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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 a Toronto-born author of speculative fiction. (Paula Mariel Salischiker)

Akil Augustine is defending Radicalized by Cory Doctorow on Canada Reads 2020.

The debates will take place March 16-19, 2020 and will be hosted by Ali Hassan. They will be broadcast on CBC Radio OneCBC TVCBC Gem and on CBC Books

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 author and BoingBoing blogger on the future of copyright and filesharing in Canada and internationally, plus a few holiday gift picks. 9:12
Digital rights activists, including Cory Doctorow, are speaking out against the European Union's proposed new digital copyright law. 6:10
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

The Canada Reads 2020 contenders


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