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Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present
Thanks to copyright laws simple printing is a serious crime in the near future. It is punishable by a prison term. As usual Doctorow talks about some subjects most people do not care much about, but we really go toward this kind of future.
When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth .
I do believe that sysadmin is one of the most thankless job not just in IT, but ever ...more
This short-story collection contains 5 stories, and each star in my rating corresponds with each of the stories I liked. There were two I could have done without: "When Sysadmins Ruled The Earth" was too self-indulgent for my tastes, almost like it was fantasy wish-fulfillment for so ...more
His style is a familiar one- adopting netwide themes into stories to help explain these advances to those who spend less time fully immersed in the digital world. I imagine trying to explain the phenomena of gold farming to someone who has never played World of Warcraft w ...more
Some of these stories are vintage, dating back to 2005-2007 when the Web was still a gangly teenager, while other tales are more recent, but all tak ...more
Firstly, he takes a big, unlikely premise based on exaggerating present technopolitical conflicts.
Then he pushes it all the way over the top, and takes it to an unrealistically dystopian place with no apparent way out.
Meanwhile, he distracts you with fireworks: b ...more
Demasiado corta, el mensaje demasiado directo. No es mala, y no vas a perder demasiado tiempo leyéndola, pero al final te vas a preguntar para qué te gastaste.
When Sysadmins Ruled The Earth: 4/5
Un grupo de sysadmins queda encerrado en un datacenter durante una serie de atentados terroristas y crisis a nivel global, y deciden hacer algo para intentar reconstruir lo que puedan.
Interesante, un ...more
There's six of them. I liked the first one, which is more or less microfiction -- I liked the end, anyway, and the co ...more
Overclocked bears witness to Cory Doctorow's strong presence on the Internet and immersion in that subculture. With the stories (all previously published) set in the near future, the collection lends a terrifying "what if" quality to our present. Doctorow's intimate knowledge of the techno-cyberculture gives his stories more credibility than a casual reader might think: it doesn't take a hardcore SF fan to believe that zombies, invisible ants, a 3D-printer world, video-game sweatshops, and globa...more
The first story (Printcrime) was a miss for me - overly simplistic and soapboxy. The second story (When Sysadmins Ruled The Earth) Is better, but meanders quite a bit, and reads like an inside joke much of the time.
The first story was about a dozen pages long, the second is over 170 pages. I just wish he'd fall into some kind of consistency as a writer, and work on some of ...more
If you're already a die-hard fan of the author's leanings on intellectual property laws and DRM you will probably enjoy this more than I did.
Story I liked best: "Anda's Game"
I'll be reading the novel inspired by Anda's Game soon - For the Win.
1) After the Siege - 1 star - I didn't like it much. I understand that he wanted to honor his Grandmother and the siege of St. Petersburg. But squeezing a “rich country copyright & patent laws” polemic and a focus on the greed of the companies in the developed world meant it ...more
One story was about an apocalyptic future where most of the human population is destroyed with bombs and bio weapons. Some of the people who survive are the people who are responsible for keeping the servers and infrastructure for the internet working - system administrators. They are able to communicate with others located geographically far away through the internet.
One story was about a ...more
didn't much care for when sysadmins rule the earth or i, robot. my favourite was anda's game, the ending is uplifting and made me smile. printcrime was short and sweet and funny, i, row ...more
When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth: 0/5
Anda's Game: 3.5/5
I, Robot: 3/5
I, Row-Boat: 4/5
After the Siege: 1.5/5
The whole anthology is basically about how 3D printers are going to save the world if intellectual property laws and the capitalists who wield them don't destroy it first. The prose isn't very good, and some of the stories have no plot. I like Doctorow's feminism and his optimism but they weren't enough to save this book.
All the stories in this collection of the author's short fiction have real world inspirations that are explained in the introductions. My personal favorite is a story centered around gold farming which is the practice of having others grind for in game currency in massively online role playing games.
The tit!e only suggests the diverse range of the themes found in thes " stories". They are brillantly selected group that collectively build an unusual frame work to open and rearrange your thinking and assumptions.
I think short fiction is the weakest of the three genres I've read from Doctorow (also novel, essays). They often lack the wit that makes the best short spec-fic
And they're occasionally heavyhanded. In the story on the siege, for instance, it really doesn't matter why the war is being fought (proven by the fact he uses details from the siege of Stalingrad)
He does have original ideas and they're certainly not cookie-cutters. But while I regularly hand out Little Brother at the library an ...more