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Monday, June 20, 2005

Cory's new book is out! Cory's new book is out!

Cory's novel is out!. Cory Doctorow: Last week, my third novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town started turning up in bookstores. It's another fine Tor hardcover, with jaw-droppingly beautiful cover art by genius Dave McKean to boot. This is a physical artifact worth owning. Hell, buy two.

As with my first and second novels, I've posted the entire text of this book online under a Creative Commons license that allows the unlimited, noncommercial redistribution of the text. You can send it around, paste it into a chat, beam it to a friend's PDA, or print out a chapter to hand out in the university common room. Like Woody Guthrie said, "Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do."

The whole point of giving away electronic books is to experiment with electronic text and spot where the new opportunities for earning a writer's living lie -- working with my audience, not against them. So with every release, I've tried some experimentation. This book is no exception.

This book is the first novel to employ the new Creative Commons Developing Nations License. That's a license that lets anyone living in a country that's not on the World Bank's list of high-income countries treat the book as if it were in the public domain. If you live in a developing nation, you can print your own editions of this book and sell them, you can make your own movies, radio plays, translations and whatever else you can think of, charge whatever the traffic will bear for them, and never give me a penny or ask my permission (though I hope you'll drop me a line and let me know what you're up to so I can keep up on the book's spread!). The only limitation on this right is that you may only export your works to other developing nations: the rich nations where my paying customers live are strictly off-limits.

I'm doing three signings for Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town in the first two weeks of July. The first two are in the Detroit region (I'm spending July 4 week in East Lansing, Michigan teaching at the Clarion Writers' Workshop), and the third is in Toronto, at BakkaPhoenix books, the oldest sf bookstore in the country, where I once worked. I hope to see you at these!

July 5, 7PM: Archives Bookshop, 517 West Grand River, East Lansing, MI, 48823, (517)332-8444

July 7, 7:30PM: Schuler Books and Music, 1982 West Grand River Avenue, Okemos, MI, 48864, (517)349-8840

July 11, 7PM: BakkaPhoenix Books, 697 Queen St West, Toronto, ON, M6J 1E6, (416)963-9993

Also, Second Life players can attend an in-game signing on Sunday, July 24 at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT/10pm London time.

Here's the spanking-new website for the book. I hope you'll spare a moment to take a look. This is the longest thing I've ever written, and the early reviews have been stunning. I'm as proud of this as I could be, and I sincerely hope you enjoy it:

SOMEONE COMES TO TOWN, SOMEONE LEAVES TOWN is a glorious book, but there are hundreds of those. It is more. It is a glorious book unlike any book you've ever read.

- Gene Wolfe

[Boing Boing]
Downloading and printing! I have done the same with all of Cory's novels, I print them and read them immediately then buy the book and read them a second time. He is the most original writer of this century (yeah, it's been only five years, but still).
11:39:31 PM Google It! What do you think? ( Thoughts) Who linked? []   

Disarming Soldiers.

Airplane security is getting surreal:

...FAA regulation that requires soldiers -- all of whom were armed with an arsenal of assault rifles, shotguns and pistols -- to surrender pocket knives, nose hair scissors and cigarette lighters.

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

[Schneier on Security]

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Charles Whiting, race director at Indy, stated: "To change the course in order to help some of the teams with a performance problem caused by their failure to bring suitable equipment to the race would be a breach of the rules and grossly unfair to those teams which have come to Indianapolis with the correct tyres."
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Venezuelan military personel puts signs against Cuban intervention in Venezuela on one of their buildings. The sign say:
No to interventionism
No to the lack of respect to our sovereignty
I agree with them...
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Put all european countries in its place.
[Thanks Beatriz]
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Honor left among some drivers! "Driver David Coulthard could be heard on the team radio making a keen plea to be allowed to race just before the order for the mass withdrawal was made.

"I've not experienced anything like this in my career before. Frankly, I'm embarrassed," said Coulthard."
10:27:37 AM  What do you think? ( Thoughts) Who linked? []   

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