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Have you ever wondered what it's like to live through a bioweapon attack or to have every aspect of your life governed by invisible ants? In Cory Doctorow's collection of novellas, he wields...
Have you ever wondered what it's like to live through a bioweapon attack or to have every aspect of your life governed by invisible ants? In Cory Doctorow's collection of novellas, he wields...
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  • Have you ever wondered what it's like to live through a bioweapon attack or to have every aspect of your life governed by invisible ants? 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.

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  • Canadian-born Cory Doctorow has held policy positions with Creative Commons and the Electronic Frontier Foundation and been a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Southern California. He is a co-editor of the popular weblog BoingBoing (boingboing.net), which receives over three million visitors a month. His science fiction has won numerous awards, and his YA novel Little Brother spent seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

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  • AudioFile Magazine This audiobook is a strange beast to tackle. The stories offer a curious hybrid of future technology and present cultural idiosyncrasies, so it requires a certain breed of narrator to do it justice: by turns brooding and tongue-in-cheek, but always able to present the present-futuristic plots believably. Some of the performers achieve this; the others aren't unskilled, just not as consistently nuanced or energetic. One problem is that Doctorow includes a brief introduction to each story, and some narrators don't make it clear where the preface ends and the story begins. Lloyd James, Fiona Hardingham, Jeffrey Kafer, and Emily Woo Zeller stand out as particularly enjoyable performers. N.J.B. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 11, 2006
    An unabashed promulgator of the Internet and its democratic potential,
    \t\t Doctorow (Eastern Standard Tribe) explores
    \t\t the benefits and consequences of online systems in this provocative collection
    \t\t of six mostly long stories. "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth" is a moving
    \t\t chronicle of a widely dispersed network of techno-geeks laboring to keep the
    \t\t World Wide Web running as an epitaph to an earth devastated by a bioweapon
    \t\t apocalypse. In "After the Siege"—the bleak chronicle of a modern siege of
    \t\t Stalingrad—the horrors of war become fodder for a documentary film crew's
    \t\t reality-based entertainment. Two tales riff on classic SF themes: "I, Robot,"
    \t\t in which Isaac Asimov's positronic bots are cogs in a dysfunctional future
    \t\t totalitarian state, and "Anda's Game," a brilliant homage to Orson Scott Card's
    \t\t Ender's saga, in which a role-playing enthusiast finds herself immersed in a
    \t\t surprisingly real world of class warfare fought online by avatars of game
    \t\t players. Most "meat"-minded readers will find much to savor.
    \t\t

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