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Cory Doctorow

Author of Little Brother

110+ Works 22,590 Members 1,219 Reviews 90 Favorited

About the Author

Writer and activist Cory Doctorow was born in Toronto, Canada on July 17, 1971. In 1999 he co-founded a free software company called Opencola and served as Canadian Regional Director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. For four years he worked as European Affairs Coordinator for show more the Electronic Frontier Foundation and in 2007 won its Pioneer Award. His first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, won a Locus Award for Best First Novel. His short story collection A Place So Foreign and Eight More won a Sunburst Award, and his bestselling novel Little Brother received the 2009 Prometheus Award, a Sunburst Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Doctorow also writes nonfiction books and articles, and he co-edits the blog Boing Boing. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Cory Doctorow, photographed by Jonathan Worth

Series

Works by Cory Doctorow

Little Brother (2008) 5,628 copies, 396 reviews
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2003) 2,519 copies, 122 reviews
Makers (2009) 1,259 copies, 71 reviews
Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (2005) 1,240 copies, 54 reviews
Eastern Standard Tribe (2004) 1,230 copies, 37 reviews
For the Win (2010) 1,226 copies, 77 reviews
Walkaway (2017) 1,037 copies, 42 reviews
In Real Life (2014) 1,030 copies, 87 reviews
Homeland (2013) 999 copies, 47 reviews
Pirate Cinema (2012) 797 copies, 56 reviews
The Rapture of the Nerds (2012) 771 copies, 41 reviews
Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present (2007) 710 copies, 21 reviews
Radicalized (2019) 474 copies, 21 reviews
A Place So Foreign and Eight More (2003) 424 copies, 5 reviews
Attack Surface (2020) 287 copies, 12 reviews
Red Team Blues (2023) 248 copies, 13 reviews
The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (2011) 167 copies, 5 reviews
With a Little Help (2010) 128 copies, 7 reviews
The Lost Cause (2023) 110 copies, 8 reviews
The Bezzle (2024) 92 copies, 5 reviews
Clockwork Fagin (2011) 85 copies, 2 reviews
Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales Of The Here And Now (2008) — Author — 71 copies, 1 review
I, Robot [novelette] (2005) 69 copies, 5 reviews
Lawful Interception (2013) 60 copies
When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth [novelette] (2006) 57 copies, 6 reviews
Chicken Little (2011) 56 copies, 4 reviews
The Fifth Science Fiction Megapack (2012) 48 copies, 2 reviews
Little Brother & Homeland (2020) 46 copies, 1 review
Poesy the Monster Slayer (2020) 36 copies, 3 reviews
Tesseracts Eleven: Amazing Canadian Speculative Fiction (2007) — Editor — 35 copies, 2 reviews
After The Siege (2007) 33 copies, 1 review
Craphound (2011) 27 copies, 1 review
Party Discipline (2017) 24 copies, 1 review
Unauthorized Bread (2019) 23 copies
True Names (2013) 20 copies
I, Row-Boat (2006) 18 copies, 3 reviews
Anda's Game [short story] (2015) 18 copies, 1 review
Return to Pleasure Island (2015) 17 copies, 1 review
Scroogled (2014) 16 copies, 1 review
Printcrime (2006) 14 copies
Shadow of the Mothaship (2011) 14 copies
Appeals Court (2015) 13 copies, 1 review
The Man Who Sold the Moon (2016) 9 copies, 1 review
Jury Service (2015) 9 copies
Shannon's Law (2011) 8 copies, 1 review
Unwirer (2004) 7 copies, 1 review
Martian Chronicles 5 copies, 1 review
To Go Boldly 4 copies
Truncat (2000) 4 copies, 1 review
Visit the Sins 4 copies, 1 review
Human Readable 4 copies, 1 review
0wnz0red 4 copies
Epoch 3 copies
Other People's Money (2007) 3 copies
Ghosts in My Head 3 copies, 1 review
Model Minority (2019) 2 copies
Car Wars 2 copies
Masque of the Red Death (2019) 2 copies
Con/Game 1 copy
Radicalized [novella] (2019) 1 copy
Lockdown 1 copy
Pester Power 1 copy
Sensored 1 copy

Associated Works

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (2008) — Contributor — 1,569 copies, 50 reviews
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales (2011) — Contributor — 871 copies, 46 reviews
The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases (2003) — Contributor — 772 copies, 20 reviews
The Best American Short Stories 2005 (2005) — Contributor — 700 copies, 6 reviews
Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories (2011) — Contributor — 700 copies, 26 reviews
Mostly Void, Partially Stars (2016) — Foreword — 655 copies, 8 reviews
Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories (2011) — Contributor — 511 copies, 18 reviews
Welcome to Bordertown (2011) — Contributor — 504 copies, 25 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixteenth Annual Collection (1999) — Contributor — 483 copies, 1 review
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection (2007) — Contributor — 435 copies, 7 reviews
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contributor — 421 copies, 6 reviews
Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology (2007) — Cover artist — 393 copies, 7 reviews
The New Space Opera 2 (2009) — Contributor — 332 copies, 11 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction (2006) — Contributor — 318 copies, 7 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection (2011) — Contributor — 307 copies, 2 reviews
The Starry Rift (2008) — Contributor — 284 copies, 10 reviews
Out on Blue Six (1989) — Introduction, some editions — 265 copies, 12 reviews
Year's Best SF 9 (2004) — Contributor — 260 copies, 5 reviews
Year's Best SF 5 (2000) — Contributor — 259 copies, 2 reviews
Press Start to Play (2015) — Contributor — 259 copies, 11 reviews
Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (2014) — Contributor — 244 copies, 9 reviews
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contributor — 239 copies, 4 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF (2010) — Contributor — 237 copies, 5 reviews
Year's Best SF 11 (2006) — Contributor — 237 copies, 5 reviews
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume One (2007) — Contributor — 202 copies, 6 reviews
Web of Angels (1980) — Introduction, some editions — 197 copies, 4 reviews
Robot Uprisings (2014) — Contributor — 191 copies, 6 reviews
Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse (2013) — Contributor — 188 copies, 5 reviews
Twenty-First Century Science Fiction (2013) — Contributor — 186 copies, 6 reviews
Year's Best SF 12 (2007) — Contributor — 186 copies, 3 reviews
Year's Best SF 14 (2009) — Contributor — 173 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection (2015) — Contributor — 172 copies, 7 reviews
Revisions (2004) — Contributor — 151 copies, 3 reviews
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Five (2011) — Contributor — 149 copies, 4 reviews
Alien Contact [ebook] (2011) — Contributor; Contributor — 143 copies, 3 reviews
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Six (2012) — Contributor — 140 copies, 4 reviews
Bound by Law? Tales from the Public Domain (2007) — Introduction, some editions — 132 copies, 3 reviews
Echoes of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon (2016) — Contributor — 130 copies, 10 reviews
Science Fiction: The Best of 2003 (2004) — Contributor — 119 copies, 5 reviews
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2013 Edition (2013) — Contributor — 113 copies, 1 review
Futures from Nature (2007) — Contributor — 113 copies, 5 reviews
Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood (2011) — Contributor — 107 copies
Starlight 3 (2001) — Contributor — 103 copies
Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier (2011) — Contributor — 99 copies, 2 reviews
Godlike Machines (2010) — Contributor — 94 copies, 2 reviews
After the End: Recent Apocalypses (2013) — Contributor; Contributor — 88 copies, 5 reviews
Beyond Singularity (2005) — Contributor — 87 copies, 1 review
Nebula Awards Showcase 2005 (2005) — Contributor — 85 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2015 Edition (2015) — Contributor — 74 copies, 2 reviews
Witpunk (2003) — Author — 73 copies, 3 reviews
Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology (2020) — Contributor — 70 copies, 3 reviews
Fast Forward 2 (2008) — Contributor — 67 copies, 2 reviews
New Voices In Science Fiction (2003) — Contributor — 66 copies, 1 review
Northern Suns : The New Anthology of Canadian Science Fiction (1999) — Contributor — 63 copies, 1 review
Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest (2015) — Contributor — 50 copies, 2 reviews
Before They Were Giants: First Works from Science Fiction Greats (2010) — Contributor — 48 copies, 2 reviews
Unplugged: The Web's Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy (2009) — Contributor — 45 copies
Best Short Novels 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 42 copies, 1 review
Dangerous Games (2007) — Contributor — 39 copies
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on tor.com (2013) — Contributor — 38 copies
Future Washington (2005) — Contributor — 35 copies, 2 reviews
Twelve Tomorrows - 2014: Visionary stories of the near future (2014) — Contributor — 33 copies, 1 review
Robots: The Recent A.I. (2012) — Contributor — 33 copies, 1 review
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 32 copies
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Contributor — 31 copies
Best Short Novels 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 26 copies
Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012) — Contributor — 26 copies
Make Shift: Dispatches from the Post-Pandemic Future (2021) — Contributor — 25 copies
We, Robots (2010) — Contributor — 25 copies
Super Stories of Heroes & Villains (2013) — Contributor — 24 copies, 1 review
Future Games (2012) — Contributor — 22 copies
The Bakka anthology (2002) — Contributor — 22 copies
TRSF (2011) — Contributor — 21 copies
Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2015) — Contributor — 19 copies
Tesseracts 7: New Canadian Speculative Writing (1998) — Contributor — 15 copies, 1 review
Future Media (2011) — Contributor — 14 copies
Tesseracts 8: New Canadian Speculative Writing (2003) — Contributor — 14 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 24, No. 12 [December 2000] (2000) — Contributor — 12 copies, 2 reviews
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 33, No. 6 [June 2009] (1909) — Contributor — 12 copies, 1 review
Pwning Tomorrow (2015) — Contributor — 12 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 107 (April 2019) (2019) — Contributor — 11 copies, 2 reviews
Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction (2015) — Contributor — 10 copies, 1 review
Decision Points (2016) — Contributor — 10 copies, 1 review
Bifrost n°66 (2012) — Contributor — 8 copies
Surviving Tomorrow: A Charity Anthology to Fight COVID-19 (2020) — Contributor — 7 copies, 1 review
Open Space: New Canadian Fantastic Fiction (2003) — Introduction — 7 copies
Black Mirror Volume 1: A Literary Season (2018) — Contributor — 6 copies
Tor.com Nov/Dec 2023 Short Fiction — Contributor — 5 copies
The Tomorrow Project Anthology (2011) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Last Dangerous Visions (2024) — Contributor — 3 copies
Subterranean Magazine Summer 2010 — Contributor — 2 copies
Locus, July 2011 (606) — Contributor — 1 copy
Amazing Stories Vol. 71, No. 4 [Winter 2000] (2000) — Contributor — 1 copy
FenCon X: Infinite Possibilities — Contributor — 1 copy

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When you write a novel about a proposed Utopia, you're going to have to be convincing and honest about how realistic it is. Clever rhetoric and techno-babble won't let you off the hook. If you only present the upshot of a future post-scarcity hippy culture, then you need to include what that looks like for people who aren't math wizards. Including a lot of the LGBTQIA+ community but leaving out handicapped and disabled people isn't doing your any favors. In the world of Walkaway you're either a righteous genius or an evil capitalist, there is literally nothing else.

The one-sidedness in this novel gets really old after a few pages. Every conversation is an attempt to convince the reader that, yes, there is a perfect societal structure out there, which is a vaguely anarchistic, ill-defined con-committal form of self-reliance. This rhetoric only works for a little while because it follows the same structure over and over again. 1) Bring up a hot societal issue 2) Give some interesting positive arguments for it 3) Let the opponent (capitalists) get in some good points 4) prove the opposition wrong by blasting the reader with a litany of what is good about the position taken by the novel 5) Don't include any other arguments that might be relevant. Repeat step 3 and 4 to stretch out the argument. I'm not trying to argue that the standpoint of the novel is wrong and that capitalists are right, I'm trying to show that if you think you can only convince people of your standpoint by using linguistic trickery, then maybe you need to rethink how strong your argument is and who your target audience is.

Besides, the poorly structured arguments this novel tries to make, we are also constantly barraged by endless extended sex scenes. If we're not flooded with descriptions of intercourse, we're treated to detailed scenes of bodily functions. I just started skipping entire pages because it started to make me uncomfortable. Ironically, with all the 'intimacy', we never really get to know the main characters feelings in general. We only know how intensely they all feel towards each other in the same way. In the end they all feel very flat and interchangeable. The only difference seems to be their physicality.

I tried to like this novel, but the strong messaging got in the way.
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TheCriticalTimes | 41 other reviews | Jul 5, 2024 |
slight spoilers

I dropped when the MC was involuntarily committed, one of my squicks, then came back and lightly skimmed those bits so I could finish the story.
 
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rlsalvati | 36 other reviews | Jul 3, 2024 |
climate, cyberpunk, tech
 
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DM_Library | 7 other reviews | Jun 6, 2024 |
Marty Hench returns in a prequel (you don't need to read Red Team Blues to enjoy this book, but I think you should because I enjoyed it) about some of his earlier exploits as a forensic accountant. This book starts "small" by tackling MLMs and then moves on to the myriad problems of the American prison system.

This is one of those books that I really loved, and feel like I can't write about intelligently. So I'll just say, Doctorow gets very real with his criticisms on how our prisons are run and how the people within them are abused. I feel like he covers a lot for a novella, without it feeling too info-dumpy.

If you said the ending was idealist, I wouldn't argue, though it definitely wasn't a happy ending wrapped up in a neat little bow. I'll definitely be reading whatever Marty Hench book he writes next, and of course, remain a fan of Doctorow's work overall.
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Jonathan Coulton Introduction
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Stephen Kotowych Contributor
Kim Goldberg Contributor
Peter Darbyshire Contributor
Hugh A. D. Spencer Contributor
Greg Bechtel Contributor
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Kate Riedel Contributor
David Nickle Contributor
Steven Mills Contributor
Jerome Stueart Contributor
John Mavin Contributor
Nancy Bennett Contributor
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Shelley Eshkar Cover designer, Cover artist
Bruce Schneier Afterword
Andrew Huang Afterword
Peter Lutjen Cover designer
Will Staehle Cover artist, Cover designer
Dave McKean Cover artist
Wil Wheaton Narrator
Mary Wirth Designer
Pablo Defendini Cover artist
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Statistics

Works
110
Also by
105
Members
22,590
Popularity
#938
Rating
½ 3.7
Reviews
1,219
ISBNs
400
Languages
17
Favorited
90

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