Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present
107 Installments— in English—Entirely free
6 short stories: "After the Siege", "Anda's Game", "I, Robot", "I, Row-boat", "Printcrime", "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth".
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Born in 1971 to a Canadian family whose values included political activism, Cory Doctorow devoted much of his youth to activist and social justice causes. After leaving college without a degree, he went on to serve pivotal roles in the field of copyright in the electronic and internet age. In 2003, he published his first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, which was greeted with much success from the science fiction community. A sought-after lecturer, Doctorow recently held the inaugural Fulbright Chair in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. He has since published other works, among them a short-story collection entitled A Place So Foreign and Eight More, and a novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
The coppers smashed my father's printer when I was eight. I remember the hot, cling-film-in-a-microwave smell of it, and Da's look of ferocious concentration as he filled it with fresh goop, and the warm, fresh-baked feel of the objects that came out of it.
The coppers came through the door with ...
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Reviewed by petesneaky on Nov 30, 2012
pretty lame sci fi
not much else to say except this is pretty lame
Reviewed by MegSperring on Jun 16, 2012
what an outstanding book!
I thoroughly enjoyed each story in Overclocked. A great variety, and each one crafted with skill. Science fiction that is real and believable!
Reviewed by changolote on Apr 2, 2009
Six short stories, I had never heard of Doctorow but this was pretty cool. Two stories were dull/pointless--I, Rowboat and Printjob (or whatever the first one was called). The other 4 were all great stories and in fact reflected a great variety. Anda's Game I thought was very creative; I,Robot moved at a great pace; the one about the seige started kind of slowed, but the last 20 installments--I just kept clicking "send next installment immediately." Would like to have had the book copy for my recent trip.
Reviewed by hashford on Jan 13, 2010
good in parts
6 short stories:
• Printcrime - very short, but good with a nice moral twist
• When Sysadmin Ruled the World – a satire (at least I think it was) on the inward looking arrogance of sysadmin (the computer is the only thing that matters even if the outside world grinds to a halt!) – weak story and an uninspired ending
• Anda’s Game – best by far, with engaging characters in a fascinating gaming world; Anda has to grow up and face some real-life realities, giving the story more depth and complexity than any of the others
• I, Robot – tribute to Asimov’s story, but unfortunately lacked compelling characters
• I, Rowboat – another tribute to Asimov, and much better done; Robbie Rowboat has to confront some pretty existential questions
• After the Seige – longest story in the book, but rather weak; after a huge amount of padding it rushes to a barely explained conclusion.
Many thanks to Cory Doctorow for making his book available to us to read online.
Reviewed by smeg on Feb 10, 2009
Some good, some not so
Enjoyed most of the stories, with the exception of i,rowboat. Very much enjoyed After the Seige
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