Today’s post is going to be a really quick shout out to one of my new favourite authors, Cory Doctorow. He does a lot of contemporary and science fiction, but I’m not sure how many people would get why I’m mentioning him during Cyberpunk week.
What really gets me is that he’s essentially the very person the hackers in netrunner and cyberpunk represent. He’s a staunch believer against DRM, he’s a pioneer in the creative commons field, and he literally puts money where his mouth is. He wants information to be free, and he has a wonderful plethora of books just up there for the taking on his website. Just GO, and download them.
The most recent book I read is Little Brother, which follows the life of Marcus, a teen hacker who is picked up by the Department of Homeland Security after a terrorist attack. Cory talks about encryption, proxies, DNS, the lot. And since he’s a major player in the tech geek field (co-editor of Boing Boing does that to you), he knows what he’s talking about. It really seemed like the kind of book that gives me the feel of cyberpunk, even if it’s set in our time.
I honestly feel that any sci-fi geek worth his salt should check out Cory Doctorow. It’s right there for the taking. On the net.
Isn’t technology amazing?