Synopses & Reviews
Have you ever wondered what it's like to get bitten by a zombie? To live through a bioweapon attack? To have every aspect of your life governed by invisible ants?
In Cory Doctorow's collection of novellas, he wields his formidable experience in technology and computing to give us mindbending sci-fi tales that explore the possibilities of information technology and its various uses run amok.
"Anda's Game" is a spin on the bizarre new phenomenon of "cyber sweatshops," in which people are paid very low wages to play online games all day in order to generate in-game wealth, which can be converted into actual money. Another tale tells of the heroic exploits of "sysadmins" systems administrators as they defend the cyber-world, and hence the world at large, from worms and bioweapons.
And yes, there is a story about zombies, too.
"The four-page opening fable is as absorbing and prescient as the gruesome 76-page war story that ends the book. Doctorow is rapidly emerging as the William Gibson of his generation. (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly
"This collection shows a stunning talent coming into his own, balancing good storytelling and contemporary technology near perfectly....[T]hese stories reflect a wicked sense of humor, clear knowledge of contemporary problems, and an understanding of the way good sf works." Booklist (Starred Review)
"The ideas don't always stand up to a searching examination, but the appealing characters, snappy writing and swift pace will surely tempt the younger and/or geekier sections of the SF audience." Kirkus Reviews
"Doctorow adds head notes for each work, detailing how it came to be a nice peek into the writing process. A thought-provoking and fun collection; recommended." Library Journal
"Told from the perspective of a young girl trying to survive in a poor country being bombed by well-off adversaries, 'After the Siege' is an absolute delight, by turns horrifying, witty, and touching." Clive Thompson, Wired Magazine
From the acclaimed sci-fi writer and co-founder of Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow, a collection of five novellas, one of which was featured in Best American Short Stories 2005.
About the Author
Cory Doctorow is the author of three science fiction novels, DOWN AND OUT IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM, EASTERN STANDARD TRIBE, and SOMEONE COMES TO TOWN, SOMEONE LEAVES TOWN, and the short story collection A PLACE SO FOREIGN AND EIGHT MORE. He is the co-founder of boingboing.com. "Anda's Game," from this collection, was chosen by Michael Chabon for BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2005.