Download for Free
I’ve made six of the nine stories in the collection available for download here, under a Creative Commons license that allows you to copy the stories freely, provided that you do so for noncommercial purposes. As with my novel, I’ve shipped these stories without doomed, dumbass DRM, without use-restriction, and without requiring any kind of proprietary reader. These stories are available as ASCII text files (ASCII is the new PDF!).
Want to convert them to something else? Go right ahead! I’d appreciate it if you’d upload them somewhere and post a link under the “additional formats” discussion area attached to each story.
Entire book for Java-enabled mobile phones (Thanks to Nicholas Bennett for preparing this)
As knowledgeable about computers as he is about flea markets, Doctorow uses science fiction as a kind of cultural WD-40, loosening hinges and dissolving adhesions to peer into some of society’s unlighted corners. His best known story, ”Craphound,” tells of a competitive friendship between two junk collectors, one human and one alien; what it says about the uses of the past is no more mysterious than the prices paid for a vintage Coke bottle or an early Barbie doll. Not every attempt to wrest truth from cliche works — but you won’t want to miss Doctorow’s satiric glance at co-opted dissent among the grade-school set or the insidious horror of his updated Pinocchio tale.
New York Times