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Cory Doctorow: Cold Equations and Moral Hazard

From the March 2014 issue of Locus Magazine Legendary science fiction editor Gardner Dozois once said that the job of a science fiction writer was to notice the car and the movie theater and anticipate the drive-in – and then go on to predict the sexual revolution. I love that quote, because it highlights the [...]

Cory Doctorow: Cheap Writing Tricks

From the January 2014 issue of Locus Magazine Plots are funny things. In the real world, stuff is always happening, but it’s not a plot. People live. People die. People are made glorious or miserable. Things eagerly awaited are realized, or hopes are cruelly dashed. Love is gained; love is lost. But all these things [...]

Cory Doctorow: Collective Action

From the September 2013 issue of Locus Magazine Project Paperless LLC, a strange company whose ownership is shrouded in mystery, wants $1,000 for every person in your company who scans documents and e-mails them. They claim that they have a valid patent covering this ‘‘invention,’’ and while $1,000 per employee is a lot of cabbage, [...]

Cory Doctorow: Libraries and E-books

From the September 2013 issue of Locus Magazine At the start of the summer, I traveled to Chicago for the annual national conference of the American Library Association. It was great. There are many utterly baseless clichés about librarians – the shushing spinster who prefers the company of books to humans is a creation of [...]

Cory Doctorow: Teaching Computers Shows Us How
Little We Understand About Ourselves

From the July 2013 issue of Locus Magazine A quote variously attributed to Richard Feynman and Albert Einstein has it that ‘‘If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t really understand it.’’ Most of us have encountered this in our lives: you think you really know something and understand it, and [...]

Cory Doctorow: Improving Book Publicity in the 21st Century

From the May 2013 issue of Locus Magazine I’m not complaining when I say that YA book-tours are a death march. I relish the chance to go on the road, and I’m profoundly grateful to my publisher, Tor, for sending me out with my books – in February, I hit 23 cities in 25 days [...]

Cory Doctorow: Ten Years On

From the March 2013 issue of Locus Magazine On February 5, 2013, Tor Teen published Homeland, the sequel to my first YA novel, Little Brother. As I write this in January ’13, I’m just gearing up for the tour, which mostly involves sending semi-form e-mails to nice people who’ve asked me to do something time-consuming, [...]

Cory Doctorow: Where Characters Come From

From the January 2013 issue of Locus Magazine Fiction is weird. The people in fiction are, well, fictional. Made up. They have no lives, and nothing they do, and nothing that happens to them has any consequences in the real world. By definition: made up people don’t affect reality. And yet, our bodies don’t seem [...]

Cory Doctorow: The Internet of the Dead

From the November 2012 issue of Locus Magazine As I write this in September, 2012, Charlie Stross and I just returned from a tour with our novel Rapture of the Nerds, a book about – among other things – technological immortality as achieved through brain uploading. Digital mortality was very much on my mind as [...]

Cory Doctorow: Why Science Fiction Movies Drive Me Nuts

From the September 2012 issue of Locus Magazine My friends (and especially my wife) all understand that I’m the wrong guy to take to a big budget science fiction movie. I will freely admit that this is the case. Every summer, as I sit down in one darkened cave after another to eat candy and [...]


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