they're looking to raise the funds for a high-quality video projector, which the playwright, Josh Costello, says "would make a huge difference."

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 08:22:19 UTC

Then we take Berlin

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Reminder: I'm doing a live reading in Berlin tonight at 2000h (Sankt Oberholz, Rosenthaler Str. 72, Berlin Mitte). Chüs!

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 16:57:44 UTC

Nicely formatted ePub of Little Brother German fan-trans

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Clemens Schaber, a reader in Austria, converted Christian Wöhrl's German fan-translation of Little Brother to a nicely formatted ePub. Thanks, Clemens!

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:14:30 UTC

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom free audiobook

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Sean Puckett has read my first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, aloud for the Voices in the Dark site. The download is free and CC licensed, and it's very good. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (Thanks, Tomi!)

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 09:39:42 UTC

Coming to Hamburg, Berlin and Munich

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm heading to Germany next week for a series of school visits and public appearances to promote the German edition of my novel For the Win. I'm doing public stops in Hamburg (Nov 7, 10AM, Hamburger Kinderbuchhaus im Altonaer Museum), Berlin (8PM, Sankt Oberholz), and Munich (7PM, Lovelybooks, livestream available). Full details at the RandomHouse.de … [Read more]

Wed, 02 Nov 2011 22:02:42 UTC

Its Time to Stop Talking About Copyright

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus

Wed, 02 Nov 2011 22:00:39 UTC

There is no copyright policy, only Internet policy; there is no Internet policy, only policy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column is "Its Time to Stop Talking About Copyright," about the way that concentrating on "copyright" instead of "Internet policy" or "policy" causes us to miss the big picture: The disconnection laws that the entertainment industry has bought for itself in the UK, New Zealand and France provide for removing whole households … [Read more]

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 18:09:39 UTC

Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow on Tor.com

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Stefan Raets has penned a lovely review of Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow for Tor.com: The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow is the latest installment in the wonderful Outspoken Authors series by PM Press. In addition to the title novella, the book also contains the text of Corys Creativity vs. Copyright address to the 2010 World Science … [Read more]

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:02:35 UTC

Authorised Domain

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading of my short-short story "Authorised Domain," commissioned as part of a package on "the future of the living room." The judge said I have to write this note and so I am, but I want to put it right at the top that I don't think it's fair. It begins with Mum … [Read more]

Thu, 27 Oct 2011 07:48:03 UTC

Video trailer for The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Matt Freidell, a video editor/producer who created a company called The Glossary to produce short trailers for books, wrote to say, "I read the novella included in your newest release The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow and between the nostalgia of the actual Disney ride and all the great futuristic elements, it really conjured up some … [Read more]

Mon, 24 Oct 2011 05:39:03 UTC

Context essays on Command Line podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Thomas Gideon at the Command Line podcast has done me the honor of selecting a couple of essays from my new collection Context for his latest podcast. MP3 link

Sat, 22 Oct 2011 09:03:17 UTC

Stories of revolution and rebellion

Posted By Cory Doctorow

New from PM Press: Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail!: Stories of Crime, Love and Rebellion, a short story collection "that revolves around riots, revolts, and revolution." It includes "I Love Paree," the story I co-wrote with Michael Skeet.

Fri, 21 Oct 2011 11:57:48 UTC

Clockwork Fagin on Escape Pod

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My steampunk YA short story, "Clockwork Fagin" (about the children who are mangled by the machinery of the industrial-information revolution, who murder the orphanage's cruel master and replace him with a taxidermied automaton that they use to fool the nuns who oversee the place), has been turned into a podcast by the good folks at … [Read more]

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 10:48:34 UTC

Adult content filters cant replace good parenting

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 10:48:26 UTC

UK media swallowed the adult content filter line

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Adult content filters can't replace good parenting," is a critique of the media coverage of Britain's new national "adult content" filter. The reporting on this story all led with uncritical repetition of the government's line that this would block "all adult content" -- nevermind that no two people agree on a … [Read more]

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 16:19:09 UTC

Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: a chapbook in PM Presss Outspoken Authors series

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've just put up the site for my latest book, a slim chapbook in PM Press's Outspoken Authors series called The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow. The book contains a novella ("There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow/Now is the Best Time of Your Life"), an essay on futurism, the transcript of a lecture on copyright and … [Read more]

Mon, 10 Oct 2011 14:52:41 UTC

Saying Information Wants to Be Free Does More Harm Than Good

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading of my essay Saying Information Wants to Be Free Does More Harm Than Good, just reprinted in my second essay collection Context: Further Selected Essays on Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, and Politics in the 21st Century. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, … [Read more]

Sun, 09 Oct 2011 14:40:38 UTC

Book news: Rapture of the Nerds and Little Brother II

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Two bits of glad tidings: first, Charlie Stross announces that we've turned in the manuscript for our collaborative, post-Singularity comic novel Rapture of the Nerds; second, my agent Russ Galen has sold Homeland, the sequel to my 2008 novel Little Brother, to Tor, in "a significant deal."

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 14:55:37 UTC

Jack and the Internetstalk, from Context

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading of my essay Jack and the Internetstalk, just reprinted in my second essay collection Context: Further Selected Essays on Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, and Politics in the 21st Century. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, … [Read more]

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 10:18:36 UTC

Context: Further Selected Essays on Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, and Politics in the 21st Century

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Context: Further Selected Essays on Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, and Politics in the 21st Century, my second essay collection, is now officially available from Tachyon Books, and in finer bookstores everywhere. It features an introduction by the estimable Tim O'Reilly, as well as a walloping 44 essays that were previously published in various magazines, newspapers and … [Read more]

Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:06:05 UTC

With a Little Help now available to libraries

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Daniel Krause interviewed me in Booklist about my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help, on the occasion of that book being listed in the Ingram catalog, which'll make it easy for libraries to get copies.

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 15:49:22 UTC

The Brave Little Toaster, from TRSF

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading of my short story Brave Little Toaster, which was just published in TRSF, the inaugural science fiction anthology from MIT's Tech Review. It's a short-short story on the "Internet of Things" and what happens when it all goes wrong. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed … [Read more]

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 15:47:14 UTC

Talk on the privacy bargain, big data, and human sensors versus human barcodes

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the video from the talk I gave last week at the O'Reilly Strata conference on "big data" in NYC. The talk is called "Designing for Human Sensors, Not Human Barcodes," and it talks about the philosophy underpinning the "privacy bargain" we strike online when we trade personal information for access to services. Strata Summit … [Read more]

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:30:22 UTC

Big Data and privacy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Earlier this week, I gave a talk on the way that "Big Data" is underpinned with a kind of myth about how users trade privacy for services. Ciara Byrne from the NYT's VentureBeat interviewed me afterwards about it. I think she did a really good job of condensing a hard, nuanced question into a brief … [Read more]

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 10:49:40 UTC

TRSF: MIT Technology Reviews science fiction anthology

Posted By Cory Doctorow

TRSF is a new science fiction anthology of original stories commissioned by Technology Review, the tech magazine published by MIT. They commissioned a story from me, "The Brave Little Toaster," and the brief asked me to look at near future science and technology issues -- I tackled "The Internet of Things," and told a story … [Read more]

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 11:04:49 UTC

Lib Dems get a chance to vote on copyright reform

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 11:04:36 UTC

LibDems get to vote on copyright reform, but who inserted the clause saying downloading should be a criminal act?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Lib Dems get a chance to vote on copyright reform," discusses the new Liberal Democrat IT white paper that's being presented at the party conference this weekend, where members will get the chance to vote in favor of repealing some of the worst sections of the Digital Economy Act, dealing with … [Read more]

Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:19:18 UTC

Clockwork Fagin, free YA steampunk story

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My short story Clockwork Fagin, which will appear in the forthcoming YA anthology Steampunk! is available from today as a free file for Kindle, Nook, and other ebook platforms. The whole anthology comes out on Oct 11.

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:50:45 UTC

Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow ebook now available

Posted By Cory Doctorow

"Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow," the PM Press "Outspoken Authors" chapbook that includes my novella "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow/Now is the Best Time of Your Life," an original interview with Terry Bisson, and two essays, is now available in various ebook forms. Print editions coming very shortly!

Sun, 11 Sep 2011 11:04:52 UTC

Coming to Toronto, Ann Arbor, Brooklyn and NYC

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Torontonians, Ann Arborites, and New Yorkers! I'll be giving a free talk at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto called "Can creativity and freedom peacefully co-exist in the Internet age?" on Sept 14 at 7PM, where I'll be reprising my SIGGRAPH talk from August. On Sept 15, I'll be in Ann Arbor, MI … [Read more]

Sat, 10 Sep 2011 14:25:38 UTC

True Names in Polish

Posted By Cory Doctorow

"True Names," the Hugo-nominated novella that Benjamin Rosenbaum and I published in 2008, has been republished in a CC-licensed Polish edition, courtesy of Ireneusz DybczyDski.

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 21:05:58 UTC

Interview with Renovation Podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's an interview I recorded with the Renovation Podcast, the official podcast of the World Science Fiction Convention in Reno, NV. MP3 Link

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 20:26:35 UTC

Why Should Anyone Care?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 20:26:18 UTC

Advice for self-publishers: why should anyone care about your book?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column, "Why Should Anyone Care?" looks at a hard question that many people interested in self-publishing ignore: "Why should anyone care that you've got a book out?" I get a lot of e-mail from writers starting out who want to know whether its worth trying to get published by major houses. The … [Read more]

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 09:21:53 UTC

Available for pre-order: THE GREAT BIG BEAUTIFUL TOMORROW

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Available for pre-order from today: The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, a PM Press "Outspoken Authors" chapbook, including my novella "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow/Now is the Best Time of Your Life," an essay, a transcript of my U of T iSchool talk on general purpose computing and regulation, and an exclusive interview with Terry … [Read more]

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 06:47:20 UTC

Interview with Short Story Geeks podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've just gotten back from Renovation, the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention in Reno, Nevada, where I sat down for an interview with Graveyard Greg from the Short Story Geeks podcast. My bit starts around 26:40. MP3 Link

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 14:58:22 UTC

Interview with Ken MacLeod about Makers, For the Win, and UK riots

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a two-part video interview that Ken MacLeod conducted with me earlier this week at the Edinburgh Book Festival for the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum. We chatted gold farming, post-industrial manufacturing,

Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:10:09 UTC

Why CCTV has failed to deter criminals

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:09:54 UTC

CCTV deterrence and the London riots

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Why CCTV has failed to deter criminals," looks at the London riots and the way that rioters were willing to commit their crimes in full view of CCTV cameras, and what that says about CCTVs as deterrence. I think that we need to draw a distinction between having cameras on all … [Read more]

Sun, 14 Aug 2011 06:15:31 UTC

Headed to Edinburgh Festival tonight, Reno WorldCon this week

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm about to fly to Edinburgh for a gig at the Edinburgh Festival, tonight at 8:30PM. There are still a few tickets left. From there, I'm headed straight to Renovation, the World Science Fiction Convention in Reno, where I'll be doing a ton of stuff: Wednesday, August 17 11.00-11.45am - Author in the Library, Sierra … [Read more]

Sat, 13 Aug 2011 04:39:29 UTC

WITH A LITTLE HELP at U Washington Bookstore

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Seattle's kick-ass University of Washington bookstore is the latest local store to start selling my DIY science fiction short story collection, With a Little Help, printing it on demand from their Espresso Book Machine. They're even giving away some copies to celebrate.

Fri, 12 Aug 2011 06:58:29 UTC

Amsterdams American Book Center retailing WITH A LITTLE HELP

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Amsterdam's excellent American Book Center is now carrying my DIY science fiction short story collection, With a Little Help, in its inventory; they've got a print-on-demand machine that'll print and bind a copy in any of the four covers (they'll also ship within Europe and abroad).

Fri, 12 Aug 2011 05:37:56 UTC

My panel with Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf and Al Gore at Mexico Citys Campus Party

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Back in July, I went to Mexico City to moderate a panel at the Campus Party conference, a massive LAN party/campout/hackathon/tech policy event. It was a long, long way to go, but it was worth it: my panelists were Tim Berners-Lee (who invented the Web), Vint Cerf (one of the most important figures in the … [Read more]

Thu, 11 Aug 2011 09:50:45 UTC

My SIGGRAPH keynote

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This week, I gave the keynote address at the ACM SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver, BC. The event's organizers were kind enough to record and release my video to their YouTube channel. My talk was about the way that copyright can be made to work for creators in the digital age, and why it's important for … [Read more]

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 13:05:04 UTC

Android and iOS both fail, but Android fails better

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 13:04:51 UTC

Choosing Android because you dont trust Google

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Android and iOS both fail, but Android fails better," explains why I prefer Android to iOS -- not because I trust Google more than I trust Apple, but because Android requires less trust than iOS. I use Android because I don't trust Google. Sure, I trust and like individual googlers, and … [Read more]

Mon, 08 Aug 2011 12:58:12 UTC

For the Win, fan podcast edition

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The nice folks at Colbyjack have begun a free, Creative-Commons licensed fan podcast serial of my novel For the Win. The first of 37 installments is here (here's the MP3), and the RSS feed for the podcast is here.

Thu, 04 Aug 2011 04:54:28 UTC

Getting digital copyright right: pay artists, but dont break the Internet

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm headed to Vancouver this weekend to give a keynote at SIGGRAPH; I did a long interview with Blaine Kyllo from the Georgia Straight about the subject of my talk -- that is, how you build a digital copyright system that gives creators a fair deal, and why getting it wrong is bad for the … [Read more]

Mon, 01 Aug 2011 20:17:31 UTC

Introduction to 20th anniverary edition of The Difference Engine

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a reading of my introduction for the 20th anniversary edition of William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's Difference Engine, which is just out from Random House, with new material from Bill and Bruce. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his … [Read more]

Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:46:28 UTC

Unmakers: Wikified Makers in hypertext form

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Adam created UnMakers using the Creative-Commons-licensed text of my novel Makers. It opens with the final scene, and invites you to navigate the text that led up to it hypertextually, following character-based indexes to the text. He'd like it if you'd annotate and further link the text, which is in a wiki. If you want … [Read more]

Tue, 26 Jul 2011 15:38:39 UTC

Difference Engine 20th anniversary edition

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hard to believe it's been 20 years since the original publication of The Difference Engine, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's seminal cyberpunk alternate history about a Victorian England dominated by mechanical computers. I was privileged to write the introduction to this 20th Anniversary special edition, which also includes new material from Bill and Bruce about … [Read more]

Mon, 25 Jul 2011 20:01:41 UTC

Podcast: Shirkys Why We Need the New News Environment to be Chaotic

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's my reading of Clay Shirky's brilliant essay Why We Need the New News Environment to be Chaotic: Outside a relative handful of financial publications, there is no such thing as the news business. There is only the advertising business. The remarkable thing about the newspapers piece of that business isnt that they could reliably … [Read more]

Mon, 25 Jul 2011 13:23:24 UTC

Why Samsungs Galaxy Tab is meh

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Mon, 25 Jul 2011 13:22:47 UTC

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: Android iPad-killer is a poorly thought-through disappointment

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is a pretty unenthusiastic review of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, hailed by many as the first serious Android-based iPad competitor. The Galaxy has all the right parts, but they're assembled without much care or forethought. Something I missed mentioning in the review is that the device hides the low-profile … [Read more]

Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:26:06 UTC

Videos from HowTheLightGetsIn

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The HowTheLightGetsIn festival has posted video from the two items I participated in last spring. The first, Technology and Anarchy, deals with regulation, democracy and technology. The second, The Return of Revolution, is a debate of sorts with Evgeny Morozov (whose book The Net Delusion I reviewed in depth), and Alex Callinicos, in which we … [Read more]

Tue, 19 Jul 2011 09:01:28 UTC

OU talk on network/PC regulation

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My Open University talk on network and computer regulation is up on iTunes U for your downloading pleasure: What is it about computers and computer networks that makes them so much more powerful and flexible than most other technologies? And why do these qualities seem to drive regulators and vested interest groups to demand illogical … [Read more]

Thu, 07 Jul 2011 05:47:17 UTC

Podcast: I interview Thomas Gideon from the Command Line

Posted By Cory Doctorow

To commemorate the sixth anniversary of the excellent Command Line podcast, I interviewed the show's host, Thomas Gideon, now a staff technologist at New America Foundation. Command Line covers technology, games, civil liberties and related issues, and it's one of my favorite podcasts -- it was great fun to chat with Thomas on his podaversary. … [Read more]

Mon, 04 Jul 2011 10:22:11 UTC

Little Brother stage adaptation in San Francisco, Jan 2012

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Josh Costello has adapted my novel Little Brother for stage in San Francisco (this is new adaptation, unrelated to the production that ran in Chicago a few years back). The show opens in January, 2012, and he's just gone into production; he's keeping running notes of his progress at a blog called LITTLE BROTHER LIVE.

Sat, 02 Jul 2011 19:20:45 UTC

No Endorsement

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus

Sat, 02 Jul 2011 19:20:24 UTC

“No Endorsement” – aligning the interests of creators and fans

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column, "No Endorsement," talks about how print-on-demand, 3D printers, and other technologies that make products available when people want them change the economics of fannish activity, fan art, and homemade merchandise. I propose a ""No Endorsement" badge that fans could use that indicates, "The creator of the work from which is this … [Read more]

Fri, 01 Jul 2011 17:41:11 UTC

With A Little Help: Heuristics

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Fri, 01 Jul 2011 17:40:42 UTC

Print-on-demand and donations – report on DIY publishing business models

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Publishers Weekly column, "Heuristics," documents the success I've had with a pay-what-you-like donation model for my With a Little Help DIY short story collection, and looks at how it might be applied to other books: But it's the success of the donations program that has me thinking hardest–specifically, about the value proposition of … [Read more]

Fri, 01 Jul 2011 14:15:52 UTC

Alice and me on Rum Doings podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My wife Alice and I did a two-for-one interview with the Rum Doings podcast, a gamey, geeky good time: "Amazingly we get onto the economy of Star Trek, via the consequences of teleporters. There is much discussion of the consequences of new technology on, well, everything. And then comes piracy, geocoding, and the surprise appearance … [Read more]

Fri, 01 Jul 2011 05:34:15 UTC

0wnz0red in Redstone SF

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The current ish of Redstone Science Fiction includes a reprint of my story 0wnz0red, along with a short story called "The Memory Gatherer" by Morgan Dempsey and "Breaking Heinlein's Third Rule: Exercises for Revision," an essay by Sarah Einstein.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:50:04 UTC

Free download of Little Brother audiobook

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Random House audiobook edition of my novel Little Brother is a free MP3 download this week through Sync, a program that develops the audience of teen/YA audiobook listeners (it's paired with Kafka's The Trial, which is pretty cool). The file itself can only be downloaded with a proprietary downloader from Overdrive, which I couldn't … [Read more]

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:45:44 UTC

Forthcoming story in Technology Review's anthology

Posted By Cory Doctorow

MIT's Technology Review is putting out an electronic science fiction anthology called TR:SF; I wrote a story for it about the future of "Internet of Things" called "The Brave Little Toaster" that was pretty fun. Other stories in the book will also focus on contemporary technology subjects.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 11:25:03 UTC

Publishers and the internet: a changing role?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 11:24:49 UTC

Publishing in the Internet era: connecting audiences and works

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Publishers and the internet: a changing role?" looks at how today it's possible to "publish" a work without distributing it, without duplicating it, without doing any more than connecting a work with its audience, sometimes without knowledge (or permission) from the work's creators: In a world in which producing a work … [Read more]

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 05:20:34 UTC

Moral Suasion

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Make Magazine

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 05:19:59 UTC

Denial of service, sit-ins and the politics of the cloud

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Make Magazine's just reprinted my column, "Moral Suasion," in its online edition. It's a discussion of the politics of cloud computing, including denial-of-service attacks against cloud providers who cave to government pressure: I grew up in the antiwar movement and participated in my first sit-in when I was 12. Sit-ins are a sort of denial … [Read more]

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 14:16:25 UTC

Mark Twain: How I Edited an Agricultural Paper

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's my reading of Mark Twain's classic short story, How I Edited an Agricultural Paper, a seriously funny and trenchant look at both journalism and agriculture. The guano is a fine bird, but great care is necessary in rearing it. It should not be imported earlier than June or later than September. In the winter … [Read more]

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:42:51 UTC

Presentation on FOR THE WIN at Children's Lit Association 2011

Posted By Cory Doctorow

.prezi-player { width: 600px; } .prezi-player-links { text-align: center; } Digital Natives, the Mushroom Kingdom and the Global Village on Prezi Anastasia Salter gave a presentation on my novel For the Win at the Children's Literature 2011 conference; I haven't seen the presentation, but her notes (embedded above) are fascinating!

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:36:00 UTC

With a Little Help in the Harvard Bookstore

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last week, New York's McNally-Jackson Books started printing and carrying my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help using their on-site print-on-demand machine. Now, the most excellent Harvard Bookstore has begun to do the same, retailing the book in its Cambridge, Mass store.

Fri, 17 Jun 2011 10:35:30 UTC

Networks are not always revolutionary

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Fri, 17 Jun 2011 10:34:46 UTC

Networks are necessary, but not sufficient, for social upheaval

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Networks are not always revolutionary," argues that networks are necessary, but not sufficient, for many disruptive commercial, cultural and social phenomena, and that this character has led many people to either overstate or dismiss the role and potential of networked technology in current events: "For most artists," as the famous Tim … [Read more]

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 18:14:19 UTC

Last-minute signing tomorrow in Pittsburgh at CMU bookstore, 2-5PM

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm coming through Pittsburgh tomorrow for a private event and I'm going to drop in to the CMU bookstore from 2-5 for a signing. This is all very last minute and there hasn't been much public notice, so please let your friends know!

Tue, 14 Jun 2011 23:32:04 UTC

With a Little Help at McNally-Jackson, NYC

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've teamed up with McNally-Jackson, a most excellent indie bookstore in Soho, NYC, to print and sell my DIY short story collection With a Little Help right in the store, using an Espresso book-machine. You can order them here, or buy them in-store. It's similar to the deal I've struck with The University of Melbourne's … [Read more]

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 23:13:22 UTC

A dog with persistence-of-vision LEDs in her shirt writes my novel Makers in the park at night

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Michael created a dog-shirt equipped with persistence-of-vision LEDs controlled by a LilyPad soft Arduino, and programmed it to output the text of my novel Makers as his pooch ran gleefully around the park at night. Then he photographed it and sent it to me, and my head exploded with delight. Mounting 5 LEDs on a … [Read more]

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:19:30 UTC

My head is a 3D scan

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last week, my wife Alice and I stopped into MakerBot Industries, the DIY 3D printing company in Brooklyn, and got our heads scanned. The MakerBotters covered us in cornstarch (so that the laser-scanner could resolve our hair and eyebrows) and waved this crazy, six-degrees-of-freedom laser-scanning wand around us until we had been turned into polygons. … [Read more]

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 14:09:09 UTC

Knights of the Rainbow Table 07 – CONCLUSION

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part seven, the conclusion of my reading of my story-in-progress, Knights of the Rainbow Table, a story commissioned by Intel's Chief Futurist, Brian David Johnson. Brian oversees Intel's Tomorrow project, which uses science fiction to spark conversations about product design and use among Intel's engineers, and he was kind enough to invite me to … [Read more]

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 19:41:57 UTC

Collection of the intros to my ebooks

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Jon Bard and Lauren Backes have assembled the introductions to the free ebook editions of my novels and collections into one free electronic volume they call "the problem isn't piracy. the problem is obscurity." It's fun to see these little essays I wrote as ephemeral forematter take on a life of their own.

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 19:30:36 UTC

Populations by timezone

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Paul Clip was inspired by my novel Eastern Standard Tribe and made a set of analyses of world population by timezone. I cheated a little by using a simplifying assumption: if a country has multiple time zones, I divide its population evenly between them. This inaccuracy doesn't change the fact that our top three are... … [Read more]

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 14:15:58 UTC

Closing keynote at Personal Democracy Forum

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Watch live streaming video from pdf2011 at livestream.com I gave the closing keynote at yesterday's Personal Democracy Forum in NYC; they've posted the video already. It was a remarkable event, filled with speakers who inspired me and got me riled up and wanting to do stuff. It was an honor to be on stage there … [Read more]

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 17:34:44 UTC

Interview with BookBaby about publishing, business and copyright

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I sat down with BookBaby's Brian Felsen last month at the London Book Fair for a long interview about business, publishing, authorship and copyright. Brian's just posted the first installment of several that comprise the whole discussion.

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 14:07:41 UTC

Knights of the Rainbow Table 06

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part six of my reading of my story-in-progress, Knights of the Rainbow Table, a story commissioned by Intel's Chief Futurist, Brian David Johnson. Brian oversees Intel's Tomorrow project, which uses science fiction to spark conversations about product design and use among Intel's engineers, and he was kind enough to invite me to write a … [Read more]

Sat, 04 Jun 2011 10:57:16 UTC

Welcome to Bordertown group signing in NYC, Jun 9

Posted By Cory Doctorow

While I'm in New York for Personal Democracy Forum, I'll be participating in a group signing/launch for Welcome to Bordertown, the shared-world fantasy anthology of stories about Bordertown, where faerie and the human world meet and magic and technology are equally unreliable. In attendance will be Holly Black, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Annette Curtis Klause, Ellen … [Read more]

Thu, 02 Jun 2011 06:42:53 UTC

Walled gardens vs makers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Make has posted on of my columns from the print edition online; "Walled Gardens vs. Makers" is a look at the way that modern, Internet-era making is built on knowledge sharing and collaboration, and how walled gardens get in the way: Because, of course, today I have millions of hacks and tips and tricks and … [Read more]

Tue, 31 May 2011 15:44:48 UTC

Knights of the Rainbow Table 05

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part five of my reading of my story-in-progress, Knights of the Rainbow Table, a story commissioned by Intel's Chief Futurist, Brian David Johnson. Brian oversees Intel's Tomorrow project, which uses science fiction to spark conversations about product design and use among Intel's engineers, and he was kind enough to invite me to write a … [Read more]

Tue, 31 May 2011 14:39:30 UTC

Google's YouTube policy for Android users is copyright extremism

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 31 May 2011 14:39:07 UTC

Android's YouTube Store lockout is textbook copyright extremism

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Google's YouTube policy for Android users is copyright extremism," examines the theory of copyright behind Google's announcement that it would bar people who unlocked their phones from using the new YouTube video store. This is the latest example of a new kind of copyright emerging in the 21st century, "configuration-right," in … [Read more]

Tue, 31 May 2011 09:14:07 UTC

Chat with Graham Linehan

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Earlier this year, I interviewed IT Crowd creator Graham Linehan at The Story conference. Matt Locke, who put on the event, has just posted an MP3 of the chat.

Mon, 30 May 2011 12:45:01 UTC

Every Pirate Wants to Be an Admiral: why less copyright gets you more culture

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a short video I recorded for The Guardian called "Every Pirate Wants to Be an Admiral," in which I lay out the case for a less-restrictive copyright as better for culture. Cory Doctorow on copyright and piracy: 'Every pirate wants to be an admiral'

Fri, 27 May 2011 09:36:03 UTC

Classroom kit for Little Brother from Oakland International High School ninth graders

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Ninth graders at Oakland International High School read my novel Little Brother and produced a fantastic school reading kit with chapter summaries, student discussions, student-made comic strips, and further topics for classroom discussion. It's a tremendous piece of work, and I'm grateful to the young people in Sailaja Suresh's class.

Mon, 23 May 2011 15:29:14 UTC

Knights of the Rainbow Table 04

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part four of my reading of my story-in-progress, Knights of the Rainbow Table, a story commissioned by Intel's Chief Futurist, Brian David Johnson. Brian oversees Intel's Tomorrow project, which uses science fiction to spark conversations about product design and use among Intel's engineers, and he was kind enough to invite me to write a … [Read more]

Sat, 21 May 2011 05:49:12 UTC

With a Little Help in the Wall Street Journal

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My new DIY short story collection With a Little Help has garnered a positive writeup and review in the Wall Street Journal, thanks to Tom Shippey: So far so good, but "With a Little Help" shows that Mr. Doctorow isn't starry-eyed about what will happen next. State bureaucracies can use technology as well as individuals, … [Read more]

Thu, 19 May 2011 18:13:13 UTC

Five unexpected economics books, including For the Win

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tim "Undercover Economist" Harford's feature with FiveBooks lists five "unexpected economics" books, including my novel For the Win: It is for young adults ¿ it's an adventure-action story, it's not that complicated. But it's very well done and conveys a lot of really interesting economic ideas very well. For instance there's the impact of globalisation, … [Read more]

Wed, 18 May 2011 09:11:28 UTC

Speaking in Toronto on “How can we build a city that thinks like the web?” panel

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm coming to Toronto in early June on my way to Personal Democracy Forum in New York; while I'm there, I'll be speaking at the SubtleTechnologies event in Innis Town Hall at 6:30PM on June 4. I'm sitting on a panel called "How can we build a city that thinks like the web?" with Mark … [Read more]

Tue, 17 May 2011 08:45:01 UTC

My new Ubuntu-flavoured ThinkPad is computing heaven

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 17 May 2011 08:43:48 UTC

Life with Ubuntu and a ThinkPad

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My new Guardian column, "My new Ubuntu-flavoured ThinkPad is computing heaven," describes the miraculously drama-free life I've discovered by buying ThinkPads with extended warranties and running the Ubuntu flavor of GNU/Linux on them: The problem with writing about switching to Ubuntu is that there's very little to report on, because it is just about the … [Read more]

Tue, 17 May 2011 04:41:55 UTC

Knights of the Rainbow Table 03

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part three of my reading of my story-in-progress, Knights of the Rainbow Table, a story commissioned by Intel's Chief Futurist, Brian David Johnson. Brian oversees Intel's Tomorrow project, which uses science fiction to spark conversations about product design and use among Intel's engineers, and he was kind enough to invite me to write a … [Read more]

Fri, 13 May 2011 09:16:31 UTC

Coming to Milton Keynes and Oxford on May 18

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm taking a day off from writing next week to speak at the Open University and Oxford. On May 18, I'll give a talk on technology, regulation and general-purpose computing at the OU in Milton Keynes and at the Oxford University Scientific Society. Both talks are open to the public. Here are the details for … [Read more]

Tue, 10 May 2011 15:12:46 UTC

WITH A LITTLE HELP in Booklist

Posted By Cory Doctorow

ALA Booklist has posted a stonking review of With a Little Help: Anyone who grooved to the counterculture vibe of Doctorow's young-adult novels Little Brother (2008) and For the Win (2010) will embrace these stories heartily–no one can dole out technological cautionary tales while simultaneously celebrating technology as cunningly as Doctorow. This volume's single never-before-published … [Read more]

Mon, 09 May 2011 15:34:53 UTC

Knights of the Rainbow Table 02

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part two of my reading of my story-in-progress, Knights of the Rainbow Table, a story commissioned by Intel's Chief Futurist, Brian David Johnson. Brian oversees Intel's Tomorrow project, which uses science fiction to spark conversations about product design and use among Intel's engineers, and he was kind enough to invite me to write a … [Read more]

Sat, 07 May 2011 17:47:26 UTC

Shannon's Law podcast – fixed!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Escape Pod people had some technical problems with their Shannon's Law podcast. Here's the fixed MP3.

Thu, 05 May 2011 13:14:58 UTC

Shannon's Law: a story about bridging Faerie and the mundane world with TCP-over-magic

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I have a short story called "Shannon's Law" in the new Welcome to Bordertown anthology, the first Bordertown book in decades. I was absolutely delighted to be invited to contribute a story, and had a fun time writing my piece, which is about the application of information theory to the problem of bridging the lands … [Read more]

Tue, 03 May 2011 12:24:54 UTC

Why poor countries lead the world in piracy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 03 May 2011 12:24:30 UTC

Piracy and poor countries: Big Content wants to have its cake and eat it too

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Why poor countries lead the world in piracy," discusses the groundbreaking independent research presented in "Media Piracy in Emerging Economies," a 400+ page report that took 35 researchers three years to compile. The project's lead, Joe Karganis, is giving a free talk tomorrow in London: So why do it at all? … [Read more]

Tue, 03 May 2011 05:09:31 UTC

Techno-optimism

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine

Tue, 03 May 2011 05:09:13 UTC

Will technology make us freer, and if so, how?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column, "Techno-optimism," looks at how technology has shaped global struggles for self-determination, democratic government and justice, and asks whether, on balance, technology will make the world freer and better or more repressive and worse: The convenience of privacy-unfriendly social-network technologies from Friendster to Facebook has made them tempting platforms for use in … [Read more]

Mon, 02 May 2011 16:55:01 UTC

Knights of the Rainbow Table 01

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part one of my reading of my story-in-progress, Knights of the Rainbow Table, a story commissioned by Intel's Chief Futurist, Brian David Johnson. Brian oversees Intel's Tomorrow project, which uses science fiction to spark conversations about product design and use among Intel's engineers, and he was kind enough to invite me to write a … [Read more]

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 05:32:56 UTC

Memento Mori

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Make

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 05:32:42 UTC

Giddy delight at technological progress

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My Make column "Memento Mori" talks about the giddy, delightful vertigo I experience when I realize how fast and how far technology has come, and how fast it's moving: I'm often puzzled by how satisfying older technology is. What a treat it is to muscle around an ancient teletype, feeding it new-old paper-tape or rolls … [Read more]

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 12:33:59 UTC

With a Little Help in Australia and New Zealand

Posted By Cory Doctorow

One interesting thing about selling print-on-demand books is that they can be instantiated all over the world, close to where the orders are. For years, pundits have predicted corner store kiosks that can print any book every written, and though we're nowhere near that stage today, there are the first inklings of what such a … [Read more]

Thu, 21 Apr 2011 09:21:31 UTC

Speaking at How the Light Gets In, Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'll be speaking at The Independent's How the Light Gets In festival in Hay-on-Wye on Monday, May 30, where I'll do two events: 1400h: Technology and Anarchy, with Nigel Warburton With a 3D printer and laptop, does everyone have the tools they need to build a bio-weapon? Novelist and activist Cory Doctorow questions whether we … [Read more]

Thu, 21 Apr 2011 09:03:56 UTC

For the Win selected for Kansas State Reading Circle; Little Brother wins Vermont's Green Mountain Book Award

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This week, I was delighted to learn that my novel For the Win was one of three young adult novels selected for the the Kansas National Education Association's Kansas State Reading Circle list; and then to learn that the Vermont School Library Association, Vermont Library Association and the Vermont Department of Libraries had awarded the … [Read more]

Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:31:47 UTC

How do you compete with free? A taxonomy of reasons to pay for digital files

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "In the digital era free is easy, so how do you persuade people to pay?" and it's a first approximation of a taxonomy of reasons to buy stuff that you can download for free from unauthorized sites. I find that discussions about digital sales are often muddied by arguments about … [Read more]

Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:29:00 UTC

In the digital era free is easy, so how do you persuade people to pay?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:59:06 UTC

Privacy, Facebook, politics and kids

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian's Comment is Free video team recorded an interview with me after the TEDxObserver event. They're editing it into a series of quick pieces; the first one, about kids, privacy, and social networks, just went live. I really like the way they put it together! The most powerful mechanism we have for securing the … [Read more]

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 18:24:40 UTC

Guest of Honor at 75th Philcon

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm absolutely delighted to announce that I'll be the guest of honor at the 75th Philcon in Cherry Hill, NJ, Nov 18-20 2011. Philcon is the oldest science fiction convention in the world; it's one I've attended a dozen times or so, and I'm honored to be invited on such an auspicious occasion.

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 04:18:43 UTC

Podcast: A Petition to the Queen of England (Mark Twain)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This week, I've read another of my favorite Mark Twain stories, A Petition to the Queen of England, a tax-time gem. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. He … [Read more]

Fri, 08 Apr 2011 08:43:11 UTC

Worldreader: ebooks for kids in the developing world

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've recently lent my support to Worldreader, an innovative nonprofit program that distributes ebook readers to children in the developing world and then exposes them to a large library of donated texts from writers from across the world, as well as newspapers and other materials. I was delighted to give them access to all my … [Read more]

Thu, 07 Apr 2011 09:23:58 UTC

Interview with Triangulation podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Yesterday, I recorded a fun, hour-long chat with Leo Laporte and Tom Merrit on the Triangulation podcast -- the audio is linked below, but there's also video if you'd prefer. MP3 Link

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 11:44:06 UTC

Podcast: The Petrified Man (Mark Twain)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This week, I've read another of my favorite Mark Twain stories, The Petrified Man, a perfect April Fool's season tale of a prank gone wrong. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical … [Read more]

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 11:09:24 UTC

With A Little Help: Hitting My Stride

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 11:07:46 UTC

DIY publishing: getting Amazon and Lulu to co-exist

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My new Publishers Weekly column has just gone up, documenting the progress with my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help. This month, I talk about the Baroque process of getting a book listed on both Lulu and Amazon: Getting the book on Amazon was much harder than I anticipated. At first, I considered … [Read more]

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 10:38:39 UTC

Down and Out redesign

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Bruce Campbell did a nice PDF redesign of the text of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, my first novel. Thanks, Bruce!

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 04:53:17 UTC

TEDxObserver talk on kids and privacy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a video of my talk on kids, privacy and social media ("A Skinner box that trains you to under-value your privacy: how do we make kids care about online privacy?") at last month's TEDxObserver event in London. It was a great day and there were a ton of interesting talks (the set is here). … [Read more]

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 04:33:51 UTC

Ghosts in my Head on Beam Me Up

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Beam Me Up podcast (a production of WRFR in Rockland, Maine) has recorded a great reading of my short story Ghosts in My Head. MP3 Link

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 12:31:27 UTC

Interview with BookLending.com podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The BookLending.com podcast did a quick interview with me and Seth Godin for the current episode. MP3 Link

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 17:23:36 UTC

Speaking on technology regulation today in Claremont (near LA)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Just a reminder for Southern Californians that I'll be speaking at Claremont McKenna College's Atheneum series tonight at 1845h, and it's free and open to the public. I'll be reprising and expanding on the "Little Bit Pregnant" talk on technology regulation that I gave earlier this month at the University of Toronto iSchool conference.

Fri, 25 Mar 2011 17:22:07 UTC

For the Win is a Prometheus Award finalist

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Just got word that For the Win is a finalist for the Prometheus Award, presented by the Libertarian Science Fiction Society; having won this once for Little Brother, and considering the fantastic books on this year's shortlist and in the winner alumni, I couldn't be more thrilled!

Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:14:09 UTC

Reminder: reading/signing in LA this Sunday

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Reminder: I'm in LA this weekend and the nice folks at Dark Delicacies in Burbank (3512 W. Magnolia, 91505) were kind enough to host a signing and reading for me on Sunday, March 27th at 2PM. I'll also be speaking at Claremont McKenna College's Atheneum series on Mar 30 at 1845h, and it's free and … [Read more]

Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:31:12 UTC

Disney-fan's discussion of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Jennifer Hoffman's written an interesting guide to Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom: I first discovered this novel shortly after it's release, when prowling my local library for books about Disney World. Along with the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, it opened up the possibility of thinking critically about Disney Parks, taking them … [Read more]

Thu, 24 Mar 2011 13:18:22 UTC

Speaking on technology regulation next Wednesday in Claremont near LA

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm coming to Southern California next week and I'll be speaking at Claremont McKenna College's Atheneum series. It's next Wednesday, 30 March, at 1845h, and it's free and open to the public. I'll be reprising and expanding on the "Little Bit Pregnant" talk on technology regulation that I gave earlier this month at the University … [Read more]

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 14:09:29 UTC

Podcast: Punch, Brothers, Punch (Mark Twain)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm back podcasting after a long post-surgical hiatus. I don't have any new material to read, so instead, I've read one of my favorite comedic Mark Twain stories, Punch, Brothers, Punch. It's a great little essay about a earworming mind-virus, prefiguring Snow Crash by a century and more! There's more administrivia than usual in this … [Read more]

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 11:24:40 UTC

Video from reading in Toronto with Dave Nickle last week

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The folks at ChiZine who hosted the reading that David Nickle and I did last week in Toronto have been good enough to put the video of the readings and Q&A online. Click through for the whole lot. ChiSeries Videos - Toronto SpecFic Colloquium

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:13:14 UTC

Coming to LA, Mar 27

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm coming through Los Angeles later this month on the way to a meeting and a lecture, and the nice folks at Dark Delicacies in Burbank (3512 W. Magnolia, 91505) were kind enough to host a signing and reading for me on Sunday, March 27th at 2PM. Hope to see you then!

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:33:44 UTC

Beware the spyware model of technology ¿ its flaws are built in

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:33:32 UTC

War on the PC and the network: copyright was just the start

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Beware the spyware model of technology ¿ its flaws are built in," is a look at some of the coming battles over the general-purpose PC and the general-purpose network, and how the copyright wars have shown us what's at risk when we do regulation wrong. It's adapted from my talk at … [Read more]

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:21:58 UTC

Tor.com on WITH A LITTLE HELP

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tor.com's Steven Raets has a great write up on WITH A LITTLE HELP: As for the stories, I think it's safe to say that anyone who enjoyed Cory Doctorow's novels will love them. Like his novels Little Brother, Makers and For the Win, they often start with a recognizable core: a present-day technological or sociological … [Read more]

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 10:14:47 UTC

Clarkesworld on For the Win

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In this Clarkesworld interview, conducted last year during my tour for For the Win, Jeremy Jones and I talk about the rigors of touring, the politics of labor, and the elusive Drama Hobbit. Have there been any strange moments? There've been a couple pretty weird ones. I've had two funny misunderstandings. A friend of mine … [Read more]

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 18:43:52 UTC

For the Win on Readergirlz

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My novel For the Win is the featured title this month at Readergirlz, a literacy site that does wonderful work. I'll be answering questions there through the month.

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:11:26 UTC

Ebooks: durability is a feature, not a bug

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:11:15 UTC

Self-destructing ebooks: paper's fragility is a bug, not a feature

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My new Guardian column, "Ebooks: durability is a feature, not a bug," is about HarperCollins's decision to limit library checkouts of its ebooks to 26, whereupon the books self-destruct. I argue that it's wrong to argue about whether print books last for more or less than 26 checkouts -- the important thing to recognize is … [Read more]

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 04:39:41 UTC

Audio of yesterday's iSchool talk

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Socrates from the Singularity Weblog attended my University of Toronto iSchool talk ("A Little Bit Pregnant: Why it's a Bad Idea to Regulate Computers the Way We Regulate Radios, Guns, Uranium and Other Special-Purpose Tools") yesterday and was kind enough to record and podcast it with a great write up. Here's the MP3, too!

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 13:28:55 UTC

Reminder: speech and reading in Toronto this weekend

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This weekend, the University of Toronto's Faculty for Information is bringing me to Toronto to give a keynote at its Boundaries, Frontiers and Gatekeepers conference. Admission is free for U of T iSchool students. For others, the keynote is $5 at the door, or the whole event is $7 for non-U-of-T-students and $10 for the … [Read more]

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 18:23:03 UTC

Explaining Creativity to a Martian

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 18:22:47 UTC

Explaining creativity to a Martian

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column takes the form of a thought-experiment in which I try to make sense of how we treat creative work on behalf of a notional Martian: It's about this time that the Martian notices our distinctly contradictory relationship with copying. On the one hand, copying is inextricably tied up with this idea … [Read more]

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:34:25 UTC

Epoch (With a Little Help)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm taking a hiatus from podcasting while I recuperate from hip surgery; instead, I'll be posting a couple stories a week from the podcast edition of my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help. I hope you enjoy 'em -- I love how these readings came out. You can buy the whole audio on … [Read more]

Tue, 22 Feb 2011 09:37:07 UTC

Information overload? Time to relax then

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 22 Feb 2011 09:36:54 UTC

Overcome information overload by trusting redundancy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Information overload? Time to relax then," describes a technique for overcoming "information overload" by letting go of the idea that if you overlook something in your inbox, RSS reader, or other feed that it'll disappear forever. The faster your feeds get, the more the good stuff gets repeated -- trust the … [Read more]

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:33:14 UTC

Chicken Little (With a Little Help)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm taking a hiatus from podcasting while I recuperate from hip surgery; instead, I'll be posting a couple stories a week from the podcast edition of my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help. I hope you enjoy 'em -- I love how these readings came out. You can buy the whole audio on … [Read more]

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:32:09 UTC

Pester Power (With a Little Help)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm taking a hiatus from podcasting while I recuperate from hip surgery; instead, I'll be posting a couple stories a week from the podcast edition of my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help. I hope you enjoy 'em -- I love how these readings came out. You can buy the whole audio on … [Read more]

Thu, 17 Feb 2011 18:36:45 UTC

Polish Little Brother cover

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Thanks to Ludwik Stawowy for sending along the cover for the Polish edition of Little Brother, AKA Maly Brat!

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 16:41:10 UTC

Dissatisfied Little Brother fan's alternative ending

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Pamela DiFrancesco writes, "Iread your novel Little Brother, not too long ago and really loved it---except I just didn't believe that the court system would be as just as it was, or that Marcus would be saved by the police, or that he would go on to "rock the vote," so to speak. So (thanks … [Read more]

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 08:36:51 UTC

Locus List of the best genre fiction of 2010 ¿ a cheat sheet for Hugo nominators!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This month's Locus magazine contains the annual "Locus Recommended Reading List," a guide to the best science fiction and fantasy published in the preceding year, chosen by the magazine's critics. In addition to being a great primer for exploring the year in fiction, they're also an excellent cheat-sheet for award-nominations -- for example, the Hugo … [Read more]

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:31:00 UTC

Constitutional Crisis (With a Little Help)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm taking a hiatus from podcasting while I recuperate from hip surgery; instead, I'll be posting a couple stories a week from the podcast edition of my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help. I hope you enjoy 'em -- I love how these readings came out. You can buy the whole audio on … [Read more]

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:36:37 UTC

With A Little Help: The Early Returns

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:35:43 UTC

With a Little Help: first post-publication progress report

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Publishers Weekly column documenting my DIY short story collection With a Little Help has just gone up. It documents the first six weeks after publication -- what went right and what went wrong. The good news is that I'm heavily in the black, thanks, in large part, to the limited edition hardcovers. The … [Read more]

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:29:49 UTC

Visit the Sins (With a Little Help)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm taking a hiatus from podcasting while I recuperate from hip surgery; instead, I'll be posting a couple stories a week from the podcast edition of my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help. I hope you enjoy 'em -- I love how these readings came out. You can buy the whole audio on … [Read more]

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:11:13 UTC

With a Little Help on DailyLit

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My DIY short story collection With a Little Help is now available as a series of daily, one-page emails from DailyLit -- all 151 installments' worth!

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 16:53:19 UTC

Government data like crime maps is not enough ¿ there needs to be action

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 16:53:05 UTC

Guardian column on gov't data and accountability

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is "Government data like crime maps is not enough ¿ there needs to be action," and it looks at two recent data-crunching apps for UK policing: first, the crime-maps that tell you what the crime's like in your neighbourhood, and second, Sukey, an app that helps protesters evade police "kettling" -- … [Read more]

Mon, 07 Feb 2011 14:27:17 UTC

Power Punctuation! (With a Little Help)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm taking a hiatus from podcasting while I recuperate from hip surgery; instead, I'll be posting a couple stories a week from the podcast edition of my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help. I hope you enjoy 'em -- I love how these readings came out. You can buy the whole audio on … [Read more]

Fri, 04 Feb 2011 14:26:44 UTC

Liberation Spectrum (With a Little Help)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm taking a hiatus from podcasting while I recuperate from hip surgery; instead, I'll be posting a couple stories a week from the podcast edition of my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help. I hope you enjoy 'em -- I love how these readings came out. You can buy the whole audio on … [Read more]

Wed, 02 Feb 2011 08:32:59 UTC

Net Delusion review in French

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My critical review of Evgeny Morozov's The Net Delusion has been translated into French by the good folks at ReadWrite Web.

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:25:24 UTC

Human Readable (With a Little Help)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm taking a hiatus from podcasting while I recuperate from hip surgery; instead, I'll be posting a couple stories a week from the podcast edition of my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help. I hope you enjoy 'em -- I love how these readings came out. You can buy the whole audio on … [Read more]

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 11:08:47 UTC

Coming to Toronto for speech and reading, Mar 5-6

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This March, the University of Toronto's Faculty for Information is bringing me to Toronto to give a keynote at its Boundaries, Frontiers and Gatekeepers conference. Admission is free for U of T iSchool students. For others, the keynote is $5 at the door, or the whole event is $7 for non-U-of-T-students and $10 for the … [Read more]

Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:29:23 UTC

New favicon

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Thanks to reader Joe Lupe for creating the new favicon!

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 14:24:24 UTC

Scroogled (With a Little Help)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm taking a hiatus from podcasting while I recuperate from hip surgery; instead, I'll be posting a couple stories a week from the podcast edition of my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help. I hope you enjoy 'em -- I love how these readings came out. You can buy the whole audio on … [Read more]

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:14:17 UTC

We need a serious critique of net activism

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:13:59 UTC

Morozov's Net Delusion: skeptical take on net-freedom marred by straw-men

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "We need a serious critique of net activism," is a long, detailed review of Evgeny Morozov's new book The Net Delusion, a book that seeks to debunk "cyber-utopianism" and the idea that the Internet can be used as a force for freedom. I agree with much of what Morozov has to … [Read more]

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:23:08 UTC

Other People's Money (With a Little Help)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm taking a hiatus from podcasting while I recuperate from hip surgery; instead, I'll be posting a couple stories a week from the podcast edition of my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help. I hope you enjoy 'em -- I love how these readings came out. You can buy the whole audio on … [Read more]

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 16:41:22 UTC

Interview with School Libraries in Canada

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did a fun interview with School Libraries in Canada, a journal of the Canadian Association for School Libraries: CD - I remember the first really substantial thing that happened to me in a school library. That was the day that they marched my grade three class down to the school library at Crestview Elementary … [Read more]

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 14:20:15 UTC

The Right Book (With a Little Help)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm taking a hiatus from podcasting while I recuperate from hip surgery; instead, I'll be posting a couple stories a week from the podcast edition of my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help. I hope you enjoy 'em -- I love how these readings came out. You can buy the whole audio on … [Read more]

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:19:50 UTC

The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away (With a Little Help)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm taking a hiatus from podcasting while I recuperate from hip surgery; instead, I'll be posting a couple stories a week from the podcast edition of my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help. I hope you enjoy 'em -- I love how these readings came out. You can buy the whole audio on … [Read more]

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:01:04 UTC

Scott Sigler's WALH podcasting promo

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Scott Sigler was kind enough to create an awesome 60-second promo for With a Little Help.

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 13:57:22 UTC

With a Little Help unboxing

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Michael Sauers was so pleased with his limited-edition copy of With a Little Help that he produced an unboxing video and a photoset.

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 13:52:08 UTC

Give With a Little Help to a library or school

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last month, I launched my DIY short story collection With a Little Help and invited librarians and teachers to send in their addresses so that I could publish a list of worthies to whom copies of the book could be donated. Due to a technical cock-up, these emails went awry and I only figured this … [Read more]

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 13:17:58 UTC

Hugo Award nominations are open

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Hugo Award nominations are now open; attendees at last year's World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne or next year's in Reno are eligible to nominate. I usually wait until the annual Locus List of notable publications to help me make my choices and jog my memory, but in case you're wondering, yes, indeed, I … [Read more]

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 11:51:40 UTC

Net Neutrality for Writers: It's All About the Leverage

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 11:51:20 UTC

Net Neutrality explained for writers and other artists

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest column for Locus magazine is "Net Neutrality for Writers: It's All About the Leverage," a piece about the risks to artists of allowing network carriers to demand bribes for "premium carriage" of our content. Not that the telcos really care about this. Art, schmart. They just want to get paid, and paid, and … [Read more]

Sun, 26 Dec 2010 06:04:10 UTC

Unboxing a WITH A LITTLE HELP hardcover

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hal Stern got one of the first batch of limited edition hardcovers of With a Little Help, and he received it in time for Christmas. He's lavishly documented his unboxing experience, and is clearly delighted with the book! I'm about to leave for Christmas holidays but I'll be back to shipping new batches after January … [Read more]

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 13:23:32 UTC

Keeping an email address secret won't hide it from spambots

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 13:23:12 UTC

Why I have a public email address

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian column, "Keeping an email address secret won't hide it from spambots," I explain why I don't bother to hide my email address from spambots and what I do instead to stay on top of spam: I don't really care how much spam gets eaten by my filters ¿ all I care … [Read more]

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 06:13:41 UTC

Appeals Court ¿ CONCLUSION

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the fourth and final installment of my reading of Charlie Stross's and my gonzo Singularity novella Appeals Court. It's the sequel to Jury Service, the first thing Charlie and I ever wrote together. We're about to start work on Parole Board, the thrilling conclusion, which Tor will be publishing as a novel under the … [Read more]

Mon, 20 Dec 2010 15:12:24 UTC

Zen and the Art of Self-Publishing

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Mon, 20 Dec 2010 09:29:18 UTC

With a Little Help paperbacks now at $14.50!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

When I created the Lulu.com store for the With a Little Help paperbacks, I discovered that adding an ISBN to the books automatically raised the minimum price on the book from $11 or so to more than $17 (that's because adding an ISBN makes the book available to retailers like Amazon, and Lulu wants to … [Read more]

Sun, 19 Dec 2010 20:43:28 UTC

Interview with Mur Lafferty

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did an interview about With a Little Help with Mur Lafferty of the I Should Be Writing podcast. Mur is a great writer and a killer podcaster; she reads one of the stories on the WALH audiobook. MP3 Link

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 14:14:17 UTC

The Internet Problem: when an abundance of choice becomes an issue

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 14:14:04 UTC

My Internet problem: an abundance of choice

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "The Internet Problem: when an abundance of choice becomes an issue," discusses the thoroughly modern dilemma of choice in the face of abundance -- not just an abundance of reading material or music, but an abundance of actions enabled by the net. My internet problem is the one so many of … [Read more]

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 16:53:39 UTC

Spanish Little Brother coming on Mar 7

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've just heard from Eduardo Hojman, my editor at Puck, that the Spanish edition of Little Brother will be published on March 7, under the title, "PEQUEÑO HERMANO"! It'll be distributed worldwide -- through Spain and Latin America.

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 12:16:21 UTC

Interview with The Command Line podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Earlier this week, I chatted with Thomas Gideon of the Command Line podcast about my With a Little Help project; he's just put up the audio! MP3 Link

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 22:39:31 UTC

Appeals Court 03

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the third installment of my reading of Charlie Stross's and my gonzo Singularity novella Appeals Court. It's the sequel to Jury Service, the first thing Charlie and I ever wrote together. We're about to start work on Parole Board, the thrilling conclusion, which Tor will be publishing as a novel under the title Rapture … [Read more]

Sat, 11 Dec 2010 06:19:40 UTC

Prints of Rick Lieder's WITH A LITTLE HELP cover

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Rick Lieder, one of the four talented artists who produced covers for my new DIY short story collection With a Little Help, is selling prints of his cover-art, which illustrates the story "The Right Book," (which Neil Gaiman narrates on the audiobook edition). With a Little Help by Cory Doctorow

Sat, 11 Dec 2010 06:15:14 UTC

Bulgarian Creative Commons fan-trans of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

Posted By Cory Doctorow

A group of Bulgarian fans have produced a free/open translation of my first novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. It was edited by Milena Ivanova, cover art by Biliana Savova, and features an introduction by Vladimir Poleganov. I'm immensely honored and delighted. Thanks to all the volunteers who made this edition. ¿¿¿ ¿¿ … [Read more]

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 15:20:29 UTC

With a Little Help launches!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

At long last, I have finally launched my self-published short story collection With a Little Help. 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, … [Read more]

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 18:16:21 UTC

Appeals Court 02

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the second installment of my reading of Charlie Stross's and my gonzo Singularity novella Appeals Court. It's the sequel to Jury Service, the first thing Charlie and I ever wrote together. We're about to start work on Parole Board, the thrilling conclusion, which Tor will be publishing as a novel under the title Rapture … [Read more]

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 07:01:26 UTC

Raising money to buy Little Brother for a “high poverty” NYC classroom

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Mr K, a NYC high-school English teacher in a "high poverty" school is raising money to buy a set of copies of my book Little Brother for his grade nine students, who "do so uncritically with very little knowledge of their rights as users, architects." I'm humbled and honored by Mr K's faith in my … [Read more]

Thu, 02 Dec 2010 16:32:39 UTC

German Little Brother shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, German Little Brother fans! The Rowohlt German edition of the book has been short-listed for LovelyBooks's Leserpreis ¿die besten Buecher 2010, and you can vote for it!

Thu, 02 Dec 2010 06:53:17 UTC

Spanish fan-trans Little Brother ePub

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Santiago Benejam Torres converted Axxon's fan-translation of Little Brother to ePub, and is making it available gratis on his site. Thanks, Santiago!

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:56:18 UTC

FTW is a Quill and Quire pick for 2010

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm honored and delighted to learn that Quill and Quire, the Canadian publishing industry journal of record, has named For the Win one of its five notable YA novels for 2010. Thanks, Q&Q!

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:18:16 UTC

Appeals Court 01

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the first installment of my reading of Charlie Stross's and my gonzo Singularity novella Appeals Court. It's the sequel to Jury Service, the first thing Charlie and I ever wrote together. We're about to start work on Parole Board, the thrilling conclusion, which Tor will be publishing as a novel under the title Rapture … [Read more]

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 15:22:32 UTC

News Corp Kremlinology: what do the Times paywall numbers mean?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 15:22:20 UTC

Kremlinology with Rupert Murdoch: what do the Times paywall numbers mean?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian column, "News Corp Kremlinology: what do the Times paywall numbers mean?" I have a good rummage around the mysterious figures released by The Times earlier this month on the performance of its vaunted pay-for-news scheme. The Times released the numbers with a lot of triumphant accompaniment, but I'm not clear on … [Read more]

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 10:13:15 UTC

What do we want copyright to do?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 10:13:02 UTC

Guardian column: How do you know if copyright is working?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian column, "What do we want copyright to do?" I try to get out of the "you're a thief/you're a greedhead" copyright debate by asking what a good copyright system would look like, and suggesting how we might design one: Let's start by saying that there is only one regulation that would … [Read more]

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 05:18:05 UTC

Jury Service 06 – CONCLUSION

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part 6, the conclusion of Jury Service. Jury Service is the first of two novellas Charlie Stross and I wrote about Huw, a technophobe stuck on Earth after the Singularity (the other one being Appeals Court). They are both being published, along with a third, yet-to-be-written novella Parole Board by Tor Books as Rapture … [Read more]

Sat, 13 Nov 2010 15:34:24 UTC

Foreign editions of my work

Posted By Cory Doctorow

James Riley took the trouble of going through previous posts here and assembled a list of foreign translations of my works, including ones where the links to fan-trans and commercial editions have gone dead. Thanks, James!

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 20:44:50 UTC

Pioneer Awards ceremony video

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's video of this week's EFF Pioneer Awards ceremony in San Francisco, which I was privileged to emcee.

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 20:43:01 UTC

Little Brother Serbian fan-translation

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Serbian edition of my novel Little Brother has just been published by Profil Knjiga!

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 22:11:07 UTC

Little Brother, the play, back on in Phoenix, AZ

Posted By Cory Doctorow

A high-school in Phoenix, Arizona is mounting a production of the theatrical adaptation of my novel Little Brother (this is the same script that was mounted for the 2008 performances in Chicago, written by Bill Massolia). They're doing a three-night run, starting tomorrow -- tickets are still available.

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 23:07:40 UTC

Song based on Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Corrinne Hite is a fifteen-year-old singer/songwriter who has just finished an album of songs based on the novels she loves. She's done me the honor of writing a song based on my novel Little Brother: stream it here. Corrine's band, CORY & THE TIGERMEN, is in the SchoolJamsUSA finals (northeast region). US residents can vote … [Read more]

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 15:57:35 UTC

Interview with CBC about Makers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I recently spoke to the CBC's Shelagh Rogers on The Next Chapter about my novel Makers. The interview just aired, and they've put up streaming audio of it as well.

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 11:41:02 UTC

Talking Makers on CBC's The Next Chapter

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'll be on CBC's The Next Chapter with Sheelagh Rogers this Monday at 1PM Eastern, discussing my novel Makers (it'll also be streamable after it airs).

Sat, 06 Nov 2010 12:41:35 UTC

Metacrap in Belorussian

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Uta Bayer translated my essay Metacrap to Belorussian: Metacrap: ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿-¿¿¿¿¿¿ -- thanks, Uta!

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 21:09:21 UTC

A Cosmopolitan Literature for the Cosmopolitan Web

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 21:08:54 UTC

Science fiction tells us all laws are local – just like the Web

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column, "A Cosmopolitan Literature for the Cosmopolitan Web," is up: it's a piece on the way that science fiction's insistence that all laws are local prefigures the web's weird and wonderful diversity: One of science fiction's greatest tricks is playing ``vast, cool intelligence' and peering through a Martian telescope aimed Earthwards and … [Read more]

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:03:33 UTC

Guardian column: how I use the Internet when I'm playing with my kid

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Jack and the interstalk: why the computer is not a scary monster," explains the way my 2.5-year-old daughter and I use my computer as part of our imaginative play and storytelling, using YouTube searches, Flickr image searches, paper story books, toys, and trips around town to play and explore. Now that … [Read more]

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:03:12 UTC

Jack and the interstalk: why the computer is not a scary monster

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 06:52:29 UTC

ICON 35: science fiction convention in Cedar Rapids, IA this weekend (I'm guest of honor!)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm just finalizing my schedule and packing list for ICON 35 A Steam Powered Convention of the Future, the science fiction convention in Cedar Rapids, IA, where I'm guest of honor this weekend. The event's got several kinds of gaming (including two weekend-long LARPs), its own Stormtrooper garrison, an art show and masquerade, a writers' … [Read more]

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 20:04:58 UTC

Jury Service 05

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part 5 of Jury Service. Jury Service is the first of two novellas Charlie Stross and I wrote about Huw, a technophobe stuck on Earth after the Singularity (the other one being Appeals Court). They are both being published, along with a third, yet-to-be-written novella Parole Board by Tor Books as Rapture of the … [Read more]

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 10:02:58 UTC

Bulk-download podcast script

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Joe sez, "Hey Cory- Took your advice from little brother and started to teach myself Python. I wrote my first little script which downloads your complete podcast archive(see below). I did this after finding out the iTunes feed was incomplete, and severely needing a Doctorow fix. I was hoping you could share the script with … [Read more]

Tue, 26 Oct 2010 05:47:58 UTC

Interview with ALL TECH CONSIDERED

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did a fun little interview with NPR's All Tech Considered yesterday, about my forthcoming short story collection With a Little Help: Sci-Fi's Cory Doctorow Separates Self-Publishing Fact From Fiction

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 15:28:29 UTC

Argentine fan-trans of Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Argentine sf zine Axxón has produced a Spanish noncommercial fan-translation of my novel Little Brother, using Argentine idiom. En esta historia se utilizan muchos términos relacionados con la informática y la tecnología de las comunicaciones. Estimo que los lectores de Axxón están familiarizados con casi todos en su idioma original, el inglés; por este … [Read more]

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 17:49:49 UTC

Jury Service 04

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part 4 of Jury Service. Jury Service is the first of two novellas Charlie Stross and I wrote about Huw, a technophobe stuck on Earth after the Singularity (the other one being Appeals Court). They are both being published, along with a third, yet-to-be-written novella Parole Board by Tor Books as Rapture of the … [Read more]

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 13:31:29 UTC

With a Little Twitter Help

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 13:29:45 UTC

Column: a DIY book, by way of some help from Twitter pals

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Publishers Weekly column, "With a Little Twitter Help," describes the invaluable aid I've gotten in my ongoing self-publishing project, With a Little Help, by asking my readers through Twitter for help. I've now got a functional SD card cloner, free packaging materials, and a website design, and as soon as a few technical/contractual … [Read more]

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 09:31:56 UTC

Speaking this Saturday at London's Amazing Meeting

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm speaking this weekend at the London edition of James Randi's The Amazing Meeting, a two-day event featuring the likes of Stephen Fry, James Randi, Alan Moore, Graham Linehan, PZ Myers, Susan Blackmore, Rebecca Watson, and Simon Singh (and many more!). The Amazing Meeting is a fundraiser to support science and critical thinking. TAM London … [Read more]

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 09:58:27 UTC

Westminster Skeptics panel on the UK Digital Economy Act with MP Tom Watson

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last night, rogue MP Tom Watson and I sat down at the Monk Exchange pub in London to do a little Q&A on the Digital Economy Act and the future of copyright in London, for the Westminster Skeptics' society. The skeptics already have their podcast up, and here it is! MP3

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 15:01:37 UTC

Jury Service 03

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part 3 of Jury Service. Jury Service is the first of two novellas Charlie Stross and I wrote about Huw, a technophobe stuck on Earth after the Singularity (the other one being Appeals Court). They are both being published, along with a third, yet-to-be-written novella Parole Board by Tor Books as Rapture of the … [Read more]

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 05:00:26 UTC

Speaking tonight with Tom Watson at the Westminster Skeptics

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Rebel UK MP Tom Watson and I are speaking together tonight at a panel for the Wesminster Skeptics, held in London at 7PM, free to enter, on the subject of "Beyond the Digital Economy Act." Beyond the Digital Economy Act Panel including Cory Doctorow and Tom Watson MP When? Monday, October 11 at 7:00PM Where? … [Read more]

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 15:37:09 UTC

Audio from last night's live event with William Gibson and me

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The good folks at IntelligenceSquared have already managed to post the audio from last night's event at London's Cadogan Hall, wherein I interviewed William Gibson for an hour on stage, and then we took smart questions from the audience for another 30 minutes. It was great fun. There's also a Flickr set of great photos … [Read more]

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 14:45:41 UTC

Pics with William Gibson

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a set of Michael Eleftheriades's photos of William Gibson and me on stage last night at London's Intelligence Squared event.

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 11:25:01 UTC

The real cost of free

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 11:23:54 UTC

Why the copyright wars matter: a reply to Helienne Lindvall

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In this week's Guardian column, "The real cost of free," I reply to last week's broadside by my fellow Guardian columnist Helienne Lindvall, who accused me of charging enormous fees to encourage creators to give their works away. After correcting the record on fees (most of my talks are free, a small number are paid … [Read more]

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 09:40:30 UTC

Jury Service 02

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part 2 of Jury Service. Jury Service is the first of two novellas Charlie Stross and I wrote about Huw, a technophobe stuck on Earth after the Singularity (the other one being Appeals Court). They are both being published, along with a third, yet-to-be-written novella Parole Board by Tor Books as Rapture of the … [Read more]

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 05:55:15 UTC

Live chat today with CBC's Book Club

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm doing a live online chat today (Thu) with the CBC's Book Club at 8AM Pacific/11AM Eastern/4PM UK. Hope to catch you there!

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 19:56:29 UTC

Jury Service 01

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Jury Service is the first of two novellas Charlie Stross and I wrote about Huw, a technophobe stuck on Earth after the Singularity (the other one being Appeals Court). They are both being published, along with a third, yet-to-be-written novella Parole Board by Tor Books as Rapture of the Nerds. We're starting work on … [Read more]

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 16:43:54 UTC

Promoting statistical literacy: a modest proposal

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Promoting statistical literacy: a modest proposal" discusses the way that state-sponsored lotteries and sloppy financial regulation promote a dangerous kind of statistical illiteracy; dangerous because it subverts our ability to assess and mitigate risk. For example, my own bank, the Co-op, recently updated its business banking site (the old one was "best … [Read more]

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 16:43:52 UTC

Promoting statistical literacy: a modest proposal

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 15:20:21 UTC

William Gibson and me, live on stage in London, Oct 4

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm delighted to announce that I'll be interviewing William Gibson, live and on stage for London's Intelligence^2 event on Oct 4. Bill and I always have great conversations, and this one should be a lot of fun, since I've been bugging his old friends for interesting conversational veins that go beyond the usual. Plus there's … [Read more]

Sat, 18 Sep 2010 06:48:52 UTC

Me, in Norwegian

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Thomas Gramstad sez, "I've started a web page with an overview of Norwegian translations of your texts. Norwegian titles in bold, English original titles in parenthesis. The list also includes some interviews with you and reviews or summaries of your work (when substantial)."

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 13:28:40 UTC

Help design the WITH A LITTLE HELP site, win a super-limited-edition hardcover

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In a very short time, I will be launching my self-published short-story collection, WITH A LITTLE HELP. This is a complicated beast: there's a free ebook in several formats; the paperback is a print-on-demand that comes in four different covers; the hardcover is a super-premium item in a limited edition. There's a free, downloadable audiobook, … [Read more]

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:51:50 UTC

Video of my Melbourne Writers' Festival talk

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the video of my Melbourne Writers' Festival talk from last week, "Copyright vs Creativity":

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 03:25:32 UTC

Coming to Germany, Amsterdam for Little Brother/Makers tour

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Germans! Next Monday, I leave for a ten-day tour of Deutschland with the German edition of Little Brother. At my urging, my publisher Rowohlt has set an insane pace so that I get to as many places as possible. I'm coming to Hamburg, Braunschweig, Köln, Seeheim-Jugenheim, Erding and Göttingen. I wrap up with two … [Read more]

Thu, 02 Sep 2010 21:58:52 UTC

Audio from Melbourne Writers Festival talk

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's audio from last night's talk at the Melbourne Writers Festival: "Copyright vs Creativity." Many thanks to Iain H. McLean for recording and uploading this! MP3 Link

Thu, 02 Sep 2010 21:04:41 UTC

Applying “ownership” to links, public domain material does more harm than good

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus Magazine column, "Proprietary Interest," talks about the way that our instinctive ownership claims over the stuff we find and post to the Internet do more harm than good. When we claim that public domain images, interesting links, or other net-fodder are "ours," we invite a muddle in which others make even more … [Read more]

Thu, 02 Sep 2010 21:04:37 UTC

Proprietary Interest

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 12:17:55 UTC

Canadian: last chance to vote in Indigo's Teen Read poll

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Canadians: Now that summer's over, it's your last chance to select your favorite young adult reads in Indigo's summerlong Teen Read Awards. They're soliciting Canadians' daily votes for great books for teens to read, as part of a longer and larger promotion of teen reading and literacy. I'm honored to note that my latest young … [Read more]

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 11:16:27 UTC

My Melbourne schedule: Melbourne Writers' Festival and World Science Fiction Convention

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've just done the online checkin for my flight to Australia tomorrow for the Melbourne Writers' Festival and the World Science Fiction Convention (also in Melbourne), so now seems like a good time to publish my schedule of appearances for the week that I'm there: Melbourne Writers' Festival: Lecture, 1800h, Thursday, September 2, RMIT Capitol Theatre: Big … [Read more]

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 06:25:56 UTC

Doctorow's First Law

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 06:23:28 UTC

Which ebook sellers will allow publishers and writers to opt out of DRM?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My August Publishers Weekly column reports in on my experiment to see which of the major ebook stores would carry my books without DRM, and with a text disclaimer at the beginning that released readers from the crazy, abusive license agreements that most of these stores demand as a condition of purchase. Amazon, Barnes and … [Read more]

Wed, 28 Jul 2010 04:38:57 UTC

Gone fission – see you in September!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

If you are reading this blog-post, it is because I have been kidnapped by my family and whisked away to a cottage on a Canadian lake, from which vantage I will be contemplating the loons, catching up on my reading, teaching Poesy to swim, going to the drive in, and lolling about in the grass … [Read more]

Tue, 27 Jul 2010 17:52:04 UTC

Canadians: One month left to pick your favorite YA book!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

A quick reminder: Canadian teens have one month left to vote for their favourite YA novels in Chapters/Indigo's Best Canadian Reads series. You can vote every day, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention that my latest novel, For the Win, is eligible for your vote! I'm incredibly gratified to see Canada's largest bookseller … [Read more]

Tue, 27 Jul 2010 11:20:50 UTC

Curated computing is no substitute for the personal and handmade

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 27 Jul 2010 11:19:43 UTC

What “curated computing” can and can't deliver

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Curated computing is no substitute for the personal and handmade," looks at how a curated computing experiences (like the hand-picked apps in the Apple App Store and the Google Android Marketplace) offer undeniable value, but can be configured to be coercive traps or helpful starting points: Two categories in particular won't ever … [Read more]

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 14:58:02 UTC

Ghosts in My Head

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Ghosts in My Head was originally published in the July issue of Subterranean Press, with accompanying art by Dave McKean. It's a short-short story about the end-times brought on by advanced neuromarketing. You can read the whole story there. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and … [Read more]

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 06:41:59 UTC

Last chance to RSVP for London event tonight with Mieville, me and Rob Sharp of English PEN

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Reminder for Londoners! I'm doing a live event tonight at 7PM with China Mieville in Exmouth Market (EC1R 4QE), through the excellent Clerkenwell Tales bookstore. We've outgrown the store, so Pete, our host, has booked the Church of the Redeemer next door; but we're nearly full there, too! If you'd like to come, RSVP (quickly!) … [Read more]

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 19:51:50 UTC

I Love Paree, Part 4 ¿ CONCLUSION

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the fourth and final of the podcast of I Love Paree, a short story I co-wrote with Michael Skeet, originally published in Asimov's Magazine in December 2000. It's the story of a business consultant living in revolutionary Paris during an anti-corporatist uprising, and what he does after he's conscripted into the Communard Army. Mastering by … [Read more]

Thu, 15 Jul 2010 16:08:54 UTC

Interview with Reason.tv about FOR THE WIN

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's some video of interviews I did with Nick Gillespie from Reason Magazine and Reason TV after my talk at Public Knowledge in DC last month. We talk about For the Win and how technology and kids and society interrelate.

Thu, 15 Jul 2010 12:45:56 UTC

Chicken Little

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Gateways, Tor Books

Thu, 15 Jul 2010 12:45:39 UTC

Gateways: Tribute to Fred Pohl with stories by Bear, Benford, Brin, Bova, Gaiman, Harrison, Haldeman and me!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I just got my contributors' copies of the Frederik Pohl tribute anthology Gateways, and I find myself in danger of losing the afternoon's work to re-reading it. Gateways is a collection of short stories written in appreciation of Pohl, one of science fiction's masters and living legends. It includes fiction by Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, … [Read more]

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 10:35:55 UTC

Reports of blogging's death have been greatly exaggerated

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 10:34:31 UTC

New media give way to newer media and get even better

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Reports of blogging's death have been greatly exaggerated," discusses the way that new media give way to newer media, and, in so doing, become truer to themselves: Do a search-and-replace on "blog" and you could rewrite the coverage as evidence of the death of television, novels, short stories, poetry, live theatre, musicals, … [Read more]

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 17:16:01 UTC

I Love Paree, Part 3

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part three of the podcast of I Love Paree, a short story I co-wrote with Michael Skeet, originally published in Asimov's Magazine in December 2000. It's the story of a business consultant living in revolutionary Paris during an anti-corporatist uprising, and what he does after he's conscripted into the Communard Army. Mastering by John Taylor … [Read more]

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:42:44 UTC

Ghosts in My Head: story about the neuromarketing end-times

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last April, I wrote about how the Science Fiction Writers of America's Grievance Committee got a magazine to pay me half of what it owed me for a story it had commissioned, but then offered a bogus contract for. The good folks at Subterranean Press bought the right to publish the story for the other … [Read more]

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:38:41 UTC

Ghosts in My Head

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Subterranean Press

Sat, 10 Jul 2010 10:22:17 UTC

Iranian activists release free Persian Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

A group of Iranian activists abroad and in Iran have produced a professional translation of my novel Little Brother and have released it online with the hope that it will be of interest to Iran's online activists. I've written an introduction to the edition on online activism and dissidence. It was a volunteer-led project, but … [Read more]

Wed, 07 Jul 2010 09:39:42 UTC

UK editions of my novels; launch on July 20 with China Mieville

Posted By Cory Doctorow

HarperVoyager, my UK publisher, have just published British editions of the three novels they didn't already have in print: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Eastern Standard Tribe, and Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. There's also a UK paperback edition of Makers out this week. I'm going to be celebrating all these … [Read more]

Mon, 05 Jul 2010 15:18:51 UTC

I Love Paree, Part 2

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part two of the podcast of I Love Paree, a short story I co-wrote with Michael Skeet, originally published in Asimov's Magazine in December 2000. It's the story of a business consultant living in revolutionary Paris during an anti-corporatist uprising, and what he does after he's conscripted into the Communard Army. Mastering by John Taylor … [Read more]

Sun, 04 Jul 2010 05:38:04 UTC

What I Do

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus

Sun, 04 Jul 2010 05:37:45 UTC

Locus column: “What I do”

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column, "What I Do," is a pretty thorough inventory of the apps, OSes, hardware and services I use on a day to day basis: From time to time, people ask me for an inventory of the tools and systems I use to get my work done. As a hard-traveling, working writer, I spend … [Read more]

Thu, 01 Jul 2010 06:01:45 UTC

Clute on For the Win

Posted By Cory Doctorow

John Clute's smashing review of For the Win in the latest Strange Horizons compares the book (and me) to Heinlein in his heyday. Color me delighted! There are a lot of MMORPG battles in the first half of the book, and a lot of lessons–much more interesting –about gameworld economies, and gold farming, and derivatives, in … [Read more]

Wed, 30 Jun 2010 07:40:26 UTC

Makers is a Sunburst finalist

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm absolutely delighted to announce that my novel Makers has made the shortlist for Canada's Sunburst Award, a juried prize "presented annually to Canadian writers with a speculative fiction novel or book-length collection of speculative fiction published any time during the previous calendar year." I've won the Sunburst twice before -- once in 2003 for my … [Read more]

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 21:23:40 UTC

Video from last night's talk in DC

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the video from last night's talk at New America Foundation in DC -- thanks to everyone who helped organize it and all those who attended!

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 13:21:36 UTC

Interview with Haaretz about Hebrew Little Brother edition

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's an interview I conducted with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on the occasion of the Hebrew publication of Little Brother. ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿. ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿. ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ … [Read more]

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 12:25:12 UTC

Canada repeating UK's dirty copyright legislative process

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Canada's copyright laws show Britain's digital legislation is no exception," explores the comparative histories of the awful UK Digital Economy Bill (rammed through Parliament with no real debate using dirty procedural tricks) and Canada's new Bill C-32, a proposed law that ignores the thousands of Canadians who weighed in on … [Read more]

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 12:25:11 UTC

Canada's copyright laws show Britain's digital legislation is no exception

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Sun, 27 Jun 2010 11:04:59 UTC

Geek Trading Card, appearing Baltimore today, DC tomorrow

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Geek-a-Week trading cards (and Cory in Baltimore today and DC tomorrow!) Len Peralta was kind enough to feature me in his Geek-a-Week trading card series (collect the whole set -- including Morgan Webb, John Hodgman, Jonathan Coulton, Jasmine Kobayashi and many, many more!). There's also an accompanying podcast. On the subject of matters personal: if you're … [Read more]

Fri, 25 Jun 2010 20:41:27 UTC

Canadian teens invited to pick their favorite reads

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Canada's Indigo/Chapters books have launched a summerlong teen literacy promotion that invites readers to pick their favorite books and vote for them in a nationwide poll (you can vote every day, so no need to pick just one!). I'm delighted to learn that my latest YA novel, For the Win, is one of the titles … [Read more]

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 05:42:57 UTC

MAKERS is a Campbell Award finalist

Posted By Cory Doctorow

W00t! My novel MAKERS is a finalist for the 2010 John W Campbell Memorial Award. The other nominees include some of my favorite books of the year, such as Bruce Sterling's CARYATIDS, Bacigalupe's WINDUP GIRL, Mieville's CITY AND THE CITY and Wilson's JULIAN COMSTOCK. I was privileged to win this award for my novel Little … [Read more]

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 14:52:26 UTC

I Love Paree, Part 1

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I Love Paree, Part 1 Here's part one of the podcast of I Love Paree, a short story I co-wrote with Michael Skeet, originally published in Asimov's Magazine in December 2000. It's the story of a business consultant living in revolutionary Paris during an anti-corporatist uprising, and what he does after he's conscripted into the Communard … [Read more]

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 14:03:53 UTC

I Love Paree: new sf story podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've just kicked off a new short story reading on my podcast. I Love Paree is a short story I co-wrote with Michael Skeet, originally published in Asimov's Magazine in December 2000. It's the story of a business consultant living in revolutionary Paris during an anti-corporatist uprising, and what he does after he's conscripted into … [Read more]

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 18:29:21 UTC

With a Little Help: New York, Meet Silicon Valley

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 18:28:51 UTC

Silicon Valley, meet NY publishing

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Publishers Weekly column is "New York, Meet Silicon Valley," about the things that Silicon Valley can teach NYC publishing (cheap experimentation and celebrating failure as the fastest way to learn) and what it can't deliver (working DRM): This marks a key difference between New York publishing and Silicon Valley. Unlike New York publishing, Silicon … [Read more]

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 13:16:31 UTC

Speaking in Washington DC area next week

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey DC! Tor Books is bringing me to your area for the American Library Association conference this coming weekend, and while I'm in town, I've signed on to do a couple of public events I hope to see you at! On Sunday, June 27 at 3PM, I'm speaking at Red Emma's books in Baltimore, in an … [Read more]

Thu, 17 Jun 2010 06:19:59 UTC

Summer Hacking School based on Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Neale sez, "I liked 'Little Brother' so much that I bought a copy for my niece and then based an entire Summer Hacking School around it. The kids were really excited about the premise of the book when I explained it to them tonight, and the fact that it's available for free in so … [Read more]

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 05:11:58 UTC

Bookbanter interview

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a recent Bookbanter interview about Makers: MP3 Link

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 04:51:13 UTC

The mobile revolution has arrived

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 04:50:58 UTC

Book-tours with Android

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "The mobile revolution has arrived," describes the way that touring with a rooted NexusOne phone fundamentally changed the experience of being on a book-tour, delivering a touring author's two most precious commodities: better food and more sleep. Travelling with your own internet source is brilliant. At Atlanta airport, I was stuck for … [Read more]

Mon, 14 Jun 2010 14:52:41 UTC

The Jammie Dodgers and the Adventure of the Leicester Square Screening, Part 2

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Part two (of two) of "The Jammie Dodgers and the Adventure of the Leicester Square Screening", originally published on Shareable.net. (Image: Tilt and shift - Leicester Square at night, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivative-Works (2.0) image from rthakrar's photostream) Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, … [Read more]

Sun, 13 Jun 2010 16:46:35 UTC

Interview with KPFA's Cover to Cover, Open Book

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the full audio from the Cover to Cover, Open Book interview I did with Berkeley's KPFA. The edited, 29-minute version that aired doesn't stay online thanks to "bullying" with the SoundExchange rights-society, but Eric Klein, who conducted the interview, was kind enough to upload the whole thing. MP3 Link

Sun, 13 Jun 2010 16:46:07 UTC

Interview about my reading habits in the Globe and Mail

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a short interview I did about my reading habits with the Globe and Mail's My Books, My Place section: I didn't move to London so much as ooze there. I had a year of going back and forth a lot. April '04 was when I actually landed. Now, I'm married to a Londoner and we … [Read more]

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 07:24:00 UTC

Copper Robot interview, pt 2

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part 2 of the interview I conducted in Second Life with the Copper Robot show. In this part, I talk about the research that went into For the Win. “For anyone who's my age and uses computers, you would have to undertake an extraordinary effort not to be a gamer,” he said. He started computer … [Read more]

Wed, 09 Jun 2010 04:51:49 UTC

The Jammie Dodgers and the Adventure of the Leicester Square Screening, Part 1

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Part one of "The Jammie Dodgers and the Adventure of the Leicester Square Screening", originally published on Shareable.net. (Image: Tilt and shift - Leicester Square at night, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivative-Works (2.0) image from rthakrar's photostream) Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound … [Read more]

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 04:51:47 UTC

Video from FOR THE WIN tour

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Fora TV came out to one of the stops on my For the Win tour, at Books Inc in Palo Alto, and recorded the reading and Q&A: Cory Doctorow: For the Win

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 04:48:40 UTC

Interview with Books on the Radio

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's my interview with Books on the Radio, part of my For the Win tour: MP3 Link

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 04:45:32 UTC

Interview with Copper Robot (pt 1)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's Part One of the in-game interview I conducted on For the Win with Second Life's Copper Robot: MP3 Link

Mon, 07 Jun 2010 11:57:59 UTC

Me as a remix-friendly super-villain

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Toronto's Brian McLachlan surprised me at last week's signing at the Merril Collection with this awesome piece of pro-remix fan-art. It makes a nice counterpoint to my wife Alice's birthday present of a few years back, in which I'm a superhero. Thanks, Brian!

Mon, 07 Jun 2010 11:45:32 UTC

New Scientist on For the Win

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The current New Scientist has a fine interview and feature about my latest novel, For the Win: What do gold farmers think about their lot? The gold farmers are a lot less worried about being exploited in real life than they are about being hunted mercilessly in the game. They encounter an awful lot of racism when … [Read more]

Mon, 07 Jun 2010 05:20:48 UTC

Makers tile-game, the physical object edition

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last year, my novel Makers was published and syndicated free as a series of 81 blog-posts on Tor.com. Tor had the insanely creative people at Idiots' Books produce 81 interlocking, tesselating illustrations, one for each installment, and made a sweet little Flash toy that let you play with making your own meta-illo by moving the … [Read more]

Mon, 07 Jun 2010 05:06:27 UTC

Interview with Rick Kleffel

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the interview I conducted with NPR's Rick Kleffel during the For the Win tour -- he's a great and smart science fiction interviewer and critic. MP3 Link

Sat, 05 Jun 2010 09:40:37 UTC

Bazooka Joe podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

During the For the Win tour, I recorded this interview with the excellent Small World podcast. Bazooka Joe asked some really interesting questions, and we had a great talk. MP3 Link

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 09:33:27 UTC

Coming to Toronto tonight!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Toronto! I'm coming home tonight for the Canadian launch of For the Win! I'll see you at 6:30PM at the Merril Collection on the lower level of the Lillian H. Smith Building, 239 College Street, just east of Spadina.

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 14:28:24 UTC

Interview with BSC Review

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's an interview I conducted with the good folks at BSC Review, about For the Win, writing, and related subjects.

Tue, 01 Jun 2010 11:10:30 UTC

Coming to Toronto this Friday

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Just a reminder: I'll be in Toronto this Friday, June 4 for the Canadian launch of For the Win. We're launching it at the Merril Collection (239 College Ave, east of Spadina), starting 6:30PM. The good folks from Bakka-Phoenix Books will be on-hand with hardcopies to buy, as well.

Tue, 01 Jun 2010 10:54:35 UTC

Why the Digital Economy Act simply won't work

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 01 Jun 2010 10:54:20 UTC

Digital Economy Act sets UK gov't on a path to ever-more-restrictive net laws

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Why the Digital Economy Act simply won't work," warns that now that the British state has assumed responsibility for maximizing the profits of entertainment companies, it will have to take ever-more-restrictive measures against its own people: And because once the state decides that it has a duty to police the internet to … [Read more]

Sun, 30 May 2010 23:18:07 UTC

Why I Won't Buy an iPad en Francais

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Eric Moreau sez, You may remember I translate novels for French publishing houses and articles for a website and non-profit called Framasoft. This week-end, Framasoft took part in an event called "Ubuntu Party" dedicated to promoting the Ubuntu distro, free software and free culture. This event took place in the Cité des Sciences de La Villette … [Read more]

Sun, 30 May 2010 14:12:51 UTC

Pig Latin Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Sam Ruff translated Little Brother into Pig Latin! I'mway away eniorsay atway Esarcay Avezchay ighhay inway Ansay Ancisco'sfray unnysay Issionmay istrictday, andway atthay akesmay emay oneway ofway ethay ostmay urveilledsay eoplepay inway ethay orldway. Ymay amenay isway Arcusmay Allowyay, utbay ackbay enwhay isthay orystay artsstay, Iway asway oinggay ybay way1nay5tay0nay. Onouncedpray "Instonway." *Otnay* onouncedpray "Oubleday-ouyay-oneway-ennway-ivefay-eetay- erozay-ennway" -- unlessway ou'reyay away uelessclay isciplinaryday officerway o'swhay … [Read more]

Sat, 29 May 2010 17:34:30 UTC

Talking For the Win, iPads and copyright reform with ABC news

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last week I did a quick, fun interview with ABC News in New York, outside one of the bigger Apple Stores. We talked For the Win, the iPad, and copyright reform. The ABC folks were good enough to put the video online and make an embed available, too.

Thu, 27 May 2010 11:24:53 UTC

Coming to New York Public Library this morning, 10AM

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey New Yorkers aged 12-18! I'm headed to the New York Public Library Grand Central Branch this morning at 10AM for a reading, Q&A and signing -- hope to see you there! Reminder: I'll also be at powerhouse Books tonight at 730PM, and McNally Jackson tomorrow at 7PM.

Wed, 26 May 2010 09:57:45 UTC

New fiction: The Jammie Dodgers and the Adventure of the Leicester Square Screening

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Shareable.net has just kicked off a new fiction series, "Visions of a Shareable Future," with stories about a future in which sharing is part of the norm. I have the inaugural story, "The Jammie Dodgers and the Adventure of the Leicester Square Screening," which I wrote as a kind of run-up to getting to … [Read more]

Wed, 26 May 2010 09:57:43 UTC

The Jammie Dodgers and the Adventure of the Leicester Square Screening

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Shareable.net

Tue, 25 May 2010 10:29:39 UTC

NYC tour stops

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, New York! I'm in town for the next-to-last stop of my book-tour for my new YA novel For the Win, and I'll be at: * Books of Wonder, May 26, 6-8PM * powerhouse Books, May 27, 7:30PM * McNally Jackson, May 28, 7PM The tour ends on June 4 in Toronto, with a stop at the Merril Collection … [Read more]

Mon, 24 May 2010 22:50:31 UTC

Burmese Little Brother covers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

More news on the activist translations of Little Brother into Burmese languages: the activists at Digital Democracy who used Kickstarter to fund translations into several indigenous Burmese languages have released a set of covers, and they are made of win.

Fri, 21 May 2010 11:25:40 UTC

Closing In

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Fri, 21 May 2010 11:25:16 UTC

Critical paths and self-publishing

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Publishers Weekly column, I dig into the meat of the production on my forthcoming short story collection With a Little Help. In short it's going well, but the book-tour put a major crimp in it, as did some bad assumptions on my part about the critical path: It turns out that a few … [Read more]

Thu, 20 May 2010 22:20:38 UTC

Photos from the EFF benefit in San Francisco

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Alex Schoenfeldt came to the EFF benefit I did last night in San Francisco and shot a great set of photos while there. Photos from EFF benifit Geek Reading: Cory Doctorow's 'For the Win'"

Thu, 20 May 2010 12:40:00 UTC

Audio from EFF benefit/Geek Reading

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Al Billings recorded last night's EFF benefit in San Francisco. MP3 Link

Thu, 20 May 2010 05:06:23 UTC

Interview with The Command Line

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I recorded an interview with the excellent Command Line podcast about the new book, games, privacy, and civil liberties. Check it out! MP3 Link

Wed, 19 May 2010 13:06:01 UTC

FTW tour: Austin tomorrow, EFF benefit tonight, library donors needed!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Austinites! I'm headed your way tomorrow (Thurs) for the next leg of my book-tour. I'll be reading at BookPeople at 7PM, and then heading to EFF-Austin's WhuffieFest, a fundraiser/party at Amelia's RetroVogue and Relics, 2213 South 1st Street in the 78704. I haven't been to Austin since SXSW 2003, and I can't wait to … [Read more]

Tue, 18 May 2010 18:08:45 UTC

Little Brother paperback is a bestseller

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The US paperback of Little Brother just came out and is entering its second week on the National Independent Bestseller list! Thanks to everyone who supported the book -- I'm over the moon!

Tue, 18 May 2010 14:32:26 UTC

Pre-BEA interview

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm headed to Book Expo America soon as part of the FOR THE WIN tour. Yesterday, i recorded this quick phoner for a BEA podcast on the subject: MP3 Link

Tue, 18 May 2010 13:50:31 UTC

Coming to Palo Alto tonight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Palo Alto: Just a reminder that I'll be at Books Inc tonight at 7PM. And I'll be back in San Francisco tomorrow night at 7:30 at the 111 Minna Gallery for the EFF Geek Reading benefit!

Tue, 18 May 2010 12:50:01 UTC

Saying information wants to be free does more harm than good

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 18 May 2010 12:49:46 UTC

Time to kill “Information Wants to Be Free”

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Saying information wants to be free does more harm than good" asks that we collectively kill the expression "Information wants to be free," in favor of better, more comprehensive slogans such as "People want to be free." It's time for IWTBF to die because it's become the easiest, laziest straw man for … [Read more]

Tue, 18 May 2010 12:38:06 UTC

Sophia books to close

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Vancouver's Sophia books got a special thank you in FOR THE WIN. Today, Sophia's Chris Eng wrote: Hey Cory, As a fan of your work, I was excited (okay, really excited) when I saw that For the Win had gone live on your website last week. I will definitely buy a hard copy, but … [Read more]

Tue, 18 May 2010 05:26:20 UTC

Audio from Portland bookstore tour stop

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Josh Bancroft recorded my Q&A and reading at the Powell's Books in Beaverton, Oregon and put up a podcast. Thanks, Josh! MP3 Link

Mon, 17 May 2010 23:37:11 UTC

A PLACE SO FOREIGN podcast part II

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Dunesteef podcast has completed its two part full-cast audio adaptation of my story A Place So Foreign. They did a stupendous job (again). Honestly, this is one of the best audio adaptations I've heard of my work. Here's part one. MP3 Link

Mon, 17 May 2010 14:56:56 UTC

San Francisco FOR THE WIN stops

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've just hit San Francisco on my book tour for For the Win, and I'm doing three stops in the Bay Area: Tonight (Monday), I'm at Borderlands Books in the Mission, reading and taking questions at 7PM Tuesday, I'm at Books Inc in Palo Alto, as part of the Not Your Mother's BookClub event, starting at 7PM. Wednesday, … [Read more]

Sat, 15 May 2010 19:25:10 UTC

Proper noun frequency in MAKERS

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Jeff Clark sez, "I've created a graphic from the text of 'Makers' that shows the distribution of the various proper nouns in your work. It seems to do a pretty good job of communicating the ebb and flow of the various characters throughout the book." This works amazingly well -- I've never seen an automated text … [Read more]

Sat, 15 May 2010 12:50:02 UTC

Headed to Portland and San Francisco – EFF fundraiser FTW!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Portlanders! I'm on my way today to the Powell's location in Beaverton at 2PM for the latest stop in my For the Win tour. After that, I'm off to the Bay Area, where I'll kick off with a signing at Borderlands Books in the Mission on Monday at 7PM. Then it's a stop in Palo … [Read more]

Fri, 14 May 2010 11:20:28 UTC

Coming to Seattle tonight!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Seattle! Reminder: I'll be at the Sunset Tavern tonight at 7PM as part of my For the Win tour. Tomorrow (Saturday), it's Portland, at the Powell's in Beaverton at 2PM. Then it's off to SFO, AUS, RDU, NYC and YYZ! (Full tour schedule) Hope to see you!

Fri, 14 May 2010 11:14:38 UTC

Scholarly essay on copyfight, science fiction and social justice

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Athabasca U's Mark A. McCutcheon has written a smashing essay called "The copyfight, science fiction, and social media," presented at a Session on Capacity Building and Virtual (Online) Community at the Society for Socialist Studies conference. As the title suggests, the subject matter is the relationship between science fiction, social media, and social change. Mark … [Read more]

Thu, 13 May 2010 11:09:37 UTC

Speaking in Seattle tomorrow (Chicago tonight! Then PDX, SFO, AUS, RDU, NYC, YYZ)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Seattlites! I'm doing a talk at the Sunset Tavern tomorrow (Friday) night at 7PM. I'll do a reading from For the Win and be interviewed by Stranger editor Paul Constant. Live music by Pillow Army. And for those of you in Chicago, a reminder that I'll be at the Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Library … [Read more]

Thu, 13 May 2010 11:09:26 UTC

Speaking in Seattle tomorrow (Chicago tonight! Then PDX, SFO, AUS, RDU, NYC, YYZ)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Seattlites! I'm doing a talk at the Sunset Tavern tomorrow (Friday) night at 7PM. I'll do a reading from For the Win and be interviewed by Stranger editor Paul Constant. Live music by Pillow Army. And for those of you in Chicago, a reminder that I'll be at the Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Library … [Read more]

Thu, 13 May 2010 01:57:40 UTC

Curved Little Brother tag-cloud

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Wesley Stroupe made this neat visualization of the tag cloud from Little Brother.

Tue, 11 May 2010 14:13:57 UTC

Coming to Chicago (then Portland, San Francisco, Austin, Raleigh and NYC!)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Chicagoans! I'm headed your way this week for the kick-off of the tour for my new young adult novel, For the Win. I'll be at Anderson's Books in Naperville on Weds, May 12 at 7PM and at the Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Library Center on Thurs, May 13 at 5PM. My next city … [Read more]

Tue, 11 May 2010 13:08:01 UTC

FOR THE WIN launches today

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Today is the launch for For the Win, my latest YA novel. For the Win is an adventure story about kids around the world who work as "gold farmers" (people who do repetitive tasks in games like World of Warcraft to amass virtual fortunes that are sold on to lazier players) who use the video … [Read more]

Tue, 11 May 2010 09:48:53 UTC

Wordle map for FOR THE WIN

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Lorcav used Wordle to create this great graphic showing word usage and frequency in For the Win. I love these things.

Tue, 11 May 2010 01:06:31 UTC

For the Win

Posted By Cory Doctorow

For the Win, published in May 2010 by Tor (US) and HarperVoyager (UK) is my second young adult novel: a game about workers who toil in virtual sweatshops, "gold farming" wealth in video games for sale to rich western players. They form a trade union called the Industrial Workers of the World Wide Web, using … [Read more]

Mon, 10 May 2010 10:06:29 UTC

Free copies of FOR THE WIN for teachers, librarians, youth workers, and others

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Are you a teacher, librarian, youth worker, or someone else who could use a copy of my new young adult novel FOR THE WIN? As I've done with my previous three books, I've set up a matchmaking service for people who need copies of my books and people who want to buy copies of my … [Read more]

Fri, 07 May 2010 10:14:27 UTC

Reminder: speaking in West Norwood, London tomorrow night

Posted By Cory Doctorow

A reminder for Londoners: I'm giving a talk tomorrow, May 8 at 7PM at the Nettlefold Hall in West Norwood (SE27). The library there has asked me to come in and talk about how I use technology to write and publish my work. It's free, but seats are limited, so they're asking you to … [Read more]

Thu, 06 May 2010 05:36:22 UTC

Podcast of A PLACE SO FORIEGN

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Dunesteef podcast is producing an audio edition of my short story A Place So Foreign, from my collection, A Place So Foreign and Eight More. They're taking advantage of the Creative Commons license (you can too -- any of my stories can be adapted for noncommercial podcasts and other derivative works). They've just posted … [Read more]

Thu, 06 May 2010 05:28:14 UTC

Honors for Little Brother paperback

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The paperback of Little Brother is out, and it's already started to attract some top honors. My publicist at Tor just sent the following:: * I am pleased to announce that LITTLE BROTHER by Cory Doctorow has been nominated for the 2011 Young Readers Choice Award, the oldest children's choice award and sponsored by the Pacific … [Read more]

Thu, 06 May 2010 05:19:18 UTC

My “For the Win” book-tour: ORD, SEA, PDX, SFO, RDU, NYC, YYZ!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Monday morning (volcano permitting!), I fly to the US for a tour to promote my latest book, the YA novel For the Win. I'll be making stops in Chicago, Seattle, Portland OR, San Francisco/Palo Alto, Austin, Raleigh/Chapel Hill, New York and Toronto. Tor books has just put the schedule online -- I hope to see … [Read more]

Thu, 06 May 2010 05:10:42 UTC

How I got phished

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column, "Persistence Pays Parasites," describes the process by which I fell prey to a phishing attack on Twitter, and how I learned (the hard way) that my threat-model for this kind of attack was flawed: Here's how I got fooled. On Monday, I unlocked my Nexus One phone, installing a new and more … [Read more]

Thu, 06 May 2010 05:10:33 UTC

Persistence Pays Parasites

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine

Tue, 04 May 2010 19:00:50 UTC

Viacom is becoming a lawsuit company instead of a TV company

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Viacom v YouTube is a microcosm of the entertainment industry," examines the way that copyright law has encouraged Viacm to stop making and promoting programs in favor of making lawsuits: Could it be that Viacom is suing YouTube for depriving it of revenue by allowing short clips from its properties to be … [Read more]

Mon, 03 May 2010 00:45:35 UTC

Choose Privacy: video from the American Library Assoc

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Choose Privacy Week Video from 20K Films on Vimeo. The American Library Association's "Choose Privacy" week kicks off with a ~20 minute video featuring writers and thinkers talking about the value of privacy in simple, accessible, thought-provoking terms. Included are me, Neil Gaiman, and many others. Produced by Laura Zinger and 20K films, it's a really … [Read more]

Sat, 01 May 2010 15:37:23 UTC

Speaking at Nettlefold Hall, London, May 8

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Londoners! I'm giving a talk on May 8 at 7PM at the Nettlefold Hall in West Norwood (SE27). The library there has asked me to come in and talk about how I use technology to write and publish my work. It's free, but seats are limited, so they're asking you to RSVP. Hope to … [Read more]

Fri, 30 Apr 2010 14:38:42 UTC

Signing/reading in Boston tonight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Bostonians! Reminder that I'll be at the Harvard Coop bookstore in Cambridge tonight from 1900h-2000h. I'll be signing books and reading a little from my next one, *For the Win*. Hope to see you!

Fri, 30 Apr 2010 14:25:40 UTC

The China-zation of gold farming

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft followed up last week's interview about my upcoming novel FOR THE WIN with this piece on the China-zation of gold farming: According to Doctorow, gold farming is viewed as somewhat of a get rich quick scheme. The idea of getting ten gamers in a room and having them play through some MMO gives … [Read more]

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 09:46:56 UTC

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom: Utopianism and the problems with Whuffie

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Duke University's Gerry Canavan is teaching my novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom in a class on utopias and he conducted an interview with me on the subject for the course: CD: I based Whuffie at the time more on Slashdot's Karma, and I don't know that Faceook has an exact analogue to it. … [Read more]

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 21:46:41 UTC

Interview with NPR Writers' Voice

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's an interview I did about my novel Makers with the NPR program Writers' Voice. I share the bill with David Bollier, co-founder of Public Knowledge. MP3 Link

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 05:21:59 UTC

Why I won't buy an iPad, the podcast edition

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last week while I was stranded by the volcano, I did an interview with the TVOntario Search Engine podcast about the iPad and why I thought that its policy and infrastructure should make it a no-go zone for publishers, users and authors. MP3 Link

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 15:46:21 UTC

Little Brother and Content, the SiSu versions

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Ralph Amissah converted a couple of my books to his really exciting format SiSu. SiSu uses simple human-reabable markup and auto-creates several ebook formats, including PDFs, HTML, Docx, Epub, and plain old .txt (my fave!). I've really been looking for an easy way to "single-source" my books from manuscript to finished files, and this looks … [Read more]

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 05:47:02 UTC

Reading from FOR THE WIN ¿ YA science fiction novel about gold farming

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My next young adult novel, For the Win, is out on May 11 in the US, UK and Canada. It's a kind of novel-length version of my story Anda's Game, about the drive to unionize gold-farmers who toil in video-games. I've just read an excerpt from the book in my podcast -- a scene in … [Read more]

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 12:44:30 UTC

In praise of SFWA's Grievance Committee

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Back in Feb 2009, an editor I like asked me to write a short-short story for a series she was putting together for one of the big, slick science magazines. I liked the market, the editor and the premise, so I wrote a piece and turned it in. Everyone at the publishing house was enthusiastic … [Read more]

Sat, 24 Apr 2010 18:34:27 UTC

Can You Survive a Benevolent Dictatorship?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Sat, 24 Apr 2010 18:33:48 UTC

Protect your copyrights, boycott DRM-locked platforms

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Publishers Weekly column, "Can You Survive a Benevolent Dictatorship?" looks at the competitive risks of selling books, articles and other copyrighted works for iPad-like devices that use DRM to prevent your readers from switching to competing platforms. Apple will tell you that it needs its DRM lock-in to preserve the iPad's “elegance.” But if … [Read more]

Fri, 23 Apr 2010 17:35:26 UTC

Signing/reading in Boston, April 30

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Bostonians! I'll be dropping by the Harvard Coop bookstore in Cambridge on April 30 from 1900h-2000h. I'll be signing books and reading a little from my next one, For the Win. Hope to see you then!

Wed, 21 Apr 2010 17:39:54 UTC

Kotaku on FOR THE WIN

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft reviewed my upcoming YA novel For the Win today, and had lots of nice things to say about it: Forget Doctorow's outspoken politics, this guy can tell a story. The pacing keeps things moving, and for a book about unions (and virtual unions at that!), it zips by page after page. What really … [Read more]

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 18:55:26 UTC

Little Brother is a finalist for PNLA Young Reader's Choice Award!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm delighted to announce that Little Brother is a finalist for the Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award, "the oldest children's choice award in the U.S. and Canada." Not only that, it's in stupendous company -- be sure to follow the link and check out the list of nominees!

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:09:14 UTC

Speaking at Nettlefold Hall, London, May 8

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Londoners! I'm giving a talk on May 8 at 7PM at the Nettlefold Hall in West Norwood (SE27). The library there has asked me to come in and talk about how I use technology to write and publish my work. It's free, but seats are limited, so they're asking you to RSVP. Hope to … [Read more]

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 17:25:24 UTC

Makers as dummy-text on a site for low-vision hockey team

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Sandy works with the Ice Owls, a team of blind and low-vision hockey players. In the course of making the team's website, Sandy had need of some sample text with which to test the site with a screen-reader. Instead of opting for the boring, non-representative "lorem ipsum" text, Sandy used text from my novel Makers. … [Read more]

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 12:20:07 UTC

Digital Economy Act: This means war

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 12:19:48 UTC

Entertainment industry perverts justice and sacrifices freedom – this means war!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Digital Economy Act: This means war," explains how the latest round of dirty tricks from the entertainment industry -- perverting British law, proposing an American police state, building an oppressive global treaty behind closed doors -- changes the game. We're no longer merely arguing about the future of control over culture: … [Read more]

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 01:41:30 UTC

Booklist loves FOR THE WIN!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My next YA novel, For the Win, comes out in less than a month on May 11, and the early reviews have begun to show up. I'm especially delighted to have gotten my first-ever starred review in Booklist, which reads, in part, "Doctorow is indispensable. It's hard to imagine any other author taking on youth … [Read more]

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 03:51:28 UTC

Printcrime in Hungarian

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Judit Hegedus from the Open Society Institute in Budapest has translated my story Printcrime into Hungarian. This is one of my most widely translated stories, and this edition was part of an exhibition on copyright. OSI Deputy Director Jerzy Celichowski explains: "Visitors can print their own copy and take it home."

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 14:13:26 UTC

Happy 15th, HarperVoyager!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Today marks the 15th anniversary of HarperVoyager, the excellent British science fiction line by whom I'm privileged to be published in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth territories. They've released this fun little vanity trailer to commemorate the event -- happy anniversary, everyone! Voyager 15th Anniversary Trailer  … [Read more]

Mon, 12 Apr 2010 14:44:41 UTC

Limited edition Jonathan Worth portraits back on sale

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Jonathan Worth, the photographer who produced an extraordinary limited-edition run of portrait photos of me, has but a second batch on sale. Each one is accompanied by a signed manuscript page from my next novel, FOR THE WIN.

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 14:23:44 UTC

Commercial German LITTLE BROTHER audiobook to be given away under CC license

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Argon Verlag, publishers of the German audiobook edition of my novel Little Brother, are fed up with all the man-the-barricades talk about audiobook piracy. So they commissioned a very high quality reading of the German text, read by Oliver Rohrbeck, a beloved German voice-actor (star of the long-running radio drama Die Drei ??? and overdub … [Read more]

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 11:26:29 UTC

Video from opening and closing ceremonies at Norwescon 33

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 04:24:34 UTC

Alternate cover for Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Danielle Mathieux, an MFA student, produced an alternate cover for my novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom as part of her degree. She's released it under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. I think it's just swell!

Sat, 03 Apr 2010 12:04:12 UTC

Interview with Little Atoms

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's an interview I recorded with the ResonanceFM Little Atoms show last week in London, talking about privacy, game mechanics, creativity, the genome, and many other subjects. MP3 Link

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 17:45:20 UTC

Signing and reading in Seattle at University Book Store on Monday

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm reading and signing book at the fantastic University Book Store in Seattle this Monday, April 5 at 7PM. Also on the bill are Mark Henry, Jeanne Stein, and Jaye Wells. Hope to see you there! Events Calendar - University Book Store, Seattle Washington

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:03:26 UTC

See you in Seattle this weekend at Norwescon!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm headed to Seattle this weekend to be one of the guests of honor at Norwescon, along with (among others), Vernor Vinge. If you're in Seattle and you can make it, I'd love to say hi! Here's my programming schedule for the event: Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Opening Ceremonies William Sadorus (M), Dr. John G. Cramer, Cory Doctorow, … [Read more]

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 14:59:05 UTC

UK record lobby has vehement feelings on Digital Economy Bill debate, won't say what they are

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Does the BPI want MPs to debate the digital economy bill properly?" addresses the British Phonographic Institute's weird, vehement silence on Parliament's debate on its pet legislation, the dread Digital Economy Bill. Vehement silence? Oh yes. Last week, the BPI sent me a vehement denial after I published a report that its … [Read more]

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 14:58:38 UTC

Does the BPI want MPs to debate the digital economy bill properly?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 14:11:48 UTC

Podcast interlude

Posted By Cory Doctorow

No story this week, just a reminder that I'll be in Seattle this coming weekend for NorWesCon! Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. He likes to meditate, to read and … [Read more]

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 15:10:46 UTC

Talk on publishing economics at Bloomsbury

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Earlier this month, the UK publisher Bloomsbury (best known for having struck gold with the Harry Potter books, though also a real leader on the use of Creative Commons in publishing) invited me to give a talk to its staff over the lunch hour at its London office. I gave a talk about the theory … [Read more]

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 07:23:51 UTC

Speech at anti-debill rally in London

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's me at yesterday's Digital Economy Bill protest outside of Parliament in London, bellowing at the top of my lungs!

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 07:05:44 UTC

Makers is a finalist for the Prometheus Award

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm absolutely tickled to announce that my novel Makers is up for the 2010 Prometheus Award, given annually by the Libertarian Futurist Society. My last novel, Little Brother won in 2009, and it was an incredible honor. Once again, I'm sharing the ballot with some tremendous books and authors, including Liberating Atlantis by Harry Turtledove … [Read more]

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 17:12:17 UTC

Help fight DRM on the BBC

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Open Rights Group is looking for British individuals and organisations to sign onto its comments to the UK TV regulator, who is on the verge of giving into blackmail from the BBC and an offshore DRM cartel, crippling TV in Britain forever. The BBC has asked Ofcom, the UK telcoms regulator, to give it permission … [Read more]

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:37:44 UTC

Makers audiobook: direct from the author, no DRM, no EULA

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've just set up a store selling direct MP3 downloads of the Random House audiobook for my last novel, Makers, thanks to the good offices of Random House Audio, the eShop WordPress plugin, and Mike Little, my WordPress tech guy. The Makers audiobook runs 18.5 hours and is formatted for burning onto 15 CDs. It's … [Read more]

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 01:21:44 UTC

Makers Audiobook

Posted By Cory Doctorow

From the New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother, a major novel of the booms, busts, and further booms in store for America Perry and Lester invent things–seashell robots that make toast, Boogie Woogie Elmo dolls that drive cars. They also invent entirely new economic systems, like the “New Work,” a New [...]

Mon, 22 Mar 2010 06:26:52 UTC

Interview on Lab Out Loud science teacher podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Lab out Loud, a podcast for science teachers, interviewed me -- they're fun guys! MP3 Link

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 15:31:00 UTC

Leipzig day two

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm pretty sure I just had a second day in Leipzig, but it's a kind of blur. Some thoughts to record however: * Cosplayers, cosplayers, cosplayers. Mr Jenkins to the white courtesy phone please, your meme is ready * The Viennese coffee stand: I had to actually stop myself from going back because I'd eaten so goddamned [...]

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 23:20:10 UTC

Leipzig book-fair day one

Posted By Cory Doctorow

It's 1206AM in Germany and I'm ready to drop -- left the flat in London at 0445 this morning to get to the Leipzig Book Fair and have had a high old time in my first of two days onsite. Leipzig: pretty, in that particularly German way of mid-sized cities that have great swathes of [...]

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 22:30:41 UTC

Is the music industry trying to write the digital economy bill?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 22:30:19 UTC

Guardian column: is the record industry stupid or arrogant?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian column, "Is the music industry trying to write the digital economy bill?", I look at the last two weeks' events in the life of the UK Digital Economy Bill, a piece of legislation tailor-made for the record industry at the expense of the public interest, freedom and due process. The question [...]

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 06:08:39 UTC

Downloadable 3D cover for MAKERS is now also an article of commerce

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The folks at Shapeways surprised me in January with a 3D-printed version of the UK cover for my novel Makers, which had been designed by Shapeways community member Dmitry Kobzar. Mr Kobzar was good enough to release his 3D files under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial license. Now Shapeways is selling 3D prints of the [...]

Mon, 15 Mar 2010 17:36:23 UTC

Clockwork Fagin 5 ¿ CONCLUSION

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the fifth and final installment of "Clockwork Fagin," a young adult steampunk story commissioned for a Candlewick Press anthology edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. The story runs to 12,500 words and should take about a month to read for the podcast. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed [...]

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 16:20:32 UTC

Free copies of FOR THE WIN for young reviewers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tor Books, the US/Canada publisher, has two hundred advance copies of my next young adult novel, For the Win, available for free to young (19 or younger) gamers who are interested in reviewing the book on their blog or school paper. The book is about gamer kids all over the world who use multiplayer games [...]

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 16:12:28 UTC

Clockwork Fagin, Part 4

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the fourth installment of "Clockwork Fagin," a young adult steampunk story commissioned for a Candlewick Press anthology edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. The story runs to 12,500 words and should take about a month to read for the podcast. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, [...]

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 17:01:21 UTC

Guardian column on LibDem proposal to block web-lockers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

For my Guardian column today, I took the LibDem Lords to task for introducing legislation that would ban web-lockers because these services allow for copyright infringement. I won't argue that copyright infringement takes place on services like Google Docs and YouSendIt, but the reason that these services are great for piracy is that they're great [...]

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 17:01:19 UTC

My Lords, you can't please the entertainment industry and sustain privacy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 05:21:40 UTC

Making Smarter Dumb Mistakes About the Future

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 05:21:23 UTC

Column: HOWTO make smarter dumb mistakes about the future

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus magazine column, "Making Smarter Dumb Mistakes About the Future," is about the ways that corporate futurism goes astray, imagining futures that make the boss happy which never come to pass. It's based on the magnificent and wondrously wrong "Carousel of Progress" that Walt Disney creates for GE's pavilion at the 1964 NYC [...]

Tue, 02 Mar 2010 09:53:30 UTC

Printcrime video

Posted By Cory Doctorow

John Swinehart made this cute procedural movie using my story Printcrime as a script. Cool!

Tue, 02 Mar 2010 07:41:38 UTC

Makers printed on a cash-register receipt

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Ben O'Steen got his maker on by printing out the entire text of Makers on a cash-register receipt, using a till printer. Awesome.

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 19:25:45 UTC

Clockwork Fagin, Part 3

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the third installment of "Clockwork Fagin," a young adult steampunk story commissioned for a Candlewick Press anthology edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. The story runs to 12,500 words and should take about a month to read for the podcast. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, [...]

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 05:43:14 UTC

Talking Makers with FastForward Radio

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's an interview I conducted with the Fastforward Radio podcast about my last novel, Makers. MP3 Link

Fri, 26 Feb 2010 11:16:14 UTC

Podcast about ebook pricing

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's an interview I recorded with the Beyond the Book podcast, about my Publishers Weekly column about book pricing. MP3 Link

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 16:03:21 UTC

Live ACTA chat tomorrow

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm doing a live chat tomorrow (Friday) for Internet Evolution about my latest ACTA article at 11AM Eastern/8AM Pacific/4PM UK.

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 14:51:23 UTC

Speaking at Ignite London, Mar 2

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm speaking at the next Ignite London, on Mar 2. It's a free event; other speakers include Russell Davies, talking about Newspaper Club, and 16 others presenting on topics as varied as the Hacker/Maker Revolution, The History of Colour and The Journey of a Metal Jew. Lots of other Ignites in the UK: Cardiff, Bristol, [...]

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 18:05:47 UTC

Ducks, Nazis and Disney: well, that's one way to get a TV transition

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 18:05:23 UTC

How a duck, a Nazi and a themepark saved American color TV

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Ducks, Nazis and Disney: well, that's one way to get a TV transition," tells the unlikely story of how a duck based on a rehabilitated Nazi rocket-scientist helped create the American color TV transition in the sixties: There was one source of ready-made colour material that could have gone out over the [...]

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 15:12:46 UTC

Clockwork Fagin, Part 2

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the second installment of "Clockwork Fagin," a young adult steampunk story commissioned for a Candlewick Press anthology edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. The story runs to 12,500 words and should take about a month to read for the podcast. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, [...]

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 06:24:11 UTC

U Wisconsin symphony concert based on fantasy novels, video games, manga, anime

Posted By Cory Doctorow

On Feb 27, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony is giving a concert based on sf/f films, video-games, and books, which sounds awesome. And I'l honored that the prof who organized it, Kevin Collins, cited my last couple of novels as inspiration for the theme. “I think that it's fair to [...]

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:09:01 UTC

Copyright Undercover: ACTA & the Web

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Internet Evolution

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:05:14 UTC

Column: ACTA Kremlinology

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Internet Evolution column, "Copyright Undercover: ACTA & the Web," talks about the absurd tea-leaf-reading exercise that we have to engage in to figure out what's actually happening with negotiations for a far-reaching, secret copyright treaty that could change the face of the web, privacy, creativity, competition, and commerce. As the seventh round of secret [...]

Mon, 15 Feb 2010 22:00:09 UTC

New podcast story, “Clockwork Fagin,” YA steampunk story for Kelly Link and Gavin Grant's forthcoming anthology

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the first installment of "Clockwork Fagin," a young adult steampunk story commissioned for a Candlewick Press anthology edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. The story runs to 12,500 words and should take about a month to read for the podcast. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, [...]

Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:59:36 UTC

The Price Is Right

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:52:13 UTC

Amazon and Macmillan: Price discrimination versus demand elasticity

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Publishers Weekly column, "The Price Is Right," looks at the Amazon-Macmillan price dispute as a fight between two strategies for maximizing profit: price discrimination (getting the most out of each customer) and demand elasticity (sacrificing some per-customer revenue to sell to more people) and how these two strategies are challenged by the nature [...]

Tue, 09 Feb 2010 16:15:32 UTC

Why did Ofcom back down over DRM at the BBC?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 09 Feb 2010 16:14:59 UTC

New column: Why is Ofcom ready to allow BBC DRM?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian column, "Why did Ofcom back down over DRM at the BBC?" I look at how lamentably credulous both the BBC and its UK regulator, Ofcom, have been in accepting US media' giants threats to boycott the Beeb if it doesn't add digital rights management to its broadcasts. The BBC is publicly [...]

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 12:36:47 UTC

New Podcast, “Sensored,” a short-short story about ubicomp

Posted By Cory Doctorow

"Sensored" is a short-short story commissioned by the UK Open University's computer science department for use in My digital life (TU100), its ubiquitous computing course. It's licensed Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. I'm pleased with how it worked out, and I'm honoured to be a Visiting Senior Lecturer in the OU's comp sci department. Mastering by John Taylor [...]

Thu, 04 Feb 2010 05:23:47 UTC

I'm a Forbes Web Celeb!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, this is cool! I made Forbes's 25 Web Celebs list again -- I'm in the top 10!

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 17:23:45 UTC

Copyright, companies, individuals and news: the rules of the road

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 17:23:07 UTC

Sane copyright doesn't treat all copying as the same

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Copyright, companies, individuals and news: the rules of the road," is a start on a coherent framework for a copyright system that recognizes the difference between commercial use and non-commercial use, incidental copying and unfair copying, and many of the other exceptions that copyright needs to keep from devolving into a [...]

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 16:15:55 UTC

Martian Chronicles, Part 09 – CONCLUSION

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the ninth and final installment of the podcast of my new story, MARTIAN CHRONICLES, being written for Jonathan Strahan's YA Mars book, LIFE ON MARS. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments [...]

Fri, 22 Jan 2010 14:51:29 UTC

Copper Robot podcast interview about Makers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Mitch Wagner from the Second Life interview show Copper Robot has written up my interview there a couple weeks ago, in a Tor.com post called "A cheery conversation with Cory Doctorow about the upside of economic collapse." He's also included the audio, which I'm folding into my podcast feed. A cheery conversation with Cory Doctorow about [...]

Wed, 20 Jan 2010 11:39:15 UTC

3D-printed version of the cover illo from Makers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Joris Peels from Shapeways liked the cover on the HarperCollins UK edition of my novel Makers, which features a variety of objects depicted in the novel as plastic model-parts attached to a sprue. Shapeways being a custom 3D printing shop, Joris whipped up an incredibly detailed 3D version of the cover illustration, which arrived in [...]

Tue, 19 Jan 2010 20:15:57 UTC

Makers tile game: the final, 9×9 edition

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tor.com's just posted the final iteration of the little rotating tile-game based on the Creative Commons-licensed illustrations that accompanied the serialization of my novel Makers. The 9x9 grid is truly a thing of awesome beauty. Makers Tile Game, final 9x9 iteration now live Previously: Makers 6x6 tile game Boing Boing Makers 5x5 tile game - Boing Boing Makers tile game [...]

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 16:23:53 UTC

Martian Chronicles, Part 08

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part eight of the podcast of my story in progress, MARTIAN CHRONICLES, being written for Jonathan Strahan's YA Mars book, LIFE ON MARS. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. [...]

Thu, 14 Jan 2010 06:13:09 UTC

Coming to Iowa in Nov, Seattle in Apr

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm to be the guest of honor at ICON 35: A Steam Powered Convention of the Future , to be held November 5-7, 2010 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. This is a great, venerable regional con and I'm really looking forward to seeing some of Iowa! Hope to run into you there. And for those of [...]

Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:10:50 UTC

My essay collection Content, free in Italian

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Italian publisher Apogeo commissioned a professional Italian translation of my Creative Commons-licensed essay collection Content and released their edition as a free, noncommercial download! Content: Selezione di saggi sulla tecnologia, la creatività, il copyright (Grazie, Fabio!) Previously: Fan-readings from my essay collection "Content" - Boing Boing Content: my first-ever collection of essays - Boing Boing

Tue, 12 Jan 2010 06:05:54 UTC

Close enough for rock `n' roll: how the Internet makes the cheap, dirty and experimental possible

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column, "Close Enough for Rock 'n' Roll," discusses the way that the net makes it possible to do something almost as good as its offline equivalent for a fraction of the cost, and how that changes everything: In other words, rock 'n' roll is cheap, experimental and fluid, and devotes most of its [...]

Tue, 12 Jan 2010 06:05:40 UTC

Close Enough for Rock `n' Roll

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus

Mon, 11 Jan 2010 22:59:55 UTC

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part seven of the podcast of my story in progress, MARTIAN CHRONICLES, being written for Jonathan Strahan's YA Mars book, LIFE ON MARS. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. [...]

Mon, 11 Jan 2010 14:33:06 UTC

Interview with Digital Content Quarterly

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The debut issue of Digital Content Quarterly has a sweet one-page interview with me, conducted by Michelle Pauli, who also wrote about Makers for the Guardian. Here, Michelle asks me what excites me about the future. PDF link

Wed, 23 Dec 2009 10:54:31 UTC

I, Robot in Spanish

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Fernando Orbis, a reader in Spain, was inspired to translate my story I, Robot (from my collection Overclocked) into European Spanish. He says he did it to practice, and "because when I tried to find a translation in your website to share it with some friends that do not know enough English I did not [...]

Wed, 23 Dec 2009 07:20:36 UTC

Makers tile game ¿ embeddable flashtoy edition

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Each installment in Tor.com's serialization of my latest novel Makers was accompanied by a Creative Commons licensed illustration from Idiots' Books, in the form of a tile that can be interlocked with previous tiles on all four sides. We're planning to release these as a limited-edition deck of cards in the future, and we've [...]

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 14:28:50 UTC

BBC's plan to kick free/open source out of UK TV devices

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "The BBC's digital rights plans will wreak havoc on open source software," describes how the BBC's plan to add DRM to its high-def broadcasts will exclude free/open source software from use in digital television applications, slowing down innovation, raising costs, and harming the public interest. The BBC's regulator, Ofcom, will soon [...]

Mon, 21 Dec 2009 19:03:14 UTC

Martian Chronicles, Part 06

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part six of the podcast of my story in progress, MARTIAN CHRONICLES, being written for Jonathan Strahan's YA Mars book, LIFE ON MARS. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. [...]

Thu, 17 Dec 2009 11:47:19 UTC

Free holiday reading sampler PDF including MAKERS

Posted By Cory Doctorow

JC Hutchins -- he of the boundless energy! -- has assembled a free "holiday sampler" of excerpts from great new books, handily bundled together in a handsome PDF, well suited to loading onto your device or printing out for your Xmas holiday. In it are excerpts from recent books by some of my favorite authors, [...]

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:28:27 UTC

Update on LITTLE BROTHER limited edition, now cheaper, with shipping to US/Canada!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Well, it's certainly a learning-experience kind of day. Long story short: HarperCollins has shipped a beautiful, limited edition slipcased and signed edition of LITTLE BROTHER. But there are some problems: 1. Their ecommerce system is messed up and you have to phone in to order your copies 2. Due to a silly territorial rights issue, they won't ship [...]

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 13:23:48 UTC

Limited edition, signed slipcased LITTLE BROTHER

Posted By Cory Doctorow

HarperCollins have just brought out a beautiful limited deluxe edition of my novel Little Brother. It's a slipcased hardcover, in a limited run of 500 signed copies, and it sports eight spectacular original illustrations by Richard Wilkinson (along with some really snazzy endpapers: a map of San Francisco's Mission district redrawn as a circuit-diagram). All [...]

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 21:30:43 UTC

“How to Destroy the Book” – transcript of my talk to the Canadian National Reading Summit

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Jade Colbert transcribed my speech from the Canadian National Reading Summit, entitled "How to Destroy the Book." She did a great job! There is a group of powerful anti-copyright activists out there who are trying to destroy the book. These pirates would destroy copyright, and they have no respect for our property. They dress up their [...]

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 19:12:18 UTC

Martian Chronicles, Part 05

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part five of the podcast of my story in progress, MARTIAN CHRONICLES, being written for Jonathan Strahan's YA Mars book, LIFE ON MARS. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. [...]

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 10:46:10 UTC

Teaching materials for OVERCLOCKED and LITTLE BROTHER

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Over the weekend, two educators wrote to me to tell me about blogs that contain curricular material based on my books. The first, from Donald Riggs at Drexel College in Philadelphia, contains links and supplementary material for students reading my second short story collection, Overclocked. Donald put the material together because Overclocked was Drexel's book [...]

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 06:05:39 UTC

Activists raising money to translate LITTLE BROTHER into Burmese languages

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Digital Democracy project and the All-Burma I.T. Student Union have just a few hours left in a Kickstarter project to translate my novel Little Brother in free electronic editions in four Burmese languages: Burmese, Karen, Chin and Kachin. As they write, "[the translation will] broaden the debate on using technology in the struggle for [...]

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 10:22:54 UTC

Second Life interview on Copper Robot next Wednesday

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm doing an in-world Second Life interview with Mitch Wagner's Copper Robot program next Wednesday, Dec 16, at 8AM Pacific/11AM Eastern/4PM UK. Hope to see you there! WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 8 am Pacific time SPECIAL DAY AND TIME WHERE: The lovely Seaside Theater, World2Worlds Island in Second Life, watch the live video on the Web, or [...]

Thu, 10 Dec 2009 15:32:44 UTC

With a Little Help: Can You Hear Me Now?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publishers Weekly

Thu, 10 Dec 2009 15:30:34 UTC

Stupid DRM, abusive EULAs, hopeless ecommerce: why I'm not even going to try to sell my short story collection audiobook downloads

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Publishers Weekly column, I explain why I'm not even going to try to sell downloads of the audiobook of the my forthcoming experimental short story collection, With a Little Help: Apple won't carry it without DRM; Audible won't carry it without an abusive EULA; and all the major digital delivery systems are [...]

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 19:41:42 UTC

Streaming will never stop downloading

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 19:41:24 UTC

Guardian column: Streaming doesn't exist

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Streaming will never stop downloading," argues against the idea that streaming can "solve the copyright problem" because "no copies are made." This is technically untrue, and the more we pretend it isn't, the worse it will get for us. First of all, while streaming music from Last.fm is a great way to [...]

Mon, 07 Dec 2009 21:01:47 UTC

Martian Chronicles, Part 04

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part four of the podcast of my story in progress, MARTIAN CHRONICLES, being written for Jonathan Strahan's YA Mars book, LIFE ON MARS. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. [...]

Mon, 07 Dec 2009 13:02:43 UTC

Profile and MAKERS review in the Guardian

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian's Michelle Pauli has written a stupendous profile of me and review of MAKERS for today's edition: In Makers, 3D printers are used to run off everything from homes for squatters to the fairground rides that cause the plot-twisting showdown with Disney. But, typically for a Doctorow novel, it's not as far-fetched as it might [...]

Fri, 04 Dec 2009 13:07:09 UTC

Small World Podcast interview on Makers and the writing proces

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did a really fun interview on Makers and the writing process for the Bazooka Joe podcast, which has many other interesting writers in this latest instalment (Annalee Newitz, JC Hutchins and Steve Eley). MP3 Link

Thu, 03 Dec 2009 06:20:38 UTC

Interview with Nigel Beale, critic and rare book specialist

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's an interview I conducted earlier this year in Ottawa with Nigel Beale, a literary critic and rare books specialist. We talk about the future of books, bookselling and copyright -- it was a great chat. MP3 Link

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 10:59:37 UTC

Interview on tech and kids with TVO

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a quick interview on technology and kids I shot with TVOntario last month.

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 10:39:56 UTC

Martian Chronicles, Part 03

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part three of the podcast of my story in progress, MARTIAN CHRONICLES, being written for Jonathan Strahan's YA Mars book, LIFE ON MARS. MP3 Link

Sun, 29 Nov 2009 06:26:11 UTC

Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund auctioning off tuckerizations in forthcoming sf works, including one of mine

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund is a venerable institution that sends sf fans from North America to Europe and vice-versa, to bridge the world's fandoms (there are other funds that bring together fans from other parts of the world). Frank Wu, Anne KG Murphy and Brian Gray are fundraising for this year's fund, and they've solicited [...]

Sun, 29 Nov 2009 05:39:06 UTC

WSJ on being a career activist

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Nice, short profile in today's Wall St Journal about pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector: For those who are interested in doing the same, he stresses the importance of volunteering for a cause first. "Your best bet is to join up with a cause pro bono or part time," he says. "You have to be [...]

Fri, 27 Nov 2009 07:21:18 UTC

Data-viz for the text of Anda's Game

Posted By Cory Doctorow

John did a wicked-cool set of data-visualizations of the text of my story Anda's Game: "I picked terms for the trees that were relevant to the themes of the story - gold, for in-game items and Fahrenheit, which is a clan in the story."

Thu, 26 Nov 2009 19:47:46 UTC

Guardian column: Peter Mandelson is putting the Analogue Economy first

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column looks at Peter Mandelson's new "Digital Economy Bill," a sweeping piece of proposed British legislation that would give Mandelson broad powers to act as the Pirate-Finder General, with the implausible aim of reducing UK file-sharing by 70 percent in one year. Mandelson argues that Britain's Digital Economy will be based on [...]

Thu, 26 Nov 2009 19:46:46 UTC

Why does Mandelson favour the Analogue Economy over the Digital?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Thu, 26 Nov 2009 08:01:28 UTC

To Go Boldly, WITH A LITTLE HELP plan on Starship Sofa podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The lovely folks at the Starship Sofa podcast recorded audio versions of my recent short story To Go Boldly (published in The New Space Opera 2), as well as the Publishers Weekly article describing my forthcoming short story collection With a Little Help. MP3 Link

Thu, 26 Nov 2009 07:58:34 UTC

Wide-randing interview with the Command Line podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last week I sat down for an interview with the excellent Command Line podcast at Philcon and recorded a long talk on sundry subjects ranging from politics to creativity to all my forthcoming projects. MP3 Link

Thu, 26 Nov 2009 07:38:38 UTC

How Wikipedia uses facts-about-facts to do the impossible

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Make: column, "Shortcut to Omniscience," talks about the cognitive shift that Wikipedians undergo in order to collaboratively write an encyclopedia, and how that kind of fundamental, subtle change enables networked groups of people to do things that were previously considered impossible. Here's the thing about expertise: it's hard to define. It may be possible for [...]

Thu, 26 Nov 2009 07:37:03 UTC

Shortcut to Omniscience

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Make:

Wed, 25 Nov 2009 06:32:05 UTC

Spider Robinson reads Human Readable, part 2

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part two of Spider Robinson's reading of my story Human Readable, recorded for my collection WITH A LITTLE HELP. MP3 Link

Tue, 24 Nov 2009 07:59:25 UTC

Makers, the DRM-free audiobook

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The audiobook of my latest novel, Makers has been published by Random House Audio, strictly in DRM-free formats over the net (this means that Apple won't carry it in the iTunes store, even though Audible was willing to carry it without DRM). The reading is by Bernadette Dunne, a very talented actor. I [...]

Tue, 24 Nov 2009 06:34:02 UTC

Martian Chronicles, Part 02

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part two of the podcast of my story in progress, MARTIAN CHRONICLES, being written for Jonathan Strahan's YA Mars book, LIFE ON MARS. MP3 Link

Mon, 23 Nov 2009 01:49:02 UTC

Audio from Harvard Books MAKERS signing

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the audio from my reading last week at the Harvard Bookstore, along with Q&A. MP3 Link

Fri, 20 Nov 2009 20:52:06 UTC

Radio Berkman interview

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's an interview I did with Radio Berkman -- the podcast of the Berkman Center at Harvard. Radio Berkman 137: Cory Doctorow ¿ In Defense of © MP3 Link

Fri, 20 Nov 2009 13:00:50 UTC

My wife kicks ass

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Congrats to my wife Alice, on winning four British Interactive Media Awards! What a clever spouse -- I'm a lucky, lucky man..

Fri, 20 Nov 2009 02:19:20 UTC

Interview with Straylight Magazines

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's an interview I conducted with Straylight Magazine, ranging over many subjects -- Makers, the craft of writing, and the business of publishing. MP3 Link

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 12:58:49 UTC

MAKERS tour ends this weekend at Philcon near Philadelphia

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This weekend, I'll be wrapping up my US/Canada tour for Makers, my new novel, with a weekend at Philcon, near Philadelphia. I'll be signing books, doing a reading, giving a speech, and appearing on several panels. Hope to see you there! Important note: I had previously announced a couple of readings tomorrow at the Philadelphia Free [...]

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 17:13:46 UTC

Interview with The Link (Concordia)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Ginger Coons did a great interview with me last week for Concordia's paper The Link. Good meaty policy questions ahoy! Enhanced Driver's Licenses are being adopted in order to comply with newly-created American regulations on what constitutes an acceptable document for crossing the border. Doctorow did not view this as a sensible excuse. “If all the other [...]

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 02:10:15 UTC

Meet 13-year-old Cory Doctorow, at-risk D&D player

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a mid-1980s CBC News scare-story about Dungeons and Dragons driving kids to suicide featuring (at 2:49 onwards) me and my classmates (the video is dated 1985, but I'm pretty sure this couldn't have been later than my graduation from Junior High in 1984). Ignoring the crazy-ass fearmongering, it's incredibly nostalgic to see all those [...]

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 20:04:53 UTC

National Post on Makers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Nice piece in today's National Post about Makers and my approach to publishing: Presently, Doctorow is in the midst of a short North American book tour promoting Makers, which, like all his work, is free to download from his website, craphound.com,under a Creative Commons licence, which allows readers to share and remix the work as long [...]

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 14:33:35 UTC

MAKERS signing 7PM tonight in NYC at Columbus Circle Borders

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, New Yorkers! I'm reading from and signing my new novel Makers tonight at the Borders in Columbus Circle at 59th Street, starting at 7PM. Hope to catch you there! Philadelphians, you're next -- Philadelphia Free Library on Friday, then Philcon (in Cherry Hill, NJ) over the weekend. US/Canada Tour

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 14:32:14 UTC

DRM-free, free-as-in-beer Dutch Little Brother ebook

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Uitgeverij De Vliegende Hollander is the Dutch publisher for Little Brother, and they've really put a big push behind it. Unfortunately, they're also locked into distributing their catalog as DRM-crippled ebooks through an online retailer that is the only major ebook vendor in the Netherlands. But they're good folks at my publisher, and they're not fond [...]

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 09:17:25 UTC

Talking National Broadband Strategy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 18:51:29 UTC

AMCTV interview about MAKERS and Disney World

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I recently conducted an interview with AMCTV's Sci-Fi Scanner about my new novel MAKERS, in which we got into some nice, juicy detail about what makes Disney Parks so fascinating for science fiction treatment. Q: So how did the concept evolve into creating a hacker Disney World in a Wal-Mart? Did it come from your other [...]

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 16:21:11 UTC

Martian Chronicles: new story podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've just started podcasting a new story: MARTIAN CHRONICLES is a story I'm working on for Jonathan Strahan's forthcoming LIFE ON MARS young adult anthology. It's a story about the colonization of Mars by free-market absolutists and the video-games they play. They say you can't smell anything through a launch-hood, but I still smelled the pove [...]

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 16:18:40 UTC

Martian Chronicles, Part 01

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part one of the podcast of my story in progress, MARTIAN CHRONICLES, being written for Jonathan Strahan's YA Mars book, LIFE ON MARS. MP3 Link

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 13:51:00 UTC

MAKERS US launch tonight, Harvard Bookstore, 7PM

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hey, Bostonites! I'll see you tonight at the Harvard Bookstore (1256 Mass Ave) at 7PM for the US launch of my new novel, Makers! (New Yorkers, and Philadelphians -- see you later this week!) US/Canada tour

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 13:41:58 UTC

Little Brother interview

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Intervju med Cory Doctorow from Veslebror Serdeg on Vimeo. Here's an interview I gave to my Norwegian publisher about the writing of Little Brother.

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 13:35:03 UTC

Spider Robinson reads HUMAN READABLE pt 2

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Spider Robinson's posted part two of his reading of my story Human Readable on his latest podcast. I'm so happy with how this turned out! MP3 Link Podcast feed

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 01:19:38 UTC

Reading from last night

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the actual reading from last night's MAKERS launch: MP3 Link

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 01:17:29 UTC

Maker Culture video from last night's launch

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's me chatting with the MakerCulture Project, a student group who came out to my launch last night. Smart folks! They also got pix.

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 00:59:43 UTC

Makers reading

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the actual reading from last night's MAKERS launch: MP3 Link

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 00:58:16 UTC

Audio and photos from MAKERS launch in Toronto

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Andrew Schwab recorded last night's MAKERS launch in Toronto, a stellar event that was standing-room only, featuring free Ubuntu disks (thanks, John!), presentation of the Sunburst Award, a reading, and Q&A. Photos Makers Launch audio MP3 link

Fri, 13 Nov 2009 17:39:32 UTC

TVO Agenda on Makers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's last night's TVO Agenda interview on Makers -- Steve Paikin and I had a fantastic talk.

Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:46:54 UTC

Video from Quantum 2 Cosmos talks

Posted By Cory Doctorow

A couple weeks back I travelled to Waterloo, ON, to appear at the Perimeter Institute's Quantum 2 Cosmos science and technology festival. I gave a talk on copyright and did a panel on robotics and AI, both of which were lots of fun. The TVOntario people just sent me the video links for both, with [...]

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:16:52 UTC

Makers Canadian launch in Toronto tonight!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tonight, I'm launching my latest novel Makers in Canada, at the excellent Toronto sf reference library, the Merril Collection, at 239 College St. (3rd floor), east of Spadina. The event starts at 7PM, and I'll be doing a reading, taking questions, and signing books. Books are being sold by Bakka Phoenix, and if you can't make [...]

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 14:42:28 UTC

Hypothetical peek into Rupert Murdoch's mind

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I turned my Boing Boing post about Murdoch's mad pronouncements on the Internet into a column for the Guardian, called "For whom the net tolls." What, exactly, is Rupert Murdoch thinking? First, he announces that all of Newscorp's websites will erect paywalls like the one employed by the Wall Street Journal (however, Rupert managed to get [...]

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 14:42:26 UTC

For whom the net tolls

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 11:37:34 UTC

Spider Robinson reads my story “Human Readable”

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As part of the audiobook for my forthcoming experimental short story collection With a Little Help I asked Spider Robinson to read my story "Human Readable" aloud. He did a smashing job, and now he's serializing the story on his podcast feed. MP3 link Podcast feed

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 06:24:02 UTC

Epoch, Part 08

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the eighth and final installment of a story-in-progress, Epoch, commissioned by Mark Shuttleworth for my forthcoming short story collection WITH A LITTLE HELP. MP3 Link

Sun, 08 Nov 2009 15:33:26 UTC

Toronto Star on the Makers launch

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Today's Toronto Star has a good piece about my upcoming book-launch for Makers in Toronto on Nov 12, and on the politics that informs my work. Cory Doctorow will have mixed feelings when the news reaches him that employees of the Toronto Public Library system will not be on strike this week. The U.K.-based author and blogger [...]

Sat, 07 Nov 2009 07:14:59 UTC

Interview with Off the Hook/WBAI about Makers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a radio interview I did recently with Off the Hook, the 2600 show, on New York's WBAI, talking about MAKERS, maker politics, and the state of the world. MP3 Link

Sat, 07 Nov 2009 07:10:12 UTC

Teen Sex

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine

Sat, 07 Nov 2009 07:09:44 UTC

My Locus column on sex in YA fiction

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column, "Teen Sex," explains why I think young adult literature should have sex -- and other "mature" topics -- in it. There's really only one question: "Why have your characters done something that is likely to upset their parents, and why don't you punish them for doing this?" Now, the answer. First, because teenagers have [...]

Wed, 04 Nov 2009 05:51:51 UTC

Radical Presentism

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tin House

Wed, 04 Nov 2009 05:51:28 UTC

Radical Presentism in Tin House

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tin House, a literary magazine, asked me to introduce the current science fiction issue with an overview of the field. I wrote them an essay called "Radical Presentism," about the way that science fiction reflects the present more than the future. Mary Shelley wasn't worried about reanimated corpses stalking Europe, but by casting a technological innovation [...]

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 19:41:48 UTC

Epoch, Part 7

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the seventh installment of a story-in-progress, Epoch, commissioned by Mark Shuttleworth for my forthcoming short story collection WITH A LITTLE HELP. MP3 Link

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 10:47:05 UTC

Speaking this week in Cambridge, Sheffield

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm giving two talks in the UK this week -- the first in Cambridge, as part of the Arcadia Seminar, held at Robinson College; the second is at Sheffield, as part of the DocFest premiere of RIP: A Remix Manifesto, a documentary on copyfighting and art that features some interviews with me. Hope to see [...]

Fri, 30 Oct 2009 16:25:18 UTC

Makers Canada/US tour details

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As promised, here's the details on the short Canada/US tour for my novel Makers in November: November 12, 7PM Toronto, ON, Canada The Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation, and Fantasy 239 College Street, 3rd Floor, +1 416 393-7748 Books by Bakka Phoenix (you can pre-order signed copies from them if you can't make it). November 16, 7PM Cambridge, Mass Harvard Bookstore 1256 Massachusetts Avenue November [...]

Fri, 30 Oct 2009 06:47:41 UTC

Denying physics won't save the video stars

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Times

Fri, 30 Oct 2009 06:46:43 UTC

Times op-ed on British 3-strikes plan

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I have an op-ed in today's Times about the British plan to disconnect people from the internet if someone in their home is accused -- without proof -- of infringing copyright, and how utterly unjust this is. Even more radical is the Mandelson proposal to disconnect entire families from the internet if a single member – [...]

Thu, 29 Oct 2009 14:36:20 UTC

Interview with The Publishing Point

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Publishing Point, a salon on the future of publishing conducted this brief interview with me on the state of publishing at the Tools of Change conference in Frankfurt earlier this month.

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 10:10:51 UTC

Speaking on privacy at Battle of Ideas London this Sat

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm speaking at London's Battle of Ideas this Saturday, Oct 31, on a panel called "Rethinking Privacy in an age of Disclosure and Sharing." The event goes 1:30-3:30 and there are still a few tickets left! The increasing reach of information technology into all areas of life, from social networking websites to data sharing in public [...]

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:53:31 UTC

Makers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Makers, published in October 2009 by Tor (US) and HarperVoyager (UK) is about people who hack hardware, business-models, and living arrangements to discover ways of staying alive and happy even when the economy is falling down the toilet. Weirdly, I wrote it years before the current econopocalypse, as a parable about the amazing blossoming [...]

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:48:09 UTC

Makers launch!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Today is the launch of my new novel, Makers, a book about people who hack hardware, business-models, and living arrangements to discover ways of staying alive and happy even when the economy is falling down the toilet. Weirdly, I wrote it years before the current econopocalypse, as a parable about the amazing blossoming of creativity [...]

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 06:16:04 UTC

Writers Digest interview

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the full text of the Writers' Digest interview that was on the cover of last month's issue: YOU'VE SAID YOU LEARNED AT THE CLARION SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY WRITERS' WORKSHOP HOW TO SIT DOWN AT THE KEYBOARD AND “OPEN A VEIN.” HOW DID THAT CHANGE YOUR WRITING? That's a variation on a famous old writing aphorism, [...]

Mon, 26 Oct 2009 08:54:54 UTC

Epoch, Part 6

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the sixth installment of a story-in-progress, Epoch, commissioned by Mark Shuttleworth for my forthcoming short story collection WITH A LITTLE HELP. MP3 Link

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 23:34:26 UTC

Corporate bullying on the net must be resisted

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 23:34:10 UTC

Guardian column on the danger of “self-help” copyright rules

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Corporate bullying on the net must be resisted," describes the way that copyright "self-help" measures that let rightsholders force ISPs to take action against infringement without court oversight are rife with abuse. The UK is one of many countries presently considering a law allowing record and movie companies to take whole [...]

Tue, 20 Oct 2009 09:07:19 UTC

Epoch, Part 5

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the fifth installment of a story-in-progress, Epoch, commissioned by Mark Shuttleworth for my forthcoming short story collection WITH A LITTLE HELP. MP3 Link

Tue, 20 Oct 2009 09:01:02 UTC

Jonathan Worth's copy-friendly photography business experiment

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Jonathan Worth is a talented commercial photographer (he shot me for a feature in Popular Science a few years back) who was recently asked for his shots by the National Portrait Gallery in London, and asked if he could come and take my pic for it, offering to give me the right to use the [...]

Tue, 20 Oct 2009 06:56:22 UTC

I'm an Utne Reader “visionary”!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm incredibly honored to have been included in the Utne Reader's annual list of "50 Visionaries". I've been a UR fan since I was a teenager, and with the list topped by such luminaries as the Dalai Lama, John Wilbanks, Brewster Kahle and Bob Stein, I'm in good company indeed.

Tue, 20 Oct 2009 06:53:00 UTC

WITH A LITTLE HELP, my DIY publishing experiment

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Publisher's Weekly just announced (on the cover, no less!) my forthcoming DIY short-story collection, With a Little Help, a print-on-demand book that explores pretty much every "freemium" model for turning a free, well-known digital object into a bunch of highly sought and profitable physical objects. There's four different covers on the print book, a hand-bound [...]

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 09:56:18 UTC

Tickets and video for my talks in Waterloo, Ontario this week

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've just gotten word from the Quantum to Cosmos festival in Waterloo, Ontario -- where I'm speaking later this week -- that there will be live video streams of both the panel and my solo talk (the video will also be available afterwards). They've also just released a new block of tickets -- if you [...]

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 06:39:34 UTC

Internet Librarian International interview

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow at Internet Librarian International 2009 from Jaap van de Geer on Vimeo. Here's an interview I sat for last week at the Internet Librarian International conference in London, on the future of libraries, access and technology.

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 06:33:14 UTC

Printcrime in Chinese

Posted By Cory Doctorow

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Fri, 16 Oct 2009 05:47:58 UTC

Makers 6×6 tile game

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tor has updated the tile game that accompanies the ongoing serial of my forthcoming novel Makers, which comes out at the end of the month (and boy am I excited! Publishers Weekly called it "Brilliant" and a "Tour de force" and Library Journal called it "Enthusiastically recommended"). Each installment in the serial has been accompanied [...]

Sun, 11 Oct 2009 05:31:47 UTC

Speaking at Hackney LibDems event London, Oct 19

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm speaking at a Hoxton LibDems dinner in London on Oct 19 at 7:30PM, at the Hoxton Apprentice in Hoxton Square, near Old Street Station. The event is open to the public -- though they will try to get you to join/donate to the LibDems, whom I support for many reasons, not least because they're [...]

Sun, 11 Oct 2009 05:24:26 UTC

Panel at Brighton Battle of Ideas next Sat, “The Future of Collaboration”

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'll be in Brighton, England next Saturday, Oct 17 for a Battle of Ideas event entitled "The Future of Collaboration: Sharing and Work in the Networked Age." I'll be on a panel with Michael Bull from the University of Sussex and Nico Macdonald, chaired by Robert Clowes of Brighton Salon. It's at 8PM in the [...]

Sun, 11 Oct 2009 05:13:15 UTC

Speaking at Waterloo's Quantum to Cosmos, Oct 22

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'll be in Waterloo, Ontario on 22 Oct 2009 for the Perimeter Institute's Quantum to Cosmos event, which will also feature Neal Stephenson, Stewart Brand, Neil Gershenfeld, Stephen Hawking, Tara Hunt, Jaron Lanier, and many other distinguished scientists and writers. I'm doing a solo talk on copyright at 4PM and then a panel on AI [...]

Fri, 09 Oct 2009 17:40:10 UTC

Epoch, Part 4

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the fourth installment of a story-in-progress, Epoch, commissioned by Mark Shuttleworth for my forthcoming short story collection WITH A LITTLE HELP. MP3 Link

Tue, 06 Oct 2009 10:27:47 UTC

Free download of official Norwegian Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Samlaget, the Norwegian publisher for Little Brother, have released the full text of the book as a downloadable PDF. Samlaget have been incredibly forward-looking and a delight to work with. They brought me to Norway to participate in a debate on the future of copyright law at the Litteraturhuset, and my translator, editor, and publicist [...]

Tue, 06 Oct 2009 05:59:27 UTC

Canada's national reading summit, Toronto, Nov 12-13

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The inaugural Reading and Democracy National Reading Summit is coming up in Toronto on Nov 12-13, and I'm coming to Toronto to speak at it. The plan is to "create a national reading strategy for Canada" -- a noble goal. The TD National Reading Summit will engage participants in crafting a blueprint for a reading Canada. [...]

Mon, 05 Oct 2009 15:45:05 UTC

Epoch, Part 3

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the third installment of a story-in-progress, Epoch, commissioned by Mark Shuttleworth for my forthcoming short story collection WITH A LITTLE HELP. MP3 Link

Thu, 01 Oct 2009 21:20:27 UTC

Interview with Audio Visual Podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I stopped at the University of Ottawa's CHUO radio and recorded an interview with the Audio Visual show; they've just popped it online as a podcast, along with an interview with Bob Wiseman. MP3 link

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 23:12:50 UTC

Interview in IO9

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Annalee Newitz from IO9 and I sat down for a chat over lunch at the WorldCon, and she's published the transcript: Novels are competing for attention with other media that can be peeled off from them. At the same time, novels are social objects and the web is social technology. My novels diffuse through the web [...]

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 10:02:09 UTC

The BBC is encrypting its HD signal by the back door

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 10:01:46 UTC

Guardian column on BBC's sneaky plan to encrypt “free” TV

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My new Guardian column, "The BBC is encrypting its HD signal by the back door," describes a petition from the BBC to Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulator, seeking permission to encrypt its broadcast signals, something it is prohibited from doing. The BBC proposal goes like this: Hollywood studios are blackmailing us and demanding this. But [...]

Mon, 28 Sep 2009 16:46:40 UTC

Epoch, Part 2

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the second installment of a story-in-progress, Epoch, commissioned by Mark Shuttleworth for my forthcoming short story collection WITH A LITTLE HELP. MP3 Link

Mon, 28 Sep 2009 10:31:42 UTC

CC licenses help readers, Part MMXII

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Espen Andersen writes, "After buying 'Little Brother', I discovered that a page was torn out. Rather than exchange it, I just printed out the missing page from Cory's webpage." Yet another argument for CC books

Mon, 28 Sep 2009 10:26:23 UTC

Little Brother wins the Sunburst Award!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm delighted and honored to announced that my YA novel Little Brother has won the 2009 Sunburst YA award for best Canadian sf novel for kids. The Sunburst is named for Phyllis Gottleib's first novel, my friend and the "mother of Canadian science fiction," who died this year, so it's especially poignant and significant to [...]

Thu, 24 Sep 2009 05:14:48 UTC

Makers 5×5 tile game

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As part of the ongoing serialization of my forthcoming novel MAKERS, Tor.com has commissioned Idiots' Books to produce 81 CC-licensed, interlocking illustrations, one for each installment. Periodically, Tor is adding these to a little Flash-toy that lets you rotate and realign the images like tiles (each has edge-elements that matches up with the others). They've [...]

Wed, 23 Sep 2009 05:15:29 UTC

Special guest at PhilCon this year

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Philcon have just announced that I'll be a "Special Guest" this year at the con (Nov 20-22, across the state line at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, NJ); I'm delighted to be returning. I attended PhilCon annually for several years, but haven't managed to make it since I moved overseas.

Tue, 22 Sep 2009 15:55:42 UTC

Speaking in Ottawa, Waterloo and PEI next week

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm headed to Canada for some speaking gigs in the coming week, in PEI, Ottawa, and Waterloo: Waterloo: Sat, Sept 26, 2:30-4PM, University of Waterloo, Arts Lecture Hall. Free, open to the public. Sponsored by the Independent Studies Programme, where I'm a Scholar in Virtual Residence. Ottawa: Mon, Sept 28, 7PM, Ottawa Writer's Festival, Saint Brigid's Centre [...]

Tue, 22 Sep 2009 07:01:26 UTC

Epoch, Part 1 – New story

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the first installment of a story-in-progress, Epoch, commissioned by Mark Shuttleworth for my forthcoming short story collection WITH A LITTLE HELP. MP3 Link

Mon, 21 Sep 2009 12:31:23 UTC

Live chat today at 3PM Eastern

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm doing a live audio- and text-chat today at 3PM EDT with Internet Evolution's new IE Radio program. Hope to chat with you! Cory Doctorow, blogger, Boing Boing

Fri, 18 Sep 2009 20:47:17 UTC

Why economics condemns 3D to be no more than a blockbuster gimmick

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Fri, 18 Sep 2009 20:46:56 UTC

Guardian column on the future of 3D movies

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Why economics condemns 3D to be no more than a blockbuster gimmick," discusses the difficulty of making truly 3D movies (that is, movies that lose something crucial in 2D) in a world where movies need to find a home on 2D small-screens in order to recoup. Movies, after all, rely on the [...]

Wed, 16 Sep 2009 04:59:05 UTC

Interview with ResonanceFM – more!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's some more of the interview I did with Resonance FM in London, in handy podcast form. MP3 link

Tue, 15 Sep 2009 11:51:00 UTC

Scroogled in Ukrainian

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Thanks to Kos Ivantsov for translating my story Scroogled into Ukrainian

Tue, 15 Sep 2009 06:26:33 UTC

Cloud computing article in Hebrew

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Yuval Tobias has translated my cloud computing Guardian article into Hebrew under a CC license. Enjoy!

Sun, 13 Sep 2009 14:04:30 UTC

Cloud computing article in Polish

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Polish OSNews site has translated my cloud computing Guardian article into Polish, under a CC license. Enjoy!

Sun, 13 Sep 2009 05:38:17 UTC

YA writers: Detroit public school teacher of blind kids wants your ebooks for her Braille printer

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Back in August, I got a surprise in the mail: a long Braille computer printout and a letter. The letter was from Patti Smith, who teaches visually impaired middle-schoolers in Detroit's public school system. She explained that almost all the Braille kids' books she had access to were for really little kids -- kindergartners, basically [...]

Sun, 13 Sep 2009 05:25:36 UTC

Complete podcast of Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Posted By Cory Doctorow

36 weeks ago -- give or take -- I set out to read my 2005 novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town aloud, in installments, in my podcast. And now I am done. Someone Comes to Town is my weirdest book by far, a fantasy novel about a man whose father is a mountain and [...]

Sat, 12 Sep 2009 07:41:29 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 036 – CONCLUSION

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the thirty-sixth and final part of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Thanks to John Williams for mastering! Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical [...]

Thu, 10 Sep 2009 10:27:34 UTC

Speaking at the “Long Conversation” in London this Saturday

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm speaking at the odd and cool-sounding Longplayer "Long Conversation" event this Saturday in London. The "Long Conversation" is a twelve-hour continuous on-stage conversation in which the participants rotate on and off the stage every 36 minutes. One of the organisers is a friend and he waxed so rhapsodic about previous events that I jumped [...]

Thu, 10 Sep 2009 06:53:58 UTC

Cool free cover-image for Little Brother from Wordle

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Ross sez, "Recently, I stumbled upon a website called wordle.net, which creates images out of text files. The image is calculated in a histogram style, with words that appear more appearing larger than words that don't appear as often. I decided to hack the algorithm by pasting 'Little Brother Cory Doctorow' about a thousand [...]

Wed, 09 Sep 2009 12:12:26 UTC

Live sf workshop in London tomorrow night

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tomorrow (Thursday) night, I'm appearing on stage in London with my fellow sf writers Gwyneth Jones, Ian Watsonand Matthew de Abaitua for an odd live event called "The BAD IDEA Butcher's Shop: FUTURE HUMAN." Here's the pitch: The Butcher's Shop is a unique writers' workshop and theatrical experience. Hosted by BAD IDEA's editors at the Old [...]

Tue, 08 Sep 2009 10:19:24 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 035

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part thirty-five of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Thanks to John Williams for mastering! Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. [...]

Fri, 04 Sep 2009 19:08:13 UTC

Special Pleading

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine

Fri, 04 Sep 2009 19:07:57 UTC

Locus column: special pleading

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column, "Special Pleading," talks about the damned-if-you-do/ damned-if-you-don't nature of free ebook scepticism. When I started out giving away my print novels as free ebooks, critics charged that it only worked because I was so obscure that I needed the exposure. Now that I've had a book on the NYT bestseller list, [...]

Fri, 04 Sep 2009 11:09:54 UTC

My submission to the Canadian Copyright Consultation

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's my submission to the Canadian Copyright Consultation. You've still got time to get yours in, too. Some industry representatives have advocated for a US-style anti-circumvention regime for Technical Protection Measured (TPMs, also called Digital Rights Management systems or DRMs). They argue that these will preserve creators' rights. The 1998 US Digital Millennium Copyright Act and [...]

Wed, 02 Sep 2009 17:34:08 UTC

Not every cloud has a silver lining

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Wed, 02 Sep 2009 17:33:50 UTC

My Guardian column expressing skepticism about cloud computing

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Not every cloud has a silver lining," is about the dirty secret of cloud computing: most of it is about making a buck off of you by supplying something you can do cheaply and easily for yourself. Here's something you won't see mentioned, though: the main attraction of the cloud to investors [...]

Tue, 01 Sep 2009 05:08:18 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 034

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part thirty-four of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Thanks to John Williams for mastering! Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. [...]

Thu, 27 Aug 2009 05:25:35 UTC

Printcrime in Korean

Posted By Cory Doctorow

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Tue, 25 Aug 2009 13:12:04 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 033 FIXED

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part thirty-three of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Thanks to John Williams for mastering! Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. [...]

Tue, 25 Aug 2009 10:53:36 UTC

Homemade Braille edition of Little Brother from Detroit public school teacher

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Patricia Smith is a teacher of visually impaired students in Detroit's public school system. She mailed me a copy of my YA novel Little Brother that she had run off her school's Braille embosser and supplied to her students. She reports, "What I could not enclose is the gratitude from my Braille reading students. For [...]

Tue, 25 Aug 2009 04:49:53 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 033

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part thirty-three of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Thanks to John Williams for mastering! Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. [...]

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 12:36:50 UTC

Fan-annotated site for Little Brother

Posted By Cory Doctorow

@Halvais, a fan of my novel Little Brother, has set up a wiki-style site with the full text of the book for group annotation with links and commentary. Sweet! W1N5T0N

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 20:54:32 UTC

More video interviews on libraries, media literacy and activism

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's some more pieces of that interview I did with the At Your Library folks on media literacy, activism and libraries.

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 11:23:27 UTC

Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now for Android, iPhone and DSi

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Robot Comics folks have been industriously converting my Creative Commons licensed IDW graphic novel, Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now (which collects six of my short stories adapted to comics form by an array of talented writers and editors) to a multiplicity of mobile phone platforms. This is all under the [...]

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 22:21:37 UTC

Mur Lafferty interview on everything I'm up to

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a transcript of an interview I did with Mur Lafferty at WorldCon on my WITH A LITTLE HELP project/stunt and various other writing things I'm up to: CD: For the Win's almost done. It'll be, I think they're saying May 2010? Or March, one or the other. A month that starts with an “m” and is [...]

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 22:18:31 UTC

Interview on librarianship and media

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's an interview I conducted with the At Your Library folks on the role of libraries in activism, media literacy, and Creative Commons.

Tue, 18 Aug 2009 21:31:05 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 032

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part thirty-two of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Thanks to John Williams for mastering! Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. He [...]

Tue, 18 Aug 2009 11:35:45 UTC

Why free ebooks should be part of the plot for writers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 18 Aug 2009 11:35:26 UTC

Guardian column on how free ebooks work for different kinds of writers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Why free ebooks should be part of the plot for writers," talks about how free ebook releases benefit well-known and obscure writers alike. Releasing a book as a free download isn't newsworthy in and of itself. It was, once upon a time, especially when that book had the backing of a major [...]

Sat, 15 Aug 2009 14:40:27 UTC

Book-donation drive

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In Canada, the US and the UK, kids will be going back to school in a short while, so now's a good time to remind you of the donation program for my books. Here's how it works: teachers, librarians (and others, like people who work in family shelters, halfway houses, prisons, etc) indicate that they'd [...]

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 10:22:52 UTC

Interview with Yeti Stomper

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Yeti Stomper blog has a short interview with me today as part of their "Keeping an Eye On" series.

Wed, 12 Aug 2009 22:31:13 UTC

Gaiman reads “The Right Book”

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a video of Neil Gaiman reading my short story "The Right Book" at the World Science Fiction Convention last week; Neil did the reading for an ambitious short story collection publishing experiment I'm working on; we recorded audio too. The story was written for the 150th anniversary of Britain's The Bookseller magazine -- the [...]

Wed, 05 Aug 2009 10:54:53 UTC

Minibar presentation on WITH A LITTLE HELP

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a short presentation I gave last week at the Minibar event in London, discussing my plans for a new open publishing experiment -- a short story collection called WITH A LITTLE HELP.

Tue, 04 Aug 2009 08:31:47 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 031

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part thirty-one of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Thanks to John Williams for mastering! Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. He [...]

Thu, 30 Jul 2009 14:13:34 UTC

Randomizer script for SOMEONE COMES TO TOWN

Posted By Cory Doctorow

David Jackson Wallace wrote a script that randomly changes the names of the characters in my 2005 Tor Books novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town -- a book in which the characters' names fluctuate, with only their first initials remaining constant. It's an absolutely delightful idea! Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (remix) Source [...]

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:57:00 UTC

Cheap Facts and the Plausible Premise podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The good folks at the StarShipSofa podcast have once again converted one of my columns to podcast form: Cheap Facts and the Plausible Premise (which appears in the latest Locus) also appears in this week's podcast, #95, starting around the 9 minute mark. Nice stuff!

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 09:30:00 UTC

Chris Anderson's Free adds much to The Long Tail, but falls short

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 09:29:37 UTC

Free: a great book, but it's missing the truly free

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's my Guardian review of Chris Anderson's excellent new book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price. As with The Long Tail, Free gave me lots to think about: it does a tremendous job of enumerating the economic and business opportunities derived from the net's capacity to deliver so much for free. However, I think [...]

Tue, 28 Jul 2009 05:03:20 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 030

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's partthirty of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Thanks to John Williams for mastering! Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. He likes [...]

Thu, 23 Jul 2009 15:21:16 UTC

Beyond Censorware: Teaching Web Literacy

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Internet Evolution

Thu, 23 Jul 2009 15:20:55 UTC

Teach kids to be safe online by getting them to think critically about censorware

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Internet Evolution feature proposes that the best way for schools to protect their students on the Internet is to assign them curriculum that asks students to investigate all the ways that the school's censorware sucks -- blocks useful material, easily circumvented by students, interferes with teachers, invades privacy and enriches sleazy censorware companies. [...]

Thu, 23 Jul 2009 09:36:09 UTC

Sliding tile game using CC-licensed art from MAKERS serial

Posted By Cory Doctorow

As part of the ongoing serialization of Makers, my forthcoming book (late October 2009, from Tor USA and HarperCollins UK), Tor.com has commissioned a series of 81 interlocking, Creative Commons-licensed illustrations from Idiots' Books. Each illustration's four edges line up with any of the other illustrations' edges. Now Tor has released a Flash game that lets [...]

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 19:18:41 UTC

My Worldcon schedule

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention (to be held in Montreal this year) is almost upon us, and the programming committee has put together a kick-ass program, and they've put it online. Here's my program items -- hope to see you there! Friday 10 AM: Intellectual Property and Creative Commons, with Laura Majerus and Felix Gilman [...]

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 08:43:55 UTC

Request for Montrealers: Can I rent your 3G modem from Aug 6-10?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm headed to Anticipation, the World Science Fiction Convention in Montreal, Canada at the start of August (Aug 6-10) and I'd like to rent someone's 3G modem. The conference centre charges $395/DAY (!!!) for WiFi. I'll happily pay your whole monthly data tariff for the favour. If you're in Montreal and you can part with [...]

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 08:40:04 UTC

Question: How do I edit PDFs with Linux?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a question for the hivemind: a typographer friend of mine is laying out a book for me, and delivering a printer-ready PDF. After he sends me the PDF, I need to be able to make minor edits and corrections to the type, preferably using Linux. How can I do this?

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 18:36:09 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 029

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part twenty-nine of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Thanks to John Williams for mastering! Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. He [...]

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 16:49:09 UTC

When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth, full-cast audio drama

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Sage Tyrtle and the QN Podcast team created a full-cast radio drama based on my apocalyptic, award-winning, Creative Commons licensed short story When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth. I had no idea they were working on it until they told me they'd completed it -- it blew me out of the water. What a fantastic piece [...]

Tue, 14 Jul 2009 18:52:56 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 028

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part twenty-eight of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Thanks to John Williams for mastering! Mastering by John Taylor Williams: wryneckstudio@gmail.com John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. He [...]

Tue, 14 Jul 2009 15:04:16 UTC

Stop worrying, Hollywood ¿ nobody is stealing your films with mobiles

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 14 Jul 2009 15:03:56 UTC

Phones confiscated at preview screenings: whose hypothetical risk is more important?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Stop worrying, Hollywood ¿ nobody is stealing your films with mobiles," looks into the curious practice of forcing attendees at preview screenings to surrender their phones while they see the movie. The industry admits that no one has ever camcordered a movie with a phone, and further, they admit that 100 [...]

Mon, 13 Jul 2009 20:39:47 UTC

Keynote at Europython 09

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a talk I gave to the Python hackers at Europython in Birmingham, England earlier this month, explaining why Python hackers need to care about the copyright wars.

Sat, 11 Jul 2009 12:36:03 UTC

Interview with ResonanceFM Part 5

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The English Arts Council's Rachel Baker and Charles Beckett came by my office last week to interview me for local radio station ResonanceFM, covering a lot of ground. They broke the interview into five parts for airing and their podcast. Part 5

Sat, 11 Jul 2009 12:35:32 UTC

Interview with ResonanceFM Part 4

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The English Arts Council's Rachel Baker and Charles Beckett came by my office last week to interview me for local radio station ResonanceFM, covering a lot of ground. They broke the interview into five parts for airing and their podcast. Part 4

Sat, 11 Jul 2009 12:34:55 UTC

Interview with ResonanceFM Part 3

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The English Arts Council's Rachel Baker and Charles Beckett came by my office last week to interview me for local radio station ResonanceFM, covering a lot of ground. They broke the interview into five parts for airing and their podcast. Part 3

Sat, 11 Jul 2009 12:34:19 UTC

Interview with ResonanceFM Part 2

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The English Arts Council's Rachel Baker and Charles Beckett came by my office last week to interview me for local radio station ResonanceFM, covering a lot of ground. They broke the interview into five parts for airing and their podcast. Part 2

Sat, 11 Jul 2009 12:33:39 UTC

Interview with ResonanceFM Part 1

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The English Arts Council's Rachel Baker and Charles Beckett came by my office last week to interview me for local radio station ResonanceFM, covering a lot of ground. They broke the interview into five parts for airing and their podcast. Part 1

Thu, 09 Jul 2009 14:08:12 UTC

Little Brother shortlisted for Canada's Sunburst Award

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The shortlists for Canada's Sunburst Award for best sf novel have been posted and I'm delighted to find that Little Brother made the young adult list! The prize is announced in September; it's a juried award (I was honored to win the prize for my first short story collection, A Place so Foreign and Eight [...]

Tue, 07 Jul 2009 06:40:29 UTC

Get together July 9 in Chicago

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'll be in Chicago on July 9 to see a production of the highly praised theatrical adaptation of my novel Little Brother. The July 9 show is sold out (performances run until July 18), but Bill Massolia, who wrote the play and runs the company, has organized a get-together beforehand. If you're in Chicago, [...]

Tue, 07 Jul 2009 05:08:54 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 027

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part twenty-seve of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Thanks to John Williams for mastering! MP3 Link

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 20:06:40 UTC

Little Brother wins the Prometheus Award for libertarian sf

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Wouldya lookit that! I've won the Libertarian Futurist's Society's Prometheus Award for my novel Little Brother! As with all the other awards LB has been up for this year, I'm even more honored by the company I'm in than the award itself; this year's Prometheus nominees included Charlie Stross's Saturn's Children, Matter by Iain [...]

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 16:15:43 UTC

Makers serialized online

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Pablo from Tor has the details on a cool new promo they're doing to promote my next book, Makers, which'll be published in the fall (HarperCollins UK will publish it in the UK, Australia, NZ, and other parts of the commonwealth). Makers tells the story of a group of hardware hackers who fall in with [...]

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 05:32:44 UTC

Cheap Facts and the Plausible Premise

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 05:32:30 UTC

Locus column on cheap facts and science fiction

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My new Locus column, "Cheap Facts and the Plausible Premise," explores what it means for science fiction when the cost of knowing something falls to zero, and when the difference between knowing something can be done and doing it narrows away to nothing. Tell someone that her car has a chip-based controller that can be hacked [...]

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 21:03:42 UTC

Hugo voting deadline!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Diane from the World Science Fiction Convention sez, "Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say that the voting deadline for the Hugo awards is this Friday. Eligible voters must vote online by July 3rd, 23:59PM EST. People should vote as early as possible in case of computer problems and to ensure [...]

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 07:55:47 UTC

When I'm dead, how will my loved ones break my password?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 07:55:24 UTC

What happens to your crypto-secrets after you die?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "When I'm dead, how will my loved ones break my password?" describes the process my wife and I went through when we drew up our wills and realized that our encrypted hard-drives and our network passwords would go with us if we died or were incapacitated, and how important it was [...]

Tue, 30 Jun 2009 05:48:21 UTC

To Go Boldly

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The New Space Opera 2: All-new stories of science fiction adventure (Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan)

Tue, 30 Jun 2009 05:47:51 UTC

New Space Opera 2

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan's new anthology The New Space Opera 2 came out today, featuring all original stories by me, John Scalzi, Robert Charles Wilson, Jay Lake, Garth Nix, Bruce Sterling, Elizabeth Moon, Justina Robson and many others. My story, "To Go Boldly," is a look at the LARPing ethic that lurks under the [...]

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 16:29:37 UTC

Little Brother wins the Campbell Award – see you in Lawrence, KS on July 11/12

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My novel Little Brother has won the Campbell Award for best sf novel of the year (sharing the award with Ian MacLeod's "Song of Time"). The award's given out over the July 9 weekend at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, and includes free events that are open to the public. Also in attendance [...]

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 13:27:33 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 026

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part twenty-six of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 04:52:33 UTC

CC-licensed photo-book to accompany my CC-licensed essay on CCTVs

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Emma sez, "Snitchtown: the photo essay" is a book of photographs of a (very small) subset of the 4.2 million CCTV in Britain. These have been put together with Cory Doctorow's essay on ubiquitous CCTV coverage, "Snitchtown" as part of the SoFoBoMo event, in which photographers work to put together a solo project in [...]

Sun, 28 Jun 2009 05:51:15 UTC

Videos from Chicago production of Little Brother play

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Bill Massiola, who adapted my novel Little Brother for a critically acclaimed stage-play running in Chicago right now at the Griffin Theatre Company performing at the Athenaeum Theatre, sent me these three video clips from the production. I'm coming through Chicago on July 9 to see the play (it runs until July 19); based on [...]

Sat, 27 Jun 2009 06:17:42 UTC

Like teenagers, computers are built to hook up

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Sat, 27 Jun 2009 06:17:23 UTC

Guardian column: Abstinence programs don't for for IT or for kids

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I wrote my latest Guardian column after hearing security experts lament, for the nth time, that sensitive systems like MRI machines, defense-contractor computers, and so on should never be connected to the Internet, and when these are compromised by spies, malware or worms, it's the fault of bad network policy. I realized that this lament was [...]

Thu, 25 Jun 2009 05:41:38 UTC

Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now for Android, iPhone

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The folks are Robot Comics have completed their conversion of the comics in my CC-licensed graphic novel Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now, which adapts six of my stories for comic form. The Robot Comics editions are free and run on your Android phone and (sometimes) on the iPhone (Apple rejected the [...]

Tue, 23 Jun 2009 12:25:38 UTC

MAKERS cover art

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Holy crow do I *ever* love the cover art for the US (top) and UK (bottom) editions of Makers, my next novel, coming from Tor and HarperCollins respectively in Oct/Nov.

Tue, 23 Jun 2009 10:50:06 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 025

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part twenty-five of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Tue, 23 Jun 2009 08:15:53 UTC

See you next week at Europython in Birmingham!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm one of the keynoters at next week's EuroPython convention in Birmingham, England -- looks like a hell of a show, with further keynotes by Bruce Eckel and Professor Sir Tony Hoare and a whack of great talks and tutorials. Being a Community Conference means that EuroPython is run entirely by volunteers, that means us [...]

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 15:39:09 UTC

Internet ©rapshoot: How Internet Gatekeepers Stifle Progress

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Internet Evolution

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 15:38:49 UTC

Column about the copyright's gatekeepers and how they hurt us all

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've got a new feature up on Internet Evolution today, a piece called "Internet ©rapshoot: How Internet Gatekeepers Stifle Progress," about how everybody wants to be a gatekeeper -- the studios and publishers, the bookstores and online retailers and theaters, the "creators rights' groups" and how that ends up screwing everyone: So, how do you use [...]

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 08:43:32 UTC

Little Brother option sold to Don Murphy (Natural Born Killers, From Hell, etc)

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've been waiting to announce this for months now, while the paperwork went back and forth and now I finally can! Don Murphy, producer of such films as Natural Born Killers and From Hell, has bought a film option on Little Brother. I've talked it over with Don and feel confident that if he makes [...]

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 08:56:27 UTC

Little Brother the play, in Chicago until July 18

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Chicago's Griffin Theatre has mounted a live production of my young adult novel Little Brother, adapted by William Massolia. This is incredibly exciting; Time Out Chicago gave it four stars, saying, "Doctorow raises many worthy points about the relationship between our safeties and our freedoms, and in Milne's bracing production, newcomer Mike Harvey as Marcus [...]

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:20:03 UTC

Talking education and openness for the EU

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a little video I recorded for the EU's International Symposium on Helping Educational Leaders Use New Tools, talking about the use of Creative Commons in education.

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 09:46:57 UTC

Little Brother fan-trans into Slovak

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Pavol Hvizdos just posted a Slovak fan-translation of my book Little Brother -- Maly brat. Man, I love the cool stuff Creative Commons licenses lets people do with my books! Cory Doctorow: Maly brat

Mon, 15 Jun 2009 10:59:01 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 024

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part twenty-four of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 13:49:25 UTC

Speech on the future of public service broadcasting at Norway's NRK

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last week I had the immense pleasure of keynoting at Fagdagen, the annual conference put on by NRK, Norway's public broadcaster. NRK leads the world in internet-savvy public broadcasting, operating its own torrent server to deliver CC-licensed versions of its programming; they asked me to talk to them about what else they could do to [...]

Mon, 08 Jun 2009 11:56:34 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 023

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part twenty-three of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 13:32:31 UTC

Search is too important to leave to one company ¿ even Google

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 13:31:18 UTC

Guardian column on search as an open project

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian column, "Search is too important to leave to one company ¿ even Google," I make the case that Google's algorithms are editorial decisions, and that so much editorial power is better vested in big, transparent, public entities than a few giant private concerns: It's a terrible idea to vest this much power [...]

Mon, 01 Jun 2009 15:07:04 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 022

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part twenty-two of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Fri, 29 May 2009 20:17:18 UTC

Privacy talk with Charlie Stross

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the video from the Open Rights Group benefit talk on privacy that Charlie Stross and I did, ably chaired by Ian Brown. All-seeing eye

Wed, 27 May 2009 05:01:17 UTC

Extreme Geek, podcast on StarShipSofa

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The excellent StarShipSofa podcast has a reading of my Locus article Extreme Geek in this week's installment. It starts about 7 minutes in. MP3 Link

Sun, 24 May 2009 17:46:47 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 021

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part twenty-one of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Wed, 20 May 2009 05:02:53 UTC

True Names is up for the Sturgeon Award

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Delighted to discover that True Names, the Hugo-nominated novella I co-wrote with Benjamin Rosenbaum, is up for a Sturgeon Award! Paolo Bacigalupi "The Gambler" Fast Forward 2 Ted Chiang "Exhalation" Eclipse 2 Charles Coleman Finlay "The Political Prisoner" F&SF, August Cory Doctorow & Benjamin Rosenbaum "True Names" Fast Forward 2 James Alan Gardner "The Ray Gun: A Love [...]

Tue, 19 May 2009 15:43:55 UTC

We must ensure ISPs don't stop the next Google getting out of the garage

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 19 May 2009 15:43:43 UTC

Column on how ISPs' dirty tricks will hurt Britain's digital future

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "We must ensure ISPs don't stop the next Google getting out of the garage," talks about how the policy debate over "Digital Britain" has ignored the most important aspect of a digital nation: a fair deal on open network access. But the real problem of per-usage billing is that no one ¿ [...]

Tue, 19 May 2009 13:29:41 UTC

Search Engine on TVO – new interview

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Search Engine, the former CBC Radio tech show, has moved to TVOntario, where it's a podcast. Jesse Brown, the host of the show, came by my folks' place last week while I was in Toronto and recorded an interview with me for the premiere. MP3 Link

Tue, 19 May 2009 13:24:08 UTC

Hugo Award ballot is live!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The final Hugo Award ballot is finally online (and, presumably, in the post). If you're registered to attend this summer's Worldcon in Montreal, Anticipation, you're eligible to vote in one of the most prestigious science fiction awards in the world (and yes indeed, I am a double nominee, thanks for asking!). Once again, John "Mensch" Scalzi [...]

Tue, 19 May 2009 06:21:01 UTC

Video chat with high school students at Arapahoe HS in Littleton, CO

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did a live video-chat with some enterprising high-school freshmen at Arapahoe High School in Littleton, CO, a cabal of enterprising kids who are lobbying the school-system to add Little Brother to the statewide curriculum (!). We had a great chat -- they're really bright and lovely kids and clearly passionate and engaged!

Mon, 18 May 2009 12:48:37 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 020

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part twenty of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Sun, 17 May 2009 18:24:55 UTC

Closing panel from Convention on Modern Liberty

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of participating in the closing panel at the Convention on Modern Liberty with Billy Bragg, Lisa Appignanesi, Feargal Sharkey, Paul Gilroy and Henry Porter. The Convention was a whole-day event in which activists, scholars, Parliamentarians, regulators, teachers, cryptographers and others. On the closing panel, we were [...]

Sat, 16 May 2009 12:50:04 UTC

Interview in Rolling Stone Argentina

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Rolling Stone Argentina has a great interview with me about copyright, conducted by Ignacio Román. Bueno, muchos músicos están despertando. Quizá no les guste lo que está pasando con Internet, porque durante toda su carrera les llenaron la cabeza diciéndoles "no te dejes copiar". Pero de ahí a ir en contra de sus propios fanáticos... [...]

Fri, 15 May 2009 12:46:19 UTC

Talking about “sexting”

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I shot a long video for the upcoming EU/Schoolnet event in Rome -- they've started putting pieces of it online. Here's me talking about "sexting," media literacy and hysteria.

Thu, 14 May 2009 01:29:13 UTC

Little Brother wins the Ontario Library Association's White Pine Award

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Today I found myself surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic, high-school age readers from the Ontario school system, and was honoured to receive a popular award for best Canadian young adult novel of 2008. The award was the White Pine, part of the Ontario Library Association's "Forest of Reading" program -- librarians nominate ten [...]

Thu, 14 May 2009 01:17:32 UTC

When love is harder to show than hate

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Thu, 14 May 2009 01:17:14 UTC

Guardian column: Copyright protects creators, leaves fans out in the cold

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Guardian column, "When love is harder to show than hate," I look at the fact that copyright protects critics who want to talk trash about creative works, but gives no real protection to people who want to say nice things about them. The damage here is twofold: first, this privileges creativity that knocks [...]

Thu, 14 May 2009 00:43:49 UTC

Digital Licensing: Do It Yourself

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Internet Evolution

Thu, 14 May 2009 00:43:28 UTC

Column on “self-serve licensing” – a proposal to turn the makerverse into your R&D lab

Posted By Cory Doctorow

In my latest Internet Evolution column, "Digital Licensing: Do It Yourself," I propose a new kind of self-serve, lightweight "commercial commons" that would allow makers to do small-scale commercial manufacturing of goods that remix copyrights and trademarks, with no upfront payments, and a fixed royalty rate that lets the makerverse operate as a giant, well-compensated [...]

Tue, 12 May 2009 20:08:37 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 019

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part eighteen of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Tue, 12 May 2009 13:08:28 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 018

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part eighteen of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Sun, 10 May 2009 10:11:14 UTC

Extreme Geek

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine

Mon, 04 May 2009 09:34:19 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 018

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part eighteen of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 12:33:37 UTC

Transparency means nothing without justice

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 12:33:22 UTC

Guardian column: transparency isn't enough

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Transparency means nothing without justice," is up. I wrote this before the G20 debacle (it was delayed due to an administrative problem at the Guardian), but all the points are just as relevant to the G20's climate camp as they are to last summer's version of it. And here's where transparency breaks [...]

Tue, 28 Apr 2009 05:20:16 UTC

Little Brother, Weak and Strange and True Names make the Locus Award shortlist!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Locus Award shortlist has been posted -- this is the list of the best science fiction books and stories of the year, as chosen by the general public. I'm immensely gratified to say that I'm on the list three times, for my young adult novel Little Brother, my collaborative novella True Names (with Ben [...]

Mon, 27 Apr 2009 10:50:04 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 017

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part seventeen of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Wed, 22 Apr 2009 20:03:53 UTC

How DRM sucks part LXVII

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Cam writes in with just about the perfect parable about why DRM just sucks: I thought you'd be amused to hear the circumstances which caused me to pick up and read Little Brother. Being a pretty big nerd (I'm a tech director at Electronic Arts by day), I was excited to pick up a Sony [...]

Wed, 22 Apr 2009 19:07:17 UTC

Big Entertainment Wants to Party Like It's 1996

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Internet Evolution

Wed, 22 Apr 2009 19:06:54 UTC

Column about how the entertainment industry's greedy lobbying is its undoing

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's my latest column for Internet Evolution: "Big Entertainment Wants to Party Like It's 1996" explains how the entertainment industry's greedy, naked lobbying tactics will be their undoing, since these victories end up backfiring because they arouse such public ire. It's not that these companies can't get their laws on the agenda, and not that they [...]

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 14:09:13 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 016

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part sixteen of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Thu, 16 Apr 2009 05:29:56 UTC

My ebooks and DRM talk from O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishing

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's a talk I gave earlier this year at the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference in NYC, about the way that DRM gives distributors control over publishers and writers. This talk went down very well, and is the source of "Doctorow's Law," which a lot of people have asked me about: "Any [...]

Tue, 14 Apr 2009 18:26:24 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 015

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part fifteen of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Tue, 14 Apr 2009 11:49:41 UTC

Developers still finding that it pays to get in the game

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 14 Apr 2009 11:48:58 UTC

Guardian column: games that sell in-game items solve the time-rich/cash-rich problem

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian's just published my latest column, "Developers still finding that it pays to get in the game," about the increasingly prevalent online game practice of selling items to players, and the parallels this has to the download wars: Official, game-sponsored exchanges for real-money trades (RMTs) are more than places where players can swap goods for [...]

Tue, 14 Apr 2009 09:54:58 UTC

Anda's Game on Android

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last year, IDW published a collection of six comics adapted from my short stories called Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now, all of these stories also licensed under Creative Commons. Now, Robot Comics, a firm that provides comics for Android mobile phones, has begun to make the comics available free under the [...]

Thu, 09 Apr 2009 10:38:29 UTC

Interview with Golem.de

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Video: Cory Doctorow - Interview (3:47) Last week, I gave a talk at Berlin's Re:publica conference and recorded this video interview with Golem.de.

Tue, 07 Apr 2009 12:39:11 UTC

Serbo-Croatian interview

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Serbian City Magazine just published the first-ever interview with me in Serbo-Croatian! Gomila mojih prijatelja je napisala knjige za mlade i odli¿no su se zabavljali. Moja prijateljica Kathe Koja je bila poznata horor spisateljica koja je pisala veoma ¿ivopisan horor, kada je, za svaki slu¿aj, odlu¿ila da pi¿e te skoro hemingvejske romane za mlade(¿). Iskustva [...]

Mon, 06 Apr 2009 14:31:43 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 014

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part fourteen of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Wed, 01 Apr 2009 05:50:35 UTC

To Market, To Market: podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Roy Trumbull has just posted his latest installment in his podcast readings of science fiction stories, and for this one he's chosen my story "To Market, To Market: The Branding of Billy Bailey," which was published in my first short story collection A Place So Foreign and Eight More. Roy really nailed the reading -- [...]

Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:51:24 UTC

Authors have lost the plot in Kindle battle

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:51:02 UTC

Guardian column: text-to-speech is the wrong thing to worry about with the Kindle

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column, "Authors have lost the plot in Kindle battle," argues that the Authors' Guild is nuts to focus on the text-to-speech feature, and should really be paying attention to the fact that it's apparently possible to remotely disable features in the ebook reader. Maybe I'm right and maybe I'm wrong, but the important [...]

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 18:03:04 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 013

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part thirteen of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Fri, 27 Mar 2009 20:21:07 UTC

Open Rights Group benefit in London with Charlie Stross, May 1

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Charlie Stross and I are doing a benefit talk for the Open Rights Group on May 1 in London, entitled "Resisting the all-seeing eye." Hope to see you there -- Stross is a ball, and ORG is a damned worthy cause, especially in this era of ubiquitous surveillance. From technologies like PGP and Tor to the [...]

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 01:43:04 UTC

Little Brother's a finalist for the Prometheus Award!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Libertarian Futurist Society has released its slate of nominees for this year's Prometheus Awards, the award for the best "pro-freedom" science fiction of the year. I'm proud to say that my novel Little Brother made the cut, as did five other standout books, including a couple personal favorites: Half a Crown by Jo Walton [...]

Mon, 23 Mar 2009 13:26:39 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 012

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part twelve of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Fri, 20 Mar 2009 06:31:12 UTC

Hugo ballot announced – Little Brother up for best novel!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Hot damn! The 2009 Hugo Awards ballot is live and it's a doozy, and not just because I'm on it twice (Best Novel: Little Brother and Best Novella: True Names, with Ben Rosenbaum). No, it's better than that -- the entire ballot is just killer, especially my competition in the Best Novel category (hell, three [...]

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 12:49:28 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 011

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part eleven of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Sat, 14 Mar 2009 05:58:57 UTC

Benefit reading for EFF in San Francisco Mar 23 with Rudy Rucker and others!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm thrilled to announce that I'm doing a benefit reading for the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco on March 23, 2009 -- a week this Monday -- along with Rudy Rucker, Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders. Hope to see you there: Join EFF on Monday, March 23rd, for a fundraising event featuring award-winning writer [...]

Thu, 12 Mar 2009 15:16:46 UTC

The High Priests of IT – And the Heretics

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Harvard Business Review

Thu, 12 Mar 2009 15:16:28 UTC

IT vs. users: a war everyone loses

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've just had a quick article on the wars between corporate IT and tech enthusiast employees published in the Harvard Business Review. I've been on both sides of that barricade, and while I understand the plight of IT, I think that it's against everyone's interest to give them to power to lock employees out of [...]

Tue, 10 Mar 2009 09:59:45 UTC

Why I Copyfight in French

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Eric Moreau has translated my Locus column Why I Copyfight into French, in honor of the bill in French Parliament that will criminalize copyists and downloaders. Pourquoi accorder tant d'importance à la question de la réforme du copyright ? Qu'est-ce qui est en jeu ? Tout. Jusqu'à une époque récente, le copyright était une réglementation industrielle. Si l'on [...]

Mon, 09 Mar 2009 15:09:56 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 010

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part ten of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Fri, 06 Mar 2009 21:50:44 UTC

I'm a punchline!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Spoiler alert, I'm the punchine in today's This is Me webcomic!

Fri, 06 Mar 2009 14:21:12 UTC

Interview in Milan with Blogosfere

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm in Milan for an event called "Meet the Media Guru" and I've been doing tons of interviews. Here's the first, an interview with Eleanora of Blogosfere!

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 10:46:42 UTC

Video from Open University talk

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's the video from my Open University talk last week!

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 10:43:45 UTC

Interview with Platform

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did this interview last week while speaking at Open University, chatting with the video podcast Platform.

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 06:20:15 UTC

In Praise of the Sales Force

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine

Mon, 02 Mar 2009 15:36:40 UTC

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom free reading from Podiobooks

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The good folks at Podiobooks have taken advantage of the Creative Commons license on my novels and put together a fantastic free recording of my first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (this is the third fan-reading of that book!), this one by Mark Douglas Nelson, who does a stellar job. Down and Out [...]

Mon, 02 Mar 2009 12:12:26 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 009

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's part nine of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Fri, 27 Feb 2009 17:37:14 UTC

Little Brother is nominated for the Nebula Award

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Nebula Ballot for best sf/f book of 2008 is up -- and I'm on it! Little Brother - Doctorow, Cory (Tor, Apr08) Powers - Le Guin, Ursula K. (Harcourt, Sep07) Cauldron - McDevitt, Jack (Ace, Nov07) Brasyl - McDonald, Ian (Pyr, May07) Making Money - Pratchett, Terry (Harper, Sep07) Superpowers - Schwartz, David J. (Three Rivers Press, Jun08) Nebula Awards® 2008 [...]

Fri, 27 Feb 2009 12:53:08 UTC

Tomorrow is Britain's nationwide “Convention on Modern Liberty”

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Tomorrow marks the first ever British Convention on Modern Liberty, co-sponsored by The Guardian, OpenDemocracy, and Liberty. It's a daylong, nationwide forum on the erosion of liberty, privacy and civil rights in Britain. Boing Boing is a proud sponsor of the event, and I'll be speaking at the closing plenary with Billy Bragg tomorrow afternoon [...]

Thu, 26 Feb 2009 18:19:32 UTC

You shouldn't have to sell your soul just to download some music

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Thu, 26 Feb 2009 18:19:08 UTC

Don't violate copyright – the ultimate EULA

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column’s just gone up, about the message that entertainment companies send when they put crappy EULAs on their digital downloads: Here’s the world’s shortest, fairest, and simplest licence agreement: “Don’t violate copyright law.” If I had my way, every digital download from the music in the iTunes and Amazon MP3 store, to [...]

Wed, 25 Feb 2009 22:01:15 UTC

Love the Machine, Hate the Factory

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Make Magazine

Wed, 25 Feb 2009 22:00:51 UTC

Steampunk column for Make

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Make column is up, “Love the Machine, Hate the Factory,” written for the steampunk theme issue: For me, the biggest appeal to steampunk is that it exalts the machine and disparages the factory (this is the motto of the excellent and free *Steampunk* magazine: “Love the Machine, Hate the Factory”). It celebrates the elaborate [...]

Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:28:40 UTC

This Week in Tech

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last night I stayed up waaay late to record an episode of the excellent tech panel show, This Week in Tech. MP3 Link

Sun, 22 Feb 2009 14:46:45 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 008

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here’s part eight of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Sat, 21 Feb 2009 07:41:45 UTC

Media-Morphosis: How the Internet Will Devour, Transform, or Destroy Your Favorite Medium

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Internet Evolution

Sat, 21 Feb 2009 07:41:25 UTC

Internet Evolution on the remaking of movies, music, books and newspapers

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Information Week’s Internet Evolution’s just published my latest article, “Media-Morphosis: How the Internet Will Devour, Transform, or Destroy Your Favorite Medium” — a noodle on the factors that led to the demise of newspapers, the transformation of music, and the potential destruction of big budget movies and mass-market publishing (and what can be done about [...]

Tue, 17 Feb 2009 16:59:17 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 007

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here’s part seven of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Fri, 13 Feb 2009 14:43:52 UTC

Flashbake: Free version-control for writers using git

Posted By Cory Doctorow

For the past couple weeks, I’ve been working with Thomas “cmdln” Gideon (host of the fabulously nerdy Command Line podcast) on a free software project for writers called “Flashbake.” This is a set of Python scripts that check your hot files for changes every 15 minutes, and checks in any changed files to a local [...]

Tue, 10 Feb 2009 22:26:24 UTC

Digital Britain report: Why Lord Carter should get real

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Guardian

Tue, 10 Feb 2009 22:26:01 UTC

A fact-based Digital Britain

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Guardian column is up — it’s a fantasy alternative to Lord Carter’s recommendations for the Internet in the Digital Britain report, one in which the best evidence on building a digital nation is deployed: If the objective here is to secure Britain’s digital future, the most important thing we can do with DRM is [...]

Mon, 09 Feb 2009 15:13:23 UTC

Locus Award ballot for best sf of 2008 online

Posted By Cory Doctorow

It’s time again for Locus Magazine’s annual public poll of the best works in science fiction for the preceding year, with the winners taking home the prestigious Locus Awards. I’ve been privileged to win several of these awards, and they’re among the highest honors I’ve ever been paid. The Locus Awards are open to the [...]

Sun, 08 Feb 2009 01:28:24 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 006

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here’s part six of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 16:06:13 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 005

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here’s part four of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 08:51:50 UTC

Forbes article on dumpster diving

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last December, Forbes published my latest article on Darren Atkinson, hands down the most exciting, thoughtful and skilled garbologist and dumpster diver I’ve ever heard of. My first-ever article for Wired was an article about Darren, back in 1997, and more than ten years later, Darren’s still at it. Darren’s got the perfect zero-capital, socially [...]

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 06:00:49 UTC

I'm a Forbes Web Celeb (again)!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Once again, Forbes Magazine has honored me by including me near the top of its list of 25 Web Celebrities, “the people who have turned their passions into new-media empires.” How cool is that? Cory Doctorow

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 15:10:31 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 004

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here’s part four of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Mon, 19 Jan 2009 11:52:27 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 003

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here’s part three of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Mon, 19 Jan 2009 06:01:41 UTC

Online Hugo nominating ballot is live

Posted By Cory Doctorow

A couple weeks ago, I posted to let you know that nominations for the Hugo awards had just opened — and promised to re-post once the online nomination form went live. I’ve just noticed that it’s up — handy if you want to save the hassle of printing out the form and putting it in [...]

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 11:23:45 UTC

Complete fan-reading of “Content”

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Jan Rubak, a Canadian mathematician/physicist, has been reading aloud all the essays from my collection Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright and the Future of the Future and uploading them to the Internet Archive, and this week, he finished! He’s even included some bonus material from John Perry Barlow. These are great readings and [...]

Mon, 12 Jan 2009 11:39:29 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 002

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here’s part two of my reading of my 2005 novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. MP3 Link

Fri, 09 Jan 2009 20:59:15 UTC

I'm a letterpress!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Jeff Macklin sez, I have an old time letterpress shop in my garage, where I make things for kicks. I am a longtime lover of letterpress. I try to focus my energies on Canadians who I think are due some letterpress love. Clearly, you fall into this category, along with Louis Riel, Marshall McLuan, Buck 65, [...]

Thu, 08 Jan 2009 06:19:17 UTC

Writing in the Age of Distraction

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column, “Writing in the Age of Distraction” is up — a grab-bag of practical tips for getting the writing done in the internet era. We know that our readers are distracted and sometimes even overwhelmed by the myriad distractions that lie one click away on the Internet, but of course writers face the [...]

Thu, 08 Jan 2009 06:17:57 UTC

Writing in the Age of Distraction

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine

Wed, 07 Jan 2009 09:09:55 UTC

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Part 001

Posted By Cory Doctorow

After a long hiatus, I’m back at my podcast, and to kick it off, I’m reading my 2005 novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, “A miraculous story of secrets, lies, magic and Internet connectivity.” It’s going to take a while — this is a looong book — and I’m really looking forward to [...]

Tue, 06 Jan 2009 08:27:41 UTC

Hugo nominations open!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The 2008 Hugo award nominations have opened — if you were a member of the 2008 WorldCon in Denver, or have bought a membership to the 2009 WorldCon in Montreal, you’re eligible to nominate. I’ll be sending in my nominations this week, and just in case you were wondering, here’s the stuff I wrote that’s [...]

Tue, 06 Jan 2009 08:25:19 UTC

Hugo nominations open!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The 2008 Hugo award nominations have opened — if you were a member of the 2008 WorldCon in Denver, or have bought a membership to the 2009 WorldCon in Montreal, you’re eligible to nominate. I’ll be sending in my nominations this week, and just in case you were wondering, here’s the stuff I wrote that’s [...]

Mon, 05 Jan 2009 21:37:55 UTC

Doctorow plushie!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

How cool is this? Craftster user BurningSchoolhouse made a plush version of me in my hot air balloon (see XKCD for more) as a Christmas present for her boyfriend. Color me tickled! (Thanks, Jen H!)

Sat, 06 Dec 2008 08:52:25 UTC

It's Just Garbage

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Forbes

Sat, 29 Nov 2008 17:16:36 UTC

NYT names Little Brother one of the kids' books of the year!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here’s a Happy Thanksgiving from the New York Times: they’ve named Little Brother one of the eight “Notable Children's Books of 2008,” calling it, “a novel that is at once an entertaining thriller, a thoughtful polemic and a practical handbook of digital-age self-defense.” Notable Children's Books of 2008 (Thanks, Lori!)

Fri, 28 Nov 2008 05:46:30 UTC

Little Brother launch at Forbidden Planet tomorrow

Posted By Cory Doctorow

A reminder that tomorrow is the UK launch and signing for Little Brother at Forbidden Planet in London — 1PM! You can also pre-order signed copies through the Forbidden Planet site. Hope to see you there! Saturday 29, November, 1:00PM - 2:00PM Forbidden Planet London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR Our Price: £6.99 Little Brother UK launch/signing at [...]

Wed, 26 Nov 2008 18:24:22 UTC

Profile in The Guardian

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Damien G Walter’s written a smashing profile of me for The Guardian, pegged to the UK release of Little Brother (hope to see you all at the UK launch at Forbidden Planet on Saturday!). “The job of a science fiction writer, historically, has been to understand how technology and social factors interact,” he says, “how technology [...]

Tue, 25 Nov 2008 12:42:31 UTC

Selectable Output Control in Make

Posted By Cory Doctorow

MAKE’s put my latest column, “Selectable Output Control,” online — it describes a proposal to the FCC to allow broadcasters to shut down parts of your home theater while you’re watching their channels, and the consequences for Makers. Chances are, you haven’t heard of Selectable Output Control (SOC), a proposed digital TV technology that would allow [...]

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 05:41:12 UTC

Little Brother German fan-translation

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Christian Wohrl undertook a German fan-translation of my novel Little Brother, working on his daily train-commute. He’s just finished the work and posted “version 1″ on his site. The whole text is CC licensed, of course! “Little Brother” auf Deutsch (Thanks, Christian!)

Sat, 22 Nov 2008 11:06:14 UTC

Why I Copyfight in Russian

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My Locus column, Why I Copyfight has been translated into Russian by Private Reporter magazine! ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿? ¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿? ¿¿¿. ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿. ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ – ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿, [...]

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 07:27:18 UTC

Little Brother UK launch in London, Nov 29

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The launch for the UK edition of my novel Little Brother has been scheduled! I’ll be signing at Forbidden Planet in London on Satuday, November 29. They’re also taking pre-orders for signed copies by mail-order — makes a dandy Christmas pressie! Cory Doctorow ¿ Little Brother Saturday 29, November, 1:00PM - 2:00PM Forbidden Planet London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, [...]

Mon, 17 Nov 2008 17:24:10 UTC

Watching Back: a list for kids who care about technology and freedom

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Smári McCarthy, a high-school teacher in Iceland, has been teaching a course unit on civil liberties and technological literacy based around my novel Little Brother. He’s launched a new Google Group for the kids in his class (and other classes around the world) to continue the discussion — what an awesome idea! At the [...]

Mon, 17 Nov 2008 17:16:07 UTC

Why I Copyfight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine Russian translation, Private Reporter

Mon, 17 Nov 2008 17:15:48 UTC

Why I Copyfight

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus column, “Why I Copyfight,” was published a couple weeks back while I was on honeymoon and made quite a stir. It’s intended as a concise answer to the question, “Why should we care about the copyright wars, anyway?” The Internet is a system for efficiently making copies between computers. Whereas a conversation in [...]

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 15:25:11 UTC

Little Brother UK edition, signed!

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My novel Little Brother has just come out in the UK, a month ahead of schedule (Waterstone’s, the book-store chain, wanted it as a featured title, but their slot was in October, not November). This is fabulous news, of course, but it does mean that I’m not around to do signings and events right away [...]

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 04:30:19 UTC

Randall “XKCD” Munroe and me on our work-habits

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last August, I travelled to Springfield, Mass for 3PiCon, a science fiction convention where I was co-guest of honor with Randall “XKCD” Munroe. We did some fun programming items together, but the best was the last day’s event, a panel called “My Day at Work.” In honor of Randall’s comics, I attended in red cape [...]

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 18:57:40 UTC

Don't Judge New Media by Old Rules

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Internet Evolution

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 18:57:20 UTC

New media forms exposed by the net

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My new Internet Evolution column is up: “Don’t Judge New Media by Old Rules” considers the amazing hidden media formats that have been revealed by the Internet’s loosening of formal strictures: Isn’t it amazing that there’s always exactly 60 minutes’ worth of news everyday, and that, when transcribed, it fills exactly one newspaper? Have you ever stopped [...]

Thu, 18 Sep 2008 07:01:12 UTC

Content review/reading on The Command Line podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This week, The Command Line podcast favored me with a stellar review from my new essay collection Content, along with readings of two of the essays: Amish for QWERTY and Science Fiction is the Only Literature People Care Enough About to Steal on the Internet. Link MP3 link

Sat, 13 Sep 2008 07:23:06 UTC

Little Brother in the New York Times

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Austin “Soon I Will Be Invincible” Grossman’s written a fantastic review of my young adult novel Little Brother for this weekend’s New York Times book review section. Incidentally, the book went into a fifth hardcover printing last week, and is going back for a sixth printing next week because so many orders came in between [...]

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 04:50:29 UTC

Comic book cover

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Love this comic book cover created by Onezumi!

Tue, 09 Sep 2008 18:34:34 UTC

Who Owns Ideas?

Posted By Cory Doctorow

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s venerable Ideas programme just aired a fantastic one-hour segment on copyright called “Who Owns Ideas?” with a wide range of interviews with me, James Boyle, Steve Page from BNL, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Eric Flint, Michael Geist and many others. MP3: Who Owns Ideas?

Tue, 09 Sep 2008 08:49:26 UTC

Content: my first collection of essays

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Today, Tachyon Books and I are launching my latest book, Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future, my very first collection of essays. In it are 28 essays about everything from copyright and DRM to the layout of phone-keypads, the fallacy of the semantic web, the nature of futurism, [...]

Mon, 08 Sep 2008 15:00:18 UTC

Content

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Content is my first nonfiction collection, collecting over a dozen essays, speeches, and white-papers on subjects ranging from copyright to science fiction writing to DRM, Wikipedia to Facebook and Metadata. It sports an introduction by one of my all-time heroes: John Perry Barlow. It was published in September, 2008 by Tachyon Books.

Mon, 08 Sep 2008 04:24:10 UTC

Little Brother interview with Podcrash podcast

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I did a fun interview about Little Brother with the Podcrash podcast from the Bureaucrash folks: Link, MP3 Link

Fri, 05 Sep 2008 05:15:36 UTC

Macropayments

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Locus Magazine

Fri, 05 Sep 2008 05:15:17 UTC

Macropayments: why I don't have a tipjar

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus Magazine column is live: “Macropayments” explains why I don’t have a tipjar: Two columns back, in “Think Like a Dandelion,” I talked about the reproductive strategies employed in species where reproduction is cheap, like dandelions. Unlike humans, dandelions don't worry about the disposition of each of their children – they only want to [...]