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Radicalized by Cory Doctorow

Radicalized is a book by Cory Doctorow.

Defended by Akil Augustine

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

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

Canada Reads 2020 will take place July 20-23.

About Radicalized

Told through one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation, Radicalized is a timely novel comprised of four science fiction novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future.

Unauthorized Bread is a tale of immigration, the toxicity of economic and technological stratification, and the young and downtrodden fighting against all odds to survive and prosper.

In Model Minority, a Superman-like figure attempts to rectifiy the corruption of the police forces he long erroneously thought protected the defenseless... only to find his efforts adversely affecting their victims.

Radicalized is a story of a darkweb-enforced violent uprising against insurance companies told from the perspective of a man desperate to secure funding for an experimental drug that could cure his wife's terminal cancer.

The fourth story, Masque of the Red Death, harkens back to Doctorow's Walkaway, taking on issues of survivalism versus community. (From Tor Books)

About Akil Augustine

Akil Augustine has worked with the National Basketball Association, Toronto Raptors, National Hockey League, Toronto Maple Leafs and Major League Soccer, as well as brands like Chapters Indigo and Nike as a content creator and producer. He's an avid public speaker and works with educators facilitating storytelling workshops to high school and post-secondary students.

Akil Augustine on Radicalized

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

3 years ago
Duration 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.

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

3 years ago
Duration 5:54
The Raptors TV host explains why Cory Doctorow's short story collection highlights the problems that connect Canada to the rest of the world.

About Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is a blogger, journalist and author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. His past books include Little Brother and Walkaway. The themes of his books involve the role of technology in society, security and government surveillance. Doctorow was born in Toronto and currently 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.

Interviews with Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow on his Canada Reads contender Radicalized: Four Tales of Our Present Moment, a collection of four SF novellas.
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.

Other books by Cory Doctorow

The Canada Reads 2020 contenders


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