Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
Jules is a young man barely a century old. He's lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies...and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in Disney World.
Disney World! The greatest artistic achievement of the long-ago twentieth century. Now in the k...more
Doctorow obviously loves the cyberpunk novels of Neal Stephenson (which are themselves a tangle of ideas and tan...more
I don't see it myself.
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom may seem shallow, but there is a great deal of depth to be found if one approaches the book with a willingness to overcome the prejudices and perspectives of our current cultur...more
The "Magic Kingdom" referenced in the title is THE Magic Kingdom - the story takes place in Disney World, which has taken on an elevated importance in a world where people no longer have jobs or, essentially, purpose.
I listened to a surprisingly well-produced amateur audiobook of this one about a year ago (you can probably still grab it free from... wherever it was I found it. Podiobooks.com?) and even though I didn'...more
Okay, so it's finally time; time for me to finally make my way through the complete works of cutting-edge science-fiction author Cory Doctorow. After all, he's one of the four editors of my favorite website of all time, the profoundly unique pop-culture journal Boing Boing; and Doctorow's also a big champion of the exact political issues CCLaP cares about as well, including copyright...more
Thought provoking cocktail party fodder. I disliked Doctorow’s mitten-fisted writing, banal hippie-dippy characters (Beatles references included); however, the points I found interesting don’t concern the people as much as the technology.
Don't bother to savor the words. Read it quickly for the premise, then debate the promise of "TomorrowLand."
Essentially a problematic book that I disliked in execution, but highly discussable.
I was really torn between giving this three stars or four. It scores high for creativity. It's got a very tight plot and some interesting ideas. It takes place at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. I've been there once, but it's so much like Disneyland that all the ride references made sense even if the geography changed. It's...more
Cory Doctorow's world in the Magic Kingdom made a lasting impression on me, though i remember his characters less than his world. This is not to say that plot or characters are weak in any way, but that the w...more
Продължавам да не разбирам защо още си няма издател на хартия, при положение, че книжарниците непрекъснато са заливани с всевъзможни тъпи, скучни, сладникави и даже вредни книги.
The book is also damn funny and invent...more
One thing going for it is that is visual treat. If you’re a fan of Disneyland or other theme parks, I think you will appreciate the comedy and behind the scenes and it's look theme...more
This novel seems strongly dated for me to the late 90s / early 00s era of science fiction, with its giddy techno-utopianism*, dodgy immortality, and jubilant transhumanism. At least there's no singularity.
This book has all the strengths and weaknesses of that subgenre--my understanding is that it was written as an example and an homage. Cool ideas are piled one on top of the o...more
I really struggled to finish this book, it was most as bad as his short story "True Names". This is my least favorite of his works with only "True Names" being worse.
The setup of the world and the story were enough to get me invested, but the middle part of this book just about killed it for me. The flash backs add little and whole parts of this book could have been cut. Some times it was difficult to tell when a f...more
Author: Cory Doctorow
Publisher: TOR, Copyright 2003
Genre: Science Fiction
A digital edition of this book is available free from Cory Doctorow’s Website (http://craphound.com/down/download.php) and from Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8086).
• Involuntary death has been vanquished. If you’re ill, injured, or simply sick of yourself the way you are, your consciousness can be uploaded from your last backup into a new, cloned, body, which can...more
The primary storyline takes place in a future setting wherein humanity has essentially conquered death, disease, pestilence and a variety of other bad things. Force grown clones, memory backups, hyper-tech and body modifications have become the norm. Our prestige is measured in a universal current called Wuffie which tracks and measures our every interaction. Through the primar...more
I picked this up in the loc...more
And his novels are fun, light gooey balls of science fictional zanyness. Bonus!
That's not to say that these novels are actually good. Near as I can tell Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom is an exercise in whether or not one can produce a compelling story where absolutely nothing is at stake.
I mean, the premise is that in the...more
I reread this for a number of reasons. At one level, the shallowest, least important level, because I hadn't read any fiction for weeks, just long form journalism in my Instapaper queue. But also because I'd been wondering about fantasy equivalents of what cyberpunk was trying to achieve in sci fi, and was contrasting this post-cyberpunk novel to help fix in my head what cyberpunk was doing.
And also lastly because I read the Valve employee manual, and it remin...more
Author: Cory Doctorow
Year of Publication: 2003
Page count: 206
I have always enjoyed reading Cory Doctorow’s work. I eagerly pick up the things Doctorow has published, excited for the outlandish ideas and deadpan humor. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom was no exception.
Despite Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom being a scant 200 pages, there is a lot of action packed into the book. We’re introduced to Bitchun, the society of the future. Bitchu...more
As it turns out, the reality is somewhere in-between the fascination that Doyce had a...more
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow is what happens when a classic geek extrapolates the cyberpunk future of a reputation-based economy combined with the extrusion of an open source ethos into the management of everyday affairs, tosses in immortality and lean project management, and sets it all in the context of the semi-religious experience of Disney World.
A well-crafted amusement park ride of the Disney-variety leads you through a thrilling story in a matter of minutes. The rid
He is an activist in favor of liberalizing copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books.
Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, Disney, and post-scarcity economics.