Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present

Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present


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Now available for the first time with two additional stories!Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be bitten by a zombie or live through a bioweapon attack? In Cory Doctorow’s collection of novellas, he wields his formidable experience in technology and computing to give us mind-bending sci-fi tales that explore the possibilities of information technology—and its various uses—run amok.“Anda’s Game” is a spin on the bizarre new phenomenon of “cyber sweatshops,” in which people are paid very low wages to play online games all day in order to generate in-game wealth, which can be converted into actual money. Another tale tells of the heroic exploits of “sysadmins”—systems administrators—as they defend the cyberworld, and hence the world at large, from worms and bioweapons. And yes, there is a story about zombies too. Plus, for the first time, this collection includes “Petard” and “The Man Who Sold the Moon.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504757607
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Pages: 438
Sales rank: 830,281
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Cory Doctorow is a blogger, journalist, and author of nonfiction and award-winning science fiction. His science fiction has won numerous awards, and his young-adult novel Little Brother spent seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a contributing author to Wired magazine, and his writing has been published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Boston Globe, Popular Science, and others. He is coeditor of the blog Boing Boing, and he was named one of the web’s twenty-five “influencers” by Forbes and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His novels have earned such awards as the Prometheus Award, the 2000 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Locus Award for Best First Novel, Sunburst Award, White Pine Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He has served as Canadian regional director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.

Nicola Barber is a voice-over actor who can be heard on audiobooks, video games, and international radio and television. Born in England and living in New York, she specializes in accents, including American, Scottish, Irish, Australian, and all dialects of British. She has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards.

R. C. Bray is an award-winning audiobook narrator with over 180 titles to his credit. Besides winning three AudioFile Earphones Awards, he won the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Science Fiction Narration and has been an Audie Award finalist seven times. He has been a finalist for the Voice Arts Award, and in 2014, his narration earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award.

Fiona Hardingham is a British-born actress, singer, voice-over artist, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. On stage, she appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in her comedic one-woman show The Dark Show. She has also starred in the dark-comedy short film The Ballerino. She earned a BA honors degree in performing arts from Middlesex University, London, and also studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Jeffrey Kafer is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. He has narrated more than sixty books spanning numerous genres.

Jim Meskimen is a stage, film, and television actor who has appeared in many well-known movies and television shows. He acted in Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon for director Ron Howard, both of which were nominated for Best Picture Oscars. His television appearances include The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Friends, Lie to Me, Criminal Minds, and Parks and Recreation. He is also a painter, award-winning audiobook narrator, and audiobook director for Galaxy Audio.

Emily Woo Zeller is a performing artist and yogi currently based in New York City. Her voice-over career includes work in animated film and television in Southeast Asia. She has also worked as an actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer on stage throughout the United States and Southeast Asia. When not in the studio or on stage, Emily is a yoga teacher with a focus on holistic approaches to health. She holds a degree from the University of California–Berkeley.

William Hughes is a professor of political science at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. He received his doctorate in American politics from the University of California, Davis. He has done voice-over work for radio and film and is also an accomplished jazz guitarist.

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.

Table of Contents

Petard: A Tale of Just Deserts

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Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where's the Book. "Cover image not available." Anthony the whole Content? About one paragraph
K_Pierce 6 months ago
Bought the book and all I got was a sample, which was pretty much nothing. B&N had me archive it and then try to download it again, still the same. So they tell me I have to buy the book again to get the whole book? Not even going to take the chance.
tyroeternal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Doctorow's writing is fun and easy to follow along with. His ability to weave a tantalizing futuristic story had me reading further than I typically intended every time. Short stories are typically not my cup of tea, but I greatly enjoyed this collection.
JapaG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cory Doctorow is an interesting writer. He has wonderful ideas (check out his Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom for Whuffies and the Bitchun society! :)), but his writing and style is not always top of the line.The same applies here. We have very interesting ideas (piracy by printing objects, apocalypse seen through the eyes of a system admin, pitching MMORPG girls and gold miner slaves against one another, 1984-like society with artificial intelligences, uplifted rowboats and sea creatures, and near-future war seen through the eyes of a small girl), but with most of the stories, his style just does not "click". He also seems to be a bit of a one-trick pony in that all the stories seem somehow to be about the freedom of information. He also gets a bit preachy every now and then. :)But that small blemish aside, the ideas in the stories carry the collection well. Especially when he ponders about machine intelligences in I Robot and I, Row-Boat, he gives the reader a lot to think about us as humans. These two stories have a very interesting and humorous take on Asimov's three laws of robotics as well. :)A very entertaining read.
danconsiglio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I worry about how well Doctorow's sci/fi will hold up to future generations. His stories are full of cultural and temporal markers and that can make sci/fi dated very quickly. Not that that should effect what I think of the stories now. This is a very solid short story collection. The first and last stories are the best. Doctorow's blurbs are always amusing and often political. Not for the conservative audience!
iFool on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fine collection of short stories of various lengths. I particularly enjoyed reading the introductions at the beginning of each story on the author's inspirations for each story. The common theme among the stories appear to be the conflict between scientific inventions and moral.
SystemicPlural on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I was younger I didn't appreciate short story collections very much - I like character development. I don't know what's changed, but I appreciate them more now. This is my favourite to date. A nice collection of near future sci-fi from Doctorow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 pages of NOTHING
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't cost much, but really.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s a two-paragraph review, this isn’t the actual book.
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