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  1. There seems to be a problem with the file link. Neither thru here not thru iTunes I can download it…

    Comment by Alfredo Octavio — May 8, 2007 @ 3:34 am

  2. Just opened fine for me!

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — May 8, 2007 @ 3:40 am

  3. Great story thus far. (file works fine by the way). Transhumans, mecha combat, post-canines and a dystopian/utopian detroit urban blight preserve.

    Applause and accolades from a bunch of us in D-Town! Can’t wait for part 2!

    Comment by Overwatch — May 9, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

  4. Great so far, Cory. But I gotta nitpick on one (minor) point.

    (19:31) … mecha recoiled as the rocket screamed away from the frame on my mecha’s chest.

    I’m having a hard time picturing a rocket imparting recoil on the mecha.

    The rockets I’m familiar with from the Marines are recoiless – the blast goes out the back end of the open tube, rocket goes forward. Nice and tidy.

    If you’ve got the rockets mounted in a frame, facing forward, to get recoil there must not be an opening to the rear. Fine. Except with recoil comes a certain amount of blast and heat from the rocket. This might not be a good thing in that this would kick your firing platform around, scorch the finish, damage the launcher and the platform.

    Okay, fine, mount it sideways so the rocket zips left or right. I can see a trans-human augmented with a mecha’s bob (brains on board) being able to handle the visual disorientation. No blast effect and subsequent damage to the platform but … also no recoil.

    You could posit a small sustainer charge that kicks the rocket loose from the frame and lobs it out a few meters – the sustainer breaks free, POW the rocket motor kicks in, and ZIP she goes downrange, with the mecha (just barely) out of range of the back blast. I can even imagine this is what you meant – and I might just so I can get past this and get on with my life. I can even imagine you failed to get into that depth of detail so as to avoid the whole passage sounding like an early Tom Clancy novel.

    Wow – being a nitpicker sure does take up a lot of time, if you let it.

    Comment by Brian — May 10, 2007 @ 8:15 am

  5. […] I’ll post more on this story as it unfolds. Part 1 was excellent and part 2 just showed up in my iTunes podcast lineup. Somehow I don’t think this story will make it until my early AM commute…. -james […]

    Pingback by brain rain » There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow/Now is the Best Time of Your Life, Part 01 — May 13, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

  6. Hey there. Loving the story, but I do have one question that I’m hoping is addressed at some point in the story: Who attacked Detroit and why?

    Again, awesome story so far. Thanks for releasing it for free!

    Comment by J. D. Harper — May 14, 2007 @ 7:19 am

  7. […] Om man gillar den typen av estetik bör man dessutom ta en titt på Cory Doctorows nya serie av podcasts. Cory brukar läsa in sina senaste SF-alster, och så även denna gång med “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow/Now is the Best Time of Your Life”. Novellen börjar i ett övergivet framtida Detroit, konserverat och bebott av en man och hans son som vårdar staden och den gamla världen som ett museum. Cory har läst in tre delar (1,2,3) än så länge. Han svävar sedan välkommet in på lite post-scarcity economics i andra delen, vilket jag brukar gilla. Får se hur det tar sig. […]

    Pingback by Urban Exploring podcasts och en dokumentär « Aerugo Hissings — May 21, 2007 @ 10:43 am

  8. these links rarely work for me too. while NPR and Escapepod always work. don’t test from firefox. smart browser != dumb podcatcher.

    using nokia n73, fwiw. willing to test.

    Comment by chad — June 6, 2007 @ 4:31 am

  9. […] I think it turned out reasonably well… at least as well as Cory Doctorow’s readings of his novella-in-progress There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow/Now is the Best Time of Your Life […]

    Pingback by Karak Speaks True » Episode 13 - Optinomicon Chapter 8 — June 6, 2007 @ 9:32 pm

  10. […] The Carousel of Progress plays a big role in Cory’s new novella, ‘There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow/Now is the Best Time of Your Life’ that he’s been podcasting as he writes it. As he describes it: It’s a long, weird adventure story about the failure of futurism and the difference between “progress” and “change,” all about immortal children stalking the bones of ruined cities in lethal mechas. […]

    Pingback by M1K3¥’s Blog » Blog Archive » more on the Postmodern Paleo-Future — June 15, 2007 @ 12:27 am

  11. Cory Doctorow’s >> Blog Archive » There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow/Now is the Best Time of Your Life, Part 01perfect and great article thank you

    Comment by çesme otel — April 28, 2009 @ 2:04 am

  12. Cory Doctorow’s >> Blog Archive » There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow/Now is the Best Time of Your Life, Part 01 great article thank you.

    Comment by çeşme otel — April 28, 2009 @ 3:38 am

  13. […] somewhat fresh for me. If you want most Post-Singular podcasts from the same author, try this, or this (with mechs!). As long as Cory Doctorow’s pumping out the Creative Commons stories, I’ll probably be […]

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