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Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is a sci-fi novelist, blogger and activist.

Author of Radicalized, defended by Akil Augustine

Cory Doctorow is the author of Radicalized. (CBC)

Akil Augustine defended Radicalized by Cory Doctorow on Canada Reads 2020.

About Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of Radicalized and Walkaway, science fiction for adults, a YA graphic novel called In Real Life, the nonfiction business book Information Doesn't Want to be Free, and young adult novels like Homeland, Pirate Cinema and Little Brother. His next book is Poesy the Monster Slayer, a picture book for young readers. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, is a visiting professor of computer science at Open University, a visiting professor of Practice at the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.

Why Cory Doctorow wrote Radicalized

"I decided a few years ago to reorient the way I see the world — but not around pessimism or optimism. Instead, I like to think human beings have agency in the world and that the future changes based on what we do.

I like to think human beings have agency in the world and that the future changes based on what we do.- Cory Doctorow

"There are stories in this book that have unhappy endings. But there are also stories of people who, when confronted with impossible circumstances, without being able to see a clear path from A to Z, can nevertheless see a path from A to B. They take it on faith that if can get as high as B, that one might be able to see a way to get up to C and D — and so on and so forth. It's a very 21st century way of thinking: a networked, fluid and improvisational way of trying to... climb up that gradient towards a better world — and not to follow a set course."

Read more in his interview with CBC Books.

Books by Cory Doctorow

Interviews with Cory Doctorow

The book Akil Augustine thinks Canadians should read to spark discussions about race and social injustice

1 year ago
1:21
On the Canada Reads 2020 finale, the panellist shared why his book, Radicalized by Cory Doctorow, is a must-read in today's world. 1:21

Cory Doctorow & Akil Augustine on Canada Reads 2020

2 years ago
6:22
Toronto Raptors personality Akil Augustine will defend Cory Doctorow's book Radicalized on Canada Reads 2020. Ahead of the debates, Augustine and Doctorow chatted about the messages in his collection of sci-fi novellas. 6:22
Cory Doctorow on his Canada Reads contender Radicalized: Four Tales of Our Present Moment, a collection of four SF novellas. 16:49
Cory Doctorow talks to CBC Radio about his collection of novellas Radicalized, which will be defended by Akil Augustine on Canada Reads 2020. 6:16
In their new books, Radicalized and Infinite Detail, they have created near-future dystopias full of controlling technologies, social division and rebellions against elevators, toasters and the internet. 11:32

Akil Augustine on how Radicalized puts Canada’s most pressing issues into focus

1 year ago
5:53
The Raptors TV host explains why Cory Doctorow's short story collection highlights the problems that connect Canada to the rest of the world. 5:53

The Canada Reads 2020 contenders

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