Synopses & Reviews
In a Disney-dominated future, a transhuman teenager engages in high velocity adventures until he meets the meat girl” of his dreams and is forced to choose between immortality and sex in one of Cory Doctorow's most daring novellas. Also included in this collection is Creativity vs. Copyright,” a transcript of Doctorows historic address to the 2010 World Science Fiction Convention, dramatically presenting his controversial case for open-source models not only in information but art as well, and Outspoken Interview,” in which Doctorow reveals the surprising inspirations for his writing.
"Doctorow shows us life from the point-of-view of the plugged-in generation and makes it feel like a totally alien world." Montreal Gazette
"One of the genre's fresh new talents, one of the few who seamlessly mixes the future with the bizarre." Rocky Mountain News
"Utterly contemporary and deeply peculiara hard combination to beat (or, these days, to find)." William Gibson, author, Neuromancer
"Doctorow uses science fiction as a kind of cultural WD-40, loosening hinges and dissolving adhesions to peer into some of society's unlighted corners." New York Times
"For fans of Cory Doctorow, reading The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow will be a no-brainer. Grim as it is, it's also as thought-provoking as anything he's written. . . . This is a lovely little book in every respect, from its stylish design to its phenomenal content." —www.tor.com (November 2011)
"Doctorow's prose is precise and perceptive. His vision of the future, although gritty, is an entertaining and thought provoking reflection of our present." —www.CityBookReview.com
"The multi-layered ironies in Doctorow's writing are rich and wonderful . . . about as sharp a scalpel as an author can create." —www.wired.com
Cory Doctorow burst on the SF scene in 2000 like a rocket, inspiring awe in readers (and envy in other writers) with his bestselling novels and stories, which he insisted on giving away via Creative Commons. Meanwhile, as coeditor of the wildly popular blog Boing Boing, he became the radical new voice of the Web, boldly arguing for internet freedom from corporate control.
Doctorow's activism and artistry are both on display in this Outspoken Author edition. The crown jewel is his novella The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, the high-velocity adventures of a transhuman teenager in a toxic post-Disney dystopia, battling wireheads and wumpuses (and having fun doing it ) until he meets the "meat girl" of his dreams, and is forced to choose between immortality and sex.
Plus a live transcription of Cory's historic address to the 2010 World SF Convention, "Creativity vs. Copyright," dramatically presenting his controversial case for open-source in both information and art.
Also included is an international Outspoken Interview (Skyped from England, Canada, and the U.S.) in which Doctorow reveals the surprising sources of his genius.
About the Author
Cory Doctorow is an author, an activist, a journalist, and the coeditor of BoingBoing.net. He is the author of Content, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, For the Win, and Little Brother.