Cory Doctorow


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Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (, and a contributor to the Guardian, the
New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wired and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly director of European affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (, a nonprofit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He is a visiting senior lecturer at Open University (UK) and scholar in virtual residence at the University of
Waterloo (Canada). In 2007, he served as the Fulbright chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.

His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books and HarperCollins UK and simultaneously released on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their re-use and sharing, a move that increases his sales by enlisting his readers to help promote his work. He has won the Locus and Sunburst awards, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction awards. His New York Times bestseller Little Brother was published in May 2008, and a follow-up young adult novel called For the Win was published in 2010. His latest short story collection is With a Little Help, available in paperback, e-book, audiobook and limited-edition hardcover. In 2011, Tachyon Books published a collection of his essays, called Context: Further Selected Essays on Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, and Politics in the 21st Century (with an introduction by Tim O'Reilly), and IDW published a collection of comic books inspired by his short fiction called Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now. His latest adult novel is Makers, published by Tor Books/HarperCollins UK in October 2009. The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, a PM Press Outspoken Authors chapbook, was also published in 2011.

Little Brother was nominated for the 2008 Hugo, Nebula, Sunburst and Locus awards. It won the Ontario Library White Pine Award and the Prometheus Award as well as the Indienet Award for bestselling young adult novel in America's top 1000 independent bookstores in 2008.

Doctorow co-founded the open source peer-to-peer software company OpenCola, sold to OpenText Inc. in 2003, and presently serves on the boards and advisory boards of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the MetaBrainz Foundation, the Organization for Transformative Works, the Annenberg Center for the Study of Online Communities, the Clarion Foundation and the Glenn Gould Foundation.

In 2007, Entertainment Weekly called him the William Gibson of his generation. He was also named one of Forbes Magazine's 2007-2010 Web Celebrities and one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders for 2007.

His forthcoming books include Pirate Cinema (a young adult novel from Tor and HarperVoyager), Rapture of the Nerds (a novel with Charles Stross), and Anda's Game (a graphic novel from FirstSecond).

On February 3, 2008, Doctorow became a father. The little girl is called Poesy Emmeline Fibonacci Nautilus Taylor Doctorow and is a marvel that puts all the works of technology and artifice to shame.


Contributions by Cory Doctorow