Kirkus' Best Fiction of 2017
From New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow, an epic tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death.
"Walkaway is now the best contemporary example I know of, its utopia glimpsed after fascinatingly-extrapolated revolutionary struggle." William Gibson
Hubert Vernon Rudolph Clayton Irving Wilson Alva Anton Jeff Harley Timothy Curtis Cleveland Cecil Ollie Edmund Eli Wiley Marvin Ellis Espinozaknown to his friends as Hubert, Etcwas too old to be at that Communist party.
But after watching the breakdown of modern society, he really has no where left to beexcept amongst the dregs of disaffected youth who party all night and heap scorn on the sheep they see on the morning commute. After falling in with Natalie, an ultra-rich heiress trying to escape the clutches of her repressive father, the two decide to give up fully on formal societyand walk away.
After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of lifefood, clothing, shelterfrom a computer, there seems to be little reason to toil within the system.
It’s still a dangerous world out there, the empty lands wrecked by climate change, dead cities hollowed out by industrial flight, shadows hiding predators animal and human alike. Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, more people join them. Then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra-rich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. Now it’s war – a war that will turn the world upside down.
Fascinating, moving, and darkly humorous, Walkaway is a multi-generation science fiction thriller about the wrenching changes of the next hundred years…and the very human people who will live their consequences.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
CORY DOCTOROW is a coeditor of Boing Boing, a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an MIT Media Lab Research Associate and a visiting professor of Computer Science at the Open University. His award-winning novel Little Brother and its sequel Homeland were a New York Times bestsellers. Born and raised in Canada, he lives in Los Angeles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A great science fiction read, with many political discussions about the future of mankind. Some terrific ideas expounded upon, with hope that we could be greater than we are, if we can get wiser in time. Good possibilities, and much to think about. Enjoyable ways of extending our capabilities are explained enough to grasp, along with the computer lingo. A meaningful book that can be read as "just" a novel, or can be a teaching tool.
Weel he *is* Cory Doctorow.