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July 7, 2014

In The Know: Cory Doctorow, Makers, and The Speed of Change

Filed under: In the Know, Info — cmclreads @ 2:46 pm

Place a Hold - Cover of The Great Beautiful Tomorrow by Cory DoctorowThis week we feature  Cory Doctorow, who is appearing at WCCLS libraries this week as part of our Adult Summer Reading program.   Doctorow’s interests have been long connected with the freedom of action in the digital world as well as the freedom to create IRL (in real life). Activist, blogger and writer: he engages on many levels and for many audiences.

Some people have a gift of seeing patterns before they come to our physical realities. Only a few write about them in a way that they enter the public mindspace and perhaps help shape the reality, rather than just presage it.  Doctorow plumbs the depths of the almost-here in technology, places where others authors like Neal Stephenson and William Gibson have been so prescient.

In specific, Doctorow has particularly associated with maker culture, popularized by fellow BoingBoing colleague Mark Frauenfelder, editor-in-chief of Make Magazine and many others. For example, it’s been a while since Doctorow wrote these two  things regarding the disruptive nature of 3d printing, but they resonate even more as time goes by:

PrintCrime – short story, 2006

Makers – novel, 2009  / Read how others continue to be inspired by this “novel of the whirlwind of changes to come”

These stories focus on replication of the mundane (printers, household goods, et al) and its disruption of commerce and life in general. What about the rare and singular? How would replicating previously unique objects  change how we think about things, and ourselves? Check out today’s post about how someone is making available Marcel Duchamp’s chess set for printing by anyone with the right tools. What does it mean for the future of things, and ideas?

Join us this week to check out Cory IRL! @doctorow / #wcclsreads / @wccls

Cory is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger, the author of Tor Teens/HarperCollins UK novels like FOR THE WIN and the bestselling LITTLE BROTHER. He was also the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Cory has written for Wired, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, Make, Locus and others. Born in Toronto, he now lives in London. (BoingBoing)


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