From the "New York Times "bestselling author of "Little Brother," a major novel of the booms, busts, and further booms in store for AmericaPerry and Lester invent things--seashell robots that make toast, Boogie Woogie Elmo dolls that drive cars. They also invent entirely new economic systems, like the "New Work," a New Deal for the technological era. Barefoot bankers cross the nation, microinvesting in high-tech communal mini-startups like Perry and Lester's. Together, they transform the country, and Andrea Fleeks, a journo-turned-blogger, is there to document it. Then it slides into collapse. The New Work bust puts the dot.combomb to shame. Perry and Lester build a network of interactive rides in abandoned Wal-Marts across the land. As their rides, which commemorate the New Work's glory days, gain in popularity, a rogue Disney executive grows jealous, and convinces the police that Perry and Lester's 3D printers are being used to run off AK-47s. Hordes of goths descend on the shantytown built by the New Workers, joining the cult. Lawsuits multiply as venture capitalists take on a new investment strategy: backing litigation against companies like Disney. Lester and Perry's friendship falls to pieces when Lester gets the 'fatkins' treatment, turning him into a sybaritic gigolo.Then things get really interesting.
- Hardback | 416 pages
- 160.02 x 236.22 x 38.1mm | 589.67g
- 27 Oct 2009
- St Martin's Press
- Tor Books
- New York, United States
"I know many science fiction writers engaged in the cyber-world, but Cory Doctorow is a native. We should all hope and trust that our culture has the guts and moxie to follow this guy. He's got a lot to tell us." --Bruce Sterling"A rousing tale of techno-geek rebellion--as necessary and dangerous as file sharing, free speech, and bottled water on a plane." --Scott Westerfeld on "Little Brother""A terrific read.... It claims a place in the tradition of polemical science-fiction novels like "1984 "and "Fahrenheit 451 "(with a dash of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington")."--"The New York Times Book Review "on "Little Brother ""Enthralling.... One of the year's most important books." "--Chicago Tribune "on "Little Brother"