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Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present (Overclocked)
New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow has been hailed as one of the freshest voices in science fiction, and this collection of intriguing novellas is yet another reason why.
Have you eve ...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
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.
Overclocked is composed of five Novellas (or long short stories). All are future tales based on high technology affecting society in a catastrophic way. The general feeling of the stories is something like the classic SciFi of the 50s and 60s (Bradbury, Asimov, Dick, etc.), but with distinctly 21st Century themes: alienation, poor vs. rich nations, availability of high tech, terrorism, and post human techn ...more
Raccolta di racconti di qualità varia, di alcuni però vale decisamente la pena di recuperarli e leggerli.
Racconto brevissimo che evolve il concetto di stampanti 3D a replicatori di oggetti; contiene comunque i concetti cari all'autore.
I, robot -
Questo racconto è sia bello che scadente: è bello perchè si vede il de ...more
But 3 stars, because I really wanted something like the "internet will kill us" type story I guess.
Maybe one his other books are about the evils of the internet though I doubt it, sounds like Mr. Doctorow loves the web as much as he hates tradema ...more
"When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth": When global disaster strikes, some of the last people left alive are the sysadmins who were called from their beds in the middle of the night to tend the global nodes off the Net. What will they do to stay alive and to ...more
This was a very short story that had an interesting
concept. 3D "printing" that creates actual objects (a
laptop for instance). Unfortunately it did ...more
Nanotechnology, Robotics, AI's, copy right control(maybe greed is a better word), online worker's rights, and personal health are all themes you will see in these stories.
My two favorite stories in the collection of 6 are "Anda's Game" and "After the Seige".
"Anda's Game" is one of Doctoro's plays on classic sci-f ...more
#1 PRINTCRIME- very short, only a couple of pages... but very enjoyable. reminds me of Naked L ...more
Among the most memorable are Anda's Game (yes it's a reference to the Orson Scott Card novel) about a video game playing teen girl who learns the real world consequences of her play and Wh ...more
I enjoyed most of these stories, but Doctorow's politics were always present, and some of them could feel a bit preachy. ...more
"Overclocked" is a collection of five short stories, all of them being not only entertaining but also transporting a clear message that is in most cases relevant to our present societies. For some people this tone might be a little too educational, but personally that's just how I want science fiction to be.
The topics dealt ...more
In one story, people play online games all day in order to generate in-game wealth. Another wild story tells of systems administrators defending the world's software and hardware from both viral worms and bioweapons.
One of the novellas is "I, Robot", a twist on Asimov's classic tale about Robbie the Robot, now invo ...more
When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth: Incisive.
Anda's Game: Very good ripoff/update of Ender's Game.
I, Robot: Doctorow's standard theme -- the evils of DRM and the inevitable triumph of hackers -- in Asimov's future.
I, Rowboat: It starts off squarely in Asimov's human-derived robot future, and gradually evolves into post-singularity (with multiple resemblances to Scratch Monkey).
After the Siege: Touching and disturbing; powerful -- partially because ...more
It was one of the better choices that I made. Doctorow is one of the better writers out their. Combining his passion for freedom of information and sci-fi, Cory has mixed the two into a strong brew for us to chew on.
While I am usually not a fan of a writer using fiction to press a point, I found that the stories worked and were not preachy. The cause is an important one and being able to equate fictional accounts of the c ...more
I found the short stories presented by Cory Doctorow in his collection Overclocked an excellent choice of entertaining and at times thought provoking distractions to be read over a lunch hour. I found his prose smooth, which I find allows me to read a little faster than my typically slow pace. I was kicked (literally ...more
I was very pleasantly surprised. Doctorow does seem to be too much into Author On Board for my tastes, but I still enjoyed these stories enough to finish all of them within a day.
Due to it being close to my field of interest, "When Sysadmi ...more