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True Names

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Published 2008
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I've never read anything like this. Very interesting and strange.
Ugh, short stories shouldn't be this much effort to read.

I liked the world and the concept of words within words - what is real after all? The ending helped the story for me but only in the sense it confirmed what I had guessed it correctly.

The names are part of the stories but it makes reading difficult as various characters have the same names. The pronoun usage doesn't help either. You get used it after a bit but now and then it is difficult to follow.

But the middle again just seemed to wande...more
Amazing novella that suffers just a bit from an obvious ending. Rosenbaum's imagination in describing not just a world but a universe so divergent from ours, but with a universality of emotional conflict and content, is at its peak here. Definitely worth checking out his other stories as well, I didn't see the influence of Cory Doctorow, though he's listed as co-author, but maybe he was able to set aside didactic YA fiction and explore something a little richer than the obvious and simple politi...more
A really wonderful novella: named in homage to and sort-of building off of Vernon Vinge's original cyberspace-defining story "True Names", this one has just as much imagination and though-provoking ideas as the Vinge story. But it is set far, far in the future and is much more of an expansion on those ideas, taking them many generations out. Despite making you think it's also got plenty of action and kept me reading easily.
Co-authored by Benjamin Rosenbaum, this was, in a way, a nice change of pace from the other novels of Cory Doctorow that I've read, in that it takes the setting out into outer space, one of my favorite settings for science fiction. I'd recommend this novella to anyone who has previously read and enjoyed any of Cory's work.
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Canadian blogger, journalist and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing.

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.
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