For those only familiar with Cory Doctorow through his writing as a Guardian columnist or as one of the five erstwhile editors of Boing Boing, it may be difficult to appreciate him. At times he comes off as too-self-promoty and almost like a socially functional Kaczynski-lite. But after devouring his novel Little Brother in three sittings, I’m head over heals for the guy.
It was through reading that novel that I was fully able to appreciate his contributions in his non-fiction writing.
All of that backhanded compliments are a way to say that I’m fully on-board with the man — his techie, copyleft, open-source, man against the bureaucracy view of life. Using existing technology to set yourself free from government intrusion.
His latest novel from Tor sounds as if it will make a nice companion piece to Little Brother.
“I was lucky enough to score an early copy of Makers from Cory a few months ago, and it’s a fun, smart thought experiment that basically asks the question: What if the people who read MAKE: magazine became activists who wanted to subvert more than licensing agreements?,” writes Annalee Newitz of io9. “In a near future of economic collapse, unemployed hardware hackers start setting up guerrilla amusement park rides and making the good kind of trouble that earns people a little more freedom. And of course, sinister representatives from major entertainment corporations are hot on their tails.”