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As I mentioned last week, the CBC’s Canada Reads list of top 40 Canadian books is up, and it’s got a really commendable, wide-ranging variety of titles in it (including my own novel Little Brother). The CBC is asking for readers to choose their favorites by tomorrow, at which point they’ll release the top ten list.

It’s a great exercise for energizing the nation about reading, and I’m immensely flattered and excited to have a small part in it.

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I just received the delightful news that my novel, Little Brother made it to the CBC’s “Canada Reads” list of top 40 Canadian books, and it is in some spectacular company. There’s a competitive element to this (you can vote for your top ten here), but the real value of this list is as a broad, eclectic, amazing collection of books that deserve your attention and enjoyment. Have at it — and yeah, if you feel so moved, by all means, vote for Little Brother!

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As I’ve mentioned before, my novel Little Brother is the San Francisco Public Library’s pick for its first One City/One Book citywide book-club. They’re already in the middle of the three months’ worth of events, from debates to robotics and crypto workshops to movie screenings (and much more), and I’m gearing up to head to San Francisco for several days’ worth of school visits and other presentations.

If you’d like to catch me while I’m there, your best bet is my evening presentation with Nico Sell at the SFPL main branch (100 Larkin Street) at 6PM on Oct 2. I’m also doing a presentation at Borderlands Books (866 Valencia St) on Oct 3 from 12:30-1330h. I hope to see you there!

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Hey, Londoners! I’m launching the UK edition of Homeland this Wednesday at the Forbidden Planet Megastore from 18h-19h. This is the sequel to Little Brother, and it includes the novella Lawful Interception, which follows on from the action in Homeland.

If you’re not a Londoner, don’t despair! Forbidden Planet has a great mail-order service and will ship signed copies anywhere.

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How cool is this? My novel, Little Brother, is the San Francisco Public Library’s “One City One Book pick for 2013, which means that it’s the book for the annual “citywide book-club.” The library is advertising the initiative with bus-shelter, bus- and coffee-sleeve-ads all over town, and the librarians just tweeted me this pic of the first ads going up in situ.



There’s a whole ton of events, from screenings of movies like Sneakers, Source Code and Existenz to a “LED Robot Plushie Workshop + Little Brother Book Discussion” and Lego robotics workshops, and I’m doing a public event in conversation with Wickr/DEFCON’s Nico Sell, at the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium on Oct 2. I’m totally, utterly thrilled!

We are live around town!

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On yesterday’s “This Week in Google,” a Google engineer called Matt Cutts revealed that the company started encrypting its queries in 2008 after reading my novel Little Brother, in which one of the plot-elements is a guerrilla movement that gets a friendly ISP to encrypt a lot of its traffic so that the movement’s own encrypted connections won’t stand out. I am incredibly honored and flattered to learn about this!

Coincidentally, I learned about this at the same time that Jens brought #oplittlebrother to my attention: it’s a plan to organize a mass purchase of Little Brother on Saturday (tomorrow!).

This Week in Google 211: We Just Installed the Internet

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My novel Little Brother is the “One City One Book” pick for the San Francisco Public Library this year; and in its honor, they’ve put together an amazing city-wide scavenger hunt called “Rogue Agent.” It features fiendish puzzles and awesome clues, and kicks off on September 14. It’s a team-sport, so start thinking about your teammates now; I’ll be at the SFPL at the end of September to read from the book and talk about it.


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It’s time for another Humble Ebook Bundle! Once again, I was honored to serve as volunteer curator of the Humble Ebook Bundle, a project from the Humble Indie Bundle people who’ve made Internet history by bundling together awesome, DRM-free media and letting you name your price for it. We did the first Humble Ebook Bundle last fall (with my novel Pirate Cinema) and made over $1.25 million in two weeks (!). The new Ebook Bundle is even cooler. Here’s the lineup:

* The Last Unicorn (deluxe edition), by Peter Beagle

* Just a Geek, by Wil Wheaton

* Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow

* Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest

* Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson

* Shards of Honor, by Lois McMaster Bujold

As with all the bundles, there is a secret stash of releases in the wings for week two; if your payment is higher than the average at the time you make it, you get them for free (and they are sweet!). Otherwise, you can always get them by topping up your payment. And as always, there’s charities involved — you can earmark some or all of your payment for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Child’s Play, and the Science Fiction Writers of America Emergency Medical Fund.

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Boys from Brett Wierzbicki’s English class at Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in Queens, NY have been reading my novel Little Brother and Brett gave them the option of doing a book-remix instead of a traditional book-report. All told, they produced seven absolutely terrific remixes of the book, and they were good enough to send them all along for me to share:

Joel’s chapter: Joel wrote his own ending for the book, describing the jail-time Marcus served between the final chapter and the epilogue:

“Marcus Yallow.” That was the prison guard, who was fair to everyone, calling my name for dinner. You might have forgotten who I am, which is okay because it has been a while. I am Marcus Yallow, who has been jailed for trying to ruin the DHS, who took over San Francisco when the terrorist attacks occurred on the Golden Gate Bridge. Throughout the time between my first jail time and this one, my mission was to bring down the DHS. What makes my blood boil was the severe haircut lady getting off even though she was part of the reason why I rebelled against the department. So look, I in jail but she got off.

We Didn’t Start the Xnet: Tyler and Eric made their own remix of “We Didn’t Start the Fire” with a Little Brother theme (see above)!

Eduardo’s remix: Eduardo wrote a five-page alternate chapter for the scene following the bombing of the Bay Bridge:

I heard rumbling underground, the first thing that came to mind was the train passing underneath, I felt Darryl tapping me very hard on my shoulder.

“Look!” he said pointing his finder outside towards the street. “Look Van, look Jolu, why are they all running?” he said.

While he was talking I knew that he was very nervous because his voice was starting to crack. I began to worry because never in my life have I seen anything like this since I’ve been living here. We all gaped as we saw everyone running as if a madman was running wildly with a gun. I heard screaming and people yelling get out, get out, the streets were stentorian. The thing that really got me shaking was when I saw helicopters hovering over the buildings, they were very close to the roofs as if trying to take a closer glimpse of the area.

JuanMario’s sequel: Juan Mario wrote his own sequel to the story, set two years after Marcus’s arrest:

It’s been two years since X-net and the incident with the DHS. I was released from Juvenile prison in November of last year, it was hard finding a job after being locked up and being the center of media attention for a whole year. I had my parents and friends to help and support me though. It took me a while to find a job, but who wants to hire an ex-terrorist that started a a riot in San Fransico? Not many would.

Remember my teacher Ms.Galvez at Caesar Chavez high? Well, after she got replaced by the DHS, she started a little book store in the heart of the city, and yes she hired me in January. Its been seven months, I’ve been saving up for college tuition. She pays me fairly well $12 an hour eight hours a day, five days a week. Thats a total of $106 a day, $530 a week, and $2120 a month. Not bad for an ex-con huh?

It was the of June 2014. I was leaving work at 5pm. Joseph and Julia were checking in. Ange and I were leaving, I was waiting outside while Ange was in the restroom, when Joseph walked out the store with Ange. “Where are you going Joe? Don’t you work now?” I asked. He replied, “Don’t worry man Julia is going to cover for me I got something to take care of, and my aunt Galvez won’t fire me, I’m her beloved nephew.”

Sean’s alternate ending: Sean wrote his own ending to the book!

“We have found our target,” said Charles, an officer in the DHS.

“Perfect! No more hacking!” cried Al who is Charles’ partner.

“Listen, you let me go you old jerks, or else you will have more trouble on your hands,” exclaimed Marcus.

“Yeah, yeah, tell it to the judge,” laughed Al.

“That is fine, your choice, but remember, you will feel the heat later,” said Marcus confidently.

Thomasz P’s song: a Little-Brother-themed set of lyrics for “The Saga Begins,” by Weird Al (itself a parody of “The Day the Music Died”)

In the not so distant future,
In the city of San Francisco,
Terrorists had launched an attack,
While Marcus and friends were playing a game,
And called soldiers to them,
Hoping to get aid for his pal.
Their response, it was a shocker.

Hunter’s video game: Hunter specced out a Little Brother video game called “Rise of the DHS (Rated ‘T’ for Teen)”

Prologue (The beginning cut-scene):
Everything is dark, and you’re breathing very heavily because you have a bag over your head and can’t see where you are. Soon enough, you realize that you’ve been put on a ship! When you depart, you recognize that you’re on “Treasure Island” and the people who have beaten and captured you are Americans; not terrorists! You are questioned and tortured for several days and are only allowed to leave when your captors feel they have questioned you after enough torture. When you have finally “snapped” and begged not to be taken back to your dirty cell, you are dropped off on the outskirts of San Francisco with your friends who have also been taken into questioning by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). You are given back your cell phone which is your very first piece of equipment collected in the game, and you realize that one of your friends, Darryl, is not with you. Before you can ask the soldiers where he is, they quickly turn around and drive away. Leaving you in the dust with your two other friends (Jolu and Van), you all start crying over the loss of a life-long friend as you make your way back into the city. You and your friends then have coffee and try to make sense out of what happened during the past week. It is here where you, personally, make a vow to get revenge against the DHS and more importantly, save Darryl. However, you and your friends don’t make your experience in captivity public because it could interfere with the plan of revenge.

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I’m delighted to announce that Chariho High School in Wood River Junction, RI, has chosen my novel Little Brother for its One School/One Book program. Above is a video I recorded for the students; here’s a press release [PDF] from Chariho:

FOR THE FIRST TIME, Chariho Regional High School’s Summer Reading Program is One School – One Book: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow has been chosen for the Chariho Regional High School’s One School – One Book 2013 Summer Reading Program. Programming events will kick off as students are introduced to the novel through a video message from Little Brother author Cory Doctorow.

In light of current events, Little Brother will provide Chariho students and staff with a sizzling summer tale that is both timely and thought-provoking. The novel follows in the tradition of novels such as 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 by jolting its readers with a reality that is often overlooked or passively accepted. The themes in Little Brother bring current social and political issues alive and challenge readers to question, reflect, and take action. As a school-wide reading event, Little Brother will generate great discussions among students and staff and will have significant cross-curricular connections.

This is a good year for Little Brother; it’s also the One City/One Book pick for San Francisco.