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Articles, speeches, stories and novels by an award-winning science fiction writer, read aloud in small regular chunks
||Podcast: Cold Equations and Moral Hazard||Here's a reading (MP3) of my latest Locus column, Cold Equations and Moral Hazard which considers the way that science fiction can manipulate our ideas about the technical necessity for human misery, and how that narrative can be hijacked for self-serving||3/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast: What does David Cameron’s Great Firewall look like?||Here's a reading of a recent Guardian column, What does David Cameron's Great Firewall look like? which debunks the UK government's stupid arguments for its national anti-porn firewall: David Cameron's attempt to create a Made-in-Britain version of Iran's||2/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast: Cheap writing tricks||Here's a reading of my latest Locus column, Cheap Writing Tricks, which discusses the mysterious business of why stories are satisfying, and how to make them so: Plots are funny things. In the real world, stuff is always happening, but it’s not a plot.||1/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast: Digital failures are inevitable, but we need them to be graceful||Here's a reading of my latest Guardian column, Digital failures are inevitable, but we need them to be graceful, about the social and political factors that make all the difference when choosing technologies. Banshee fails gracefully because its authors d||1/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Flowers From Al 02||Here's the second, concluding part of my reading of my 2003 short story "Flowers From Al," written with Charlie Stross for New Voices in Science Fiction, a Mike Resnick anthology (Here's part one). It's a pervy, weird story of transhuman romance. Masterin||1/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Flowers From Al 01||Here's part one of my 2003 short story "Flowers From Al," written with Charlie Stross for New Voices in Science Fiction, a Mike Resnick anthology. It's a pervy, weird story of transhuman romance. Mastering by John Taylor Williams: email@example.com||1/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Christmastime daddy-daughter podcast with Poesy||Every year, there's a day or two between the date that my daughter's school shuts and the day that my wife's office shuts for Christmas holidays. Those are the official seasonal mid-week daddy-daughter days, and for the past two years, my daughter and I h||12/23/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lawful Interception 04||Here's part four of a reading of my novella Lawful Interception, a sequel, of sorts, to Little Brother and Homeland. In addition to the free online read, you can buy this as an ebook single (DRM-free, of course!) (Image: Yuko Shimizu) Mastering by John Ta||12/23/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lawful Interception 03||Here's part three of a reading of my novella Lawful Interception, a sequel, of sorts, to Little Brother and Homeland. In addition to the free online read, you can buy this as an ebook single (DRM-free, of course!) (Image: Yuko Shimizu) Mastering by John T||12/16/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lawful Interception 02||Here's part two of a reading of my novella Lawful Interception, a sequel, of sorts, to Little Brother and Homeland. In addition to the free online read, you can buy this as an ebook single (DRM-free, of course!) (Image: Yuko Shimizu) Mastering by John Tay||12/9/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lawful Interception 01||In this week's installment of my podcast, I break my long hiatus with the first part of a reading of my novella Lawful Interception, a sequel, of sorts, to Little Brother and Homeland. In addition to the free online read, you can buy this as an ebook sing||12/3/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PRI’s Studio 360 on Disney parks||The PRI Show Studio 360 has released a great episode in its "American Icons" series, this one dealing with the Disney themeparks. I was delighted to be interviewed for it, and they've included our complete, unedited interview with the piece. Generations o||10/17/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Talking Little Brother on KQED’s The Forum||I was privileged to appear on Michael Krasny's Forum on KQED in San Francisco this morning as part of the San Francisco Public Library's One City/One Book celebrations for my novel Little Brother. The KQED people already have the audio (MP3) up on the Int||10/2/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Interview with South Africa’s Tech Central||I just got back from South Africa's Internet Service Provider Association annual conference, iWeek 13. While there, I sat down with TechCentral's Craig Wilson for an interview (MP3) -- about privacy, the NSA, DRM and the future of the Internet.||9/13/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Interview with Circulating Ideas library podcast||I did an interview with the Circulating Ideas library podcast (MP3) at the American Library Association conference this year. We talked about information politics, DRM and libraries, my own history with reading and books, and the future of librarianship.||8/19/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast of “Metadata – a wartime drama”||In the currently installment of my podcast, I read aloud a recent Guardian column, "Metadata – a wartime drama, which imagines a dialog between Alan Turing and Winston Churchill that might have taken place if the UK Home Secretary Theresa May had been T||8/12/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Teaching Computers Shows Us How Little We Understand About Ourselves||In this week's podcast, I read aloud my latest Locus Magazine column, "Teaching Computers Shows Us How Little We Understand About Ourselves": http://www.locusmag.com/Perspectives/2013/07/cory-doctorow-teaching-computers-shows-us-how-little-we-understand-a||8/5/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||There’s no way to stop children viewing porn in Starbucks||In honour of the Great Firewall of Cameron -- the UK government's plan to force ISPs to turn on network-level spying and censorship of "adult" material -- I've read aloud There's no way to stop children viewing porn in Starbucks, a column I wrote for the||7/29/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Interview about kids, hacking and democracy with NPR’s Here and Now||I recently recorded an interview with NPR's "Here and Now" about surveillance, kids, activism, and my novel Homeland. (MP3)||7/10/13||Free||View In iTunes|
This guy is too busy to write
I am so glad I'm done with this story (Human Readable), so I don't have to listen to Cory's swallowing sounds, or his whimpering attempts at conveying passion and emotion, or his laundry list of how busy and important and popular he is ("news") ever again. Three times I've been sucked into one of these stories and suffered through the painful presentation, only to be left with... nothing at all. No feelings, no ideas. Maybe you get what you pay for. A serious author, someone like Neal Stephenson, doesn't have time to post blog entries every day and give hundreds of speeches and record podcasts and meet with associates all over the world and then brag about it on the internet. He focuses on his writing, and the difference really shows. Now if one wanted to, a good writer could also work on becoming a good reader of his own work, but I don't think Cory has the time to give it any thought or effort. (I tried to post this comment at his website, but, hilariously, ironically, for someone so keen on internet freedom, my post was refused due to "questionable content"!!!)
Infinitely readable, just wish someone else would read them
Cory's stories are quite readable and very enjoyable. The podcasts, however, are quite disappointing. This is a prime example of why an author should not read their own work. The misreads, pauses, gulping, drinking and general clatter in the background are distracting and take away from the enjoyment of the story.
A great podcast!
Cory Doctorow is my favorite author and I was really excited by this podcast. I have all of his books, but there were still a lot of his short stories I haven't read. This podcast gives me a chance to listen to them all during times when I wouldn't be able to read-like in the car or while walking. I really admire the fact that Cory makes his books so easily accessible with Creative Commons. Even though I could go and get the text online for free, I enjoy listening to him reading the stories and his little talks at the beginning of each podcast.