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Cory Doctorow: Peace In Our Time

From the May 2016 issue of Locus Magazine E-books are game-changers, but not in the way we all thought they would be. Far from taking over print, e-book sales have stagnated at less than a quarter of print sales and show every sign of staying there or declining for the foreseeable future. But e-books continue […]

Cory Doctorow: Wealth Inequality Is Even Worse
in Reputation Economies

From the March 2016 issue of Locus Magazine I need to confess something: ‘‘Whuffie’’ would make a terrible cur­rency. In 2003, I published my first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, in which all society’s scarcities, even death and energy, have been overcome, and where conflicts over resources – notably, who gets to […]

Cory Doctorow: Wicked Problems: Resilience Through Sensing

From the January 2016 issue of Locus Magazine A problem is said to be ‘‘wicked’’ when the various parties engaged with it can’t even agree what the problem is, let alone the solution. As the name implies, wicked problems are hard to deal with. More than a decade ago, the Federal Communica­tions Commission got its […]

Cory Doctorow: The Internet Will Always Suck

From the November 2015 issue of Locus Magazine Technologist Anil Dash has a law. ‘‘Three things never work: Voice chat, printers, and projectors.’’ It’s funny because it’s true. We’ve all struggled with getting a printer to work; we’ve all watched a presenter and an AV tech sweat over a projector in a room full of […]

Cory Doctorow:
What If People Were Sensors, Not Things to be Sensed?

From the September 2015 issue of Locus Magazine The Internet of Things is starting to emerge. You can tell it’s just starting, because we’re still using the ungainly name ‘‘Internet of Things.’’ It’s one of those coinages that tells you that we don’t know what a thing is or what it’s for, like ‘‘horseless carriage’’ […]

Cory Doctorow: Skynet Ascendant

From the July 2015 issue of Locus Magazine As I’ve written here before, science fiction is terrible at predicting the future, but it’s great at predicting the present. SF writers imagine all the futures they can, and these futures are processed by a huge, dynamic system consisting of editors, booksellers, and readers. The futures that […]

Cory Doctorow: Shorter

From the May 2015 issue of Locus Magazine When I started writing, I thought I was talented. I was six, and I’d written something precocious that attracted praise from the grownups around me, and that praise included a descriptive dimension: I hadn’t just written something that was good – I was a good writer. Talent […]

Cory Doctorow: Stability and Surveillance

From the March 2015 issue of Locus Magazine In Thomas Piketty’s ground-breaking 2014 economics blockbuster Capital in the 21st Century, the economist carefully documents the increasing wealth disparity around the globe, a phenomenon that has animated the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, Pope Francis, and political activists around the world. Some of Piketty’s critics have […]

Cory Doctorow: A New Deal for Copyright

From the January 2015 issue of Locus Magazine Last November, I published a book-length essay about how copyright is failing to serve artists, and how it has come to present a clear and present danger to wider society. The book is called Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, and it is composed of three snappy […]

Cory Doctorow: Stories Are a Fuggly Hack

From the November 2014 issue of Locus Magazine As I’ve mentioned before, stories are weird. I mean, really, really weird. Nothing that happens in a piece of fiction has any consequence in the real world. Romeo and Juliet did not live, did not die, and the ‘‘tragedy’’ they represent is objec­tively less important than the […]


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