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This story appears in my collection Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present, 2007

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Best American Short Stories, Michael Chabon, ed, 2005

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This is a riff on the way that property-rights are coming to games, and on the bizarre spectacle of sweat-shops in which children are paid to play the game all day in order to generate eBay-able game-wealth. When I was a kid, there were arcade kings who would play up Gauntlet characters to maximum health and weapons and then sell their games to nearby players for a dollar or two — netting them about $0.02 an hour — but this is a very different proposition indeed.

There are a lot of firsts in this story:

  • It’s the first story I’ve written since moving to the UK, and the story is told from the point of view of an English girl
  • It’s the first in a series of stories I’m writing that riff on the titles of famous SF novels and stories (this one is a play on Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” — also coming are “I, Robot,” “The Man Who Sold the Moon,” “Jeffty is Five,” and “True Names” — this last with Ben Rosenbaum). This started as a response to Ray Bradbury’s assertion that Michael Moore was a “thief” and a “horrible human being” for using the word “Fahrenheit” in the title of his last movie — but now I’m just finding it fun to deconstruct the stories of the writers who came before me.
  • It’s the first story that Salon has ever published under a Creative Commons license — which means that you can put it on a P2P network or email it to a friend without running afoul of the law.

I’m really proud of this one: I read it to an audience at the WorldCon last September and the response was really warm and enthusiastic.
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New Voices in Science Fiction (with Charlie Stross)

Resnick emailed me just as I was finishing up Jury Service with Charlie Stross and asked me if I’d be interested in writing something for New Voices in Science Fiction, an anthology he was putting together for SFWA to feature up and coming new genre writers. I wanted to work with Stross again, so I pitched him on a collaboration, and he took it.

This was originally titled “Flowers from Algernon” (which is a lot snappier, but didn’t make a lot of sense in the context of the story). I wrote my bits during a period of intensive travel, mostly squatting in airport departure lounges and hotel lobbies.
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/ / A Place So Foreign and Eight More, Stories

Originally published in On Spec, Fall 2001

“It is certainly worth noting that the story in this issue which flagrantly violates the length limit, Cory Doctorow’s ‘The Super Man and the Bugout,’ at close to 10,000 words, is also by far the best story… The story is both very funny, and a portrayal of a quite believable non-human human being.”

– Rich Horton,
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Originally Published in Realms of Fantasy August 1999

“By design or default, something about this story (and I can’t describe exactly what because I don’t know) disturbed me a great deal, though it’s a well-written and unique take on an old tale. Others may find it more palatable. If Doctorow’s intent was to unsettle, he succeeded…”

– J. G. Stinson,
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