Overclocked: More Stories of the Future Present

Overclocked: More Stories of the Future Present

by Cory Doctorow

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"Cory Doctorow straps on his miner's helmet and takes you deep into the caverns and underground rivers of pop culture, here filtered through SF-colored glasses. Enjoy."--Neil Gaiman

New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow has been hailed as one of the freshest voices in science fiction, and this collection of intriguing novellas is yet another reason why.

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's a story about zombies, too.

"He sparkles! He fizzes! He does backflips and breaks the furniture! Science fiction needs Cory Doctorow." --Bruce Sterling, award-winning author of Schismatrix Plus and The Difference Engine"

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158451249
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 388
File size: 367 KB

About the Author

Cory Doctorow is a Canadian-born blogger, journalist, and author of nonfiction and award-winning science fiction. He is a contributing author to Wired magazine and coeditor of the blog Boing Boing. His works have earned him numerous awards, including several Prometheus Awards.

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Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where's the Book. "Cover image not available." Anthony the whole Content? About one paragraph
K_Pierce More than 1 year ago
Bought the book and all I got was a sample, which was pretty much nothing. B&N had me archive it and then try to download it again, still the same. So they tell me I have to buy the book again to get the whole book? Not even going to take the chance.
tyroeternal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Doctorow's writing is fun and easy to follow along with. His ability to weave a tantalizing futuristic story had me reading further than I typically intended every time. Short stories are typically not my cup of tea, but I greatly enjoyed this collection.
JapaG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cory Doctorow is an interesting writer. He has wonderful ideas (check out his Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom for Whuffies and the Bitchun society! :)), but his writing and style is not always top of the line.The same applies here. We have very interesting ideas (piracy by printing objects, apocalypse seen through the eyes of a system admin, pitching MMORPG girls and gold miner slaves against one another, 1984-like society with artificial intelligences, uplifted rowboats and sea creatures, and near-future war seen through the eyes of a small girl), but with most of the stories, his style just does not "click". He also seems to be a bit of a one-trick pony in that all the stories seem somehow to be about the freedom of information. He also gets a bit preachy every now and then. :)But that small blemish aside, the ideas in the stories carry the collection well. Especially when he ponders about machine intelligences in I Robot and I, Row-Boat, he gives the reader a lot to think about us as humans. These two stories have a very interesting and humorous take on Asimov's three laws of robotics as well. :)A very entertaining read.
danconsiglio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I worry about how well Doctorow's sci/fi will hold up to future generations. His stories are full of cultural and temporal markers and that can make sci/fi dated very quickly. Not that that should effect what I think of the stories now. This is a very solid short story collection. The first and last stories are the best. Doctorow's blurbs are always amusing and often political. Not for the conservative audience!
iFool on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fine collection of short stories of various lengths. I particularly enjoyed reading the introductions at the beginning of each story on the author's inspirations for each story. The common theme among the stories appear to be the conflict between scientific inventions and moral.
SystemicPlural on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I was younger I didn't appreciate short story collections very much - I like character development. I don't know what's changed, but I appreciate them more now. This is my favourite to date. A nice collection of near future sci-fi from Doctorow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 pages of NOTHING
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't cost much, but really.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s a two-paragraph review, this isn’t the actual book.
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