Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present

Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present

by Cory Doctorow

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Now available for the first time with two additional stories!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be bitten by a zombie or live through a bioweapon attack? In Cory Doctorow’s collection of novellas, he wields his formidable experience in technology and computing to give us mind-bending 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 cyberworld, and hence the world at large,
from worms and bioweapons. And yes, there is a story about zombies too. Plus, for the first time, this collection includes “Petard” and “The Man Who Sold the Moon.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483079936
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Cory Doctorow is a blogger, journalist, and author science fiction and nonfiction. His writing has won numerous awards, including three Locus Awards, two John W. Campbell Awards, three Prometheus Awards, two Sunburst Awards, the White Pine Award, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award, among others. He has served as Canadian regional director of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is coeditor of the blog Boing Boing, and he was named one of the web’s twenty-five “influencers” by Forbes and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is a contributing author to Wired magazine, and his writing has been published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Boston Globe, Popular Science, and others.

Table of Contents

Petard: A Tale of Just Deserts

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Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where's the Book. "Cover image not available." Anthony the whole Content? About one paragraph
K_Pierce 12 months ago
Bought the book and all I got was a sample, which was pretty much nothing. B&N had me archive it and then try to download it again, still the same. So they tell me I have to buy the book again to get the whole book? Not even going to take the chance.
tyroeternal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Doctorow's writing is fun and easy to follow along with. His ability to weave a tantalizing futuristic story had me reading further than I typically intended every time. Short stories are typically not my cup of tea, but I greatly enjoyed this collection.
JapaG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cory Doctorow is an interesting writer. He has wonderful ideas (check out his Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom for Whuffies and the Bitchun society! :)), but his writing and style is not always top of the line.The same applies here. We have very interesting ideas (piracy by printing objects, apocalypse seen through the eyes of a system admin, pitching MMORPG girls and gold miner slaves against one another, 1984-like society with artificial intelligences, uplifted rowboats and sea creatures, and near-future war seen through the eyes of a small girl), but with most of the stories, his style just does not "click". He also seems to be a bit of a one-trick pony in that all the stories seem somehow to be about the freedom of information. He also gets a bit preachy every now and then. :)But that small blemish aside, the ideas in the stories carry the collection well. Especially when he ponders about machine intelligences in I Robot and I, Row-Boat, he gives the reader a lot to think about us as humans. These two stories have a very interesting and humorous take on Asimov's three laws of robotics as well. :)A very entertaining read.
danconsiglio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I worry about how well Doctorow's sci/fi will hold up to future generations. His stories are full of cultural and temporal markers and that can make sci/fi dated very quickly. Not that that should effect what I think of the stories now. This is a very solid short story collection. The first and last stories are the best. Doctorow's blurbs are always amusing and often political. Not for the conservative audience!
iFool on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fine collection of short stories of various lengths. I particularly enjoyed reading the introductions at the beginning of each story on the author's inspirations for each story. The common theme among the stories appear to be the conflict between scientific inventions and moral.
SystemicPlural on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I was younger I didn't appreciate short story collections very much - I like character development. I don't know what's changed, but I appreciate them more now. This is my favourite to date. A nice collection of near future sci-fi from Doctorow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 pages of NOTHING
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't cost much, but really.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s a two-paragraph review, this isn’t the actual book.
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