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As part of EFF’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, we are releasing “Pwning Tomorrow: Stories from the Electronic Frontier,” an anthology of speculative fiction from more than 20 authors, including Bruce Sterling, Lauren Beukes, Cory Doctorow, and Charlie Jane Anders. To get the ebook, you can make an optional contribution to support EFF’s work, or you can download it at no c ...more
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Published December 17th 2015 by Electronic Frontier Foundation (first published December 16th 2015)
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Metaphorosis
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-rev, reviewed
3 stars - Metaphorosis Reviews

A collection of stories relevant to the effects on freedom of human-machine interaction.

I'm a fan of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the things they work toward. I thought an anthology of reprints edited by them could be interesting. (Get it here.) Mostly, that was right.The stories in the anthology deal, as expected, with the interaction between humans and machines, and the freedom interests those can call into questions. As with most anthologies, some of t
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Eran
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Some great stories. Most weren't written specifically for this publication, but almost all tie in with the expected theme (as it was released by the EFF).
The only exception was the last story that is really bad and unrelated, being a shallow romance novel type of story.
Some of the highlights stories:
- "Water" Really made me think about how I think the future should or shouldn't be
- "I’ve Got The Music In Me" short and to the point, a great parody about the state of copyright laws.
- "Unclaimed" S
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Kam Yung Soh
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
An anthology of stories by various writers released by the EFF. The quality and themes vary a lot but there are a few stories that stand out for being thoughtful looks at what a future with less freedom could be like. Stories I liked include those by Paolo Bacigalupi, Cory Doctorow, Ramez Naam, Hannu Rajaniemi and a long, sex charged story by Carolyn Jewel.

- “Be Seeing You” by Madeline Ashby: in an enclave, a woman who is tasked with being a bodyguard needs to be fitted out with sensors that rev
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Mike
Mar 12, 2017 marked it as partly-read
Shelves: too-dark-for-me
Much more "being pwned by tomorrow"; these stories are pretty consistently about fighting technology and losing. Not really to my taste, and I didn't finish.
Skylar Primm
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
A typical collection of short stories: some good, some not so good.
Peter
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a collection of short stories bundled together to support the Electronic Freedom Foundation. Most of them deal with the near future and some sort of commentary on our electronic freedom.

And I liked most of them, some were familiar to me, most weren't, but it was full of entertaining little stories that also made you think. Up until the last one, an urban fantasy short novel or novella (it was the only story I recall with separate chapters at least) that closed the book, and didn't seem
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Silencia
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Silencia by: school requirement
Three and a half, really, but rounded up to four because I don't see why not. I didn't have any big problems with it; if I liked sci-fi more than I do, I would probably give it a more enthusiastic set of stars. But...school requirement, what can you do?

My favourites were probably "The Smartest Mob" and "Business as Usual," but off the top of my head I can't remember any that I really hated.

It's a fun, relatively quick read that you can pick up off the EFF website for free or a donation of your
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Dessa
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I had to read three of these stories for class, and then I ended up reading the rest. Some good, some bad, a couple mind-blowing, and at least one that was much too long and weirdly erotic.
Cale
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I guess I should have expected a bit of trolling from a book that uses the word 'Pwning' in its title.
In general, this collection of Short fiction is very strong, with pieces from Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Charlie Jane Anders, and many more focused on Science Fiction, especially near future concepts and their extrapolations. The balance of the stories are good to great (David Brin's piece was a near masterpiece, with Charles Yu's email epistolary being a funny second), and the near-future worl
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Mario
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This anthology has several previously-published short stories regarding themes of technology items that could go awry. Should consumer protection be dismissed, things can go unexpected ways for our society, creating new dangers. Others also dabble with science-fiction themes that push those boundaries. The stories are definitely made to make you think and question our current technology and the approach we should have with them and especially the regulation. It was a hard read not because the st ...more
Eivind
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Most of this is pretty neat, and some parts of it are awesome indeed.

The last story, which is also the longest one, is bizarre though, it has seemingly no connection to the theme of the rest of the book, and consists of a graphic story of a sexual relationship between a demon and a witch. Yes really.

Ignore that part unless you feel motivated for a bit of demon-porn.
Kirk Sexton
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Good read. Mostly short stories. The last story was longer than the rest and tended more toward demonic romance kind of a story line, which I truly wish would not be lumped in with science fiction. It wasn't a bad story, just doesn't belong in the genre.
MrsJoseph
Dec 17, 2015 marked it as to-read-owned
New Carolyn Jewel + Gaiman + Doctorow + Bacigalupi???!

Yes, Please!
Just_ann_now
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-my-kindle
Interesting, well-written stories from top SF authors, but omg, so depressing. I'm glad I'm old and won't have to be around for that future.
Curtis Gibby
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Some of the stories were interesting; many were too short to fully explore their worlds
p
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every short story is simply outstanding, except for the "Free Fall" by Carolyn Jewel, which simply does not belong here.
Gregg
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
The final short story could use a Mature/Adult rating.
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