Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present

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Thunder's Mouth Press, 2007 - Fiction - 285 pages
Have you ever wondered what it's like to get bitten by a zombie? To live through a bioweapon attack? To have every aspect of your life governed by invisible ants? In Cory Doctorow's collection of novellas, he wields his formidable experience in technology and computing to give us mindbending sci-fi tales that explore the possibilities of information technology — and its various uses — run amok. "Anda's Game" is a spin on the bizarre new phenomenon of "cyber sweatshops," in which people are paid very low wages to play online games all day in order to generate in-game wealth, which can be converted into actual money. Another tale tells of the heroic exploits of "sysadmins" — systems administrators — as they defend the cyber-world, and hence the world at large, from worms and bioweapons. And yes, there is a story about zombies, too.

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User Review  - SystemicPlural - LibraryThing

When I was younger I didn't appreciate short story collections very much - I like character development. I don't know what's changed, but I appreciate them more now. This is my favourite to date. A nice collection of near future sci-fi from Doctorow. Read full review

OVERCLOCKED: Stories of the Future Present

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Five substantial stories plus one short-short, all previously published, all computer-related and bulging with knowing SF references."When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth" depicts the heroic struggles of a ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Cory Doctorow is the author of three science fiction novels, DOWN AND OUT IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM, EASTERN STANDARD TRIBE, and SOMEONE COMES TO TOWN, SOMEONE LEAVES TOWN, and the short story collection A PLACE SO FOREIGN AND EIGHT MORE. He is the co-founder of boingboing.com. "Anda's Game," from this collection, was chosen by Michael Chabon for BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2005.

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