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Articles, speeches, stories and novels by an award-winning science fiction writer, read aloud in small regular chunks
||Cybersecurity podcast||I’m a guest on this week’s New America Foundation cybersecurity podcast, hosted by Amanda Gaines and Peter Warren Singer (whose new book, Ghost Fleet, a novel about cybersecurity, is about to hit the stands) and edited by the great John Taylor||6/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||My talk on the Internet of Things, wealth disparity, surveillance, evidence-based policy and the future of the world||Here’s the audio from last night’s talk on the Internet of Things at Central European University in Budapest! It was recorded by the Mindenki Joga Radio Show.||1/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast: Happy Xmas! (guest starring Poesy)||It’s that time again! School is out, but I’m still working, so the kid came to the office with me, just in time to record a new podcast. This year, Poesy performs a stirring rendition of Jingle Bells, with dirty words! MP3||12/22/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||LISTEN: Wil Wheaton reads “Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free”||I’ve posted the first chapter (MP3) of Wil Wheaton’s reading of my book Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free (which sports introductions by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer!), which is available as a $15 DRM-free audiobook, sweetened by samp||12/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Interview with Radio New Zealand’s This Way Up||Radio New Zealand National’s This Way Up recorded this interview with me, which airs tomorrow (Saturday), about my book Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free (MP3).||12/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Interview with The Command Line podcast||I just appeared on the Command Line podcast (MP3) to talk about Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free — Thomas and I really had a wide-ranging and excellent conversation: In this episode, I interview Cory Doctorow about his latest book, “Informa||12/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Why should we care about characters?||I appear in the latest edition of the Writing Excuses podcast (MP3), recorded live at Westercon in Salt Lake City last summer, with Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells and Howard Tayler, talking about why we care about characters.||12/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Wide-ranging conversation with Portland’s KBOO about Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free||Last month, I sat down for a long conversation (MP3) with Ken Jones for the Between the Covers at Portland, Oregon’s KBOO community radio station, talking about my book Information Doesn’t Want to be Free. They’ve posted the audio so peo||11/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free interview with Baltimore morning radio||I’m heading to Ann Arbor, DC and Baltimore this week for a series of talks — I did a a quick interview with Baltimore’s WYPR (MP3) that came out very well!||11/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Audio from Seattle Hieroglyph event with Neal Stepehenson||Here’s an MP3 of the audio from the Reigniting Society’s Ambition with Science Fiction event that I did with Neal Stephenson and Ed Finn at Seattle Town Hall on Oct 26, to promote the Hieroglyph anthology, designed to inspire optimistic technologies||11/12/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Interview with The Geekcast||I sat down at New York Comic-Con with Aaron from The Geekcast podcast for a long, interesting interview (MP3) on a wide variety of subjects about art, computers, games and justice!||10/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||“Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free”||Here’s the audio of my closing keynote speech at last Friday’s Dconstruct (this was the tenth Dconstruct; I’m pleased to say that I also gave the closing speech at the very first one!). You can hear audio from the rest of the speakers to||9/8/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast: Petard from Tech Review’s Twelve Tomorrows||Here’s a reading (MP3) of the first part of my story “Petard: A Tale of Just Desserts” from the new MIT Tech Review anthology Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Bruce Sterling. The anthology also features fiction by William Gibson, Lauren Beuke||9/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast: How Amazon is holding Hachette hostage||Here’s a reading (MP3) of my latest Guardian column, How Amazon is holding Hachette hostage, which examines how Hachette’s insistence on DRM for their ebooks has taken away all their negotiating leverage with Amazon, resulting in Amazon pullin||6/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast: News from the future for Wired UK||Here’s a reading (MP3) of a short story I wrote for the July, 2014 issue of Wired UK in the form of a news dispatch from the year 2024 — specifically, a parliamentary sketch from a raucous Prime Minister’s Question Time where a desperate||6/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Audio from today’s keynote on digital publishing||This morning, I gave the keynote speech the 2014 conference of The Literary Consultancy in London, about the future of publishing. They got the audio up with lightning speed (I’m in the auditorium, listening to the follow-on panel). MP3 Link||6/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast: ‘Cybersecurity’ begins with integrity, not surveillance||Here’s a reading (MP3) of a recent Guardian column, ‘Cybersecurity’ begins with integrity, not surveillance, in which I suggest that the reason to oppose mass surveillance is independent of whether it “works” or not — t||6/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast: How to Talk to Your Children About Mass Surveillance||Here’s a reading (MP3) of a my latest Locus column, How to Talk to Your Children About Mass Surveillance, in which I describe the way that I’ve explained the Snowden affair to my six-year-old: So I explained to my daughter that there was a man||6/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Talking with APM’s Marketplace about the Disneyland prospectus||I was on American Public Media’s Marketplace yesterday talking (MP3) about our posting of a rarer-than-rare Disney treasure, the never-before-seen original prospectus for Disneyland, scanned before it was sold to noted jerkface Glenn Beck, who has s||5/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast (FIXED): Firefox’s adoption of closed-source DRM breaks my heart||Note: This is a fixed version of this week’s podcast; I accidentally uploaded an older podcast under this headline. Here’s a reading (MP3) of a my latest Guardian column, Firefox’s adoption of closed-source DRM breaks my heart, a close a||5/19/2014||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.