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Read: “Communist Party”: the first chapter of Walkaway

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:22:42 +0000

There’s still time to pre-order your signed first-edition hardcover of Walkaway, my novel which comes out on April 25 (US/UK), and while you’re waiting for that to ship, here’s chapter one of the novel, “Communist Party” (this is read by Wil Wheaton on the audiobook, where he is joined by such readers as Amanda Palmer... more

Here’s the schedule for my 25-city US-Canada Walkaway tour!

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:17:38 +0000

There’s 25 stops in all on the US/Canada tour for WALKAWAY, my next novel, an “optimistic disaster novel” that comes out on April 25 (more stops coming soon, as well as publication of my UK tour). I’ll be joined in various cities by many worthies, from Neal Stephenson (Seattle) to Ed Snowden (New York) to... more

Fair trade ebooks: how authors could double their royalties without costing their publishers a cent

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:28:11 +0000

My latest Publishers Weekly column announces the launch-date for my long-planned “Shut Up and Take My Money” ebook platform, which allows traditionally published authors to serve as retailers for their publishers, selling their ebooks direct to their fans and pocketing the 30% that Amazon would usually take, as well as the 25% the publisher gives... more

Preorder my novel Walkaway and get a pocket multitool

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:29:15 +0000

Tor has produced a multitool to commemorate my forthcoming novel Walkaway, and if you pre-order the book, they’ll send you one! Protip: pre-order from Barnes and Noble and you’ll get a signed copy! The book has received some humblingly great early notices: Edward Snowden: Is Doctorow’s fictional Utopia bravely idealistic or bitterly ironic? The answer... more

Fill Your Boots: my column on how technology could let us work like artisans and live like kings

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:39:32 +0000

My latest Locus column is “Fill Your Boots,” in which I talk about how scientists, sf writers, economists and environmental activists have wrestled with the question of abundance — how the “green left” transformed left wing politics from the promise of every peasant living like a lord to the promise of every lord living like... more

Reply All covers DRM and the W3C

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:45:24 +0000

In the latest episode of Reply All, a fantastic tech podcast, the hosts and producers discuss the situation with DRM, the future of the web, and the W3C — a piece I’ve been working on them with for a year now. The issue is a complicated and eye-glazingly technical one, and they do a genuinely... more

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Coming to DC on March 6: a panel on right to repair, DRM, and property rights in the digital age

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:09:12 +0000

On Monday, March 6 at 10AM, I’ll be participating in a non-partisan R-Street event on “Property Rights in the Digital Age,” with participants from the Heritage Foundation, R-Street, the Open Technology Institute, and Freedomworks: “As we enter an age near total connectivity, we must ask ourselves, are our laws keeping up with technology? Do we... more

New Yorkers! Come see Edward Snowden and me onstage at the NYPL on the Walkaway tour!

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:07:29 +0000

I’m touring 20 US cities (plus dates in Canada and the UK!) with my forthcoming novel Walkaway; the full tour hasn’t been announced yet, but I’m delighted to reveal that the NYC stop on May 3 will be at the New York Public Library, where my interlocutor will be the whistleblower Edward Snowden. Tickets are... more

Now in the UK! Pre-order signed copies of the first edition hardcover of Walkaway, my first adult novel since Makers

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 17:22:51 +0000

The UK’s Forbidden Planet is now offering signed hardcovers of Walkaway, my first novel for adults since 2009 — this is in addition to the signed US hardcovers being sold by Barnes and Noble. Walkaway has scored starred reviews in Booklist (“memorable and engaging” and “ultimately suffused with hope”) and Kirkus (“A truly visionary techno-thriller... more

Pre-order a signed first edition of Walkaway, which got a starred review in Booklist today!

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:08:03 +0000

Here’s a reminder that you can pre-order a signed first edition hardcover of Walkaway, my first novel for adults since 2009, which William Gibson called “A wonderful novel” and Edward Snowden called “a reminder that the world we choose to build is the one we’ll inhabit” and Kim Stanley Robinson called “a utopia is both... more

The cover of this week’s Bookseller!

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:56:59 +0000

Clarion Workshop now accepting applications for sf writers to learn with Lynda Barry, Nalo Hopkinson, CC Finlay…and me!

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:53:49 +0000

The instructors for this summer’s Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy writers’ workshop are Dan Chaon, Lynda Barry, Nalo Hopkinson, Andrea Hairston, Cory Doctorow, C.C. Finlay and Rae Carson: the workshop runs from Jun 25-Aug 5 at UCSD in La Jolla, California. It’s an intensive, boot-camp style writing workshop that’s been running annually since 1968. New... more

Why the Trump era is the perfect time to go long on freedom and short on surveillance

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:34:38 +0000

My new Locus column is “It’s Time to Short Surveillance and Go Long on Freedom,” which starts by observing that Barack Obama’s legacy includes a beautifully operationalized, professional and terrifying surveillance apparatus, which Donald Trump inherits as he assumes office and makes ready to make good on his promise to deport millions of Americans and... more

Kirkus just gave me an AWESOME Christmas present: this starred review for WALKAWAY

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:01:31 +0000

Kirkus Reviews is one of the publishing industry’s toughest gauntlets, used by librarians and bookstore buyers to help sort through the avalanche of new titles, and its reviews often have a sting in their tails aimed at this audience, a pitiless rehearsal of the reasons you wouldn’t want to stock this book — vital intelligence... more

Free audiobook of Car Wars, my self-driving car/crypto back-door apocalypse story

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:18:32 +0000

Last month, Melbourne’s Deakin University published Car Wars, a short story I wrote to inspire thinking and discussion about the engineering ethics questions in self-driving car design, moving beyond the trite and largely irrelevant trolley problem. Shortly after, I went into Skyboat Media’s studio and recorded an audio edition of the story, which the Deakin... more

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Everything is a Remix, including Star Wars, and that’s how I became a writer

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:01:50 +0000

Kirby Ferguson, who created the remarkable Everything is a Remix series, has a new podcast hosted by the Recreate Coalition called Copy This and he hosted me on the debut episode (MP3) where we talked about copying, creativity, artists, and the future of the internet (as you might expect!). Are you one of the many... more

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Mr Robot has driven a stake through the Hollywood hacker, and not a moment too soon

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:14:28 +0000

Mr Robot is the most successful example of a small but fast-growing genre of “techno-realist” media, where the focus is on realistic portrayals of hackers, information security, surveillance and privacy, and it represents a huge reversal on the usual portrayal of hackers and computers as convenient plot elements whose details can be finessed to meet... more

A new edition of the Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free audiobook featuring Neil Gaiman

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:04:27 +0000

“Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free” is my 2014 nonfiction book about copyright, the internet, and earning a living, and it features two smashing introductions — one by Neil Gaiman and the other by Amanda Palmer. I released an audio edition of the book in 2014, read by the incomparable Wil Wheaton, who also read... more

My keynote from the O’Reilly Security Conference: “Security and feudalism: Own or be pwned”

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:51:39 +0000

Here’s the 32 minute video of my presentation at last month’s O’Reilly Security Conference in New York, “Security and feudalism: Own or be pwned.” Cory Doctorow explains how EFF is battling the perfect storm of bad security, abusive business practices, and threats to the very nature of property itself, fighting for a future where our... more

Car Wars: a dystopian science fiction story about the nightmare of self-driving cars

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:24:25 +0000

Melbourne’s Deakin University commissioned me to write a science fiction story about the design and regulation of self-driving cars, inspired by my essay about the misapplication of the “Trolley Problem” to autonomous vehicles. The story, Car Wars, takes the form of a series of vignettes that illustrate the problem with designing cars to control their... more