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Cory Doctorow:
Audible, Comixology, Amazon, and Doctorow’s First Law

From the September 2014 issue of Locus Magazine It’s been half a decade since I coined ‘‘Doctorow’s first law of electronic publishing’’: ‘‘Any time someone puts a lock on something that belongs to you, and won’t give you the key, you can be sure that the lock isn’t there for your benefit.’’ I’m talking, of [...]

Cory Doctorow: Security in Numbers

From the July 2014 issue of Locus Magazine Edward Snowden wasn’t the first person to leak information about US mass surveillance. The mass surveillance story has been unfolding since an AT&T technician called Mark Klein blew the whistle on the NSA in 2006, but the Snowden story is the first one that’s caught and held [...]

Cory Doctorow: How to Talk to Your Children About Mass Surveillance

From the May 2014 issue of Locus Magazine There’s a popular forum on the Reddit online service called ‘‘Explain Like I’m Five,’’ in which redditors pose difficult and esoteric questions whose settled answers are beyond their comprehension, and ask their fellows to simplify these answers to the point where a five year old could follow [...]

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, [...]


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